You can now catch the new KTMB ETS train from Ipoh to Penang Butterworth, with the high-speed Electric Train Services now the only trains operating between Ipoh station and Butterworth station.
Travel time from Ipoh to Penang is much faster than the now cancelled old Intercity trains on this route at just over one and a half hours on the fastest train.
Latest Timetable for 2016 valid until 31st January 2017 (see new timetable from 1st Feb below).
All ETS Trains on this route are ETS Gold Services (unless specified) and depart every day (unless specified).
Train EG 9500 departs Ipoh at 05:30 - Arrives Butterworth at 07:18.
Train EP 9246 (ETS Platinum) departs Ipoh at 09:50 - Arrives Butterworth at 11:25 (Operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only).
Train EP 9232 (ETS Platinum) departs Ipoh at 11:01 - Arrives Butterworth at 12:35.
Train EG 9208 departs Ipoh at 11:44 - Arrives Butterworth at 13:23.
Train EG 9236 departs Ipoh at 12:50 - Arrives Butterworth at 14:30.
Train EG 9248 departs Ipoh at 18:12 - Arrives Butterworth at 19:52 (Operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only).
Train EG 9202 departs Ipoh at 19:41 - Arrives Butterworth at 21:25.
Train EG 9216 departs Ipoh at 20:11 - Arrives Butterworth at 21:50.
Train EG 9234 departs Ipoh at 22:12 - Arrives Butterworth at 23:52.
Train EG 9238 departs Ipoh at 22:42 - Arrives Butterworth at 00:22.
New Ipoh to Butterworth Penang ETS Timetable valid from 1st February 2017.
Train EP 9202 (ETS Platinum) departs Ipoh at 11:21 - Arrives Butterworth at 13:02.
Train EP 9204 (ETS Platinum) departs Ipoh at 13:51 - Arrives Butterworth at 15:32.
Train EG 9412 departs Ipoh at 18:37 - Arrives Butterworth at 20:24.
Train EG 9214 departs Ipoh at 22:21 - Arrives Butterworth at 00:07.
Train EG 9216 departs Ipoh at 23:57 - Arrives Butterworth at 01:43.
Fares for the ETS Train Services vary depending on which service you use between Ipoh and Penang.
The 9500 did start out as Silver Service, but now has changed to Gold!
ETS Gold Service Trains cost : Adult : 33 RM - Children : 21 RM.
ETS Silver Service Trains cost : Adult : 23 RM - Children : 16 RM (no longer available on this route).
Platinum Service ETS trains cost : Adult : 42 RM - Children : 25 RM.
If you want to make an advance booking for any of these ETS Trains from Ipoh to Penang, you can book tickets up to 60 days in advance form any main KTMB Malaysian railway station.
You can also use the KTMB website to book online, but you will have to pay an additional admin fee of 2 RM or go through an online agent.
It is also just a couple of minutes walk away from Butterworth Ferry Terminal, where you can catch regular boats over to George Town on Penang island.
If you want to stay in Butterworth there are a few hotels 10 to 20 minutes walk away - or better take a taxi.
If you take the ferry over to George Town on Penang island, thee are hundreds of places to stay, with a good choice of budget backpacker hostels and guest houses, to luxury 5 star hotels and a great choice of old heritage hotels if you want to stay in a place with some old world charm.
Another option is to head out to the popular Batu Ferringhi Beach.
Just take bus 101 from the Jetty bus station (on your left when you leave the ferry terminal).