If you want to travel from Taiping to Georgetown on Penang Island by public transport, the quickest way to get there is to take a fast ETS Taiping to Butterworth (Penang Sentral) Electric Train Service that takes less than an hour to get there.
ETS trains are operated by Malaysian Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, usually known by their much shorter name of KTM or KTMB).
KTM also operates much cheaper KTM Komuter Utara (northern commuter) trains on this route so if you want to travel on a budget, you should think about taking a commuter train.
Commuter trains are not as comfortable as ETS services and you do not get a reserved seat travelling by commuter.
If you want to see the latest KTM Komuter train timetable, click on the timetable link below:
Please note: Some KTM Komuter trains from Taiping terminate at Bukit Mertajam. You can still take these trains from Taiping as there is another Komuter route that travels from the north, with connections at Bukit Mertajam to Butterworth.
(Jadual ETS Taiping ke Butterworth)
New ETS Timetable valid from the 26th of June 2020.
ETS Timetable for 2020:
|Train No||Departs Taiping||Arrives Butterworth||Operating Days|
Notes for the above timetable:
EG numbered trains are the cheaper ETS Gold Services.
EP numbered trains are the more expensive ETS Platinum Services.
Trains numbers marked with * are the newer ETS2 trains that have a Business Class carriage.
To get from the railway station in Butterworth to Penang Island (Pulau Pinang), you have to take a short walk through the new Penang Sentral Terminal building where the ferry departs from the jetty.
(Tambang / Harga Tiket ETS Taiping ke Penang Sentral, Butterworth)
To find train fares and information on the KTM Flexi Fare booking system, please see our:
(Beli Tiket ETS dari Taiping ke Butterworth)
To travel by ETS train in Malaysia you should book in advance (even for short distances).
However, if you are travelling from Taiping and the ETS train is full, you still have the option of taking one of the KTM Komuter trains, so you could risk turning up at the station on the day you want to travel and buy your ETS tickets then.
You can book your advance ETS train tickets from the ticket counter at Taiping station (or from any other ETS station in Malaysia).