The fastest and cheapest way to get from Bukit Mertajam to Simpang Ampat is to take one of the Northern Commuter (Komuter Utara) trains.
These trains are operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB / KTM) and run at fairly regular intervals throughout the day on the Bukit Mertajam - Padang Rengas Komuter Route (Laluan).
The duration of the train journey from BM to Simpang Ampat is only 8 minutes and just one stop down the line.
The distance between the two stations is around 13 km.
(Jadual Waktu Keretapi Komuter KTM ke Simpang Ampat dari Bukit Mertajam)
To see the latest KTM Komuter Utara train schedule, click on the timetable link below:
If you would like to see the Komuter timetable in the opposite direction from Simpang Ampat to BM;
These commuter trains are a very cheap way to travel around the north-west part of Peninsular Malaysia with a ticket from BM to Spg Ampat costing only 1.00 MYR.
Trains on this route travel from Penang state to Perak state (with the last station on the line at Padang Rengas) and are easily the cheapest and best way to travel around this area of the country.
You can also connect to the other northern commuter line that runs from Butterworth to Padang Besar (Bukit Mertajam is the interchange station for connections).
(Beli Tiket Keretapi Komuter KTM)
When you travel by KTM Komuter train, there is no advance booking available or required (unlike on the ETS trains).
Just turn up at the station and go to the ticket counter to buy your tickets.
With your tickets in-hand, take the next Komuter train heading in the direction of Padang Rengas (the last station on this route).