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 just one Intercity Train a day that travels through the capital of Kedah state in either direction and from July 2015, the new high-speed ETS Train has started operating.
You can also use the cheap Komuter trains between Padang Besar and Butterworth Penang.
The International Express from Bangkok stops here on its way to and from
Butterworth, where you connect with the ferry to Penang island.
The Langkawi Express stops here on its way between Johor Bahru and Hat Yai in Southern Thailand (this train is cancelled from 19th May 2016).
The new ETS Trains travel from Gemas or KL to Padang Besar and Butterworth or Ipoh to Padang Besar.
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.
There is a daily overnight train from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, arriving in the morning for boats to Langkawi. Travelling in the other direction the train is also an overnight sleeper. For train times and fares click on the link above (night train is now cancelled).
The new ETS Trains from KL Sentral to Alor Setar offer a much quicker way of travel.
Use these services to travel between Ipoh and Alor Setar by train.
The train from Bangkok, Surat Thani and Hat Yai passes through the city on its way to Butterworth Penang. To view the train schedules visit one of the following.
You can also travel to Penang by the much more frequent buses.
There is now just one train a day that travels to the Thailand's largest city in the south, Hat Yai. The trains cross over the border at Padang Besar where you will clear passport control and customs.
The International Express stops here in the afternoon and can be used to travel by train from Alor Setar to Bangkok.
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.
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.