Another way of travelling for KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi) is to the travel on the train from Kuala Lumpur to Arau and take the ferry from via Kuala Perlis, rather than getting off in Alor Setar.
On this page you can view the train timetables from KL to Arau.
Travelling this way makes the journey a little longer on the train, but the ferry trip from Kuala Perlis to Kuah on Langkawi Island is much shorter at one hour, to one hour 15 minutes, rather than the one hour 45 minutes to two hours it takes form Kuala Kedah, near Alor Setar.
For people that get a little sea sick on these high-speed ferries, this
would be a much better choice of departure point as it is the shortest
distance between Langkawi and mainland Malaysia.
Please Note : All Intercity Express Trains on this route are now cancelled (from 19/05/2016). From this date only the new Electric Train Services (ETS) will operate on this route.
Please Note : from 1st of February 2017 a new ETS schedule has been introduced.
Click here to see the full new ETS timetables >>>>>
New KL to Arau ETS Schedule from 1st February 2017 :
|Train Number||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Operating Days|
Train fares shown below are for one-way tickets in either direction.
ETS Gold Service Trains cost :
Adult : 73 MYR - Child : 41 MYR
ETS Platinum Service Trains cost :
Adult : 98 MYR - Child : 53 MYR
These trains are very popular, so advance booking is highly recommended.
Tickets go on sale usually 60 days in advance.
You can buy your train tickets at any KTM railway station in Malaysia or much more easily, you can book online direct from KTMB (for a small fee) or through an online ticketing agent (usually slightly cheaper).
Regular high-speed ferry boats leave Kuala Perlis port every hour or so starting with the first departure of the day at 07.00, with the last departure at around 19.00.
The trip to Kuah Jetty on Langkawi takes between an hour and one hour 15 minutes.
There are regular departure times throughout the year, but times may vary depending on the season and demand.
You can also pre-book tickets from the ferry companies website, but it is best to just turn up and buy a ticket for the next departure.
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