Thinking about travelling to Pangkor Island? How to Get There By Car?
Pangkor Island or locally known as Pulau Pangkor is a small island that lies in the West Coast of West Malaysia. Predominantly a fishing village and a resort island, Pangkor Island is good for a short getaway, just for quiet beaches and seafood. Unlike other popular islands in Malaysia, such as Langkawi, Redang or even the much larger Penang island, Pangkor Island offers a much more laid-back and local experience. So which is the best way to get there? Well, most people would drive there by car, and take a short ferry ride across to the island.
Where To Park? Marina Island Jetty Complex Is The Fastest Way To Pangkor Island
The easiest way to get to Pangkor Island by car is to drive to Marina Island Jetty Complex at Lumut, leave your car overnight at the car park facility, then take a short ferry ride of 10 minutes across to the island. Located in Marina Island Pangkor, Marina Island Jetty Complex is about 3 hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur (Waze is the best way to navigate your way here).
Overnight car parking is available at MYR30 a night, mostly uncovered open-air car park area available near the jetty complex. The parking attendants will direct you to the nearest available car park area and ask you how many nights you intend to stay on the island before collecting the parking fee. They will also check your ticket when you exit the car park (just to make sure you didn’t bluff them that you’re only staying 1 night instead of 2 nights).
Once you enter the jetty complex, look for the ticket counter to purchase the ferry ticket. Return ferry ticket price to Pangkor Island from Marina Island Jetty Complex is MYR14 (adults two ways) and MYR5 (children two ways). Ferry schedule is per following, about 1 hour a ride from 7.15am onward until 7pm daily.
The ferry used was not the newest around so do lower your expectations. Although the ferry is air-conditioned, the seats are quite old and it could be quite full during peak hours and on weekends. Thankfully the ferry ride is short, merely 10 minutes so the journey is not too bad.
Getting Around Pangkor Island
Taxi is the main mode of transport to get around the island. The island’s bright pink taxis are abundant and rates are around MYR15-MYR30 from the east coast to the west coast. The best advice is to get the taxi driver’s mobile number from the one you took from the jetty after disembarking from the ferry. Most of the taxis are non-air-conditioned, but the island’s breeze is generally good enough once winding down the window.
Other popular transportations to get around include motorcycle/scooter rentals, or even bicycle if you are physically fit enough.
Alternative Way By Bus
Take the bus to Lumut (4 hours from Kuala Lumpur), then either take a 15-minutes taxi ride to Marina Island Pangkor, or walk 200m across to the nearby Lumut Jetty (longer ferry rides of 20-30 minutes).
Other Tips To Plan For a Road Trip To Pangkor Island
Do stop by Teluk Intan for a detour and explore the quaint town with the famous Malaysia version of the Leaning Tower. Check out my Top-5 things to do in Teluk Intan here.
Which way would you choose to get to Pulau Pangkor?
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