FREE CAT BUS
Central Area Transit
(or CAT, as it's fondly called) is
a free shuttle service that picks you up from Weld Quay Bus Terminal,
travels along major streets in George Town and drops you at designated
bus stops that are mere walking distance from major attractions.
of June 2014, Rapid Penang is revamping their shuttle buses (brand new
changes include up-to-date exterior and bus routes). Till the makeover
is fully integrated, these CAT shuttle buses are under several guises
such as ‘5 Shuttle’, ‘Free Shuttle’ or 'Free Hop On - CAT Shuttle'.
Worry not, the original bus routes remain the same.
For a shuttle bus adventure in George Town, here’s where you should hop on and hop off:
Station 1: Pengkalan Weld Station 2: Feri
Here’s where George Town’s main bus terminal is located and this marks the first stop of the CAT route. For a view of Swettenham Pier and Chulia Street Pier, try to snag a seat on the left side of the bus.
The journey to Station 2 is a quick one and if you’re interested to snap photographs of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee
and Wisma Kastam
, these buildings are 7-10 minutes walk from Station 1. Station 3: Little India*Little India
becomes a lot more vibrant when it hits noon. Hop off if you’re
planning to shop for spices and sarees. Other nearby attractions include
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
, Chung Keng Kwee Ancestral Temple
and a vintage-looking OCBC building
*No stops made at bus stop no.3 every Sunday from 7.00am - 1.00pm.
Station 4: Imigresen
commercial buildings and administrative offices reside within the
British colonial buildings. Station 4 is located at the end of Lebuh
Pantai, where the police station is, so hop off and admire these
buildings up close. There's also a good lunch spot at the nearby Sri
Weld Food Court.Station 5: Bank Negara
If you're in a hurry to visit City Hall
, Town Hall
, Fort Cornwallis
and War Memorial
, hop off here. Or wait for the bus to complete its round till Station 17 where these attractions are situated nearby.Station 6: Muzium*
History lovers, here’s your stop. Within walking distance from Station 6 are St. George’s Church
(closer at Station 16), Church of Assumption
, Convent Light Street
, Court Buildings
and St. Xavier’s Institution.
*State Museum will be closed for 3 years from 2017.
Station 7: Lebuh Muntri Station 8: Lebuh Campbell
If you enjoy a great amount of strolling, stop by at Station 7 for attractions like St. Francis Xavier Church and Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. For the mystery of the undead, there’s an age-old Christian Cemetery nearby too.
your main incentive in Penang is to cover the religious and shopping
aspects of this town, this station is within walking distance from Benggali Mosque
and Chowrasta Market
(closer at Station 12). Station 9: Komtar Pusat Komtar
also provides buses to off-route journey such as Batu Ferringhi, Bayan
Lepas, Balik Pulau and more. Komtar currently serves as an
administrative office and houses ICT Digital Mall
affordable gadget and technology goods. Should you prefer Cotton On tee
shirts over Canon cameras, take the Komtar's link bridge to Prangin Mall
and 1st Avenue Mall
. Station 11: Jalan Kedah*
underestimate the lack of beautiful surroundings at Station 10. Make
your way out of Jalan Transfer and turn towards Jalan Burma to check out
vintage cameras at Asia Camera Museum
and the all-Malaysian cuisine at Loke Thye Kee
*No stops made at bus stop no.10. Station 12: Jalan Chowrasta
For nutmegs, tau sar peah and fresh pickles, Station 11 is located right at the entrance of Chowrasta Market
So, set yourself free. There are also a couple of second-hand bookshops
located on the first floor of the market that is filled with
biographies, paperback novels and even, old comics. Don’t forget to set
aside 15 minutes for a bowl of cendol at Penang Famous Teochew Chendul
on Lebuh Keng Kwee. Station 13: Komtar Timur
If you change your mind, here’s your last chance to hop off at Prangin Mall
. Nearby attraction include Masjid Pintal Tali
. Station 14: Lebuh Carnarvon
While Penang Islamic Museum is under renovation, trace the history of Sun Yat Sen
at his Penang base and then, treat yourself to a stroll at Campbell Street Market
. Station 15: Kampung Kolam
The station is surrounded by Acheen Street Mosque
, Masjid Kapitan Keling
, Yap Kongsi
, Khoo Kongsi
, Cheah Kongsi
and Lim Kongsi
, collectively known as ‘Street of Harmony’. If you’re up for a hefty dinner, Nasi Kandar Beratur
, situated next to Masjid Kapitan Keling, promises a feast for the senses.
Station 16: Mahkamah Station 17: Dewan Sri Pinang
The shuttle stops in front of St. George’s Church and close to other places of worship such as Kuan Yin Teng and Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
If you prefer to be dropped off at the entrance of Dewan Sri Pinang
, alight here. You can also catch up on earlier attractions (reachable from Station 6) such as City Hall
, Town Hall
, Court Buildings
, War Memorial
and Logan Memorial
. Station 18: Kota Cornwallis
For a peek at our historical fort, the Fort Cornwallis
, here is where you should be. You could also catch a view of Queen Victoria’s Memorial Clock Tower
from your current stop.Station 19: Lebuh Downing
is your last stop before the bus heads back to the Weld Quay Bus
Terminal. Do a final catch-up of the colonial architecture of Standard
Chartered Building, Islamic Council Building and HSBC Building.
frequency from Weld Quay Bus Terminal and other bus stops are within
15-20 minutes. For bus arrival time, kindly contact Rapid Penang ICIS
Centre at 04-238 1313. Arrival time is subjected to traffic and weather
conditions. For more information, visit Rapid Penang website
Operating hours for this shuttle service are from 6.00am –11.40pm.