Traveling by bus to Pangkor
Take the bus to Pangkor because using the bus in Malaysia is a real pleasure. The intercity buses are well organized and frequent.
Lumut is well connected to the rest of the country. This page gives most of the destinations to be reached from Lumut by direct bus service.
Travelers to or from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and LCCT), and who do not want to go into Kuala Lumpur city center, should use the bus to Sitiawan and from there a taxi (RM 12, 20 minutes although it seems some taxi drivers will try to get RM 20, I usually pay RM 12 at day time, RM 15 at night) to Lumut. Here are the details.
Travelers to and from Thailand can take the train to Butterworth and from there hop on the bus to Lumut, see details below. The bus station is just outside the railway station.
Have you never been to Kuala Lumpur? Check here for the bus stations in KL to travel to Pangkor, there are four.
Coaches to Lumut
From Kuala Lumpur
The whole day there are busses available for the 4 hour journey to Lumut. VIP busses have enough leg space even for tall westerners like me. Several companies do the journey. A bus from Puduraya Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur leaves almost every 15 minutes at daytime and in the evenings slightly less frequent.
The most frequent services are by Transnasional, Sri Maju and Plusliner. Remember, there is NO need to get a bus first to Ipoh and change there. We have reports of scammers at Puduraya who try to lure you in this. The journey through Ipoh and change bus there can then take anything up to 8 hours instead of the 4 to 5 hours normal.
Remember if you come to Lumut, the last ferry to Pangkor leaves at 8.30 PM
The best way to travel from Penang and Butterworth is by VIP bus The bus station is located at the jetty next to the railway station in Butterworth. Sometimes people ask if you can get a bus straight from Penang island. Unfortunately the answer is no. You have to take the ferry to Butterworth. But the Penang bus station is right at the exit of the jetty.
There are several busses a day to Lumut by Sri Maju buses (my recommendation).
Transnasional has several buses a day although these travel through Kuala Kangsar and take longer, this can be up to an hour or more).
Coaches from Lumut
To Kuala Lumpur
There are many buses a day available to Puduraya Bus Station in the city center of Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes 4 to 5 hours. Most frequent services are by Transnasional, Sri Maju, Arwana, and Plusliner. Buses leave the whole day from Puduraya in KL every 15-30 minutes. Again, I like the Sri Maju buses the best.
Travelers to or from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA and LCCT), and who do not want to go into Kuala Lumpur city center, should use the bus to Sitiawan (RM 2) or a taxi (RM 12) Here are the details.
Butterworth is your stop for a visit to Penang as there is no direct bus to George Town. There are busses the whole day available for this 3 hour journey. The bus station is right at the entrance of the jetty for ferries to Penang (every 15-20 minutes and take 20-25 minutes). Buses further into Penang are at the jetty available.
Transnasional Coach (through Kuala Kangsar)
To Kota Bharu
There are two buses a day:
To Kuala Kangsar
Transnasional Coach Services (continues to Butterworth)
To Ipoh - KL - Seremban - Port Dickson
If you want, you can travel to Port Dickson. The journey takes about 7 hours. The bus will stop in Ipoh, Puduraya Bus Station Kuala Lumpur, Terminal One Seremban and Port Dickson.
To Teluk Intan and Bidor
To Teluk Intan, Klang and Shah Alam
To Johor Bharu
It's quite a long journey from Lumut to Johor Bharu, the Malaysian Border town with Singapore. You can leave at 8.00 PM and you will arrive the next morning as the journey takes about 10-12 hours.
To Johor Bharu and Singapore
Johor Bharu is the border town with Singapore. There are several comfortable buses a day from Lumut, I have excellent experience with Konsortium buses.
This is not a journey I recommend. It can easily take up to 10 hours depending on traffic jams around Kuala Lumpur. If you come from Malacca, you probably be better of to travel to KL first and take the next day a bus to Lumut. However, you have the option of 3 daily buses to and from Malacca.
Ipoh is the main transport hub if you want to use trains. There are regular busses a day from Lumut. Although the road to Ipoh is nowadays 4 lanes, the journey will take around 2 hours as the bus will stop at any place to pick up travelers.
Taiping has the Taiping Zoo and it's a good day out. There's three busses a day, running about 2-3 hours and stop almost everywhere.
If Taiping is on your list to be visited, we recommend taking a taxi, it's much faster and gives you more freedom. But if you insist, here are the details:
Seri Manjung to Lumut, Sitiawan, Teluk Batik and other local destinations
A new bus service Bas Rakyat is available between Seri Manjung and several locations in the area: Bruas, Panchor, Pantai Remis, Changkat Jering (near Taiping), Ayer Tawar, Sitiawan, Kampong Koh and other small kampongs. You might consider taking Laluan 5 which is a bus that connects Seri Manjung bus station with Lumut and Teluk Batik. Indeed a handy service.