Relaxing Penang Beach
Kek Lok Si Temple, Goergetown, Penang

Useful facts for your holiday to Penang

Flights and transfers

You can’t fly direct to Penang. First you’ll need to get to Kuala Lumpur’s international hub airport before catching a domestic flight to Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport.

Visa Requirements

Irish passport holders do not require a visa.


Malay is the official language, although English is quite commonly spoken as a second language.


Taxis are a useful but relatively expensive way of getting around. Try to make sure you get in one that uses a metre. Three-wheeled carts pulled by humans, called trishaws, are useful if you don’t need to get very far or would like a tour of the city. Buses are a cheap way of getting around.


The ringgit is the official currency.



Vaccination & Health

As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting NaTHNaC or MASTA Travel health.

Dialling Code


Time Difference

GMT +8

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