Taxis and Limos
If you are at the airport you can follow the signs to Ground Transportation. Line up for the desk just after you come out of the customs area, tell them your destination and pay the fee. Then walk out to the first curb, move down to the right, get in your taxi and go.
are available in front of hotels, along the streets in heavy tourist areas—esp. Batu Feringghi & Georgetown. Normally they don’t want to use their meters, even though they may have signs on their door saying that you should insist on it. Penang taxi drivers seem to unanimously feel that using the meter will not get them enough money to make ends meet. So, before heading to the taxi stand, find out from a reliable source what you should pay to get where you’re going and then be ready to negotiate. Read this post about what to do about tipping your driver.
If you’re going to spend some time here, it probably will pay to find a limo driver who you like & become his regular customer. Some limo drivers work in companies that have a number of drivers & cars. It’s good to have a relationship with one of these drivers as they’ll nearly always be able to send their back-up if they can’t come to help you.
Check out this post about a recommended driver.