To travel the short journey from Sungai Petani to Gurun, by far the easiest and cheapest way to get there is to take one of the regular KTM Komuter Utara (northern commuter) trains.
Another, more expensive option is to take one of the less frequent Electric Train Services (ETS).
(Jadual KTM Komuter dari Sungai Petani ke Gurun)
These cheap commuter trains operate at regular intervals from early morning until the late evening.
To see the latest KTM Komuter train timetable, please click on the following link:
The duration of the journey from SP to Gurun takes only 13 minutes by commuter train and Gurun is the next stop on the line.
KTM Komuter trains in Malaysia are very much like Subway or Tube trains in the west where seating is arranged along the sides of the carriages, with a large central aisle for standing passengers.
This part of the Komuter Utara route can get quite busy so you may find you will have to stand for the journey.
If you really need to sit down, the only way to guarantee getting a seat on a train is to take one of the less frequent ETS trains as these services come with a reserved seat.
(Jadual Waktu Keretapi ETS dari SP ke Gurun)
A few of the ETS Gold trains heading to Padang Besar stop in Gurun on their way north.
(Beli Tiket untuk Kereta Api Sungai Petani ke Gurun)
Travelling by Komuter services is easy to do - you just turn up at the station and buy your tickets for the next train.
If you want to travel by ETS, you should always book your tickets in advance to make sure you can get a seat.
To book advance tickets you can:
Visit any ETS railway station.