Our Butterworth Train page will help you plan your travel from Penang on the KTMB Malaysian railway system, with all the information you need to plan your journey to and from Penang by train.
From Butterworth Railway Station there is now just one Intercity Train a day heading south, the Rakyat Express that originates here and travels all the way down to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, from where you can catch a five minute Shuttle Train to Singapore Woodlands Station (The Rakyat Express is being cancelled from 9th May 2016).
From 1st September 2015, the Langkawi Express will no longer be stopping at Butterworth on its journey from JB Sentral to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand.
This is due to the reshuffle of the KTM train timetable and the new ETS high-speed Electric Train Services that have now started operating.
Heading north from Butterworth is the SRT (Thai Railways) International Express that originates in Butterworth and travels all the way up to Bangkok.
Below you will find all the major places of interest these trains stop at.
Just click on the links for more information, timetables and ticket prices.
From 11th September 2015, a new KTM Komuter Service between Gurun - Butterworth - Kamunting will be operating seven Komuter trains a day.
From 1st January 2016 a new commuter train service (KTM Komuter) between Butterworth and Padang Besar has started operating.
There is just one Intercity services a day heading north out of Butterworth, as well as the new ETS Trains to the Malaysia / Thailand border station of Padang Besar.
Click on any of the following page links for more information.
Butterworth to Thailand & Bangkok
The daily afternoon departure of the International Express train from Butterworth to Bangkok takes you into Thailand and all the way up to the capital.
Along its route the train stops at Alor Setar, Pedang Besar (for immigration and border control), Hat Yai, Surat Thani ( for boats to Koh Samui), Chumphon (for boats to Ko Tao) and Hua Hin.
You can also use this service to travel by train from Butterworth to Phuket and Krabi. Just get off at Hat Yai or Surat Thani and catch a bus from there.
Butterworth to Hat Yai
Jump on the International Express to Hat Yai. It is slower than the minibuses, but a much more relaxing way to travel.
Butterworth to Surat Thani
Travelling from Penang to Koh Samui? Read this page for train details from Butterworth and Hat Yai.
Butterworth to Alor Setar
If you want to travel the short distance to Alor Setar by train, you can catch Train 36 to Bangkok or the new ETS Trains. There are now also Komuter Trains every few hours heading north to Padang Besar.
Buses are much more regular running every hour or so.
Butterworth to Padang Besar
You could also catch the above train, ETS or Komuter services to the border town of Padang Besar.
From the station you have the choice of walking over the border and catching a bus into Hat Yai, or continuing on by train. There are very few hotels on the Malaysian side of town, so if you want to stay the night in Padang Besar, it is better to cross into Thailand where there are plenty of places to stay in the centre of town.
New ETS High-speed Trains Northbound :
The last Intercity departure a day heading south to Kuala Lumpur, continuing on to JB Sentral in Johor, just across the border from Singapore is now cancelled.
The new ETS Trains will take you as far south as Gemas.
Travel by train south of Gemas is now operated by shuttle trains.
Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur
If you are heading to the capital city of Malaysia, you now have to catch the fast ETS trains.
Butterworth to Ipoh
Travel to Ipoh from Penang by train is now on the new ETS trains only.
Butterworth to Taiping
Another place worth a visit on the line to KL.
New ETS High-speed Trains Southbound :
Butterworth to Singapore
Once a day there used to be a train that took you all the way to Woodlands station in Singapore. This service is now cancelled and you will now have to to the ETS to Gemas, then a Shuttle train to JB. From Johor Bahru's JB Sentral Station you have to take the short trip across the border by either bus or one of the new Shuttle Trains to Woodlands.
Butterworth to Melaka
Catch the fast Gemas bound train to Tampin. Then you will have to catch a bus for the last 38 kilometres to Melaka.
Butterworth to Johor Bahru
Travel from Penang to JB by train on the fast ETS to Gemas, then connect to the Shuttle train to JB.
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