Travel by train in Malaysia is now a whole lot faster with the introduction of the KTMB high-speed ETS Train in Malaysia (Electric Train Service) that are now operating the train routes in Peninsular Malaysia, up from Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral, then from Gemas.
Capable of speeds of up to 160kmh, these new train services will cut travel time in half, compared to the older Intercity Trains.
The ETS services from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh have been running for a few years now, but from the 10th of July 2015, new ETS routes have started to be opened up and now many more services are available from the border with Thailand to the north, to Gemas in the south (the last section to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru is due for completion in around 2020).
To see the latest ETS schedules, see our ETS Timetable pages :
There are three types of ETS Train services :
ETS Platinum Services have very few stops and are the quickest way to get you to your destination, so the most expensive.
ETS Gold Services are limited stopping trains and have the most frequent services.
ETS Silver Services stop at all stations along their route and are the cheapest of the three options, but currently only operate between KL and Ipoh.
Please Note :
A new timetable has started from the 19th May 2016, with all the long distance old diesel Intercity Trains on the N-S Line cancelled from this date and only ETS Trains now operating long distance services between Padang Besar and Gemas.
So far the ETS Services in Malaysia that you can travel on are (to see the timetables and fares just click on a link) :
The older Routes :
Travel from KL Sentral Station to Ipoh on one of the many ETS Trains a day on this route.
You could also take the new limited stop Gold and Platinum Service trains from KL to Padang Besar or Kl to Butterworth (below).
New ETS Routes in 2015 :
Starting from 1st September 2015, there is a new ETS service between KL Sentral to Butterworth.
For the new timetables of these ETS Services, please see :
A new Intercity ETS Service takes you from Ipoh to the port at Butterworth, where you can then walk to the Jetty and travel over to George Town on Penang Island, 15 minutes away by ferry boats that leave every 15 -30 minutes.
Padang Besar to Butterworth (now replaced with regular KTM Komuter Trains)
Travel to the border with Thailand from Butterworth Penang.
Please Note : From 1st February 2017, all ETS services to Padang Besar will no longer be taking the branch line to Bukit Mertajam or Butterworth.
There are now regular KTM Komuter Trains (commuter) operating two routes between :
So you can now travel all the way from Perlis to Perak by cheap commuter services (changing at Bukit Mertajam).
Travel from Ipoh to Thailand by ETS Train.
New Routes from July 2015 :
This new ETS Gold service speeds its way up to the Thai - Malaysian border railway station of Padang Besar, stopping at only the main stations on route.
You can use this train to get to Ipoh or Langkawi Island (via Alor Setar or Arau) and many more places.
From the 10th October 2015, the ETS Trains will start operating to and from Gemas Railway station in Negeri Sembilan.
There are ETS Trains from Gemas to Padang Besar and another from Butterworth to Gemas.
For now, these are the only Intercity ETS Trains in Malaysia that are on line and we will update this page when more ETS Trains come into service.
To see the latest timetables for all the new ETS Services please see :
To view a full table of fares for ETS Trains in Malaysia, please see the following pages :
Tickets for trains in Malaysia go on sale up to 60 days before departure (but may vary throughout the year).
You can buy your tickets from any mainline Railway Station or you can book online, which not only saves you the time and expense of travelling to the station, it can even work out cheaper.
There are two ways you can book your ETS Train tickets online.
You can book direct with the KTMB website - This however, is not the easiest solution as you have to register for an account first.
The other option is to book through an online ticket agent who often are cheaper than KTMB. You can do that using the search box
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