Heading to Redang Island?
Fantastic! Redang Island is my favourite of all of Malaysia’s islands. It’s just so stunningly beautiful and a relatively easy place to visit.
However, when you start thinking about how to get to Redang Island (also called Pulau Redang), it can seem confusing. This is because there is no longer a direct flight to Redang Island option so you are always going to need at least two forms of transport to Redang Island – some way to get to a ferry terminal in Kuala Terengganu or Merang and then the ferry to Redang.
But, in reality, this is not hard at all and it’s quite straightforward to travel to Redang Island.
In this article, I detail exactly how to go to Pulau Redang from anywhere in Malaysia. If you are in Singapore, I have instructions just for you here. If you aren’t in Malaysia yet, book your flight to the country and then follow this guide.
I cover buses, the boat to Redang Island and your options for a flight to Pulau Redang, as well as exact journeys from some popular points in Malaysia.
If you are driving yourself or plan on hiring a long distance taxi, the instructions below are still valid – you can just skip the section on the bus to Kuala Terengganu and either drive or taxi direct to Shahbandar or Merang Jetty to get the ferry. Both places have safe, paid parking close to the ferry terminal.
By the end of this guide, you’ll be all set to go!
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How To Get To Redang Island
As mentioned before, no matter where you are coming from, there is going to be at least two parts to getting to Redang Island. This is because there is no way to get around needing to take a ferry.
The Redang Island ferries depart from either Merang or Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia. This means your first step is to get to one of these jetties.
For this reason, I first talk about getting a bus to Kuala Terengganu and how to get to either jetty before describing the ferries.
The following map shows where Merang, Shahbandar Jetty and Redang Island are to give you an idea of where you are going.
Flights To Redang Island
There used to be a flight with Berjaya Air to Redang Island but this no longer runs. There is no longer a flight to Redang from Subang or anywhere else. You will need to get a ferry to the island.
However, you can still somewhat fly to Redang Island with the nearest airport to Redang Island being Kuala Terengganu. If you can fly here, getting from Kuala Terengganu Airport to Redang Island is quite straightforward.
There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu or you can get a connecting flight from many other places. AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and FireFly all fly here and flights can be very cheap if you get a sale.
One you arrive at Kuala Terengganu Airport, the next step for how to go Redang by flight is to take a taxi to either Shahbandar Jetty or Merang Jetty. This is straightforward to do.
If arriving by air, I recommend going to Merang Jetty as it only takes 35 minutes to get there by taxi (compared to 20 minutes for Shahbandar Jetty) and more ferries depart from here and they are a fair bit quicker than ones from Shahbandar.
There is also a bus that departs about hourly from the airport to Merang Jetty. The bus is with Mara Liner.
There is more information about the ferries to Redang below.
Buses To Kuala Terengganu
There are regular buses to Kuala Terengganu from many places in Malaysia.
I recommend you click here and search for buses from your departure point to Kuala Terengganu. You may also be able to catch a bus directly to Merang to catch a ferry from there.
From the Kuala Terengganu bus terminal, you can walk to Shahbandar Jetty but it’s hot and I recommend a taxi with luggage which you can get using the Grab app.
If you wish to catch a ferry from Merang jetty to Redang Island, you can catch a local bus from the bus terminal or take a taxi.
Ferry To Redang Island
Once you have made it to either Shahbandar Jetty or Merang Jetty, it’s time for the last part of how to get to Pulau Redang.
Getting a ferry at either jetty is straightforward and follows a similar process. Ferries from Merang depart more often and are faster so are the better choice from that perspective. Although if you are arriving by bus in Kuala Terengganu then departing from Shahbandar Jetty can be easier.
Just note that ferries tend to finish up earlier at Shahbandar than Merang.
From Shahbandar jetty to Redang Island, ferries take about 1.5 hours.
From Merang Jetty to Redang Island, ferries take about 45 minutes.
Prices are the same at both jetties and you will need to pay a Marine Park Conservation fee. Current costs for foreigners are RM30 for adults and RM15 for children. Malaysians pay RM5 and RM2 for kids.
You can find more details on exactly how to get from Kuala Terengganu to Redang Island here.
How To Go To Redang Island From…
Below you can find exact instructions on Redang Island how to get there from Penang and Langkawi. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, read our instructions here.
Penang to Redang Island
The distance from Penang to Redang island is approximately 480km and there are no direct flights.
For how to go Pulau Redang from Penang, you can either fly from Penang to Kuala Terengganu via Kuala Lumpur with times starting from 3 hours (see schedules here) or fly directly to Kota Bharu and travel overland from there or take a bus.
If you fly in to Kuala Terengganu, you can then follow the instructions above.
You can fly directly from Penang to Kota Bharu which takes about an hour. From here, you can take a bus to Kuala Besut Jetty (which only runs three times a day and takes an hour and a half). Then you can take another bus to Merang Jetty. Buses take an hour and run every 4 hours.
To speed things up, you can take a taxi to Merang from Kota Bharu airport. This takes about two hours.
Your final choice for how to go Redang from Penang is to take a direct bus from either KOMTAR or Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in Penang or from Butterworth to Kuala Terengganu. This takes about 8.5 hours and costs around RM50. Buses tend to leave in the morning or evening.
Once you are in Kuala Terengganu, you can follow the instructions here.
Langkawi to Redang Island
If you want to know how to reach Redang Island from Langkawi, I recommend you fly to Kuala Terengganu. This will mean taking two flights from Langkawi Airport via Kuala Lumpur. This journey times starts at 3 hours and can be surprisingly affordable.
Once you are at the airport, you can catch a taxi or bus to Merang Jetty and catch a ferry from there. More details above or here.
I hope this article has helped you understand how to get to Redang Island. It is such a beautiful place and worth the effort! Click here for more guides to Redang Island.
Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.