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How to Get to Langkawi

How to Get to Langkawi by Air

Lying at a distance of 25 minutes from Kuah, the district capital and commercial center of Langkawi The Langkawi International Airport at Padang Matsirat, is the star of the archipelago’s aviation network. Served by carriers like Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Tiger Airways and Silk Air from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hat Yai and Phuket, the airport is well placed in Asia’s air map.

Transfers to Langkawi are ‘no big deal’ as taxis are available right outside the airport building. Although, it’s advisable that you pre-arrange a cab prior to your arrival or avail your hotel’s pick ‘n’ drop service rather than wandering around with your baggage. Once you’re in the cab head towards the beaches of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tanjhung Ru and Datai Bay for a true Langkawi experience By Sea

The ferries to Langkawi operate on four routes, from the mainland town of Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang and Satun. The ferries operate around the clock and take up to eight hours (or less, if you’re lucky) to cross over to the island. Travellers coming in from Thailand should catch a ferry from Ko Lipe.

Upon arrival passengers are greeted by the vibrant town of Kuah where transport is readily available.

Getting Around Langkawi

Taxis are the lifeline of Langkawi as there’s no sign of an organized public transport system. But they’re expensive and unmetered. Fares are charged according to the destination which makes this accessible mode of transit a bit inaccessible for the pocket. If you’re not constrained by a shoestring budget you can hire a taxi in Kuah and the adjoining areas.

Cheap petrol and easy access make car rentals an attractive option. You can chose between semi-automatic and fully automatic cars for as less as RM 100 a day. Keep your driver’s license handy, strap yourself to the seat, take control of the steering and watch out on the streets.

For the budget traveller who likes talking to the winds on hot wheels, bike rental is a convenient alternative. And if you’re health conscious or just in the mood for adventure opt for a bike.


Looks like there’s no end to the troubles a tout can bring. The airport foyer and the arrivals at Kuah jetty are often swarmed by touts who deal in unauthorized cars that are not suitable for driving. Better look at all your options before striking a deal.

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