Travel on the new ETS KL to Butterworth Train is now the fastest way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island (Georgetown).
These new high-speed Electric Train Services (ETS), travel at speeds of up to 140 km/h and make the journey from the capital to Butterworth (just a 15 minute ferry boat ride from the UNESCO World heritage City of George Town on Penang Island) in half the time compared to the now cancelled, old diesel Intercity Express Trains that used to operate this route.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 11th of October 2019.
New KL to Butterworth ETS Timetable effective from 16th of July 2019:
|Train Number||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Operating Days|
EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum Services.
EG numbered trains are ETS Gold Services.
Trains from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth, Penang travel along the North -South railway line taking the branch line to the coast at Butterworth. Depending on which type of train you choose (Gold or Platinum), the number of stops along the route varies.
ETS Fares from KL to Butterworth on the Gold Services cost:
59 MYR for Adults - 34 MYR for Children.
Tickets for ETS Platinum Services cost:
79 MYR for Adults - 44 MYR for Children.
You can purchase your ETS Train tickets directly from KL Sentral Railway Station or any other mainline KTM Train Station ticket counters.
You can also book ETS tickets easily online, either directly from the KTMB website (now the cheapest option), or you can book through an online ticketing agent (booking fees may apply).
Making an advance book is a must for this very popular route, especially if you want to travel at the weekend or holidays when trains can be fully booked well in advance. So if your travel dates are not flexible, book your seats online as far in advance as possible.
If you are planing to stay in George Town on Penang island, you can catch the ferry from Butterworth over to George Town from the ferry terminal that is located close to the train station in Butterworth.
Once you arrive by ferry on Penang island, there are hundreds of places to stay in George Town to cover all budgets.
If you want to head out to the popular Batu Ferringhi beach area in the north-west of the island, you can catch the 101 bus from the Rapid Penang Jetty bus terminal, just on your left as you walk down from the ferry terminal.