How To Get To Langkawi – The Ultimate Guide [2023 Updated]

Beautiful Island of Langkawi

Thinking of heading to the beautiful island of Langkawi? There are many reasons why you should come to the ultimate tropical escape. Whether you want to relax on the best beaches in the world, try Langkawi’s mouthwatering cuisine, or explore the island’s culture and history – there are plenty of things to do in Langkawi that will keep you entertained for the duration of your trip.

Langkawi is located on Malaysia’s west coast, as part of an archipelago made up of 99 islands. You get to experience the tranquility of the location, along with the most beautiful views of the Andaman sea. If this is your first time planning to visit Langkawi, you may be wondering how you can get to the remote island. But with so many convenient modes of transport available, visiting the island has never been easier

At Paradise 101, we take a look at the different modes of transport you can take to the island.

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Travel to Langkawi by air

Traveling to Langkawi by air is by far one of the easiest ways. Langkawi International (LGK) stays busy with well over two million passengers passing through the small airport annually. Air fare is usually very affordable when booked in advance; but if you leave it to the last minute, expect to be hit with the airline’s highest rates.

Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia operate daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur (Capital of Malaysia). But the airport is also well connected to countries such as Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Japan. Flights do not always show up on major booking sites, so make sure you check out the airlines directly to ensure you get the best deal – Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia, SilkAir, TigerAir, and Firefly.

Once landing at LGK, how do I get to my accommodation?

After landing in Langkawi, head to the taxi counter just outside the baggage claim. The coupon-based system discourages rogue drivers from harassing new arrivals. Prices are usually fixed, so you can negotiate a price before riding to ensure there are no unexpected costs. Alternatively, skip the queues and pre-book a transfer. Enjoy a hassle-free start to your time in Langkawi, with a private driver taking you to your first stop.

Travel by ferry to the island of Langkawi

Ferries operate four routes to Langkawi (Kuah Jetty) from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, Penang, Satun and Koh Lipe in Thailand. All providing frequent departures – this method of transportation to the island is very convenient and a more affordable option for travellers that have left booking their transportation to the last minute. If you are planning on bringing a car from the mainland, catching a ferry is also a great option. There are roll-on-roll-off ferries that operate between Kuala Perlis which carry cars and cargo along with passengers. Find the departure schedule here

Travel to Langkawi by Land


Bus from Kuala Lumpur

From Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) and Duta Bus Terminal, you can get a ticket for about RM30 – RM 40 to Kuala Perlis and Kedah, both of which are jump-off points to Langkawi.


Train from Kuala Lumpur

Alternatively, you can also book a sleeper class train for as low as RM34 from KL Sentral and reach Senandung Langkawi—the third last stop. We advise you to set an alarm or you might find yourself in Thailand which is the last stop of the train.

Getting to Langkawi by train is an adventurous option. You will get to see a glimpse of all the little towns it will stop by on its way. Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) offers a route to Langkawi; departing from Kuala Lumpur in the evening and arriving the following morning. You can get off at the Butterworth station if you would like to make a stop at the iconic Penang; or Alor Setar if you are heading right to Langkawi. From there, take a ferry to the island which will take around 1.5 hours.

Airport Transfer

Naam offers a convenient way to get to your hotel from the airport. With our Airport Transfers, you can now arrive at your hotel in style, easily and smoothly. Aside from enjoying the scenery, our special Chauffeur Transfer Services will provide you with free sparkling water, light and calming music, and magazines in the car. You can go to the Beach/Pantai Kok & Kuah Town Hotels or the other way around. When your dream vacation is over, you can return to the airport in the same cosy, pleasant manner without any hassle.

Airport Transfers are at an affordable rate of RM135 only and Premium Airport Transfer is RM189 inclusive of Meet and Greet Services, including paging board (For Arrival Transfer Only),Chauffeurs in elegant uniforms, Complimentary mineral water, Light/soothing music and magazines in the vehicle.

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Experience the one-of-a-kind cruise in Langkawi with our Cruise packages.. Starting from Paradise 101 in Telaga, you can cruise along the northern coast of Langkawi and enjoy the stunning scenery. Along the way, you can relax with free drinks and light snacks while admiring the breathtaking views of crystal blue waters and a coast line speckled by white sand and palm trees. All day dining is also available so you never have to worry about getting hungry! it’s all about eating, chilling and enjoying your holiday on the cruise.

Pick your choice of cruise:

Cruise from Paradise 101 by Sea Hawk/Sea Heron (RM 99.00)

• FREE Return Transfer by boat to Paradise 101

• Welcome drink at Paradise 101 on arrival

• Open Bar: from selected beverage menu, including light snacks

• All Day Dining (optional)

Cruise from Paradise 101 by Sea Falcon/Blue Dolphin (RM144.00) 

• FREE Return Transfer by boat to Paradise 101

• Welcome drink at Paradise 101 on arrival

• Open Bar: from selected beverage menu, including light snacks

• All Day Dining (optional)

• Buffet Dinner or Ala Carte depending on booking, available till 10:00pmAlternatively, round off the great day on the cruise with an romantic, enticing sunset cruise:

Sunset Cruise from Paradise 101 by Sea Hawk/Sea Heron (RM115.00)

Sunset Cruise from Paradise 101 by Sea Falcon/Blue Dolphin (RM199.00)

Check out here for more information on these cruise packages!

Island hopping

Island hopping is an adventurous way to see Langkawi. After visiting Phuket, Railay, Koh Lanta or Krabi, you can island hop your way to Langkawi. Fly into Krabi, which serves as the gateway to the Andaman Sea. Enjoy the beaches at Ao Nang, then get onto a long tail boat over to Railay. Stunning beaches await you here. Take the minivan and boat combo to Koh Lanta. After enjoying the Islands here, head on over to Koh Phi Phi via ferry. Finally, when you are ready to hop on to Langkawi, grab the ferry ride to get there.

How can I get around Langkawi?

Once getting to Langkawi, getting around the island is easy. There are three main methods:

  • Rent a Bicycle – Explore the raw beauty of the island by riding round on a bike. You can hire a bicycle on the island for as cheap as 12 RM a day.
  • Jump in a Taxi – Taxis are the main public transport system in Langkawi. Before your ride, there will be a fixed price – this a great way to relax whilst you get chauffeured around the tropical island.
  • Get a Rental Car/Motorbikes – Renting a car or motorbike is an excellent way to get around the island. Langkawi is pretty much deserted so you will find yourself driving around without seeing another car for miles, with the exception of maybe a couple of areas like Kuah Town and Pantai Cenang.

Getting to Langkawi from International Destinations

Getting to Langkawi from international destinations like Thailand, Australia or China is easy since Langkawi has an international airport itself.

Having said that, you will need to obtain permits and visa documents in order to reach Langkawi from international destinations. Say you are travelling from your home country to Langkawi via bus, ferry or an airplane, you will be asked to present your documentation and visa.

You will need a valid passport, with a validity of at least 6 months from your date of travel. You will aslo need an authorisation document from the Malaysian government if your passport isn’t recognised by the Malaysian authorities.

Conditions and Requirements to Apply for a Visa to Enter Malaysia

a) Proof of funds for staying in Malaysia

b) A valid and confirmed return ticket to your home country

c) A tour or social visit requires a single-entry visa to enter Malaysia which stays valid for 3 months from the date of approval

Customs Duty & Duty Free Allowances

Langkawi is a land of duty free items. You won’t need to pay customs duty or sales tax for most items here, with the exceptions of some sensitive items. Check out Langkawi Customs Duty for more info on the list of duty free items.

If you are searching for more information on Langkawi and what we offer here at Naam Group – check out our website or contact our team on We can help create memorable experiences on your trip to Langkawi.


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