KTM ETS Train from Kuala Lumpur to Arau

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 the Kuala Perlis Jetty, rather than getting off in Alor Setar for the Kuala Kedah Jetty.

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 seasick 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.

ETS Train Schedule from KL Sentral to Arau 2020

(Jadual ETS KL Sentral ke Arau)


Movement Control Order (MCO / CMCO / RMCO) - (PKP / PKPB / PKPP) 2021

KTM has a new temporary ETS service for 2021.

Temporary ETS Timetables (Jadual / 时间表) from 23rd of October 2021


If you wish to see the timetable from Arua to KL click here >

KTM KL to Arau ETS Schedule (Jadual).

Please note: Due to Covid 19, KTM is currently operating a reduced temporary schedule - to see the latest temporary ETS timetable click here >

Train Number Departs KL Sentral Arrives Arau Operating Days
EG 9222 07:05 12:27 All
*EP 9274 09:20 14:27 All
EG 9420 10:33 15:57 All
EP 9204 18:25 23:34 All

Timetable notes:

* Operates with the newer ETS2 train that now includes a new Business Class carriage.

EG numbered trains are ETS Gold Services.

EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum Services.

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).

To see the full ETS timetable with all the stops for this route click here >

For information about Arau Train Station and how to get to the Kuala Perlis Jetty, click on the picture link below:

Fare / Ticket Price for the ETS Train from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Arau

(Tambang / Harga Tiket ETS dari KL Sentral ke Arau)

The ETS fares from KL Sentral to Arau 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

Please note: Now the KTM Flexi Fare booking system is in place, the fares shown above will vary depending on a number of factors.

These include:

How far in advance you book - the further in advance the cheaper the tickets.

If you plan to travel during "Peak" or Off-Peak" times of the year, days of the week or time of the day.

For more information about Flexi Fares, see one of the following fares page links on our site:

For all ETS fares from KL Sentral click here >

For all ETS fares from Arau click here >

Buy KTM Train Tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Arau

(Beli Tiket Keretapi KTM dari Kuala Lumpur ke Arau)

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).

Please see our train booking page for more details or to book online now >

Ferry from Kuala Perlis to Pulau Langkawi

(Feri dari Kuala Perlis ke Pulau Langkawi)

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.

For more about the ferry to Langkawi click here >

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