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Terengganu ~ Getting There

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The best way is to get to Kuala Terengganu and connect to the place or location you intend to visit.


By Road
Driving travellers are advise to get a map from Tourism Malaysia or any bookstore.

From Kuala Lumpur / Kuantan
Head east towards Kuantan. You will be driving on the Karak Highway (Highway 2) and continue with ECE (East Coast Expressway) all through to Kuantan, which takes approximately 3 - 3 hours. From Kuantan head towards the Northeast, on highway 3 (the coastal road) or Highway 14, which will lead you to Kuala Terengganu.

From Penang
Head towards Kota Baharu via the East-West Highway (highway 4). Perhaps one of the most scenic routes found in the Peninsular, the East-West Highway is one of the last frontiers to be conquered, so to speak. A stronghold for the communists in the 60's and 70's where terrorist activity was rampant in the area then. This may be the reason why going through this part of Malaysia seems a little alien. There are neither plantations nor housing development lining the highway. Zip back 60years and this would probably have been the landscape for most parts of Malaysia. Little trunk roads splitting dense forests, with no evidence of civilisation far into the horizon. Look out for the 'Elephant Crossing' Signs. Wild elephants forage at night and may cross the highway to other feeding rounds within their roaming range. From Kota Baharu, head South to the jetty location

From Johor or Singapore
Travel north on the North-South Highway and exit at Yong Peng. From Yong Peng, take highway 1 to Labis and later onto Segamat. Segamat will lead you to Highway 12 towards Muadzam Shan and Gambang and turn east all the way to Kuantan. From Kuantan, head towards the Northeast on highway 3 (the coastal road) which will take you to Dungun and on to Kuala Terengganu or Highway 14 which will take you direct to Kuala Terengganu.


By Bus
Arrival at Kuala Terengganu, will be at the Kuala Terengganu Tanjung Bus Terminal and for Kota Bahru, at the Kota Bahru Langgar Bus Terminal, in Jalan Padang Garong. Express coaches departs daily -
Kuala Lumpur - from Hentian Putra Station (7 hours) / Singapore - from Singapore Kallang Bahru (9.5 hours) / Johor Bharu - frrom Larkin Bus Terminal (9 hours) / Penang - from Komtar Bus Terminal (9 hours).

The journey include 2 rest stops or more along the journey for foods, refreshments and toilet stops. The most comfortable coaches (VIP) have 24-32 seats in a 2-1 seating arrangement. The seats are spacious with plenty of leg room. There are also 36-40 seats coaches 4 seats abreast that would as well get you to Terengganu in best comfort. If you are travelling overnight, bring some warn clothing (Jacket/ Sweater). It can be quite cool. Soft or inflatable pillow can help you sleep more comfortably. Most of the ticket counters only sell one way ticket. Night coaches arrive Kuala Terengganu Tanjung Bus Terminal around 5.30am - 6.00am.

By Train
No Train service available to Kuala Terengganu but if passengers wish to travel to the northern part of Terengganu, Keretapi Tanah Melayu train (KTM) service is available from economy class to comfortable sleeping berth from Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru/ Singapore to Tanah Merah or Wakaf Bahru in the Kelantan region. The nearest railway station to Kuala Terengganu, would be to get off at Krai or Tanah Merah, although most travellers opt for Kota Bharu's better-serviced Wakaf Bahru station instead.

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By Air
Direct air services to Kota Bahru (Pengkalan Chepa Airport) and to Kuala Terengganu Sultan Mahmud airport, are provided by Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia on a daily basis from KLIA / LCCT (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). - Journey by air takes approximately 45 minutes. Berjaya Air also operates regular direct flights from Subang Airport (located on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur) to Redang Island
(flight journey 1 hour).

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From Singapore there is no direct flight to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore, but Berjaya Air does operate flights from Singapore's Seletar Airport direct to Redang Island. Otherwise Travellers must fly via KLIA. If flying via KLIA from Singapore is too costly, they can also fly from Senai Airport in Johor with Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia.


The best way is to get to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu and proceed to the respective jetty terminals to connect the boat ferry to the island you intend to visit.


From Jetty To Island
Kuala Besut / Tok Bali Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
Merang Redang & Lang Tengah / Bidong
Marang Kapas / Gemia
Dungun Tenggol

There are now 2 ferry routes to Perhentian. One from Kelantan at Tok Bali and the other from Terengganu at Kuala Besut. it's generally the same - roughly the same distance to the island and roughly the same travelling time (45 minutes). Also not to be confused with names, Merang is the take-off point for visitors to Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Bidong and the other islands off this part of the coast. And Marang, is the take-off point for Pulau Kapas which is much further down the coast. Car Park available at Merang Jetty (Redang Island / Lang Tengah Island), Marang Jetty (Kapas Island), Kuala Besut Jetty (Perhentian Island).

Getting around on the Islands - Other than walking, the only means of transport is water taxis. Prices are negotiable but figure on RM5 per head for most hops from one beach to another, a little more from crossing from one island to another.

Kuala Besut > Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
Is a little fishing village town located about 13 kilometers from Kota Bharu town. It is the main jetty to and from Perhentian islands and is about 45 Minutes from Kota Bharu Airport / 2 hours from Kuala Terengganu Airport The jetty offers facilities such as free parking space with 24-hour security

Tok Bali > Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
The jetty at Tok Bali, Kelantan, presents an alternative travel route to Perhentian Island Travel and Tours express boats the only boat operator at the jetty. There is free and secure parking at the jetty terminal.

2 types of services are offered - Fast Boat & Slow Boat.
Slow boat per way takes about 1 Hour 45 Mins
Fast boat per way takes about 45 Mins

Fast boat : Adult RM60.00 / person. Child : RM30.00 / person
Slow boat : Adult RM40.00 / person. Child : RM20.00 / person


Departure From To Fast Boat Slow Boat
Kuala Besut Perhentian Island 9am to 2pm 8.30am to 2.30pm
Tok Bali Perhentian Island 7am to 2pm
Perhentian Island Kuala Besut / Tok Bali

8am, 12 noon

& 4pm

8am and 12.00noon


Merang > Pulau Redang / Pulau Lang Tengah / Pulau Bidong
In Merang Jetty, there many speedboats waiting to take guests to Pulau Redang and Lang Tengah. Different speedboats are attached to different resorts on the island. If you have booked with a resort on the island, more than likely the appointed boat will already be there waiting for you. Some boats belong to the resort and is therefore easy to pick out with the resort's name clearly printed. But many are hired boats and belong to private operators so just inform the boatman which resort you are staying at, and he will direct you to the right boat.
Delay is a normal occurrence. There have been occasions when passengers had to wait quite a while for other guests delayed enroute, so be prepared! Pulau Redang is roughly 22km from the Merang Estuary and the boat ride takes approximately 45mins.

Marang > Kapas / Gemia
Departure to these islands is from Marang Jetty. Return speedboat fare to Kapas is about RM 25 with the boat trip taking about 15 minutes.
Gemia Island is only 800 meters off.
Marang is still pretty much a fishing village. Scattered around the village, are a number of cheap chalets. You may have a bit of problem leaving your car as there are few long-term car parks.

Dungun > Pulau Tenggol
You can get to Pulau Tenggol by speedboat from Kuala Dungun also known as Dungun The trip from Kuala Dungun to the island will take about 45 minutes Dungun town is a little more than a village with wooden shops lining its main road.

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