Travel from Penang to KL by Intercity Train is not the quickest way to get there, but it is far more relaxing and less confusing than arriving in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city, at one of its many different bus stations.
Once you arrive at KL Sentral, travel connections to the rest of the city are easy by either city commuter trains, buses, taxi or by walking.
You can even catch the high-speed train directly to the airport (KLIA), or a much cheaper bus from the road that passes below KL Sentral.
Schedule from 10th October 2015 :
Please Note : This Intercity Train is being cancelled from 9th May 2016.
From this date you will only be able to travel between Butterworth and KL Sentral by the new high-speed ETS Trains.
|Train Number/Name||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|1 Ekspres Rakyat||****||****|
Please Note : the Langkawi Express night train number 21 that used to operate between Butterworth and KL is no longer stopping at Butterworth from 1st September 2015.
If you would like to still catch the night train to KL, you can use the new Komuter Trains that operate every three hours to Parit Buntar, where you can connect to Train 21.
The new ETS high-speed Electric Train Service between Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur has now started with a growing number of services a day now running :
Fares shown below are for one-way tickets. No discount applies to return fares.
Train number 1 the Ekspres Rakyat train costs:
1st class seat: Adult 67MYR - Child 38MYR
2nd class seat: Adult 34MYR - Child 21MYR
All the above coaches are air-conditioned.
Places to stay near KL Sentral Railway Station :
There are many types of accommodation located close to the main train station in Kuala Lumpur.
Please see the following pages on our site for more information :
If you are staying in Penang, there is no need to go over to Butterworth station to buy your train tickets as there is a small KTM ticket office in George Town at the jetty for the ferry to Butterworth.
The jetty is easy to get to as nearly all buses on the island will end up there.
Once you arrive at the jetty walk along the pathway to the ferry departures and the office is on the right hand side just past all the small shops.
If you want to book a sleeping berth it is best to book in advance, as far ahead as possible.
You can buy tickets in Malaysia up to 60 days in advance.
The best way to book your train tickets in advance is through an online ticket agent.
They sometimes sell tickets at a slight discount and you may not have to pay the 2MYR admin fee imposed by KTMB for booking on their website.