A new high-speed Electric Train Service (ETS) from Padang Besar to Gemas started operating from the 10th October 2015, travelling all the way from the Malaysian / Thailand border station, through Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and then on to the state of Negeri Sembilan.
These ETS Trains are limited stopping Gold Services, with a trip duration of just over 8and a half hours to get to Gemas, where the double electrified tracks currently end.
The final section from Gemas to Johor Bahru is still to be constructed (due for completion in 2020).
For now, if you want to travel further south to Johor Bahru and on to Singapore, you have to take the new Shuttle Train services from Gemas to JB, then another from JB to Singapore.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 11th of October 2019.
To see the full new ETS schedule for southbound trains click here >
New Padang Besar to Gemas ETS Timetable effective from the 16th of July 2019:
|Station||Departs P. Besar||Arrives Gemas||Operating Days|
These services operate daily.
EG numbered trains are ETS Gold Services.
EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum Services.
To see the full timetables for these services, please see our:
ETS Train Timetable southbound route by clicking here >
The ticket prices for the full trip down to Gemas will cost you:
99 MYR for Adults
54 MYR for Children
134 MYR for Adults
71 MYR for Children
From 19th May 2016, the older and slower night train that used to travel from Hat Yai, down to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, on the border with Singapore is cancelled.
From this date, all long distance trains on the new dual tracks between Padang Besar and Gemas are now being operated by the high-speed ETS Electric Train Services only.
You can buy your tickets from any Malaysian mainline station in advance (booking periods vary from a few weeks to a few months in advance, depending on when KTM release them and when they publish a new schedule).
If you are staying in Thailand and want to book your KTM tickets in advance, you can easily do this online from the KTM website or through an online ticket agent.