Sweetenham Pier, Penang

Sweetenham Pier in George Town, Penang, is the Island’s cruise ship pier and the pier from where ferries to Langkawi, Pulau Payar and Medan (in Indonesia) depart, as well as casino ships which offer day cruises in international waters as a way of bypassing Malaysia’s anti-gambling laws.

Sweetenham Pier building

Sweetenham Pier building

You can buy ferry tickets at Sweetenham Pier, or you can buy them online. See below for more details..


About Sweetenham Ferry Pier


Sweettenham Pier was established in 1904. The name of the pier is a reference to Frank Sweetenham, who was the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements from 1901 to 1904. 

Cruise Ships at Sweetenham Ferry Pier

Cruise Ships at Sweetenham Ferry Pier

Sweetenham Pier is the most popular port in the Malay Peninsula for cruise ships, with an estimated 1.35 million passengers having disembarked at Sweetenham Pier in 2017.

Passenger entrance to Sweetenham Pier

Passenger entrance to Sweetenham Pier

Sweetenham Pier’s popularity as a cruise ship destination has been facilitated by the construction of a three storey terminal building containing immigration and customs offices, as well as toilets, waiting rooms and other amenities servicing ships docking into the 400 metre long deep sea pier.

Langkawi Ferry Services Office

Langkawi Ferry Services office on Pesara King Edward

Tickets for passenger ferries can be purchased at the Langkawi Ferry Services office which is on the Pesara King Edward in the row of shops opposite the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower.


Ferry Times to Langkawi


There are two fast ferries a day from Penang to Langkawi.

Penang Langkawi Buy at Pier Buy Online
08:30 10:50 70 MYR 80.80 MYR
14:00 16:20 70 MYR 80.80 MYR

It costs more to buy your ferry ticket online in advance rather than at the ferry pier, however, there are limited places on ferry services from Penang to Langkawi and tickets often sell out in advance of the day of travel at busy times of the year.


Buy Tickets to Langkawi


Use the Search Box below to buy your Penang to Langkawi ferry tickets online.

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Location of Sweetenham Pier


  • Sweetenham Pier is located on the Pengkalan Weld seafront road in George Town on Penang Island.

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