CAT Free Shuttle Bus Route & Sights along the Way

Date Links:
Fri 27/05 │ Sat 28/05

Accommodation: Traders Hotel

MPPP Rapid Penang CAT is a free shuttle bus service that ply the streets of George Town. It was launched on Friday, 23 January, 2009. CAT, which stands for Central Area Transit, is an initiative of the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and Rapid Penang. It covers a route from Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay) to Penang Road and back. Along the way, it makes 19 stops at strategic points of interest. The service runs from 6:00 am in the morning until 12:00 am midnight. Apart from the route around Komtar, the shuttle service ply roads within the core and buffer zones of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site.

Rapid Penang has prepared three air-conditioned buses which were specially painted with the CAT livery for easy recognition. In front of the bus as a "Hop On Free" sign. On the sides are the words "City Hop On" and "Central Area Transit". The 19 bus stops along the route have also been properly signaged. The bus stops are numbered to help visitors identify their location vis-a-vis the tourist attractions of the vicinity. 

The Central Area Transit Shuttle Bus starts at 

1. Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld):

From there, it goes along Weld Quay, making one stop at the 

2. Ferry Bus Terminal (Feri):

Then it continues and turns right at Chulia Street Ghaut:

At the next junction, it turns right into Victoria Street. At the end of Victoria Street, it turns left into 

3. China Street Ghaut (Little India):

At the next junction, it turns right into Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai).

4. Beach Street (Imigresen):

From Beach Street, the Central Area Transit Shuttle Bus continues into Light Street, turning left at the roundabout. From

5. Light Street (Bank Negara):

It turns left into Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling), then right into Farquhar Street, at the Penang Supreme Court. Bus stop No. 6 is in front of the 

6. Penang Museum (Muzium):

From Farquhar Street, it continues into Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Road) and then turns left into 

7. Penang Road (Lebuh Muntri):

It goes along Penang Road

8. Lebuh Campbell:

Until the junction with Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong (Prangin Road), where it turns left. Next, it makes a right turn at Jalan Ria to enter Komtar. It stops at the

9. Komtar Bus Terminal (Komtar Pusat):

And then exits Komtar, turning right at Magazine Road.

From Magazine Road, the Central Area Transit Shuttle Bus turns right into Penang Road again, where there's a stop in front of

10. Ong Kongsi (Komtar Utara):

From there, it continues along Penang Road and turn turns left into Burmah Road, and then right again at Transfer Road.

11. Jalan Kedah:

At the next traffic lights, the bus turns right into Hutton Lane. At the end of Hutton Lane, it turns right into Penang Road once more time,

12. Chowrasta:

It continues along Penang Road and then turns left into Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong (Prangin Road) again.

13. Komtar Timur:

Next, the bus turns left and enters Carnarvon Street. It goes along

14. Carnarvon Street (Lebuh Carnarvon):

Until the junction with Kampung Kaka, where it turns right. It goes along Kampung Kaka, and into Kampung Kolam, where it makes a stop.

15. Kampung Kolam

From Kampung Kolam, it enters Pitt Street.

16. St George's Church (Mahkamah):

It turns left into Farquhar Street again, and then makes a right turn into Light Street. It goes along Light Street

17. Dewan Sri Pinang:

18. Kota Cornwallis

Until the roundabout, and then turns into Beach Street. Following that, it turns left at the next junction into Downing Street. The bus makes a final stop at 

19. Downing Street (Lebuh Downing):

Before reentering Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay) to restart the journey. 

CAT Route with stops: