The KTM Arau Railway station in the state of Perlis in Malaysia is used as the jumping-off point for people travelling from within Malaysia or from Thailand to Langkawi by train, as it is the nearest train station to the ferry port of Kuala Perlis.
Once you arrive at Arau station, the best way to get to the ferry port is by taxi and should cost you around 26 Malaysian Ringgit.
If you have plenty of time, a cheaper alternative is to take a MyBas Perlis bus from the bus stop just in front of the train station to Kangar.
From Kangar, you can then transfer to another MyBas Perlis bus to Kuala Perlis bus terminal.
(Jadual Keretapi ETS Arau)
The new ETS high-speed train services to Arau (keretapi laju ke Arau) are now in operation stopping in Arau on their way to Padang Besar.
For times and fares of ETS trains from Arau and Kuala Lumpur click here >
ETS schedule from KL Sentral to Arau >
ETS schedule from Arau to Batu Gajah >
ETS schedule from Arau to Gemas >
ETS schedule from Arau to Ipoh >
ETS schedule from Arau to Kampar >
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To see a full table of the ETS Train fares from Arau, please see:
our Arau ETS fares page here >
(Jadual Keretapi KTM Komuter Arau)
From January 2016, a new northern commuter train service (Komuter Utara) started operating between Butterworth in Penang to Padang Besar on the Thai border in Perlis, stopping at all stations along its route.
These new Komuter services allow you to travel between Arau and Butterworth or up to Padang Besar much more cheaply.
Komuter Trains from Arau stop at:
To the North:
To the South:
You can also connect to the other Komuter Utara route by changing trains at Bukit Mertajam station.
This route takes you to:
To see the full train timetable from Bukit Mertajam to Padang Rengas click here >
Popular Komuter Routes:
Arau to Butterworth (Penang Sentral) >
If you want to check KTM Arau train times at the official KTMB website click here >
Please Note: All old diesel Intercity Trains to / from Arau are now cancelled.
All the old KTM Diesel Intercity Express Trains have now been cancelled and only the new fast ETS Trains or Komuter Trains run on the North - South Railway Line as far as Gemas.
This includes the Thai SRT International Express, which no longer travels into Malaysia, stopping at the border station of Padang Besar.
So now if you want to travel from Arau Station to places like:
Hat Yai, Surat Thani (for the ferry to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh
Phangan, or bus transfers to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi on the West
coast), Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao) and Hua Hin, you will have to take a Komuter to the border and connect from there, or take another Shuttle Train to Hat Yai and take one of the trains heading to Bangkok from Hat Yai Junction.
As the International Express is not operated by KTM Malaysian Railways but by SRT - The State Railway of Thailand - tickets can only be purchased from the SRT ticket office at Padang Besar station or you can book online here >
If you don't book online, this may cause problems at certain busy times of the year.
So, we suggest you get to Padang Besar Station early and if the train to Bangkok is full, you can then take the Shuttle to Hat Yai Railway Station where there are more departures heading north.
The distance from Arau to Kuala Perlis (jarak Arau ke Kuala Perlis) is approximately 18 kilometres.
High-speed passenger ferries depart regularly from Kuala Perlis for the Kuah Jetty on Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi) from 7 in the morning until 7 in the evening.
The ferry leaves approximately every hour or so and departure times depend on the seasons and demand.
If you are travelling by public transport to the jetty, it is best to just turn up and catch the next available boat.
This is the shortest distance from the mainland of Malaysia to Langkawi Island and ferries take only one hour and 15 minutes to reach Kuah.
For more information times, fares and online booking for the ferry to Langkawi you can:
Visit our Kuala Perlis - Langkawi ferry page here >
For buses between KL and Kuala Perlis click here >
The other station used by train passengers going to Langkawi is at Alor Setar in the state of Kedah, but boats from here take slightly longer and cost a little more.
(Waktu operasi kaunter tiket KTM Arau)
The ticket counter at Arau train station is open from 05:30 until 22:30.
(No telefon KTM Arau)
Arau railway station can be contacted by telephone on: 04 - 9861225
Arau Train Station Information >
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