The KTM Alor Setar Railway Station is located a short 10 - 15 minute walk away from the centre of the city and is a much more convenient point of arrival in the city compared to the bus station, which is located quite a few kilometres away from the centre.
Although Alor Setar has a number of tourist attractions, many people just pass through the city and travel out the the Kuala Kedah Jetty to catch one of the high-speed boats to the island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi).
From the 19th May 2016 and the introduction of a new KTMB Train Timetable, KTM Intercity Trains that previously stopped at Alor Setar have now all been cancelled.
From this date all long distance trains will be operated by the new high-speed ETS Trains between Gemas and Padang Besar.
The State Railways of Thailand train between Bangkok and Butterworth no longer stops in Alor Setar and you will now have to take a Komuter Train to Padang Besar where the International Express now originates from).
For the full timetables, please see the following pages on our site :
Train 36 to Bangkok is the International Express Train and is an all second class sleeper train, so if you are travelling by train from Alor Setar to Thailand, you will have to buy a bed (booking in advance highly recommended) for any destination past Hat Yai.
From here you will have to take a Komuter Train to Alor Setar.
Please note : Trains 35 / 36 cannot be booked online as the SRT does not have an online booking facility.
To view the new ETS high-speed train timetables, please see :
KTM (Malaysian Railways) operates the Senandung Langkawi Express Train, that stops in Alor Setar on its journey between Johor Bahru, KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and Hat Yai in Southern Thailand.
For departure times, please see the following pages :
Train number 20 stops at Arau and the border station of Padang Besar, on its way to Hat Yai.
Train number 21 to Kuala Lumpur is a night train with sleeping berths available and stops in: Sg. Petani, Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh and a number of smaller towns on its way to KL and from 1st September 2015, travels all the way down to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, close to the Singapore border.
Train 20 / 21 is cancelled from 19th May 2016.
As these are KTM trains, you can use their online booking facility for longer trips.
From the 1st January 2016, a new northern commuter train service (KTM Komuter) will be stopping in Alor setar Station many of times a day.
These cheap commuter (Komuter) Trains operate between Butterworth in Penang and Padang Besar in Perlis.
Fast boats leave for Langkawi from 7 in the morning until 7 in the evening and depart every 90 minutes or so.
For more information on this ferry service, please visit :
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