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The Langkawi International Airport is serviced by both low budget airlines including Air Asia, Firefly, Silk Air and Malaysian Airlines.
7 flights daily from KL from 08:25 until 20:15
T: (03) 7843 3000
10 flights daily from KL to Langkawi from 07:30 until 21:15
1 flight from Penang daily at 16:15
T: (03) 7884 9000
Silk Air/Singapore Airlines
Two flights daily from Singapore to Langkawi from 08:30 ti 18:35
T: +65 6597 4500; (04) 955 9771
Firefly (operated by MAS)
1 flight KL (KLIA) to Langkawi 10:00
4 flights KL (Subang) to Langkawi 10:35 until 17:25
1 Flight daily Penang to Langkawi 11:45
T: (03) 7845 4543
Getting from the airport to other parts of the island you have three options. Taxis have fixed prices to all points on the island and you need to purchase a fare at the taxi desk at the main entrance in front of the arrivals hall. Taxi rates: Airport to Kuah 24 ringgit, airport to Pantai Cenang 20 ringgit, airport to Pantai Kok 22 ringgit. Rates can vary a little depending on your final specific destination.
If you are staying at a resort that provides shuttle service from the airport this can be arrange directly with the resort prior to your arrival. There is also car hire at the airport. However the rental prices here are more expensive than if you hire from a more local agent once you get to your hotel.
If you're not flying into Langkawi you'll be arriving by boat. Ferries arrive in Kuah port on Langkawi from Penang, Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Satun, Thailand.
The ferry from Penang departs from Georgetown twice a day at 08:15 and 08:30.
Adult 60 ringgit, child 45 ringgit. Ferry service from Satun and the mainland ports of Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis are more frequent.
Kuala Kedah (Alor Setar) – Langkawi. 1hr 30 min. Adult 23 ringgit, child 17 ringgit
07:15, 08:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30, 19:00
Kuala Perlis – Langkawi. 1hr. Adult 18 ringgit, child 13 ringgit
06:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:20, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 19:00
Satun, Thailand – Langkawi 1 hr 15 minutes Adult 30 ringgit, child 23 ringgit
4 trips 09:45 to 16:30
United Ventures Ferry
T: (04) 762 6295 Kuala Kedah office
T: (04) 985 1899 Kuala Perlis office
Langkawi Ferry Services
37 & 39, Jalan Pandak Mayah 5, Langkawi
T: 604-966 9439 / 6316 / 6272
F: 604-966 7190
(schedules include Satun, Thailand)
Further reading regarding boat and ferry travel to/from Langkawi.
There's no bus service on Langkawi so you have to rely on taxis and rent-a-cars. Next to the KFC opposite Jetty Point in Kuah there's a taxi service counter, where you purchase taxi vouchers. Prices are per vehicle not per car, so a four-person or more tag team will save some ringgit. If coming in by ferry you may be greeted by the ever-so-friendly taxi for hire greeting service. If you choose one of these friendly chaps, be sure and get your ticket before handing any cash over.
From the ferry terminal to Kuah a taxi should cost six ringgit and to the International Airport 18, while a taxi to Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah goes for 24 ringgit and to Pantai Kok 40.
Behind KFC, where the ticketing offices are situated, are a number of travel agents arranging motorbike and car rentals, accommodation and sightseeing tours. The latter is hardly necessary since there are many 'travel' agencies throughout Langkawi selling exactly the same thing.
For those who do decide to rent their own transport, here are a few things to keep in mind. Most cars or motorbikes around Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah beaches can be hired for as little as 90 ringgit for a car and 30 ringgit for a bike per day. There are good roads and signs to just about anywhere a road can take you but remember to have your international driving license handy in case you get pulled over at a check point. It would be terrible if you had to pay 300 ringgit as a fine. If you have a good map marked with points of interest together with some good driving skills then there shouldn't be any problem getting around the island.
Further reading regarding getting around Langkawi.