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Terengganu ~ Getting There

• An Introduction • Sights & Visits • Beaches • Getting There • Perhentians • Kenyir •

• Stay-in Terengganu • Travel-in Terengganu • Terengganu Map •



• By Road • By Bus • By Train • By Air



• To Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil •

• To Pulau Redang ~ Pulau Lang Tengah ~ Pulau Bidong •

• To Pulau Kapas ~ Pulau Gemia • To Pulau Tenggol •

• Getting Around on the Islands •



The best way is to get to Kuala Terengganu and connect

to the place or location you intend to visit.





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 - 3½ 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 grounds within their roaming range.
From Kota Baharu, head South to the jetty location

From Johore or Singapore
ravel 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.

From Kuala Terengganu

Continue on route 3 until you reach Jertih. Follow road signs from Jertih to

Kuala Besut (route 84), Please note that Besut is district,

you want to get to Kuala Besut.



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 from

Kuala Lumpur - Hentian Putra Station (7 hours)

Singapore - Singapore Kallang Bahru (9.5 hours)

Johor Bharu - Larkin Bus Terminal (9 hours)

Penang - 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 counter only sell one way ticket, passengers may book return ticket plus tour through us. Night coaches arrive Kuala Terengganu Tanjung Bus Terminal around 5.30am - 6.00am.



No Train service available to Kuala Terengganu but if passengers wish to travel

to the northern part of Terengganu like Perhentian Island. 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, Wakaf Bahru

and Tumpat in Kelantan region.

The nearest railway station is Tanah Merah, although most

travellers opt for Kota Bharu's better-serviced Wakaf Bahru station instead.


Closest station is Wakaf Bharu. From Wakaf Bharu to Kuala Besut,

taxis cost around RM40.

From Singapore, Express Timuran depart nightly at 09:00pm. From

Kuala Lumpur, Express Wau departs daily @ 8:00pm from KL Sentral station.

Train Train Name Departure Arrival Schedule

KL Sentral 

to Wakaf Baru

Express Wau 2005 0807 Daily

KL Sentral 

to Alor Setar

Express Timuran 2105 0938 Daily
For  Train Fares & Bookings

The above serves only as a guide and may be subject to change. For current info and details please log on to >



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

Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia offer daily flights from KLIA

(Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Kuala Terengganu Airport.

Journey by air takes approximately 45 minutes.

For Flight Info / Rates & Online Bookings


From Singapore
There is no direct flight to Kuala Terengganu from Singapore.

Travellers must fly via KLIA. If flying via KLIA from Singapore is too costly,

consider flying from Senai Airport in Johor with Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia.


For Flight Info / Rates & Online Bookings

Berjaya Air operates flight from Subang Airport (Kuala Lumpur)

to Redang Island (flight journey 1 hour).





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


To Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
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).


Kuala Besut

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
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.

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


Slow boat per way takes about 1½ - 1Ύ hours

Fast boat per way takes about ½ - Ύ hours


Merang & Marang

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.

To Pulau Redang ~ Pulau Lang Tengah ~ Pulau Bidong
From Merang Jetty, there many speedboats awaiting 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.


Merang is still pretty much a fishing village. Life goes on as it has for

generations. 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.

To Pulau Kapas ~ Pulau Gemia
Departure to these islands is from Marang Jetty and the return speedboat fare

is about RM 25 with the boat trip taking about 15 minutes.
Gemia Island is only 800 meters off Kapas Island.
Marang is a picturesque fishing village, it welcomes her visitors with tall

swaying coconut trees, cool fresh air, an incredibly beautiful lagoon

and a fleet of fishing trawlers.

To Pulau Tenggol
You can get to the island 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. The buzz in town is at the fish market where fishing boats

unload their daily catch.

Car Parks

Car Park available at Merang Jetty (Redang Island/Lang Tengah Island),

Marang Jetty (Kapas Island), Kuala Besut Jetty (Perhentian Island).

Approximate RM5.00 per car per night.



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.





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