Langkawi seems to be an isolated cluster of islands on the Andaman Sea and separate by the Malacca Strait by some 30kms from the nearest point of Malaysia’s western coast, it is well connected with various places of Malaysia as well as several other neighboring countries. There are both regular air and waterway connections to the main island of Langkawi.
However, there are no road or rail connections from Malaysia’s mainland all the way up to Langkawi as the island is several miles offshore. If you plan to take rail or road transport, then you will first need to come to a point on the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia which is close to Langkawi and then take a ferry or boat service to reach the island.
Being an island of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi’s one of the main mode of connections with other parts of Malaysia and neighboring countries is through boat or ferry services. There are several ferry routes and services that provide Langkawi’s waterways. This isolated island is well connected by Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, and Penang to Langkawi (Kuah Jetty) and Satun (Thailand). You can find daily ferry service between Satun of Thailand and Kuah of Langkawi. The nearest point linked with Langkawi by ferry is Kuala Perlis which is located 31kms to its east and on the western coast of Malaysia’s mainland.
Other ferry points in Malaysia accessible from Langkawi include Kuala Kedah (51kms away and at the northwestern coast of Malaysia’s mainland), and Penang (110kms away also at the western coast of Malaysia). Satun of Thailand is also connected through a ferry service from Langkawi.
Kuah Jetty in Kuah town is Langkawi’s main ferry point (or terminal) from where the ferries/boats leave and arrive. The entrance to Kuah Jetty is through a large & modern shopping complex.
At the opposite side of the shopping center, i.e. on the other side of the road, there is a Tourist Information Center run by the Malaysia Government. You can collect free brochures and maps of various places of Malaysia including Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur etc. from here.
Ferry routes and travel time
- Langkawi – Kuala Perlis: 1hr 15min (31kms)
- Langkawi (Telaga Terminal) – Koh Lipe: 90 minutes (42kms)
- Langkawi – Kuala Kedah: 1hr 30min (51kms)
- Langkawi – Penang: 2 hrs 45min (110kms)
- Langkawi – Satun (Thailand) : 1hr 15min
There are so many Ferry Operators to pick when you choose to travel to Langkawi like,
- Langkawi Ferry Services Sdn. Bhd.
- Ferryline Ventures Sdn. Bhd.
- Langkawi World Ferry Management Sdn. Bhd.
- Langkawi Ro Ro Ferry Service
- Lada Langkawi Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
- Blue Water Star Sailing Sdn. Bhd.
- Telaga Harbour Park, Pekan Rabu Pier/Jeti
These all are the ferry services that provide a safe and comfortable journey to Langkawi Malaysia.
They offer various packages, sometimes the tickets are cheap and sometimes they are very expensive, that usually depends on the season and at what time or day you decide to travel.It is not important to line up at the ticket counter as most of these services include online booking.
You can also have a short boat trip to travel to the island of Langkawi. It will cost you a lot less. You have so many options to look, you can make your half journey by bus or train to the nearest island and then you can catch a ferry.
Although you can catch flights too to reach Langkawi but ferries make your experience unforgettable because most of the tourists dream to have a ride by ferry.