On this page you can view the new ETS Train Penang to Padang Besar Schedule.
There are currently two ETS high-speed trains on this route, with more expected in the near future once all the ETS trains have arrived in Malaysia from China.
ETS Timetable from 19th May 2016 valid until 31st January 2017.
Please Note : from the 1st February 2017 you will no longer be able to travel from Butterworth to Padang Besar by ETS Train as KTMB has re-arranged the timetable and now you will have to use the KTM Komuter trains (commuter) to get to PB.
Trains operate daily.
All the above trains are ETS Gold Services.
Train 9500 originates in Ipoh.
Train 9208 originates in KL Sentral.
You can also use Komuter trains to travel between Penang and the border.
These services are slightly slower than the ETS trains and stop at all stations along the route.
Fares from Penang to Padang Besar on the ETS high-speed trains vary depending on the type of service :
ETS Gold Service Trains to Padang Besar cost :
Adult : 29 RM - Children : 19 RM
You can buy your ETS tickets up to 60 days before your date of departure.
Or you can go over to the mainland and get them from Butterworth Railway Station.
Easiest of all is to book them online.
You can either book them direct from the KTMB website (for a 2 RM admin fee) or you can book them from an online ticketing agent.
These train can be used to travel from Penang to Langkawi.
The best option is to disembark at Alor Setar and catch a bus from the city to Kuala Kedah Jetty.
The other option is to go to Arau and then get a taxi to the port of Kuala Perlis.
This is the shortest trip by ferry over to Langkawi.
If you want to travel from Penang to Thailand using these trains, the 9500 train arrives in Padang Besar before the Langkawi Express train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai departs, but you will have a long wait.
Alternatively, you can cross into Thailand using the mainland border, next to the train station, then use a local bus or minibus from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.
From 22/12/2015, there are also new Shuttle Train Services from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.