The fastest way to travel to Penang Island is to take one of the ETS Tanjung Malim to Butterworth (Penang Sentral) trains. Once you arrive, it is then just a short walk over to the ferry jetty and a short 15 minute boat trip over to Georgetown.
These trains are operated by Malaysian Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad known as KTM or KTMB for short).
The duration of the journey from Tanjung Malim to Penang Sentral is a little under three hours.
(Jadual ETS Tanjung Malim ke Butterworth Penang)
KTM Tanjung Malim to Penang Butterworth train schedule:
New train timetable from the 15th of January 2022 (2022-01-15):
|Departs Tg Malim
Notes for the above timetable:
These services are all EG numbered trains which are the cheaper ETS Gold Services.
Please note: The ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown on Penang Island stops running at around midnight so if you want to stay on Penang Island and don't want to take an expensive taxi over the Penang bridge, see below:
From either of these stations you can then connect to the cheap KTM Komuter network (Northern Commuter) for trains to Butterworth.
To see the schedule for all ETS train heading north, click on the timetable link below:
(Tambang / Harga Tiket ETS Tanjung Malim ke Penang Sentral, Butterworth)
As KTM has introduced a Flexi Fare system, prices for tickets can now vary depending on how far in advance you book (the further in advance the cheaper) and when you want to travel (peak and off peak times and days)
For the latest fares and information on the KTM Flexi Fare system, please see our:
For any journey by ETS train in Malaysia, booking an advance ticket is highly advisable as ETS trains can get very busy during public and school holidays, religious festival days and even some weekends.
Booking advance ETS tickets is very easy to do.
You have a choice of going in person to your nearest ETS railway station ticket counter.