The new KTMB ETS Butterworth to Padang Besar high-speed trains have started to operate from 10th July 2015.
These new ETS Trains have cut the travel time form Penang to the border station with Thailand, to just one hour 40 - 45 minutes.
Please Note : from the 1st February 2017 all ETS services between Butterworth and Padang Besar were cancelled.
However, from the 18th of December 2017, a new service has been put on, but the timings make it of no use for people who want to cross the border, as the border is closed at the time the train arrives.
So it is still much better if you use the KTM Komuter Trains.
At present, there are only one departures a day on this ETS Service.
Timetable valid from 18th December 2017 until the 2nd of June 2018:
|Train No||Departs Butterworth||Arrives Padang Besar||Operating Days|
Notes for the above timetable :
(EG) = ETS Gold Service
Fares for the ETS Train from Butterworth to Padang Besar will cost :
Gold service : Adult - 29 MYR - Child - 19 MYR
Silver service : Adult - 21 MYR - Child - 15 MYR
Please Note : From the start of January 2016, there is a new Komuter (commuter) service in operation from Butterworth to Padang Besar.
You can buy your tickets on the day of travel or in advance from the train station in Butterworth or at the KTM office in George Town on Penang island.
The KTM office in George Town is located along the walkway up to the ferry from Penang to Butterworth.
If you would like to book your tickets online, you can do that easily too.
You can book using the KTMB online booking website.
You can also use an online agent.
If you are taking these trains to get to Hat Yai in Thailand, you could catch the International Express train 36, that leaves for Hat Yai in the early evening.
It is however, much easier to catch a bus from the Thai side of the main land border crossing.
New Shuttle Train Service to Hat Yai :
From 22nd December 2015, a new shuttle train service has started operating from Padang Besar Station in Malaysia to Hat Yai (and vice versa).
If you want to catch the bus, you must miss the immigration formalities at the station, go upstairs and cross the railway tracks by walkway to the the main Padang Besar land border crossing in to Thailand.
Once you pass through the Thai immigration, you can catch a local bus into Hat Yai, that also stops at the main Hat Yai bus station on its way into the city.
The bus stop for this bus, is just on your right, across the road as you come out of the immigration area.
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