From the 1st of September 2015 there is a new ETS Train Padang Besar to Ipoh in the state of Perak, Malaysia.
This is an extension of the Butterworth to Ipoh ETS Train, which has been operating since early July and now starting from the 10th October 2015, more ETS high-speed Train Services have been added.
New ETS Timetable valid from 19th May 2016 :
These ETS Train Services operate daily.
All trains are ETS Gold Services except train 9213 which is an ETS Platinum Service.
Padang Besar Railway Station lies on the border with Thailand and Malaysia, just inside Malaysia.
If you are traveling from the Thai city of Hat Yai, it is around 55 km to the border crossing where the train station is located, just inside Malaysia.
You can get to the border from Hat Yai by either a bus (from the clock tower in the city centre) or by minibus from the Hat Yai Bus Station.
You will then have to get off at the border and walk for around 10 minutes between border controls or hire a motor bike taxi to take you across the border.
Once inside Malaysia, the railway station is on your right where there is a walkway bridge crossing over the tracks.
New Shuttle Train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar :
From 22nd December 2015, a new shuttle train services started operating from Hat Yai to the Malaysian border station of Padang Besar.
ETS Fares from Padang Besar to Ipoh cost :
Gold service :
Adult : 54 MYR - Child 31 MYR
Platinum service :
Adult : 66 MYR - Child 37 MYR
You can wait and buy your tickets at Padang Besar Station and most of the time you will get a seat.
However, at certain times of the year during major holidays, the trains can often be totally full, so we would recommend you make an advance booking online just to make sure.
If you want to continue your journey onward from Ipoh, you can connect with the Ipoh to KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur) ETS Trains at Ipoh Railway Station.
If you plan to stay in Ipoh, check out our where to stay in Ipoh page, where you will find the best hotels, resorts and guest houses to stay while in the city.