If you plan to travel on the ETS Padang Besar to Sungai Petani Train services, there are a number of long distance trains that leave from the Thai border station down to Kuala Lumpur and Gemas.
Latest ETS Schedule valid from 1st February 2017 :
|Station||Departs P. Besar||Arrives S. Petani||Operating Days|
|EP 9007||13.58||15.04||Fr/Sa/Su only|
EG numbered services are ETS Gold Trains.
EP numbered services are ETS Platinum Trains.
However, it is much easier and cheaper to take one of the regular KTM Komuter Trains that leave from Padang Besar to Butterworth every one or two hours (stopping at Sungai Petani on route).
The main difference with these trains compared to the ETS services is that you are not guaranteed a seat on the commuter services.
Passengers on ETS services are allocated a seat.
Komuter services are like tube / subway trains with seats down the sides and seats are not allocated. So on a really busy day you may have to stand.
Tickets for this short trip to Sg. Petani vary depending on the type of service you want to take. Tickets cost :
Gold Services : Adult Fare = 23 MYR - Child fare = 16 MYR
Platinum Services : Adult Fare = 29 MYR - Child fare = 19 MYR
If you use the much more frequent and cheaper KTM Komuter Trains, a ticket from Padang Besar to Sungai Petani will cost only 9.30 MYR.
As this is such a short trip, KTM currently do not allow advance online purchase of tickets for this journey.
If there are seats available on the day of travel you will be able to buy tickets from the tickets counter located upstairs at Padang Besar Railway Station.
Tickets for the recommended Komuter services are also only sold from the ticket counter on the day of travel.