Taking the ETS Taiping to Alor Setar train is easily the quickest way to travel to the capital city of Kedah, Malaysia.
However, if you not in a rush there is also a much cheaper way to travel by train using a KTM Komuter service.
The duration of the journey by ETS train from Taiping to Alor Setar for the fastest Platinum trains is one hour and 33 minutes.
(ETS Taiping ke Alor Setar Jadual)
New ETS Timetable valid from the 1st of December 2019 (2019-12-01) into 2020.
The timetable shown below is the current ETS timetable for departures from 2019/12/1 (December) into 2020:
|Train Number||Departs Taiping||Arrives Alor Setar||Operating Days|
* These services are the newer ETS2 trains that offer a Business Class carriage/car.
EG numbered ETS trains are ETS Gold services.
EP numbered ETS trains are ETS Platinum services.
If you want to see the full ETS schedule for all northbound trains from Taiping, see the following page on our site:
Costing only around a third of the price of the ETS trains, taking the KTM Komuter train is easily the cheapest way to get from Taiping to Alor Setar.
To get to Alor Setar, what you have to do is:
If you take the trains with the best connections, you could do the trip in around two hours.
Arriving at Alor Setar Railway Station, you can easily walk into the city centre in around 10 minutes or you can jump into a waiting taxi.
If you are planning to travel from Taiping to Langkawi, you can take a taxi to the Kuala Kedah Jetty or you can walk into the city centre and take a cheap local bus.
For more information about the bus or taxi from the Alor Setar Railway Station to the Jetty at Kuala Kedah:
For information on the ferry from Kuala Kedah to Kuah in Langkawi Island:
(Tambang / Harga Tiket)
To travel by ETS train in Malaysia you should always book your tickets in advance as far in advance as you can.
This is because you need a reserved seat to travel on ETS trains and no standing passengers are allowed so there is a limited amount of seats for each train which can fill up quickly during busy times of the year.
To book advance ETS train tickets you can:
Visit any KTMB ETS train station and buy your tickets from the ticketing office.
If you decide you want to go by the cheap KTM Komuter trains, there is no need to book in advance as tickets are only sold on the day of travel and if the seats are all taken, there is plenty of space available for standing passengers (they are like subway or tube trains in the west).