How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Redang
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Redang Island lies within protected marine waters, also known as Terengganu Marine Park. That is why it famous for crystal clear water and has various beautiful diving locations. Redang Island is located near Perhentian Island which is one of my travel wishlist in Malaysia so it is as paradise as the Perhentian Island (maybe?)
For my birthday this year, my husband decided to take us to Redang Island ! The best thing is, he booked it before my previous post about my travel wishlist in Malaysia. He is the best.
To make our journey easier, we google, study and compare how is the best way to get to Redang Island for 3 people.
Only after the journey, I decided to share with you my experience and some better option we found on how to get to Redang Island to ease your work.
By Air to Redang Island :
Flight to Redang from Kuala Lumpur can cut a 6-hour journey into a one hour journey. However, Berjaya is now running flights solely to fill their resorts, The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort and Redang Island Resort. So, lucky you who gonna lives at these two resorts!
By Air to Kuala Terengganu :
This is how we did it. We took a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Apparently Air Asia was having a discount and we buy our ticket at such affordable prices. After a trip to KLIA2 and Sultan Mahmud Airport (Kuala Terengganu Airport), we ride an airport taxi to Merang Jetty. It cost us RM50 per taxi. You have to pay for the taxi at the airport taxi counter. The taxi driver was so helpful and he sent us to the right place although there is a few small jetty stop at the Merang Jetty.
By car to Kuala Terengganu :
You might consider this option if you plan on bringing a lot of stuff with you or stoping and have a break anywhere in between the journey. And this might be more cost-efficient if you're going to Redang in a big group of four or more. The car ride from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu is 450km which takes around 5 hours drive. The toll would be around RM45 (for now). You can park your car at either Shahbandar Jetty or Merang Jetty for RM10 per night.
By Bus to Kuala Terengganu :
If you decide to go to Redang Island alone or as a couple, I think this is the cheapest way. Ride a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Kuala Terengganu for just RM45. And Kuala Terengganu bus station is just 10 minutes walk to Shahbandar Jetty.
From Kuala Terengganu (Merang Jetty) to Redang Island :
This is how we get to Redang Island from Kuala Terengganu. We went to Merang Jetty by taxi and arrive there early. Thanks to the owner/worker at the jetty, he let us borrow his motorbike to have lunch at the only stall on the main road. Thanks a lot.
From Merang Jetty, we ride a speedboat for about 40 min and arrive at Sari Pacifica Redang Resort and Spa at around 4.pm. We buy the boat ticket online at their webpage for a price of RM110 return per person. The speed boat ride was a bit bumpy as we ride it in the evening. However, we especially Anakin had so much fun.
When we arrived at the Redang Island Jetty, I talk to myself "What was I thinking when I choose this option rather than boat ride from Shahbandar Jetty?"
I don't know.
At first, I thought a boat ride for 40 minutes would be better than one hour and a half boat ride by Shahbandar Jetty. But when I arrive at Redang Island, I saw a ferry (bigger and comfier than our boat) at the jetty and ask our captain "is that a ferry from Shahbandar Jetty?". And he answers "Yes". Sigh.
But then I reminded myself that I'm afraid that my son or I get seasick from more than 1-hour boat ride.
As we buy returns ticket, we're headed to Merang Jetty on our way back home. We took Grab for RM58 to Pasar Payang since we still have 6 hours left in Kuala Terengganu. As we arrived at Pasar Payang, Kuala Terengganu, I saw that Shahbandar Jetty is located exactly next to Pasar Payang. That is when I say "I'm sorry" to my husband as he spent more than RM100 to back and forth from Kuala Terengganu to Merang Jetty while the ferry from Shahbandar Jetty can send us to Redang Island at the same cost which is RM110/person return.
From Kuala Terengganu (Shahbandar Jetty) to Redang Island :
As I mentioned above, we didn't ride from Shahbandar Jetty, but what I know are :
- bigger boat/ ferry (so maybe less seasick?)
- Return fare ticket price at RM110/person and RM50/kid
-next to Pasar Payang (so you can do a lot of shopping and eating before or after the boat ride)
- 15 minutes car ride from Sultan Mahmud Airport (Kuala Terengganu Airport) so Grab will cost you less than RM30.
Yes, this sounds like a much better option right but plan according to your timing and consider being on a boat for 1hour 40 minutes okay ?
After all, all rides have their pros and cons. Just choose the one that suits your budget, timing, and needs.
And if you ask about Redang Island, it is a great location for travelers who came as a couple, family or backpackers. The island offers some luxuries and privacy during the stay.
Redang has many luxurious international standard resorts. Every resort has its own restaurant. So a private own restaurant is very limited. And shopping opportunity is limited in the resort's convenient store. So if you're thinking of buying some souvenir, buy it at Pasar Payang which is next to Shahbandar Jetty.
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