If you want to travel from Arau to Penang Island (Georgetown), the only direct travel option is to take a train operated by KTM Berhad (Keretapi Tanah Melayu).
Services on this route from Arau to Butterworth (Penang Sentral) are operated by KTM Komuter Utara (northern commuter) trains.
There are no longer any ETS trains to Butterworth from Arau.
The commuter services are a fast and cheap way to travel from Perlis to Penang.
The duration of the train journey to Butterworth KTM Station from Arau KTM Station is just over an hour and a half.
(Jadual KTM Komuter Arau ke Butterworth)
To see the most recent KTM Komuter Utara train schedule from Arau, please click on the following link:
If you want to travel in the other direction from Butterworth to Arau:
(Harga Tiket KTM dari Arau ke Butterworth)
Fares for this trip are cheap and cost just 9.50 MYR making it the cheapest way to get to Butterworth from Perlis.
Unlike ETS trains, KTM Komuter services require no advance booking.
Just turn up at Arau KTM Station, go upstairs to the ticket counter, buy a ticket to Butterworth and take the next southbound Komuter train.
Seating on Komuter trains is on a first-come, first-served basis so you may not be able to get a seat all the time.
However, since Arau is just a couple of stops south of the trains originating station at Padang Besar, the trains are usually not that full from Arau.
Arriving at Butterworth Train Station:
Once you arrive at Butterworth KTM Station, if you are heading over to Penang island, you can take the ferry from the nearby Penang Sentral Terminal building located just a few minutes walk away.
You can also take a bus from Penang Sentral to most destinations in Peninsular Malaysia.