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Kuantan's Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport is 15 kilometres out of town and is serviced by Firefly, three times a week with flights to/from Penang and Singapore, and MAS with flights to/from Kuala Lumpur. Bear in mind a bus to/from Kuala Lumpur takes only three hours, so this is barely worth flying. The airport is also presently being upgraded and customer service is not necessarily a priority, especially with foreign visitors.
There is one flight daily from Singapore to Kuantan on Firefly seven days a week. It departs at 11:30 arriving at 12:35.
There are three flights a week from Penang to Kuantan on Firefly Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Departing at 13:30 arriving at 15:00.
There are three flight a day from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan on MAS at 09:50, 19:15 and 22:45.
From the airport to the Kuantan waterfront the taxi fare is around 40 ringgit.
Being the state capital, Kuantan is well connected by bus to many major hubs across the peninsula. The main bus station, Terminal Kuantan Sentral is around 15 km away from central Kuantan and is the hub for all incoming long distant buses (and mini vans). A taxi from the bus station into town should cost 20-26 ringgit depending on the mood of the driver.
Coach Centre Pte Ltd (Singapore) offers bus services to and from Terminal Kuantan Sentral and Textile Centre, Singapore from SGD38 upwards.
There are three evening buses from Penang. Two on New Asian Travel from Penang Komtar and Sungai Nibong 21;30 and 22:00 respectively for RM60; and from the Butterworth Terminal on PBK Ekspress at 23:00 (next to the Ferry Terminal) for RM58. The trip takes about 8.5 hours so the late buses put you into Kuantan in the early morning.
From Kuala Lumpur
Plusliner also offers 2 way bus transfers from Hentian Putra & Hentian Jalan Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur to and from Terminal Kuantan Sentral from MYR 24.10 upwards. The well-known Transnasional also offers bus from Hentian Puduraya, Hentian Jalan Pekeliling, and Putrajaya Sentral Kuala Lumpur to and from Terminal Kuantan Sentral from MYR 24.10 upwards.
Sample bus fares to Kuantan from other destinations include:
Johor Bahru Larkin Station: 8 departures daily, taking 5.5 hours and costing 26.40 ringgit.
Kota Bharu: 10 departures daily, taking 6 hours and costing 35 ringgit.
Kuala Terengganu: 11 departures daily, taking 3.5 hours and costing 17.80 ringgit.
Mersing: 10 departures daily, taking 1.5 hours and costing 18.00 ringgit.
Sample ongoing destinations from Kuantan include:
Jerantut (Taman Negara) Departs at 10:00, 13:00, 15:00 costing 23 ringgit.
Johor Baru Departs at 17:00, 22:00, 22:30 and 23:59 and costs 32 ringgit.
Kuala Lumpur Departs at 00:00, 01:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:30, 17:30, 22:00, 22:30 costing 27 ringgit.
Melaka Departs at 01:00, 08:00, 14:30 costing 33 ringgit.
Mersing (for Tioman) Departs at 09:00, 10:30, 12:00 and 15:00 and costs 23 ringgit.
Singapore 48 ringgit, 09:00, 10:30, 22:00, 22:30.
For Cherating, either get a bus to Kuala Terengganu and jump off at Cherating, get a local bus or get a taxi (50-70 ringgit with some bargaining). The trip takes roughly 45 minutes.