Another way of travelling for KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi) is to the travel on the train from Kuala Lumpur to Arau and take the ferry from via Kuala Perlis, rather than getting off in Alor Setar.
Travelling this way makes the journey a little longer on the train, but the ferry trip from Kuala Perlis to Kuah on Langkawi Island is shorter at one hour, to one hour 15 minutes, rather than the one hour 45 minutes to two hours it takes from Kuala Kedah, near Alor Setar.
For people that get a little sea sick on these high-speed ferries, this
would be a much better choice of departure point as it is the shortest
distance between Langkawi and mainland Malaysia.
Please Note : All Intercity Express Trains on this route are now cancelled (from 19/05/2016). From this date only the new Electric Train Services (ETS) will operate on this route.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 1st of December 2019 into 2020.
New KL to Arau ETS Schedule (Jadual) valid for 2019 and into 2020:
|Train Number||Departs KL Sentral||Arrives Arau||Operating Days|
* EP 9274 is a new service that now includes a new Business Class carriage.
If you want to look at the full timetable and/or seating plan for any of these ETS services, click on a train number:
Trains from Kuala Lumpur to Arau stop at varying numbers of stations along the route, with the Platinum services offering travellers the quickest journey, with the fewest stops. All of these services travel directly along the West Coast railway line (no longer taking the branch line to Butterworth, Penang).
Train fares shown below are for one-way tickets in either direction.
ETS Gold Service Trains cost:
Adult: 73 MYR - Child : 41 MYR
ETS Platinum Service Trains cost:
Adult: 98 MYR - Child : 53 MYR
Business Class (EP 9274 only):
Adult: 108 MYR - Child: 58 MYR (promotional fare from 11th October until 29th of February 2020).
These trains are very popular, so advance booking is highly recommended.
Tickets are available for sale in advance anything from just a few weeks, to a few months in advance.
You can buy your train tickets at any KTM railway station in Malaysia or much more easily, you can book online direct from KTMB or through an online ticketing agent (a much easier booking process).
Regular high-speed ferry boats leave Kuala Perlis port every hour or so starting with the first departure of the day at 07.00, with the last departure at around 19.00.
The trip to Kuah Jetty on Langkawi takes between an hour and one hour 15 minutes.
There are regular departure times throughout the year, but times may vary depending on the season and demand.
You can also pre-book tickets from the ferry companies website, but it is best to just turn up and buy a ticket for the next departure.