Your Ultimate Guide to Reaching Langkawi in 2024

Langkawi, an enchanting archipelago of 99 islands located in the Andaman Sea off the northwest coast of Malaysia, is a dream destination for many travelers. Renowned for its stunning beaches, clear blue waters, and lush rainforests, Langkawi is a tropical paradise that promises a blend of adventure and relaxation. 

Reaching Langkawi can be an exciting journey in itself, with various travel options available depending on your starting point. This guide provides an in-depth overview of how to get to Langkawi, covering air travel, ferry services, road and rail combinations, and cruise options, along with practical tips to ensure a smooth trip.


Traveling to Langkawi by Plane

The most convenient way to reach Langkawi is by air via Langkawi International Airport (LGK), which is well-connected with both domestic and international flights.

  • From Kuala Lumpur: Direct flights take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Malindo Air operate frequent services.
  • From Singapore: Direct flights from Changi Airport take about 1 hour and 30 minutes with airlines like AirAsia, Scoot, and SilkAir.
  • From Bangkok: Direct flights are available and take around 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • From other International Destinations: Seasonal and charter flights from cities such as  Guangzhou, Phuket, and Ho Chi Minh City may also be available.

If there are no direct flights from your location, you can connect via major hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Singapore.


Traveling to Langkawi by Ferry

For those who prefer a scenic route, ferries operate from various points on the Malaysian mainland to Langkawi.

  1. From Kuala Perlis: Journey takes about 1 hour 15 minutes.
    • Ferry Ticket Prices:
      1. Malaysia Adult: RM21 (one way)
      2. Malaysia Child (aged 3-12): RM16 (one way)
      3. Senior Citizen: RM13 (one way)
      4. International Adult: RM27 (one way)
      5. International Child (aged 3-12): RM20 (one way)
      6. OKU: RM10 (one way)
  2. From Kuala Kedah: Journey takes about 2 hours 15 minutes.
    • Ferry Ticket Prices:
      1. Malaysia Adult: RM27 (one way)
      2. Malaysia Child (aged 3-12): RM21 (one way)
      3. Senior Citizen: RM17 (one way)
      4. International Adult: RM35 (one way)
      5. International Child (aged 3-12): RM26 (one way)
      6. OKU: RM14 (one way)


Traveling to Langkawi by Road and Ferry Combination

If you prefer driving or taking a bus, you can combine road travel with a ferry ride to reach Langkawi.The best way when figuring out how to go to Langkawi by bus would be to take the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis. This is because the bus station in Kuala Perlis is only a few minutes away from the ferry terminal.

  • Take a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) or Duta Bus Terminal to Kuala Perlis Bus Station.
  • From there, walk to the ferry terminal and embark on a ferry to Kuah Jetty Terminal in Langkawi.
    1. Average Cost: ~RM50 to RM60
    2. Duration of Journey: ~8 hours


Traveling to Langkawi by Train and Ferry Combination

Combining train and ferry travel is another option, especially for those who enjoy scenic  train journeys.

  • From Kuala Lumpur: Take the KTM ETS train to Alor Setar or Arau, then proceed to the respective ferry jetties.
  • From Penang: Take the KTM ETS train from Butterworth to Alor Setar or Arau, then continue to the ferry terminals.


Best Time to Visit Langkawi

Peak Season: November to April is the best time to visit Langkawi, with dry weather and  ideal conditions for outdoor activities.

Off-Peak Season: May to October is the monsoon season, characterized by occasional rain.  While this period may offer lower prices and fewer tourists, be prepared for some wet  weather.


Exploring Langkawi: A Paradise Awaits

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1.Pantai Cenang: The most popular beach with a lively atmosphere, restaurants, and bars.

2.Tanjung Rhu: Known for its pristine sands and tranquil waters.

3.Pantai Tengah: A quieter alternative to Pantai Cenang, perfect for relaxation.


Nature and Wildlife:

1.Langkawi Sky Bridge and Cable Car: Offers breathtaking views of the island.

2.Kilim Karst Geoforest Park: A UNESCO Global Geopark with mangroves, caves, and wildlife.

3.Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise: Home to various species of animals and birds.


Cultural Attractions:

1.Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum: One of the largest 3D art museums in Malaysia.

2.Mahsuri’s Tomb and Museum: Learn about the legend of Mahsuri, a famous Langkawi  folklore.


Water Activities:

1.Island Hopping: Explore nearby islands such as Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras   Basah.

2.Snorkeling and Diving: Discover vibrant marine life around Langkawi’s coral reefs.


Shopping and Dining

1.Kuah Town: The main commercial hub with duty-free shops and local markets.

2.Night Markets: Experience local cuisine and buy souvenirs at Langkawi’s night markets,   held in different locations throughout the week.


What WAHDAH Offers

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2. Premium rental car, transfer service from any location in Langkawi area.



Now that you know how to get to Langkawi, you’ll probably need to start planning your itinerary in Langkawi! There are plenty of activities for you to choose from. 

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