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Introducing Butterworth

This mainland town is the jumping-off point for Pulau Penang. The ButterworthPenang ferry jetty (RM1.20, every 20 minutes from 5.30am to 12.30pm) is conveniently located next to the train and bus stations. Fares for the ferry are charged only for the journey from Butterworth to Georgetown (on Penang); ­returning to Butterworth is free.

Buses depart from Butterworth to the following destinations: Johor Bahru (RM49, 12 hours, six daily), KL (RM26, five hours, hourly), Kota Bharu (RM27.90, seven hours, two daily), Kuala Terengganu (RM40, 10 hours, two daily), Kuantan (RM43, 12 hours, six daily), Melaka (RM36, 12 hours, two daily) and Singapore (RM53, nine hours, two daily).

There is a nightly train to KL (economy/2nd class/berth RM17/38/48) from the train station (323 7962) that arrives the next morning. Heading north, there are two daily trains to Hat Yai, Thailand (economy/2nd class/berth RM19/27/68); one leaves early morning and arrives mid-morning Thai time (one hour behind), and the other leaves early afternoon and arriving in Hat Yai in the evening. The latter service continues to Bangkok arriving at around noon the next day. Times and fares vary.