There are six KTM Penang Railway Stations in the state, with Butterworth the main one used by tourists to reach the island of Pulau Pinang and the world heritage city of George Town.
Rail services in Penang consist of the fast Electric Train Services (ETS Express) that stop mainly at the main stations and the KTM Komuter (commuter) services that run up and down to the border with Thailand at Padang Besar and south to Perak, stopping at all stations.
KTM Train Station in the state of Penang :
Click for train information / departures from these stations.
- Bukit Tengah
- Simpang Ampat
The fast Electric Train Services are the best way to travel by train to or from Penang state and easily the fastest, travelling at speeds of up to 160 Kmh.
You can travel as far south as Gemas on these new fast trains.
South of Gemas the railway line is still being upgraded, so you will have to transfer at Gemas Station to slower Shuttle Trains to take you south to Johor and Singapore.
As of the 1st February 2017, you can no longer take an ETS train to the border at Padang Besar from Penang as this service is now cancelled from Butterworth.
Now you will have to use a KTM Komuter Train on this route (see below).
Popular Routes from Penang by ETS :
For all other routes, please see our ETS Timetables pages :
Using the ETS Trains rather than the bus is much quicker and only just a little bit more expensive.
Also, the train stations are mostly located in the centre of the town / city, while many bus stations have been moved father out of town, requiring another local bus or taxi to get you to your final destination.
To compare prices for buses to Penang :
These services connect at the Bukit Mertajam Railway Station, so you have to change trains there if you want to continue your journey by commuter.
Komuter tickets are only sold on the day of departure.
ETS Tickets are sold 60 days in advance.
ETS tickets can be purchased from any of the KTM railways stations ticket counters, the ticket office in George Town on Penang Island (at the Penang to Butterworth ferry jetty), or :