Located approximately 3 kilometres east of George Town, Butterworth is a town situated in North Seberang Perai, Penang and it has become the largest town within Seberang Perai. Historically, it is known unofficially in Malay as Bagan and Butterworth was named after a British official who served as the Governor of the Straits Settlements in the mid-19th century. The town was then acted as landing place across the Penang Strait from George Town. Since its founding, Butterworth has been acting as the main transportation hub within the state of Penang and linked to George Town by the Penang Ferry Service, as well as the 13.5 kilometres long Penang Bridge to the south. The Port of Penang operates its core operations in Butterworth handling over 1.1 million TEU of cargo as of 2010, the second largest amount in Malaysia. On top of that, the Butterworth railway station is situated adjacent to the town's ferry terminal, is a major Malayan Railway station with train services operated by both the Malayan Railway along the west coast states of Peninsular Malaysia and into Singapore and the State Railway of Thailand.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, you can take North – South highway to Butterworth which approximately takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. There is alternative road is by using Klang- Teluk Intan route but the journey is much longer than using North- South highway which is around 5 hours and 10 minutes.
There are flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport such as Air Asia and Firefly to Bayan Lepas Airport in Penang. It usually takes about less than an hour or 50 minutes. Next, once you reach the airport, you can take a cab or rent car to Butterworth and the duration is around 40 minutes by using Sultan Azlan Shah road or Penang Bridge.
Butterworth railway station is conveniently located next to the bus and ferry terminal and it is a major rail terminal for Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railways) trains heading south to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and north to Hat Yai in Thailand as well as the State Railways of Thailand's International Express to Bangkok. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth usually takes around 4 to 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Established since 1988, the 5-acre park is located 20 minutes away from Butterworth town and has a collection of more than 300 species of birds from all over the world, of which more than 150 species are of Malaysian species. There are hornbills, sunbirds, and pheasants collection and all the birds here housed in more than 150 cages for breeding and conservation purpose. Besides birds, there is also various animals such as the estuarine crocodile, arapaima which is freshwater fish from the Amazon River in South America, 18 ft-long giant pythons, giant soft-shelled turtles and more than 20 timid leaf monkeys. There are free parking for all cars and coaches and entrance fee for adult is RM 10, children (below 12 year-old) is RM 5, school Children with school uniform is RM2, camera is RM1, physically and/or mentally handicapped & under privileged persons are allowed free entrance. This place opens daily from 9.00am to 7.00pm including weekends and all public holidays.
Tropical Fruit Farm has planted all types of local fruits as well as fruits from around the world and located at ideal location for cultivation of tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees about 800 feet above sea level on the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang in Penang. This place has more than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits which are rich in natural vitamins, minerals and fibres. The purpose of this fruit farm are to conserve the rare and exotic fruit trees, to educate and promote fruits to the locals and foreigners and acts as development of agriculture and eco or agro tourism. The opening hours are from 9am to 5pm daily.
Situated along Jalan Terbilang and just 15-minute drive to Butterworth Ferry Terminal, this motel offers clean and comfortable guestrooms with free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property and also free parking.All rooms at Rez Motel are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV as well as basic amenities such as the en suite bathroom provides hot and cold shower facilities. Apart from that, this place also offers 24-hour front desk, tea and coffee making facilities available at the lobby as well as the in-house restaurant which is 2928 Coffeeshop that serves a wide selection of local Malaysian dishes cooked in a hawker style.
Located right in Butterworth town, Lodge 18 Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Sunway Carnival Mall and Penang Bird Park. This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, 24-hour front desk, safety deposit boxes and luggage storage facilities. The staffs here can help guests with fax services and concierge assistance. Every room comes with satellite TV, a work desk, a private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. There are also meeting facilities are available and dining options where guests can go the popular hawker centres in the Raja Uda area which is 5-minute drive away.
This three star hotel is only 10-minute drive from Prai Industrial Park, Penang Bridge and Butterworth Jetty and only 15-minute drive from entertainment and dining options at Autocity and shopping options at Sunway Carnival Mall. Fitted with wooden flooring, air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot and cold showers. Besides that, tea and coffee making facilities, irons and hairdryers are also available on request and provides complimentary on-site parking.The friendly staffs at the 24-hour reception can assist with luggage storage, airport shuttle or laundry services.