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 as KTM Berhad (Malaysian Railways) have now changed the Komuter timetable so that all of
the trains now travel directly from Butterworth to Taiping (before most
trains required a change at Bukit Mertajam Station).
The duration of the commuter train journey from Butterworth Penang to Taiping is only one hour and 4 minutes.
Latest Commuter Train Timetable:
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, the train stops at fewer stations and the journey is slightly faster.
Tickets are only sold on the day of travel from Butterworth Railway Station ticket counter.
No KTM 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.