The new KTMB ETS Butterworth to Padang Besar high-speed trains have started to operate from 10th July 2015.
These new ETS Trains have cut the travel time form Penang to the border station with Thailand, to just one hour 40 - 45 minutes.
Please Note : from the 1st February 2017 there will no longer be any ETS services between Butterworth and Padang Besar.
From this date you will have to use the KTM Komuter Trains.
At present, there are only two departures a day on this ETS Service. However, when the new ETS Trains arrive from China and are put online, there will be more departures every day.
Timetable valid until 31st January 2017 :
|Station||9500 (G)||9208 (G)|
|Departs Butterworth Penang||07.28||13.38|
|Arrives Padang Besar||09.10||15.10|
Notes for the above timetable :
(G) = ETS Gold Service
(S) = ETS Silver Service
Fares for the ETS Train from Butterworth to Padang Besar will cost :
Gold service : Adult - 29 MYR - Child - 19 MYR
Silver service : Adult - 21 MYR - Child - 15 MYR
Please Note : From the start of January 2016, there is a new Komuter (commuter) service in operation from Butterworth to Padang Besar.
You can buy your tickets on the day of travel or in advance from the train station in Butterworth or at the KTM office in George Town on Penang island.
The KTM office in George Town is located along the walkway up to the ferry from Penang to Butterworth.
If you would like to book your tickets online, you can do that easily too.
Be aware that from 1st July 2015, the KTMB online booking website charges a 2 MYR admin fee for online bookings.
You can also use the online search box on our booking page.
If you are taking these trains to get to Hat Yai in Thailand, you could catch the International Express train 36, that leaves for Hat Yai in the early evening.
It is however, much easier to catch a bus from the Thai side of the main land border crossing.
New Shuttle Train Service to Hat Yai :
From 22nd December 2015, a new shuttle train service has started operating from Padang Besar Station in Malaysia to Hat Yai (and vice versa).
If you want to catch the bus, you must miss the immigration formalities at the station, go upstairs and cross the railway tracks by walkway to the the main Padang Besar land border crossing in to Thailand.
Once you pass through the Thai immigration, you can catch a local bus into Hat Yai, that also stops at the main Hat Yai bus station on its way into the city.
The bus stop for this bus, is just on your right, across the road as you come out of the immigration area.
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