Penang has an international airport that is connected directly to some cities in the region such as Hong Kong and Bangkok. Most participants will have to fly into Kuala Lumpur and take a connecting flight to Penang (flight time 50 minutes). Besides the national carrier Malaysia Airlines, budget airlines such as Air Asia, Firefly or Malindo Air also fly from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.
Each participant will be responsible for his/her own transportation from the airport to the hotel and to the conference location. Official taxis from the airport to the city will cost about RM 40. There are also public buses (RM2-3) from the airport to the city. You can catch the bus outside of the terminal. Information about buses and taxis from the airport to the city can be obtained at: http://www.penangairport.com/getting-to-penang-airport/penang-airport-buses.htm.
There are also buses (4-5 hours) or electric trains (3-4 hours) connecting Kuala Lumpur to Penang. For information about the electric train to Penang, see http://www.travel-penang-malaysia.com/ets-train-kl-to-penang.html. Travel time for the electric train is about 3-4 hours. The train stops in Butterworth (mainland), there is ferry service from the train station to the island.
For a reliable bus service from Kuala Lumpur to Penang see:
Tickets for both can be bought online.
Please check the website to see if a visa to enter Malaysia is required: