Taking the KTM Komuter from Butterworth to Taiping is a much cheaper way to travel from Penang to Taiping than by the much more expensive ETS Electric Train Services and even cheaper than the bus.
Getting to Taiping by commuter train is now more straight forward (from March 2020) as KTM have now changed the Komuter timetable so that most of the trains now travel directly from Butterworth to Taiping (before most trains required a change at Bukit Mertajam Station).
If you want to take the cheap commuter train to Taiping from Butterworth it is best to take one of the direct trains.
At other times, you will have to change trains at Bukit Mertajam where the two Komuter Utara routes (north commuter routes) join, with BM as the interchange station.
The duration of the trip is only one hour and 4 minutes for the direct services and one hour and 10 minutes for those train where you have to change at Bukit Mertajam.
Commuter timetable from 2nd March 2020:
|Departs BTW||Arrives BM||Departs BM||Arrives TAI|
BTW = Butterworth
BM = Bukit Mertajam
TAI = Taiping
As already mentioned, the ticket price from Butterworth to Taiping on the Komuter train is very cheap compared to other forms of transport.
Tickets cost just 7.50 MYR.
If you compare that to the ETS fares of 21 MYR (Gold) or 26 MYR (Platinum), you can see it is a good deal.
The difference is that on ETS services you get a reserved seat, there is no need to change trains and the journey is slightly faster.
You only have to buy one ticket on the Komuter services (even if you take the two connecting train way).
Tickets are only sold on the day of travel from Butterworth Railway Station ticket counter.
No Komuter tickets are sold from the KTM office at the jetty in Georgetown.
For ETS trains to Taiping, you will have to make a reservation.