Butterworth Railway Station
Train Station for Penang Island Malaysia

The KTM Berhad Butterworth Railway Station in the state of Penang in Malaysia, is the gateway to one of the countries main tourist destinations, the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town on Penang Island.

The train station in Butterworth has recently been rebuilt to accommodate the new high-speed Electric Train Services (ETS Trains) and the ongoing construction around the station building is part of the new Penang Sentral transport hub.

Photo of the front entrance to Butterworth Railway StationPhoto of the front entrance to Butterworth Station

The nearby Penang Sentral terminal building now accommodates the bus terminal (local and long-distance buses) and ferry terminal for boats over to Penang Island (Georgetown).

Arriving at Butterworth Station

ETS Train arriving at ButterworthETS Train arriving at Butterworth

When your train pulls in to the station, you will have to make your way up the stairs (or use the lift) to get to the main terminal waiting area, before walking back down again to get to the exit.

The ticket counter at Butterworth StationThe ticket counter at Butterworth Station

To leave the station, just follow the passage next to the ticket counter.

Once you exit the building you will see the new Penang Sentral terminal building right in front of you.

If you are heading over to Penang Island or want to catch a bus, just follow the signs for Penang Sentral (it only take a few minutes to walk there)

For more about the ferry over to Penang click here >

Train Departures from Butterworth Railway Station

Butterworth Station lies at the end of a branch line on the main North - South Railway Line (West Coast Line) in Malaysia.

Most KTMB trains stop here and you can choose to travel on either the new high-speed ETS (Electric Train Services) or the much cheaper, KTM Komuter (Commuter) Trains (Please Note : All the old diesel Intercity Trains no longer operate out of Butterworth from May 2016).

The cheap Komuter Train services operate from Butterworth to Padang Besar in Perlis (on the border with Thailand) and from Butterworth to Ipoh in Perak.

To see a full list of train departures from Butterworth Station click here >

Buying Butterworth Train Tickets

If you are staying on Penang Island, there is no need to travel over to the mainland to buy your long-distance ETS train tickets as there is a small KTM ticket office located at the Penang Jetty (please note: You can only by ETS train tickets here - Komuter train tickets are only sold on the day of departure from the ticket counter at Butterworth Railway Station).

If you are crossing over to the island by the Butterworth - Penang ferry, you will see the KTM office as you come down the exit walkway.

Another alternative is to book your Butterworth ETS train tickets online either directly from the KTM website or through an online agent.

If you wish to book online, either way:

Visit our online train ticket booking page here >

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