Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR by Bus

Rapid Penang Bus 102 from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR

Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 operates from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR, Gurney, Batu Ferringhi, and Teluk Bahang. My ideal bus to Georgetown from the airport was 401E, but there was no bus in sight on the Prasarana PULSE app.

While the 102 would be a stopping service without the use of highways, it was an immediate departure for me thanks to the early arrival of my Firefly FY2905 flight from JB, so I thought that I might as well just hop on since at least I’ll be spending my time moving towards KOMTAR rather than to wait for an unknown period for a faster bus service.

Penang International Airport Buses to KOMTAR Timetable

Rapid Penang buses from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR are not frequent, as compared to the heydays when Rapid Penang bus services first started.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 401E
Balik Pulau – Teluk Kumbar – Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – KOMTAR – Jetty

401E bus departures from Balik Pulau: 0545, 0630, 0710, 0750, 0830, 0910, 0950, 1035, 1120, 1205, 1250, 1335, 1425, 1505, 1555, 1635, 1720, 1805, 1850, 1935, 2030, 2105, 2150, 2230

On average, add 25 minutes after departure from Balik Pulau as the estimated arrival time at Penang International Airport. Rapid Penang does not publish timetables of 401E from Penang International Airport.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 401E is the fastest bus journey from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR, but with an average of a 45 minute frequency.

Information from the Prasarana PULSE app. Timetables are subject to change after this posting. Check latest details on the Prasarana PULSE app.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 401
Teluk Kumbar – Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jelutong – KOMTAR – Jetty

401 bus departures from Teluk Kumbar: 0545, 0645, 0745, 0845, 0945, 1045, 1145, 1245, 1345, 1445, 1545, 1645, 1745, 1855, 2045, 2230

On average, add 10 minutes after departure from Teluk Kumbar as the estimated arrival time at Penang International Airport. Rapid Penang does not publish timetables of 401 from Penang International Airport.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 401 is the next fastest bus journey from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR, but with an average of a 60 minute frequency.

Information from the Prasarana PULSE app. Timetables are subject to change after this posting. Check latest details on the Prasarana PULSE app.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 102
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Dhoby Ghaut – KOMTAR – Gurney – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

102 bus departures from Airport: 0600, 0730, 0900, 1030, 1200, 1330, 1500, 1630, 1800, 2030, 2300

Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 is the least frequent and slowest bus journey from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR, using a longer route, but with the above buses having poor frequencies as well, just hop on if there is no impending departure. However, if you are heading to Gurney, Batu Ferringhi, or Teluk Bahang, it may be useful to just take 102 anyway as it is a single bus ride and you pay a direct fare.

Information from the Prasarana PULSE app. Timetables are subject to change after this posting. Check latest details on the Prasarana PULSE app.

The fast Airport Transit (AT) bus is no longer in operation.

Penang International Airport

I got out of the Arrival Hall with a sight of the waiting Rapid Penang Bus 102 for the 3pm departure, as it was 2.59pm which I arrived at the bus stop.

I boarded the Rapid Penang Bus 102 since it will keep me moving to KOMTAR with no waiting time.

The typical interior of Rapid Penang’s single deck buses.

I usually pick the last row on Rapid single deck buses as it is closer to the aircon. Rapid single deck buses can get quite stuffy.

My ticket for the Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR which costs RM2.70. Only cash and Pas Mutiara are accepted on board Rapid Penang buses. Malaysian citizens with the Pas Mutiara can ride on all Rapid Penang bus services for free in 2022.

Exiting from Penang International Airport with a sign pointing to KOMTAR which says it’s 18km away. Not on 102 though.

Heading on the roundabout outside Penang International Airport.

Heading up on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 continues on this main Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah for a bulk of the journey.

Next bus stop information is available on screens on board the bus.

As compared with 401E, 102 does not make the loop around Mahsuri, but continues straight on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

Taking the main roundabout junction to Sungai Nibong Highway, which 102 does not use.

Continuing on the local road towards Georgetown.

Approaching Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.

Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal

Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 makes a stop inside Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in the northbound direction. If you are arriving in Penang Island by express bus, you can use 102 too to travel to Georgetown.

Rapid Penang buses take the outermost berth at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.

Stopping alongside other arriving and departing express buses at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.

Heading out of Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.

Passing by Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal again to continue on to Georgetown.

More parallel bus routes operate on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah after Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.

Splitting off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah at Jalan Masjid Negeri.

Continuing along residential areas.

Turning right on to Jalan Air Itam at the Masjid Negeri Pulau Pinang junction before Jalan Scotland.

Passing by SMKA Al-Mashoor which is also a major transit bus stop.

Passing by Pejabat Pos Dato Keramat.

The sight of GAMA Supermarket and Departmental Store means the end of my bus ride is near.

Passing by Komtar Utara bus stop as the 102 serves KOMTAR Bus Terminal directly from the Airport to Teluk Bahang.

Looping around the vicinity of KOMTAR.

Turning in to KOMTAR.

Some express buses and vans also depart from KOMTAR Prangin Mall.

Arriving at KOMTAR Bus Terminal.

KOMTAR Bus Terminal

Arrived at KOMTAR Bus Terminal Platform 1.

The Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 journey from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR took me 54 minutes.

The Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 will continue on to Gurney, Batu Ferringhi, and Teluk Bahang.

The map of bus services around KOMTAR. Do note that the Airport Transit (AT) bus is no longer in operation.

Conclusion

With the immediate departure for me, Rapid Penang Bus Service 102 was a good airport transfer for me to get from Penang International Airport to KOMTAR Georgetown with no waiting time. The traffic was also smooth which helped with the travel time. Do note that your experience will vary depending on the waiting time at Penang International Airport and the traffic jams around Penang Island.

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