The KTM Taiping Railway Station (Stesen Keretapi Taiping) is located on the KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) Malaysian Railways, North - South Line, which travels the length of West Peninsular Malaysia, from Singapore to the Thai border at Padang Besar.
Taiping is located in the state of Perak and was home to the first railway station in the country, built here back in 1885.
That station is long gone and now a new train station in Taiping hosts an ever increasing number of high-speed Electric Train Services (ETS Trains) and Komuter Trains.
The older and slower diesel Intercity Express Trains are now all cancelled in this part of the country.
If you want to travel by ETS from the north or from Taiping south to Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral or further to Gemas :
If you want to travel by ETS from Taiping to places like Butterworth Penang, Alor Setar and Arau (for ferry connections to Langkawi) or up to Thailand :
The new ETS routes started operating from the 10th July 2015 and now you can travel to and from Taiping by high-speed train as far as Gemas to the south and Padang Besar station to the north (on the border with Thailand).
These new trains have cut the travel time quite considerably compared to the old diesel Intercity Express Trains and more and more services have been added since they started.
Popular ETS Routes:
As the dual electric tracks currently end at Gemas, if you want to travel further south to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru or Singapore, you currently have to change trains in Gemas and take a Shuttle Train to JB.
Then you have to take another short Shuttle trip across the causeway to Singapore.
The Komter Utara route has now been extended to Taiping, with services to Bukit Mertajam, where you can connect to Komuter services to Butterworth or all the way up to the border with Thailand at Padang Besar.
To see the full Taiping KTM Komuter timetable please see the following pages:
Southbound commuter trains can take you to the terminal station on this route at Padang Rengas.
Northbound commuter services can take you to Kamunting, Bagan Serai, Parit Buntar, Nibong Tebal, Simpang Ampat and Bukit Mertajam, with a few services a day continuing on to Butterworth (stopping at Bukit Tengah).
If you want to travel further north by commuter in to Kedah and Perlis, you can change trains at Bukit Mertajam and connect to the Butterworth to Padang Besar Komuter Route, stopping at all station on the way to the Malaysia / Thailand border such as Sungai Petani, Alor Setar and Arau.
Other smaller stations along this route include : Anak Bukit, Bukit Ketri, Gurun, Kobah, Kodiang and Tasek Gelugor.
Please Note : All long distance diesel Intercity Express Trains to / from Taiping are now cancelled and replaced by ETS services.
Now if you want to travel from Taiping to Hat Yai by train, you can take either an ETS or Komuter to Padang Besar, then take a Shuttle service from there to Hat Yai.
From Hat Yai there are a number of trains a day heading north up to Bangkok, stopping at popular tourist destinations such as Surat Thani (for boats to Koh Smaui / Koh Phangan), Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao) and Hua Hin.
Alternatively, you can connect with the International Express from Padang Besar to Bangkok.
You can telephone Taiping station (Stesen Keretapi Taiping) on the KTM Taiping contact number :
05 - 8072591
Or phone the main KTM call centre on 1-300 88 5862
You can buy train tickets in Malaysia in advance (advance tickets sales times vary) from any mainline ticket counter, at any station on the KTMB rail network.
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