Despite the development of recent decades and being the state capital, tourists are able to enjoy the scenic view of paddy plantations around the outskirts of the city.
Alor Setar is easily (and most practically) accessible using the North-South Expressway. A bus trip from Kuala Lumpur should cost you around RM40 and will take about 6-7 hours of travelling time. Bus services from Bukit Kayu Hitam are also available for visitors from Thailand.
There is an inter-city train station located in the city that serves trains to all major stations.
- 1 Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (AOR IATA). The only flights into Alor Setar are from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly and Malindo Air.
An alternative option for getting to Alor Setar would be to fly into Penang, which has a larger and better served airport, and make your way to Alor Setar by road.