Travel by train in Malaysia is now a whole lot faster with the introduction of the KTMB high-speed ETS Train in Malaysia (Electric Train Service) that are now operating the train routes in Peninsular Malaysia, up from Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral, then from Gemas, with the last leg from Johor Bahru (JB Sentral) yet to be completed (in 2020).
Capable of speeds of up to 160kmh, these new train services will cut travel time in half, compared to the older Intercity Trains.
The ETS services from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh have been running for a few years now, but from the 10th of July 2015, new ETS routes have started to be opened up and in the not to distant future, many more services will become available, once the new trains have been delivered from China and run through their safety checks.
There are three types of ETS Train services :
ETS Platinum Services have very few stops and are the quickest way to get you to your destination, so the most expensive.
ETS Gold Services are limited stopping trains and have the most frequent services.
ETS Silver Services stop at all stations along their route and are the cheapest of the three options, but currently only operate between KL and Ipoh.
Please Note :
A new timetable has started from the 19th May 2016, with all the long distance old diesel Intercity Trains on the N-S Line cancelled from this date and only ETS Trains now operating long distance services between Padang Besar and Gemas.
To see the new ETS schedules from this date, see our ETS Timetable pages :
So far the ETS Services in Malaysia that you can travel on are (to see the timetables and fares just click on a link) :
The older Routes :
Travel from KL Sentral Station to Ipoh on one of the many ETS Trains a day on this route.
You could also take the new limited stop Gold Service train from KL to Padang Besar or Kl to Butterworth (below).
New ETS Routes in 2015 :
Starting from 1st September 2015, there is a new ETS service between KL Sentral to Butterworth.
For the new timetables of these ETS Services, please see :
A new Intercity ETS Service takes you from Ipoh to the port at Butterworth, where you can then walk to the Jetty and travel over to George Town on Penang Island, 15 minutes away by ferry boats that leave every 15 -30 minutes.
Travel to the border with Thailand from Butterworth Penang on this new ETS Silver Service.
Please Note : From 1st September 2015, the Ipoh - Butterworth and Butterworth - Pdg . Besar ETS Services, will be combined to become the Ipoh - Padang Besar ETS Service, stopping at Butterworth on route.
For the new timetables from 1st Sept see the following pages :
New Routes from July 2015 :
This new ETS Gold service speeds its way up to the Thai - Malaysian border railway station of Padang Besar, stopping at only the main stations on route.
You can use this train to get to Ipoh, Butterworth or Langkawi Island (via Alor Setar or Arau) and many more places.
From the 10th October 2015, the ETS Trains will start operating to and from Gemas Railway station in Negeri Sembilan.
There is one ETS Train from Gemas to Padang Besar and another from Gemas to Butterworth.
For now, these are the only Intercity ETS Trains in Malaysia that are on line and we will update this page when more ETS Trains come into service.
To see the latest timetables for all the new ETS Services starting from the 10th October 2015 please see :
To view a full table of fares for ETS Trains in Malaysia, please see the following pages :
Tickets for trains in Malaysia go on sale 60 days before departure.
You can buy your tickets from any mainline Railway Station or you can book online, which not only saves you the time and expense of travelling to the station, it can even work out cheaper.
There are two ways you can book your ETS Train tickets online.
You can book direct with the KTMB website - This however, works out a little bit more expensive as they have now added an administrative fee on top of the counter price.
The other option is to book through an online ticket agent. You can do that using the search box
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