EXACTLY How To Get To Redang Island [2021]

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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 so you will need at least two forms of transport to Redang Island – first, you need to get to the ferry terminal in Kuala Terengganu or Merang and secondly, you need to get the ferry to Redang.

While this might seem a little complicated at first, in reality, it’s not that hard at all and it’s quite straightforward to travel to Redang Island.

Laguna Redang Island Resort Kuala Terengganu beach
My first view of the beach on arrival in Redang. It literally took my breath away. This photo does not do it justice!!

If you’re unsure of how to go Redang Island – then this article is perfect for you.  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.

This Pulau Redang how to get there guide covers all forms of transport including buses, the boat to Redang Island and your options for an indirect flight to Pulau Redang.  The guide also details exact journeys from some popular points in Malaysia.

If you are driving to Redang 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 get a 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 know exactly how to travel to Redang Island and be all set to go!

Travelling to Redang? Click here to download your full PDF guide to Redang now!

How To Get To Redang Island

As mentioned above, 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 Redang Island airport and so you’ll at the very least need to take a ferry from the mainland.

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 for getting to Pulau Redang to to make your way to one of these jetties.

I’ll start this guide by first talking about getting a flight or a bus to Kuala Terengganu and then 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.

How To Get To Redang Island map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

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.

While you can’t fly to Redang Island your best option is to fly to the nearest airport to Redang Island which is 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.

Click here to see schedules and latest prices.

Once 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.

Shahbandar Jetty to Redang
Shahbandar Jetty from the entry. Tickets are straight ahead and marine fee at the white building to the left.

If arriving by air, I recommend going to Merang Jetty as this is the nearest jetty to Pulau Redang and more ferries depart from here compared to Shahbandar.  It takes about 35 minutes to get to Merang Jetty by taxi, ccompared to 20 minutes for Shahbandar Jetty.

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

Kuala Terengganu bus station
Kuala Terengganu bus station

You can take a bus to Redang Island via 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 Redang Island 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.

Click here to find bus timetables now.

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 option for travel to Pulau Redang 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.

Laguna Redang ferry to Redang Island
The Laguna Redang ferry. Other ones are similar

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.

Click here for the latest schedules and prices from Merang to Redang Island.

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 for – 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 as with everywhere else, is no direct Penang to Redang flight.

In terms of how to go Pulau Redang from Penang, you’ll need to fly from Penang to Kuala Terengganu via Kuala Lumpur with times starting from 3 hours (see schedules here) or you can fly directly to Kota Bharu.  Whichever airport you arrive in, from there you’ll travel overland by taxi or bus.

If you fly into Kuala Terengganu, you can then follow the instructions that have already been described above.  If you arrive in Kota Bharu keep reading below for instructions on getting from Kota Bharu to Pulau Redang.

Kota Bharu Airport
Kota Bharu Airport

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 and take the ferry to Pulau Redang. Buses take an hour and run every 4 hours.

However this will take quite some time and so the better option is to take a taxi directly from Kota Bharu airport to Merang Jetty.  This trip takes about two hours.

If you don’t wan’t to fly from Penang to Pulau Redang, then your other option for how to go Redang from Penang is to take a bus to Kuala Terengganu.  You can either take a direct bus from either KOMTAR or Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in Penang or you can take a bus from Butterworth to Kuala Terengganu. The Penang to Redang bus via Kuala Terengganu, takes about 8.5 hours and costs around RM50. Buses tend to leave in the morning or evening.

Click here to see the latest prices.

Once you are in Kuala Terengganu, you can follow the instructions here.

Redang Island jetty and boat
Boats are the name of the game when it comes to getting to Redang Island

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 start at 3 hours and can be surprisingly affordable.

Click here for the latest timetables and prices.

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.

You can find exact instructions for getting from Singapore to Redang Island here or from Kuala Lumpur to Redang 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 or download your full PDF guide to Redang here.

By Sharon Gourlay

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.