The KTMB Arau Train Station (Stesen Keretapi) in the state of Perlis in Malaysia is used by tourists as the gateway to the port of Kuala Perlis, where high-speed ferry boats run throughout the day to the port of Kuah on Langkawi island.
If you are travelling by train from Thailand to Langkawi, Arau Station is the best place to get off the train at, as the nearby port of Kuala Perlis is the closest of all the mainland ferry ports to Langkawi, with boats taking around an hour and 15 minutes to reach the island.
Like all the other train stations in this area of Malaysia, Arau has a brand new station in gleaming white, located just off the main road that runs through the town from Kangar, behind the large State Mosque.
Arau is serviced by Intercity high speed Electric Trains (ETS) for long distance travel.
There is also a new (from 1/1/2016) Komuter Train Service for shorter trips that operates between Padang Besar and Butterworth Penang.
If you want to book train tickets at Arau Railway Station, the ticket counters are located upstairs and can be reached by stairs or a lift from the front entrance.
For short distance train travel on Komuter Trains, you can book your tickets on the day (no advance purchase is available).
For longer distances ETS Intercity Trains to places like Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, it is best to book in advance to make sure you get a seat.
If you want to travel on the International Express train from Arau to Bangkok, Hua Hin, Chumphon or Surat Thani in Thailand, please be aware that this service is operated by the State Railway of Thailand.
Please note : this service no longer operates inside Malaysia and now originates / terminates at Padang Besar Railway Station on the border with Thailand.
Just take a cheap and regular Komuter train to the border and take the trains from there.
You should purchase your Thai train ticket in advance to guarantee a sleeping berth.
If you turn up on the day to buy a ticket, chances are the train will be full.
You can phone KTM Arau on : 04 - 9861225 or use the main KTMB call centre number 1-300-88-5862.
The easiest way to travel from Arau to Kuala Perlis to catch one of the high-speed ferries is by taxi.
A taxi to the jetty should cost around 26 MYR and the distance is about 18 km.
The taxi station is just on your right as you exit the main entrance of Arau Train Station.
You used to be able to catch a Maraliner bus to Kangar, then another bus from there to Kuala Perlis, but it appears they are no longer running buses to K. Perlis (ask at the station for the latest information n buses).
You could still get a bus to Kangar if you walk out to the main road from the train station, then at Kangar's main bus station, you should be able to get a bus on to the Jetty, as most long distance buses stop off in Kangar before going to Kuala Perlis.
Please however, be aware that buses are very infrequent around Arau Station and you could easily be waiting for a couple of hours before a bus passes by.
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