A popular way to travel to Langkawi from Ipoh is to take the ETS Ipoh to Arau train, then transfer from Arau Railway Station to Kuala Perlis Jetty, where you can take a fast, regular ferry boat over to Kuah on the island.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 3rd of June 2018.
New KTM ETS timetable from the 3rd of June 2018:
|Train Number||Departs Ipoh||Arrives Arau||Operating Days|
All services operate daily.
EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum services, with fewer stops, but a more expensive price.
EG numbered trains are ETS Gold services with more frequent stoops, so they are the cheaper of the two options.
All ETS trains in Malaysia are the same class, so the price difference in tickets is only for the different types of service - Gold or Platinum.
The cheaper Gold ETS train to Arau cost:
Adult Fare : 46 MYR - Child Fare : 27 MYR
Platinum ETS trains to Arau cost:
Adult Fare : 61 MYR - Child Fare : 35 MYR
If you want to travel on any of these services you will have to reserve a seat and you should always book your tickets in advance for any ETS service in Malaysia, as tickets can sell out weeks in advance.
Booking tickets is easily done:
You can either visit any mainline KTM railway station ticket counter, or book tickets online directly from the KTM website, or by using an online train ticket agent.
Once you arrive at Arau station, if you are planning to travel on to Langkawi island, the easiest option is to take a taxi from the station to the jetty (18 km - costing around 26 MYR).
If you are on a budget, the best option is to find someone to share a taxi with.
You can travel by bus from Arau station to Kuala Perlis Jetty, but it will require two bus journeys and departures are not that frequent.
One bus from the Arau station to Kangar bus terminal, then another to the jetty.