Essential Travel Information to Perlis

Overview of Perlis

Perlis has a history dating back to 1800. The northern gateway to Malaysia, it is flanked by Kedah in the south and Thailand in the north. It covers 795 sq km and features a sprawling countryside characterised by paddy plains and interspersed with rustic villages, limestone outcrops and serene lakes.

Multiracial and blessed with numerous natural attractions, it lays claim to the country’s only semi-deciduous forest and fascinating caves. Visits to fruit farms and plantations are not to be missed as mango, grape, and paddy thrive on the fertile Perlis soil. Sample a pace of life that is unhurried in Kangar, the state capital. Here, you will find historical buildings such as the 97 year-old Syed Alwi Mosque. Close by is Arau, the royal town.

Visit Perlis and experience the uniqueness of this northern gem!

How to Get There

Perlis is the country’s northern gateway and shares a border with Thailand. It is connected by a comprehensive road and railway network and is accessible via air and sea.

By Air

Kangar is a 45 minute’s drive from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas, Kedah. Flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru are available at the airport. From there, you can take taxis and buses to Perlis.

By Road

Driving to Perlis is convenient as it is accessible via the North-South Highway. You can also take a bus or taxi from Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kedah. Buses to other states depart from both the Kangar and Kuala Perlis bus stations.

By Sea

Hourly ferry services between Langkawi and Kuala Perlis are available from 6.00am to 7.00pm. Tickets for the one-hour journey can be purchased at the ferry terminals in Langkawi and Kuala Perlis.

By Rail

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) operates regular trains and Electric train services (ETS) from Kuala Lumpur, Alor Setar, Haadyai and Singapore to Arau and Padang Besar.