So you’ve decided to go to Redang from Kuala Lumpur? How wonderful – Redang Island really is a stunning place.
From the moment you arrive on Redang Island, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of KL. Here you’ll find picture-perfect beaches, as well as a wild jungle interior and an absolutely amazing underwater environment. In fact, Redang Island is one of my favourite places in the world.
However, thanks to being an island with no bridges and no flights from Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island, getting there can seem complicated. The journey is basically two parts – KL to the mainland closest to the island and then of course getting from the mainland to the island.
However, getting from KL to Redang Island (otherwise known as Pulau Redang) is not overly complicated if you know how. All you need to do is follow my step-by-step guide below.
In this guide, I break up exactly how to go to Redang Island from KL, so you know exactly what you need to do and when to do it. Whether you are looking to travel KL to Redang Island by bus or taking a Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island flight it is all covered below.
So let’s start and find out exactly how to go to Pulau Redang from KL!
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How To Go From Kuala Lumpur To Redang Island
The ferries to Redang Island leave from two different places – so you have two options when it comes to how to go Pulau Redang from KL. I cover both options of how to go Redang from KL below so you can choose the best route for you.
First I’ll describe how to travel from KL to Pulau Redang via the jetty in Kuala Terengganu and then secondly I’ll cover how to take Kuala Lumpur Redang transport via the jetty in Merang. In terms of how to get to Redang Island from KL, there really isn’t a lot of difference between the two options and it takes about the same amount of time regardless of which route you decide to take.
Going via Shahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu can be more convenient if you are taking the bus to travel here, but more ferries run from Merang. This can make Merang an easier point to travel to, especially if you aren’t arriving in Kuala Terengganu in the morning as ferries run later in the day from here.
If your resort has booked your ferry, make sure you know which jetty it departs from.
Map: Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Redang
Getting to Redang Island from Kuala Lumpur with the fastest overland route is shown below.
Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island distance is 448 kilometres to Kuala Terengganu.
Option 1: Travel via Kuala Terengganu
This is the first of three options describing how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island. Getting to Redang Island by going through Kuala Terengganu includes two parts which are described in detail below.
Part 1: Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu
In terms of how to get to Redang from KL via Terengganu, the first leg of your journey starts in the gleaming capital of Kuala Lumpur to the regal Kuala Terengganu. To make this trip you have several options – you can take the bus, flight (and taxi) or with a car. Each option comes with its own pros and cons.
The most affordable option is the bus which leaves from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) in Kuala Lumpur, costing approximately RM44.
The bus from Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island is not direct. After 6-hours on the road, the KL to Redang bus will arrive in Kuala Terengganu. Once disembarking, you’ll get to stretch your legs with an 8-minute walk to Shahbandar Jetty for the second part of your journey.
If your trip to Redang Island doesn’t allow for 6-hours on the road, then take a one hour flight to Redang from KL – well to Terengganu at least – there is no direct Kuala Lumpur to Redang flight, unfortunately. Flights leave from Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 and land directly in Kuala Terengganu Airport.
Although the indirect flight from KL to Redang is a quicker journey, the cost is higher (RM80+ although you might get a better price in a sale). Plus because the Pulau Redang flight from KL is not direct, once you arrive at the Kuala Terengganu Airport, you’ll need to take a 20 minute taxi ride to Shahbandar Jetty which costs around RM25 taxi.
If you prefer to drive, you can also get from Kuala Lumpur to Redang by car (before jumping on the ferry of course!). The drive to Redang from KL takes about 4.75 hours but it allows more freedom as you can make stops along the way. The alternative to driving yourself is to hire a private taxi for the KL to Redang drive – or more accurately the drive from KL to Shanbandar jetty.
Note that if you prefer to travel from KL to Redang by car – then you are in fact best to go drive from KL to Merang Jetty, rather than Shahbandar Jetty. The reason being is that, while the drive time is about the same, the ferry trip to Redang Island is shorter.
Part 2: Shahbandar Jetty To Redang Island
The Kuala Lumpur to Redang bus will take you as far as the city centre, which is a short walk away from Shahbandar Jetty. So once you disembark from the bus, in terms of how to get to Pulau Redang from KL – you’ll need to first walk over to the jetty.
Once you reach the jetty, you’ll need to take a public ferry from Shahbandar Jetty to Redang Island. The ferry journey takes 1.5 hours of travel and only operates from March to October.
Although the Shahbandar jetty is conveniently located, the ferries at Shahbandar do take longer to travel to Redang Island but cost the same as the ferries from Merang Jetty at about RM55 (and RM25 for kids). They also only run a couple of times a day, which is less frequent than the alternative (Merang).
When planning on how to go to Redang from KL and making your budget, make sure that you also allow for the marine park fee. As Pulau Redang is a marine park, visitors are required to pay approximately RM30 for foreign adults and RM15 for children. Malaysians pay a reduced price.
Option 2: Travel via Merang
Another way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island is to travel via the Merang Jetty. This option also includes a two-part journey.
Part 1: Kuala Lumpur to Merang
Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Merang is best done by taking an hour-long flight to Kuala Terengganu Sultan Mahmud Airport (TGG).
The flight leaves from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) in Kuala Lumpur and will cost RM80+. Once in Kuala Terengganu, travellers need to make their way to the Merang jetty. The cheapest way is to take a bus ride. These bus tickets cost RM4 and leave on an hourly basis.
Although cheaper, the bus is not always the most convenient option when it comes to how to go Redang Island from KL. The reason being is that they run on an hourly basis. Taking a taxi is much easier, especially if using the Grab app, which works similarly to Uber, as you can order the taxi when you need it.
Despite the convenience, a taxi is more expensive in terms of how to travel to Redang Island. A trip will cost you about RM60 and can take up to 35-minutes to arrive at Merang Jetty.
Another way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Merang Jetty is the night bus from NU Sentral Shopping Centre. The bus stops at Merang Jetty after driving 5.5 hours through the night. The ticket costs RM55 and the bus to Redang from KL leaves once a day.
If you have a car, the KL to Pulau Redang by car journey will take around 4.75-hours, or hire a private taxi for additional comfort and flexibility.
Part 2: Merang Jetty To Redang Island
If you haven’t already pre-booked your ferry ticket from Merang Jetty to Redang Island online, then you can do so upon arrival at the jetty. The tickets cost RM55 for adults. The trip to Redang is about 45-minutes long, and ferries travel to Pulau Redang multiple times a day.
Just a reminder that Redang Island is a marine park and so the marine park fee needs to be paid before boarding the ferry. It is the same as the cost from Shahbandar Jetty above.
Option 3: KL To Redang Flight?
There is no longer a Berjaya Air KL to Redang flight. In fact, there are no flights to Redang Island from KL at all.
Instead, your best option, as an alternative to a Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island flight, is to fly to Kuala Terengganu as described above.
Redang To Kuala Lumpur
Once your time on the paradise island of Redang has come to an end, you’ll need to make your way back. If you are heading from Redang to Kuala Lumpur, you can repeat the same steps that you took to get there – but in the reverse order.
You can choose to take the ferry back to either Shahbandar Jetty or Merang Jetty. From here, you have the option of taking a bus or taxi to the airport or driving through to Kuala Lumpur (in a car or bus).
Decide which option works best for you regarding time, cost and convenience.
Redang Island is not only one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia, but it is also one of the easiest to visit. Make sure that you know where you need to be, at what time, and which mode of transport you’ll be taking.
To save time, I suggest that you fly to Kuala Terengganu and travel to Redang via Merang. If your budget is slightly tighter, then the cheapest option is to take a bus from KL to Redang via Kuala Terengganu.
Keep in mind that there is no direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Redang by bus or flight and you’ll have to take a ferry to reach the island. You have the choice of Merang Jetty with more options, or the possibly more convenient Shahbandar Jetty which has fewer options.
Whichever route you choose to take, you can be certain of one thing and that is that there is a little bit of paradise waiting for you on the other side.
Click here to read our full guide to things to do in Redang or here for our guide to how to get to Redang from elsewhere in Malaysia. You can also find our full Redang Island travel guide here or download your full PDF guide to Redang here.
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.