Ferry from Penang to Medan
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 6:46 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Mar 19, 2013 6:46 AM
Ferry from Penang to MedanI am now in Vietnam and want to go to Indonesia. I was thinking of flying to Penang (Malaysia) and take the ferry. Some postings on the web indicate that this ferry may not be in service anymore. Has anyone been there recently? Can anyone officially confirm official closure of the device or that it in still running. Thanks a bunch.
Mar 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Mar 19, 2013 1:22 PM
2as Westwood suggests, contact Langkawi Ferry Services
The good old service between Penang and Belawan (the port for Medan) ceased about 5 years ago however a new service between Penang and Langsa (maybe 200km north of Medan) was reported to be commencing 21st February.
The Star reports...
"GEORGE TOWN: A new ferry service between Swettenham Pier here and Langsa in Acheh, Indonesia, will commence on Feb 21 to boost education and medical tourism in Penang..The service operated by Langkawi Ferry Services will begin with one trip each on Mondays and Wednesdays from Penang to Langsa, and single trips from Langsa to Penang on Tuesdays and Thursdays.... The 150km journey takes about seven-and-a-half hours, and can accommodate up to 138 passengers per trip,.....Tickets for a return trip from Penang to Langsa are available at Langkawi Ferry Services in Penang Street at RM180 per adult and RM120 per child."
Kuala Langsa is not approved to issue Visas on Arrival so if you need a visa you will have to get a two month one in advance in Penang before leaving.
It's easier and cheaper to fly.... but not so romantic.... I guess
Mar 19, 2013 2:55 PM
Mar 20, 2013 11:43 AM
Mar 20, 2013 1:12 PM
Mar 20, 2013 8:43 PM
Mar 21, 2013 4:34 PM
7#5 You are right, my trip was in November 2012. I checked Langkawi Services website and they even had a ferry timetable- even though the ferries were not operating back then.And that's the only reason I travelled to Penang fom KL and ended up flying.I missed your info about commencing the service on 21st Feb. All I can say is-don't trust the website, give them a call.
I would still consider flying in to Medan though, sometimes you can get great deals and it would save you a lot of hassle.
Edited by: matyldasays
Mar 21, 2013 5:03 PM
Mar 22, 2013 6:10 AM
Mar 22, 2013 8:30 AM
Mar 22, 2013 6:46 PM
11Well its not always going to be 25 $ , airlines can't give away $25 seats all the time like leaves on a tree otherwise they go broke and from time to time budget airlines prices can be expensive.
In the past some people prefered to go via ferry rather than fly into Medan to avoid being hassled about onward tickets . I'm not suggesting this is still a problem today but years ago sometimes staff at Medan airport would try to extract bribes from people without onward tickets - arriving by ferry its not generally a problem.
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