Langkawi Ferry Services
Being an island of Malaysia in Andaman Sea, Langkawi's one of the main mode of connections with other parts of Malaysia and neighboring countries is through boat or ferry services. There are several ferry routes and services that provide Langkawi's waterways. The nearest point linked with Langkawi by ferry is Kuala Perlis which is located 31kms to its east and on the western coast of Malaysia's main land.
Other ferry points in Malaysia accessible from Langkawi includes Kuala Kedah (51kms away and at the north western coast of Malaysia's main land), and Penang (110kms away also at the western coast of Malaysia). Satun of Thailand is also connected through a ferry service from Langkawi.
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in Kuah town is Lankawi's main ferry point (or terminal) from where the ferries/boats leave and arrive. The entrance to Kuah Jetty is through a large & modern shopping complex.
At the opposite side of the shopping center, i.e. on the other side of the road, there is a Tourist Information Center run by the Malaysia Government. You can collect free brochures and maps of various places of Malaysia including Langkawi, Penang, Kuala lumpur etc. from here.
Ferry routes & time to reach
1) Langkawi (Kuah) - Kuala Perlis: 1hr 15min (31kms)
2) Langkawi (Kuah) - Kuala Kedah: 1hr 30min (51kms)
3) Langkawi (Kuah) - Penang: 2 hrs 45min (110kms)
4) Langkawi (Kuah) - Satun (Thailand) : 1hr 15min
5) Penang - Pulau Payar: 1 hr 30min
6) Penang - Medan (Indonesia): 5hr 30min
7) Langkawi (Telaga Terminal) - Koh Lipe: 90 minutes (42kms)
Langkawi Ferrry Operators & Services
Following are the major Ferry Service operators providing the important links between Langkawi and the nearby places. The below section provides information about routes, the types of ferries, schedules, ticket counters, offices, reservation/booking information and more.
Note: Schedules and fares are subject to changes. So check out with the ferry operator before making reservations.
Langkawi Ferry Line Ventures
They have been operating since 2005 after having merged several ferry companies. Their ferry operation has a fleet of boats with capacity ranging from 100 to 450, and presently connect Langkawi with Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. There are daily regular ferry services between Langkawi and these two places.
Ferry Schedule & fares Between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi: Daily starts at 7:30am until 7pm at 90 minute interval.
Adult fare RM18 one way. Child: RM13 Between Kuala Kedah and Langkawi: Daily starts at 7am until 7pm at 90 minute interval.
Adult fare RM23 one way. Child: RM17
Langkawi Ferry Line (at Kuah Jetty Point)
Contacts & Ticketing
Address: No 81& 83 Persiaran Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall Phase 2, 07000 Langkawi
Note: You can buy tickets online from their website
For checking time table, you may call up the following phone nos.:
Langkawi - Phone: 04-966 5889 / 04-9665131
Kuala Perlis - Phone: 04-985 2539 / 04-985 1899
Kuala Kedah - Phone: 04-762 6295 / 04-762 6296
Super Fast Ferry Ventures (SSFV)
This company was formed in 2004 after merger of several ferry companies including Langkawi Ferry Services, Bahagia Express and couple of others. Presently this is the only company which operates ferries between Langkawi and Penang. They currently have no other ferry services to destinations other than Penang.
One way journey time is around 2 hours 45 minutes. There are daily two ferry services from Langkawi to Penang - 10:30am and 3pm. Boarding point at Langkawi is at Kuah Jetty Point. Daily two services from Penang to Langkawi - 8:30am and 2pm. Boarding point at Penang is at Swettenham Pier (Penang International Cruise Terminal).
One-way fare between Langkawi and Penang is RM70 for adult (including port handling charges) and RM51.30 for a child. Infant one-way fare is RM31.30. If you purchase two-way (return) ticket, there is no discount and the fare is just double of the one-way fare.
They operate all 365 days in a year and have ticket counters at both Langkawi and Penang.
7.00am – 6.00pm (Monday to Saturday)
7.00am – 3.00pm (Sunday / Public Holiday)
7.00am – 5.30pm (Fasting / Puasa Month)
Langkawi Counter: 8.00am – 5.00pm (Daily)
Contacts & Booking
You can buy the ferry ticket by visiting one of their counters at Langkawi or Penang. Or alternatively you can purchase e-Ticket online from their website www.superfastferry.com.my.
Penang Ticket Counter:
Ground Floor, Bangunan Suruhanjaya Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang No.1
Pesara King Edward, 10300 Penang,Malaysia.
Phone: 604-2620802 / 2620521; Mobile : 6016-4160802
Langkawi Ticket Counter:
Counter Ferry Ticket LotF-5S, Bangunan Satelit, Kompleks Jetty Point,
07000 Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman.
Phone: 604-9660521; Mobile : 6016-4190521
Langkawi - Koh Lipe
There are ferry services from Telaga terminal for trips between Langkawi and Koh Lipe of Thailand. There are two daily ferries that operate each way during the high tourist season (i.e. between October to May). During the other months, the service remains closed. It takes 90 minutes to complete the trip one way. The distance between Langkawi (Telaga Terminal) and Koh Lipe is about 42kms. Many tourists make a day trip to Koh Lipe from Langkawi and return on the same day.
Telaga Terminal is located at the Telaga Harbor Park
in Pantai Kok and opposite to Perdana Quay
. The ferries depart at 9:30 and 14:30 hours from Langkawi (Malay Time) and leave Koh Lipe at 10:30 and 16:30 hours (Thai Time). Note that Thai time is 1 hour behind Malay time. One way fare is RM128, and return fare is RM248. Also note that there is no jetty or ferry dock at Koh Lipe. A long tail boat is used to transfer the passengers to a beach. Check-in counter opens 1hr 30mins before departure and closes 30mins before departure time.
Remember to carry all your required travel documents including valid passport, visa (if required), filled up embarkation card, ferry booking voucher, Thai immigration card etc. Also carry enough Thai Bahts as there is no ATM at Koh Lipe. Since this is an international travel between Malaysia and Thailand, there will be immigration formalities at both ends.
Address and Contact Info
Telaga Terminal, Telaga Harbour Marina
Lot 1, Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia 07000
Phone: +604 9592208, Mobile: +6012 2979195
Note: There are other Thailand based operators who run ferries between Koh Lipe and Kuah Jetty of Langkawi during the high tourist season (check out www.kohlipethailand.com).
Lankawi Ferry Services (LFS)
X Merged with Super Fast Ferry Ventures
They have been operating since 1996 and is one of the largest ferry services of Langkawi. They have a fleet of high speed boats (presently 12 of them) with capacity varying from 100 to 200 seats and travelling at speeds between 30 to 40 knots (nautical miles per hour). All the ferries are air-conditioned, have on-board videos, reclining seats and small canteens.
The service operates daily between Langkawi, and places like Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang, Puala Payar Marine Park and Satun (of Thailand). From Penang they also provide a connection to Medan of Indonesia (3 days a week).
Ferry Schedule & fares Between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi: Daily starts at 7am until 7pm. Adult fare RM18 one way. Child: RM13 Between Kuala Kedah and Langkawi: Daily starts at 7am until 7pm. Adult fare RM23 one way. Child: RM17 Penang to Langkawi: Daily 8:15am (via Puala Payar), and 8:30am direct. Adult RM60 one way and Child (up to 3 years) RM45. Langkawi to Penang: Daily 2:30pm (via Puala Payar), and 5:15pm direct. Adult RM60 one way and Child (up to 3 years) RM45. Langkawi to Satun & back: 4 trips daily (each way). Starts at 9:45am, last trip at 4:30pm from either end. Adult fare RM30 one way. Child: RM23 Penang to Medan: Monday, Wednesday & Friday; Check-in: 8.30am; Adult fare RM110 one way and Child (up to 3 years) RM60. Reduced two way fares. Medan to Penang: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday; Check-in (Belawan): 10.00am; Adult fare RM110 one way and Child (up to 3 years) RM60. Reduced two way fares.
The ferries operate from the Kuah Jetty in Langkawi. You can make advance reservations through their website, or alternatively email or call them with your requirements. All passengers are ferry insured.
Contacts & Ticket Booking
Note: You can buy tickets online from their website as well as from the counters.
Kompleks Jetty Point, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman
Phone: 604-966 0521 / 604-966 1126
Ground Floor, PPC Building, Pesara King Edward, 10300 Penang.
Phone: 604-2642088 / 2628588
Jeti Penumpang Kuala Perlis, 02000 Perlis Indera Kayangan
Phone: 604-985 1899 , 604-9852539 & 604-985 2690
Jeti Penumpang Kuala Kedah, 06600 Kedah Darul Aman
Phone: 604-762 6295 & 604-762 6296
Satun Agent (Southern Ferry Services):
30/11-12, Sulkanukul Road. Phimarn, Maung, Satun 91000, Thailand
Phone: (0066) 747 30513
Medan Agent: 6261-521111
Bahagia Express (Penang - Langkawi)
X Merged with Super Fast Ferry Ventures
Bahagia Express runs speedboat ferry between Penang and Langkawi. The ferries leave from Weld Quay of George Town in the morning and come to Kuah Jetty in Langkawi. There are two ferries, one comes via Pulau Payar Marine Park and the other direct. The direct ferry takes 2.5 hours to reach. The return times are in the afternoon.
One way adult fare is RM60. You should book the tickets in advance from their office in Penang. Their office is near the Clock Tower and next to the Tourism Board office. You can also book online through the website penang-online.com and collect your tickets at the counter "Ekspres Bahagia" 30 minutes prior to departure.
Edwyn (September 2020)
Hi Raj, I am travelling to Langkawi by boat from Penang and returning to Penang by boat as well however I have an Indonesian maid with me. Her passport is kept by her agent. Does the Indonesian maid needs to bring along her passport to enter Langkawi? Thank you.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2020
Hi, since this is a domestic travel within Malaysia, a passport won't be required to enter Langkawi. However, if you check into a hotel, then as a foreign national she will be required to produce her Passport. She should carry a photocopy of her passport and other ID proofs.
Jane Khoo (August 2020)
Hi there. Thank you for compiling a very extensive list of info and tips about modes of transport to Langkawi Island.
1) However, due to the RMCO / Covid-19 problem I have been told that ferry services are re-scheduled and are lesser. Is this the case? Because I am planning to bring a group of local tourists over to Langkawi, I need to ensure the info is correct as of August 2020.
2) A few months ago, my guests missed an important meeting because the ferry could not operate in low tide and so the service was cancelled temporarily. Is this a common occurrence and can we know the expected time it will happen again?
Thank you so much for maintaining this website with valuable information.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) August 2020
Hi, yes the frequency of ferry operation has been presently reduced due to the Covid-19 situation. This is mainly because of lower demand. However, there are still several return trips operating daily from both Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis to Langkawi starting in the morning hours. You can get the latest schedule on this website: www.langkawiferryline.com
The low tide issue halting ferry operation is not quite common and has happened in the past in exceptional situations. Ferries ideally require 1meter of sea level to operate, which is usually not breached because the ferry operations are timed accordingly. Even if a trip is cancelled due to low tide resulting in shallow waters, the subsequent trips on the day are likely to operate and depending on availability, the ferry company would try to accommodate the affected passengers. However, for attending important morning meetings or keeping appointments, it would be advisable to schedule the trip on the previous day, if possible.
Amrita (November 2019)
Hi, Thanks for the detailed information . I wanted to enquire, I land in Langkawi at 12:15 on an air asia flight ( from Singapore ) and have booked a ferry to Koh Lipe from Telaga Terminal at 2:30pm. Do you think we are cutting it too fine ? Apparently that's the last ferry out as per the research we have done. Will look forward to hearing from you .
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) November 2019
Hi, yes the time gap is too narrow to be comfortable. You are supposed to report at the check in counter 1.5 - 2 hrs before the ferry departure. The cab would take about 15 - 20 minutes from the airport to Telaga ferry terminal. While you should be able to make it if your flight lands on time, I would suggest you should have a Plan-B in place too.
Anis Zouzou (July 2018)
Hello, We are a family of 6 who would like to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi from July 28 to July 31. Can you give us any advice on how to get there. Thank you very much.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) July 2018
Ferries leave for Koh Lipe from Telaga Ferry Terminal in Langkawi.
Kedahan Folk (November 2013)
Nowadays all Ferries to Langkawi boarded from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis are monopolized by just a one company- Langkawi Ferry Line Ventures Sdn Bhd (they print out as Langkawi Ferry Services Sdn Bhd.). After 2003, there are no more 'original' LADA High Speed Catamaran Ferry/Boats operated by LADA Berhad. That is why the ferry ticket price increased surprisingly without any logical reason.. because people have no choice. They must get the only one company ferry. In fact, the safest high speed boats were from LADA Berhad.. they built very tough strong ocean vessels at Australia (if not mistaken), aluminum alloy based body. They could reach 36knot. Have a very sweet experience with LADA original water jet propulsion, smoothly driven the boat without knowing the boat engine is running.. well circulated air condition system within the large passenger cabin hall. They provided affordable cafeteria, and also premium seats at second floor. The LFS ferry company claims to have high speed boats but they are very dangerous when crash happens. The high speed as claimed is because they are using the un-approved fiberglass frame, lighter but brittle. This was recorded as a tragedy in early 2000 when collided with mud pontoon, the ferry wrecked into two parts.. So, not many people know that LADA (original fleets of LADA vessels series-LADA 1 until LADA-5) were the best public passenger ferry in Malaysia and very comfortable, safest and fastest. LFS boats move at high speed also but you will vibrate and it makes your ear deaf by the old type propeller engine.. pity to see that all these sweetness gone.. no more choice now..
Jackie Wynwood (May 2013)
Hello, is there a ferry from langkawi to Satun in low season (early October)? If yes, what time does it leave? Thanks
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) May 2013
Yes... as per current schedule (from Kuah Jetty): Langkawi to Satun: 4 trips daily. First trip at 9:45am, last trip at 4:30pm. Adult fare RM30 one way. You can contact Langkawi Ferry Service Sdn Bhd to know about any change in schedule before departure.
Ticketing Counter Phone No.
Langkawi : 604-9661125/9661126; Satun : (6674) 725 294