The KTM Arau Railway station in the state of Perlis in Malaysia is used as the jumping off point for people travelling from Thailand to Langkawi by train, as it is the nearest train station to the ferry port of Kuala Perlis (which is approximately 18 kilometres away).
Once at the station the best way to get to the ferry port is by taxi and should cost you around 26 Malaysian Ringgit.
The new ETS high-speed train services are now in operation stopping in Arau on their way to Padang Besar.
To see the ETS Train fares from Arau, please see the following pages :
From the 1st of January 2016, a new commuter train service (Komuter) started operating between Butterworth in Penang to Padang Besar on the Thai border in Perlis, stopping at all stations along its route.
These new Komuter services will allow you to travel between Arau and Butterworth or up to Padang Besar much more cheaply.
Komuter Trains from Arau stop at :
To the North :
To the South :
Please Note : All old diesel Intercity Trains to / from Arau are now cancelled.
All the old KTM Diesel Intercity Express Trains have now been cancelled and only the new fast ETS Trains or Komuter Trains run on the North - South Railway Line as far as Gemas.
So now if you want to travel from Arau Station to places like :
Hat Yai, Surat Thani (for the ferry to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh
Phangan, or bus transfers to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi on the West
coast), Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao) and Hua Hin, you will have to take a Komuter to the border and connect from there, or take another Shuttle Train to Hat Yai and take one of the trains heading to Bangkok from there.
As the International Express is not operated by KTM Malaysian Railways but by SRT - The State Railway of Thailand - tickets can only be purchased from the SRT ticket office at Padang Besar station or you can book online here >>>
If you don't book online, this may cause problems at certain busy times of the year, so we suggest get to Padang Besar Station early, so if the train to Bangkok is full, you can then take the Shuttle to Hat Yai Railway Station where there are more departures heading north.
High-speed passenger ferries depart regularly from Kuala Perlis for the Kuah Jetty on Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi) from 7 in the morning until 7 in the evening.
The ferry leaves approximately every hour or so and departure times depends on the seasons and demand.
If you are travelling by public transport to the jetty, it is best to just turn up and catch the next available boat.
This is the shortest distance from the mainland of Malaysia to Langkawi Island and ferries take only one hour and 15 minutes to reach Kuah.
For more information times, fares and online booking for the ferry to Langkawi you can :
The other station used by train passengers going to Langkawi is at Alor Setar in the state of Kedah, but boats from here take slightly longer and cost a little more.
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