Decided to go to Redang from Kuala Lumpur?
Fantastic! Redang Island is amazing.
From the picture-perfect beaches to the wild jungle interior to the amazing underwater environment, 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, it can seem complicated to get to since there will always be at least two parts to your journey.
However, getting from KL to Redang Island (otherwise known as Pulau Redang) is not complicated – you just have to take it step-by-step which I do in this guide.
Below, I break up exactly how to go to Redang Island from KL, so you know exactly what you need to do, when, whether you are looking to travel KL to Redang Island by bus or taking a Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island flight.
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How To Go From Kuala Lumpur To Redang Island
There are two options for how to go Pulau Redang from KL because there are two places where you can catch ferries to Redang Island.
Below, I first describe how to travel from KL to Pulau Redang via the jetty in Kuala Terengganu. I then describe how to take Kuala Lumpur Redang transport via the jetty in Merang.
There is not much difference between the options and the time taken to go either route is about the same. 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.
Part 1: Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu
The first leg of your journey takes you from the gleaming capital of Kuala Lumpur to the regal Kuala Terengganu. There are several ways to make the journey, namely 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 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 itinerary doesn’t allow for 6-hours on the road, then you can choose to catch a much shorter one-hour flight. Flights leave from Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 and land directly in Kuala Terengganu Airport.
Although a quicker journey, the cost is higher (RM80+ although you might get a better price in a sale). In addition, you’ll need to hail a RM25 taxi to get to Shahbandar Jetty (which is 20 minutes away from the airport).
If you prefer to drive, you can also get from Kuala Lumpur to Redang by car (before jumping on the ferry). The driving time is about 4.75 hours but it allows more freedom to stop as frequently as you want. The alternative to driving yourself is to hire a private taxi.
Note that choosing to travel from KL to Redang by car is best done by going to Merang Jetty rather than Shahbandar Jetty. The trip requires a similar driving time but the ferry trip 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.
From here, travellers need to take a public ferry from Shahbandar Jetty to Redang Island. The ferry journey consists of 1.5 hours of travel and operates from March to October.
Although the jetty is conveniently located, the ferries at Shahbandar do take longer 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).
Make sure that you also budget for the marine park fee. Because 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 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 as 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. 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 leaves once a day.
If you have a car, you can also drive the 4.75-hour trip, 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 is about 45-minutes long, and ferries leave the dock 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 to 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.
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.