• Getting to GTF
  • Where to Stay
  • Venue map
Getting to George Town
As you may already know, George Town is in Penang, Malaysia, which means getting to the location is relatively easy. From outside Malaysia, there are many airlines fly to Penang, direct flights are available from the following airlines:
  • Singapore Airlines (from Singapore)
  • Cathay Pacific (direct from Hong Kong)
  • Thai Airways (direct from Bangkok)
  • Malaysia Airlines (direct from Kuala Lumpur)
  • China Southern (direct from Taipei)
If travelling outside of the Asian region or other cities, do check out the many flights which connect you to Penang via Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, the above cities and other cities in the region. If you are already in Malaysia, fly from Kuala Lumpur & other East Malaysian cities.

But if you have the time and want to also experience overland travel, consider rail & bus options. Many travel service options are available online.

The festival’s main travel partner is Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd and they are offering a range of tours itineraries for festival goers travelling to Penang. Do check out their offers at Holiday Tours.
Travelling around George Town
Once in George Town (GT), whether to walk around, cycle or taxi around will depend on your physical activity level at the time or day concerned! You decide.

For visitors staying in areas outside of this heritage city, you can easily taxi or UBER/GRAB your way to GT but if are staying across the waters on the mainland (we call that Seberang Perai), you have several choices - get on board the ferry, bus or taxi. Driving to GT is an option too but parking is not the easiest task –do check out the nearest car parking areas online before you take this option.
George Town Festival events
Events, both ticketed and free to attend are scattered in and around George Town, a UNESCO listed destination. The festival has events spread over 6 weekends, Friday 28 July to Sunday July 30 will be the opening weekend.

Check our Programmes and Calendar page to get more detail about George Town Festival events.
GTF2017 Festival Guide is available for download here.
Where to Stay
There are many hotel accommodation types in Penang and a vast majority are located within the heritage city. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury hotel or you prefer to try out one of the renovated (interesting) small hotels, you will be spoilt for choice but, do book early as July & August is peak in Penang.

Stay with our main hotel partners – get best preferential rates and discounts (from 30-50%) on George Town Festival show tickets.
Bayview Hotel Georgetown
25-A Farquhar Street
10200 Penang, Malaysia

+604 263 3161 / +604 263 7232
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Eastern & Oriental Hotel
10 Lebuh Farquhar,
10200 Penang, Malaysia

+6016 419 8582 (M) / +604 222 2000 (GL)
+604 222 2195 (DL) / +604 261 2966 (F)
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Hotel NEO+ Penang
68, Jalan Gurdwara,
10300 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia

Tel: 604-2551000 extension 1121
Fax: 604-2631003
Mobile: 017-426 7598
Email: penangprm@neohotels.com
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The Edison Hotel
23 Love Lane
The other good places to stay
If you wish to pamper yourselves to a luxury stay while being a part of the festival, consider staying in one of George Town’s boutique hotels.
We also partner several hotels in the city who offer their best rates to festival goers:
Dewan Sri Pinang
Dewan Sri Pinang is a multi-purpose auditorium between Light Street and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah. Dewan Sri Pinang was built in the early 1970's in the Brutalist architectural style sprawned from the modernist architectural movement. Dewan Sri Pinang serves as a venue for live performances, and is still one of the most popular auditoriums in Penang and it has been the venue for George Town Festival’s premier shows since 2010.

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Loft29 @ 29 Gat Lebuh Gereja
Not your modern or conventional performance halls, Loft 29 is a converted old building (of many in George Town) which has been refurbished and is a new performance hall discovered by the guys at George Town Festival. Run by young and creative Penang youths, watch out!

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The Star Pitt Street
Fully restored, The Star Pitt St now houses a book store on the ground floor, a resource centre and exhibition space on the first, and the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra on the top floor.

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The Whiteaways Arcade
The Whiteaways Arcade constructed in the early 1900’s, is an elegant colonial-era building along Beach Street. The block got its name from its original occupant, the Whiteaways & Laidlaw General Store which was at the Bishop Street end of the building, while the Netherlands-Indian Bank occupied the Church Street end of the building. During the British administration, Whiteaways Building housed upmarket shops and offices.

Performances:several exhibitions and performances.
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George town festival map