The easiest way to travel from Butterworth to Alor Setar is to take one of the regular KTM Komuter Butterworth to Alor Setar trains.
These commuter services are on the Butterworth to Padang Besar line (one part of the Komuter Utara route - northern commuter route) and operate at regular intervals throughout the day and evening.
The first train from Butterworth to Alor Setar leaves in the early morning at 05:25.
After that, trains depart ever hour during the busy periods of the day and every two hours at quieter times around lunch and after the evening rush hour, with the last train leaving Butterworth for Alor Setar at 21:25.
The duration of the journey is scheduled at one hour and 8 minutes, quicker than the bus and quite a bit cheaper.
So if you want to travel from Penang to Alor Setar, take the train, it is by far the best choice.
If you want to check out the timetable in the other direction from Alor Setar to Butterworth:
Latest commuter timetable for 2020:
|Arrives Alor Setar
Please note: From 2020-02-01 there will be extra services on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Komuter trains in Malaysia are much like Tube or Subway trains in western countries.
The seats are positioned along the side of the carriages, with a standing area with handrails running along the centre.
There are no reserved seats so it is on a first come, first served basis.
As you will be getting on at the originating station, Butterworth, you should be able to get a seat on this route most of the time.
If you want to travel from Butterworth to Alor Setar by the fast Electric Train Service you do not have much choice as KTM decided to cancel most of the ETS trains between Butterworth and the Thai border once the Komuter services were up and running.
The cash fare for these trains is just 7.10 MYR making it quite a bit cheaper than travel by bus.
Tickets are only sold on the day of travel, no advance booking is required or necessary.
You buy your tickets from the ticket counter at Butterworth Railway Station only - the ticket office in Georgetown does not sell Komuter tickets, only ETS tickets.
The ticket counter can get quite busy at times, so allow yourselves some extra time and get to the station a few minutes earlier if travelling during the morning / evening rush hours.
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