Most international flights to Malaysia lands in
Kuala Lumpur, KLIA. From there you can get a connecting
flight to Alor Star, Kedah or to Penang (adjacent state). You can also
travel by bus to the city bus terminal to catch an express coach to Kedah.
Trains are also available from KL Sentral.
If you are travelling from Singapore, the fastest option is by air to Alor Star (via KLIA) or direct to Penang. Travelling by
coach/ bus will take you one whole day or a whole night; but you can board the bus in Singapore itself. Direct train from Singapore takes you to
Butterworth (Penang state) or you can change trains at KL to travel the Langkawi express which takes you to Arau. Driving is an option for those
familiar with Malaysian road. The toll expressway from
Johor Bahru (Johor)
takes you right through Kedah, to the Malaysian-Thai border.
From Thailand, you can fly to KLIA then
to Kedah. Most Thais and Kedahans cross the Malaysian-Thai border daily at
Bukit Kayu Hitam, of take the train across. There are daily coaches that
takes you from Hat Yai, Thailand to Alor Star,Kedah. Details on
from Thailand to Kedah
By Air Kedah has two airports: Langkawi International Airport on
Langkawi island and
Sultan Abdul Halim (Alor Star) Airport, a
domestic airport, near Alor Star. Fly to these two places if you want to go
to the northern part of Kedah. The nearest airport to central and south
Kedah is the Penang International Airport (State of Pulau Pinang or Penang).
Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Firefly (from April 2007) and Thai International are some of
the airlines that fly to Langkawi or Penang. If you fly to the Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), you can also get a connecting flight
on Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia to Alor Star, Penang or Langkawi island.
FireFly will fly to Alor Setar from Singapore from Oct 25, 2009
The north-south expressway (toll motorway/
plus expressway)cuts through the State to the Thai-Malaysian border at Bukit Kayu Hitam,
Note that the Malaysia-Thai border opens at 6am Malaysia and closes at 12
midnight Malaysia (11pm Thai). (Read details on -
how to travel from Thailand
to Malaysia) The system of trunk roads links you to all
parts of the state - to the villages and forest parks at the fringe of the
From Kuala Lumpur, catch an express coach from Hentian Duta. From
Singapore or Thailand or other states in Malaysia, most express coaches
stops at Alor Star (Alor Setar) or Sungai Petani.
Some Express Bus Companiess in Kedah
Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) or the Malayan Railways takes
you through the state of Kedah. You can stop at Sungai Petani or Alor
Star. However you have only 2 train services (twice
a day only) going up north.
By Sea Daily ferry from Satun,
South Thailand takes you to
There are also daily ferries from Kuala Perlis (Perlis), Kuala Kedah
(Kedah) and Pennag island (Pulau Pinang). Langkawi is also a great
destination for private yachts.
Check details of ferry or yacht marinas at
More On Malaysia Transport:
Road Maps of Malaysia
Thailand to Kedah
Singapore to Malaysia