Butterworth Train Station is located on the mainland in Penang state, just three kilometres away from the popular tourist destination of George Town on Penang Island.
So if you want to catch a train to Penang Island, Butterworth is where you will be disembarking.
From the railway station the ferry terminal is just a couple of minutes walk away and ferries to Georgetown run from around 6am to 1am, every 15 minutes or so during peak hours, slightly less during the quieter times of day.
For trains times and ticket prices for departures and arrivals in Butterworth, see the list of popular tourist destinations below :
New ETS trains to / from Butterworth.
The new ETS high-speed train service has now started operating.
Please see the following pages for the ETS Train Timetables :
New KTM Train Schedule from 19th May 2016 :
From this date all KTM Intercity Trains will not be running on the line between Gemas and Padang Besar - So there will be no KTM Intercity Express Trains to or from Butterworth.
From this date if you want to travel south of Gemas (ie Johor Bahru / Singapore), you will have to catch an ETS Train to Gemas, then catch a Shuttle / Intercity Train southwards.
Please see the new timetables here :
The International Express is still operating but this SRT Train (State Railway of Thailand) now stops at the Thailand - Malaysia border station of Padang Besar.
Between Padang Besar and Butterworth you will now have to use the new KTM Komuter Trains that operate ever hour or two throughout the day.
New Komuter Trains from Butterworth.
The Komuter Utara Shuttle Train service is now connecting Penang to Padang Rengas in Perak, stopping at all the smaller stations in between.
If you want to use this service you will firstly have to take a Komuter train to Bukit Mertajam (apart from a few service that originate in Butterworth).
From the 1st January 2016 a new Komuter service has started between Butterworth and Padang Besar on the Thai border.
Now all the KTM Intercity Express services on this route are cancelled, you will have to take an ETS Train.
You now have to travel to JB via Gemas, where the dual track current ends. From Gemas you can connect to a Shuttle train service to JB Sentral.
Alternatives would be to travel on more regular trains via Kuala Lumpur and then catch another service from there to Gemas, then the shuttle to JB.
For more information see the following pages:
The new ETS Trains go back and forth to Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL for short).
This is the best way to travel from Penang to KL (and now the fastest) as you arrive at KL Sentral station with all its transport links to the rest of the city and airport, rather than at one of the many bus stations in KL.
Take an ETS Train to Gemas, then a Shuttle from there to JB Sentral.
From JB, you will now have to continue your journey to Singapore by one of the new Shuttle Trains to Woodlands, or take a bus into the city.
Other destinations from Butterworth Railway Station, Penang :
Now that the International Express is no longer travelling down to Butterworth, you will have to now take a cheap Komuter Train to the border at Padang Besar.
Once at the border you can connect to the International Express which travels all the way up to Bangkok, stopping in places like :
Surat Thani (for the ferry to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan)
Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao)
and then along the beach resorts such as Hua Hin, on the Gulf of Thailand.
Alternatively you can take a Shuttle Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai, then a choice of trains from Hat Yai heading north to Bangkok.
To see all Intercity Express Trains and ETS Train departures and arrivals at Butterworth station see the timetables below: