If you plan to travel on the ETS Padang Besar to Sungai Petani Train services, there are a number of long distance trains that leave from the Thai border station down to Kuala Lumpur and Gemas, stopping at SP along the way.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 3rd of June 2018.
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New PB to SP ETS Schedule valid from 3rd of June 2018:
|Station||Departs P. Besar||Arrives S. Petani||Operating Days|
EG numbered services are ETS Gold Trains.
EP numbered services are ETS Platinum Trains.
However, it is much easier and cheaper to take one of the regular KTM Komuter Trains that leave from Padang Besar to Butterworth every one or two hours (stopping at Sungai Petani on route).
The main difference with these trains compared to the ETS services is that you are not guaranteed a seat on the commuter services.
Passengers on ETS services are allocated a seat.
Komuter services are like tube / subway trains with seats down the sides and seats are not allocated. So on a really busy day you may have to stand.
Tickets for this short trip to Sg. Petani vary depending on the type of service you want to take. Tickets cost :
Gold Services : Adult Fare = 23 MYR - Child fare = 16 MYR
Platinum Services : Adult Fare = 29 MYR - Child fare = 19 MYR
If you use the much more frequent and cheaper KTM Komuter Trains, a ticket from Padang Besar to Sungai Petani will cost only 9.30 MYR.
If you want to make sure you can get a seat for a specific ETS train, you really need to book your tickets in advance.
To book your seats you can either book directly from the KTM website or for a much easier booking process, use an online ticket agent.
If there are seats available on the day of travel you will be able to buy tickets from the tickets counter located upstairs at Padang Besar Railway Station.
Tickets for the recommended cheaper Komuter services are also only sold from the KTM ticket counter at Padang Besar Station on the day of travel - No advance booking is allowed, so if you want to take the commuter services, just turn up at Padang Besar and buy your commuter tickets for the next departure.