Travel to Alor Setar by train is cheap and easy to do and a popular way for people to travel to Langkawi by train from KL or Thailand, with the ferry departing from Kuala Kedah, just 15 kilometres from the city.
There are no longer any of the old diesel Intercity Trains on this route as they have now been replaced by the new high speed Electric Train Sevices (ETS).
There is also a new Komuter train service that stops off in Alor Setar many times a day on its route between the Thai border (Padang Besar) and Butterworth in Penang.
Most people just pass through the city, but if you have the time it is worth stopping here for a while to take in the sights centred around the Padang (square) in the centre of the city which is within ten minutes walk of the railway station.
For those who do decide to stay a night or two, Alor Setar offers visitors plenty of places to stay with a few budget hotels and a range of more mid to luxurious accommodation.
To view the full schedules for the new ETS Trains, lease see the following pages :
The daily overnight train from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, is now cancelled and replaced by the much quicker ETS Trains which cover the distance in half the time.
Use these services to travel between Ipoh and Alor Setar by train.
The easiest and cheapest way to get to Butterworth Penang is by Komuter Train.
There are many services a day and it takes around an hour.
Please note the faster ETS trains to Butterworth Penang no longer operate (from 1st February 2017) so you will have to take the KTM Komuter train.
You can also travel to Penang by the frequent buses.
Now that the International Express Train from Bangkok is stopping at the border station at Padang Besar, you will have to take either an ETS or Komuter Train to Padang Besar from Alor Setar to connect with the train to Bangkok.
You can also catch a bus to the city of Hat Yai from Padang Besar or take a much less frequent Shuttle Train service to Hat Yai.
If you are travelling over to Langkawi Island from Alor Setar, there is a regular bus (White coloured) that travels through the centre of the city and stops just in front of the ferry terminal in Kuala Kedah.
The ferry leaves Kuala Kedah every hour or one and a half hours from 7am to 7pm.
For ticket prices for the boat from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi click here >>
Further Reading :
If you want to learn more about the city of Alor Setar, click here to visit Tripadvisor where you can read about the best things to do and see in the city, recommended places to eat and reviews of accommodation available in Alor Setar.