George Town

👥 Population: 708,000

🕑 Time Zone: Malaysian Standard Time (MST): UTC +8

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🚈 Getting around
🧭 Where to live
🏠 Temporary accommodation
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📼 Travel remotely
👩‍💻 Work space

George Town is a city located on the island of Penang and is Malaysia's second largest city. People often say Penang when referring to George Town. It is a colourful, colonial yet modern city near the beach, that offers plenty of things to do and eat.


George Town has a tropical rainforest climate, so it is hot throughout the year without much temperature variations. It has two seasons: dry and rainy. The average yearly temperature is 28°C.

Getting around

Uber available

❌ no, use Blacklane, Grab and local taxis instead.

From airport

Penang International Airport

Bus: With Rapid Penang it takes 50 minutes from the airport to the city. Tickets start at RM2.

Car rentals: Car rental options


Rapid Penang

Methods: Bus, Trishaw (bike taxis), ferry


Core Zone (Heritage Area): Good for first timers, central and very popular with tourists. Many options for shopping and eating.

Gurney Drive: Popular with tourists, lively, vibrant and in the thick of the action. Lots of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. Modern amenities and good for everyone.

Batu Ferringhi: More relaxed than the centre but still popular and touristy. Good selection of accommodation, shops and restaurants. Good for all budgets and for families. Nice beach.

Temporary accommodation



A 1 bedroom place typically costs between RM1,000 and RM2,500 per month.

A 2 bedroom place typically costs between RM1,200 and RM4,000 per month.

In a lot of Asia you can often find cheaper prices on Agoda, so check them out to compare.



Cilantro Magnus

Pulau Tikus Wet Market

Chowrasta Market



Convenience stores


Travel remotely

Work space

To get you started quickly, we focused on picking one, cool, unique, and comfortable coworking space per location. Prices are for a desk in a shared space, for every day use. Expect dedicated spaces to cost more.

Coworking space

Common Ground

Prices are from RM499 per month.