The old Butterworth train station has been demolished to make way for a new state of the art transport hub for trains and buses, known as Penang Sentral which is due for completion in 2015
In its place is a new Butterworth railway station that is now open, although building work still continues both inside and outside and the station is still not yet 100% complete.
Like all the other new stations that have been built recently on the Malaysian Railways tracks, it is a gleaming white colour and quite modern in design.
The ticket office is upstairs and can be reached by stairs or by a lift from the main entrance.
If you are staying on Penang Island, there is no need to travel over to the mainland to buy your train tickets, as there is a small KTM ticket office in George Town by the ferry jetty.
Just past the ticket counters is a fairly small waiting area with seating or you can wait in the main area where there is a wall you can sit on.
Passengers now have to wait up here and are not allowed onto the platform until the train has arrived and all incoming passengers have disembarked.
The guards will then check your tickets and open up the stairway and lift down to the platform so you can board your train.
If you are heading for the Penang Ferry over to George Town on Penang Island, when you leave the station, keep to your left where you will see a covered walkway with stairs leading up - just walk along this and you will be at the ferry in a couple of minutes.
There are plenty of sign posts around so just follow them, as with all the building work going on around the station, things may change (again).
If you are going to catch a bus from Butterworth Bus Terminal, also walk in this direction - but once you get to the top, where the ferry entry point is, you will have to come down the escalator to the bus station (you can see it from here).
The money changer at Butterworth station seems to have momentarily disappeared - so you may want to bring enough Malaysian money just to get you over to the island if you are arriving on the train from Thailand. I am sure he will be back as soon as all the shops and kiosks at the station are open.
There are a few places to stay near the station, but you will have to walk for between 10 and twenty minutes or take a taxi.
You are much better off heading over to the island on the ferry, as there is so much more choice of accommodation in George Town.
However, if you want to stay in Butterworth to catch an early morning train or bus :
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