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How to Go from Penang to Cameron Highlands

This is a popular route for visitors to this part of Malaysia – going from Penang to Cameron Highlands.  And whether you decide to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands or in the opposite direction you won’t have a problem finding transport for this route.  What you will find, is a much cooler climate in Cameron Highlands than that which you leave in Penang, so you might want to, depending on the time of year, keep a light sweater handy!  Penang and Cameron Highlands are two of the must-visit destinations on a trip to this part of Malaysia.  So whether you’re going from Penang to Cameron Highlands or Cameron Highlands to Penang, you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  But what’s the best way to get from Penang to Cameron Highlands?  And what are the options for traveling to Cameron Highlands from Penang?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Cameron Highlands from Penang.

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Where is Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is in the northwest tip of the district of Pahang in Malaysia., it is on the river Huong, and is recognized as the cradle of Vietnamese culture.  By road, Cameron Highlands is 359 kilometers from Melaka, 206 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, about 80 kilometers from Ipoh, and 250 kilometers from Penang.  Cameron Highlands is known for its tea plantations and strawberry farms, which flourish because of the climate here.

Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands

There are a host of places to stay in Cameron Highlands – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Cameron Highlands, mid-range places to stay in Cameron Highlands, and budget accommodation in Cameron Highlands.  The buses to and from Cameron Highlands start and end in Tanah Rata, so unless you’re planning on driving or taking a taxi to your accommodation you’ll want to opt for some close by.

Smokehouse Hotel, Cameron Highlands: The Smokehouse Hotel in Cameron Highlands is only a few minutes away from Tanah Rata and the central Cameron Highlands. Each room at the Cameron Highland’s luxury Smokehouse Hotel is individually designed with furniture and antiques collected from all around the world. These rooms at Cameron Highland’s top-rated hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a seating area, a four-poster bed, private bathrooms with tubs, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries, and private lounges and terraces in selected rooms. You’ll be able to enjoy quiet time on the garden terraces, some drinks at the traditional bar with a fireplace lit every evening and a dining area that serves traditional British breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Smokehouse Hotel is the ideal luxury hotel for those visiting Cameron Highlands. You can check more reviews and Smokehouse Hotel’s room rates here.

Zenith Cameron, Cameron Highlands: The Zenith Cameron is located just two minutes away from central Cameron Highlands. This mid-range hotel in the Cameron Highlands, the Zenith Cameron’s rooms include a flat-screen TV, a seating area, magnificent views of the city, black-out curtains, a desk, a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a bathtub, a shower, an iron/iron board, and a coffee/tea maker. The all-day lifestyle restaurant, the Dining Room, serves local and international dishes. They also have the Oregano Lounge, an Italian restaurant, and the Zen Bar, a semi-alfresco lounge that offers drinks and light bites. As a guest, you’ll get access to the fully-equipped gym, a sauna, and an outdoor swimming pool. You can check Zenith Cameron’s room availability and rates here and plan for your trip to Cameron Highlands.

Avillion Cameron Highlands, Cameron Highlands: Just 450m away from central Cameron Highlands, the Avillion Cameron Highlands fuses contemporary luxuries with top local attractions. The Avillion Cameron Highlands features rooms with a large work desk, a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, a seating area, a private bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer, a clothes dryer, and a coffee/tea machine. This great value Cameron Highland’s hotel also has a restaurant for breakfast, an exercise area, and a garden. The Avillon Cameron Highlands is an ideal place to stay when visiting Cameron Highlands. See room rates and dates available here.

How to Go from Penang to Cameron Highlands – Transport Options

There’s no option to fly to Cameron Highlands, and there is no train to Cameron Highlands.  Your only option to travel to Cameron Highlands from Penang is ground transportation.  So you can take a bus from Penang to Cameron Highlands, a taxi, rent a car or ride a motorbike.  Buses and minivans – there are usually large buses from Penang to Cameron Highlands and also minivans or shuttles to Cameron Highlands from Penang usually terminate at the biggest town in Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata.

In this guide on how to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Penang to Cameron Highlands, the easiest way to go to Cameron Highlands from Penang, and the cheapest way to get to Cameron Highlands from Penang.  If you’re looking for what you can do in Cameron Highlands, then our guide is here.

How to get to Cameron Highlands from Penang

For transport from Cameron Highlands to Penang, then you have several options.  You can take a direct bus from Penang to Cameron Highlands, or you can take a taxi from Penang to Cameron Highlands.  You can rent a car and drive from Penang to Cameron Highlands. 

The Bus from Penang to Cameron Highlands

It’s about 250 kilometers by road from Penang to Cameron Highlands.  And the bus from Penang to Cameron Highlands is the cheapest way to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands.  There are (depending on the season) three direct buses a day that go from Penang to Cameron Highlands.   The bus to Cameron Highlands from Penang takes about 4.5 hours.  Bus sizes vary from minivans to large buses, with the larger bus being cheaper.  Minivans from Penang to Cameron Highlands tend to be a little faster and (usually) a little more comfortable too, although this is a somewhat winding road as you get towards Cameron Highlands, so it’s a bit slower at that stage.  You don’t need to print a ticket for the bus from Penang to Cameron Highlands, you can use an electronic ticket from your online bus booking from Penang to Cameron Highlands.

This is the best way to go to Cameron Highlands from Penang

Online booking of buses to Cameron Highlands from Penang lets you select which seats you want.  These buses to Cameron Highlands from Penang run every day of the week and you can book them here.

There are THREE buses that you can book to go to Cameron Highlands from Penang.  They leave Penang at 8:15 am, 1230pm, 1 pm, and 1:30 pm.

Check availability, prices, and book seats on buses from Penang to Cameron Highlands here.

Our trip from Penang to Cameron Highlands

It’s a van trip and it will be winding and bumpy says our driver as we leave Penang. There are six of us in a minivan heading for the higher altitude relief of the slightly more cool Cameron Highlands, as this is in a van designed for 17 it’s more than comfortable. We paid 43 RM each for the trip and we were collected from the Malabar Inn at 8 am. The first two hours are on the highway, which is a little bumpy, then there’s a short break where we gulp down coconut pau and buy fruit for the rest of the journey. As we start up into the hills our driver comes into his own. Crashing gears, jerking the accelerator, racing into bends only to slam on the brakes. I put the iPad away and concentrate on something other than my stomach.

Private Transfer from Penang to Cameron Highlands

The easiest way to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands is to book a private transfer or taxi.  A private transfer to Cameron Highlands from Penang will take around 2 hours and 45 minutes and you’ll pay by vehicle, so if you have four people it’s cheaper per person. You can check rates and book your transfer from Penang to Cameron Highlands here.

Drive from Penang to Cameron Highlands

If you want to self-drive to Cameron Highlands from Penang, then you’ll have maximum flexibility.

If you need to rent a car in Malaysia we recommend Discover Cars for car hire.  You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, it’s the perfect option! Get a price for a rental car in Malaysia here.

Map of Bus Stations for Going from Penang to Cameron Highlands

Map of bus stations in penang and tanah rata

You can also see the train station and bus stops from Penang to Cameron Highlands here

The quickest way to get from Penang to Cameron Highlands

The quickest way to get to Cameron Highlands from Hoi is to book a taxi.  It takes between 3 and 4 hours to go to Cameron Highlands from Penang by taxi or

The easiest way to go to Cameron Highlands from Penang

The easiest way to get from Penang to Cameron Highlands is to take the direct bus, you can check the times of buses from Penang to Cameron Highlands here.

The cheapest way to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands

The cheapest way to get to Cameron Highlands from Penang is to take the direct bus reserve your seats here.

The best way to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands

The best way to get to Cameron Highlands from Penang is to take the bus.  You’ll have to get to the bus station in Penang, or one of the pickup points of the bus company that you choose, and your bus will drop you at the bus terminal in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.  If you haven’t opted for a central hotel or hostel in Cameron Highlands, then you can easily take a taxi from there.

Final Words on How to Go from Penang to Cameron Highlands

Traveling from Penang to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia is an easy trip.  Whether you decide to take a taxi (expensive, but comfortable), drive yourself, or take the bus, there are plenty of options to take this journey.

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