There are now regular KTM Komuter Butterworth Padang Besar Trains departing in either direction every one to two hours.
If you want to travel between the Thailand border and Penang, this is the cheapest way to travel and it is only slightly slower than the high-speed ETS Trains on this route.
Komuter (commuter) trains between the Thailand border at Padang Besar and Butterworth stop at every station along this route.
There is no seat allocation and seats are arranged like subway / tube trains - along the sides in one long row.
Most of the time you will get a seat - no problem. Otherwise you may have to stand.
If you do want a reserved seat, you will have to take one of the less frequent ETS Trains.
Train Number 2940 : Departs Butterworth 05:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 07:16.
Train Number 2944 : Departs Butterworth 06:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 08:16.
Train Number 2948 : Departs Butterworth 07:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 09:26.
Train Number 2952 : Departs Butterworth 08:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 10:16.
Train Number 2954 : Departs Butterworth 09:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 11:16.
Train Number 2956 : Departs Butterworth 10:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 12:16.
Train Number 2960 : Departs Butterworth 12:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 14:16.
Train Number 2964 : Departs Butterworth 14:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 16:16.
Train Number 2968 : Departs Butterworth 16:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 18:16.
Train Number 2972 : Departs Butterworth 17:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 19:16.
Train Number 2976 : Departs Butterworth 18:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 20:16.
Train Number 2980 : Departs Butterworth 19:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 21:16.
Train Number 2984 : Departs Butterworth 20:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 22:16.
Train Number 2988 : Departs Butterworth 22:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 00:16.
All Trains operate daily.
If you want to continue your journey into Thailand by train, you can take the International Express to Bangkok or a Shuttle train to Hat Yai.
Shuttle Trains from Padang Besar to Hat Yai currently leave at 09:55 and 15:40 (Malaysian time) and take 55 minutes to get to Hat Yai (tickets cost 80 THB).
Another alternative is to cross over the main land border next to the station and take a local bus to Hat Yai bus station or the city centre.
Train Number 2941 : Departs Padang Besar 05:25 - Arrives Butterworth 07:16.
Train Number 2945 : Departs Padang Besar 06:25 - Arrives Butterworth 08:16.
Train Number 2949 : Departs Padang Besar 07:25 - Arrives Butterworth 09:16.
Train Number 2953 : Departs Padang Besar 08:25 - Arrives Butterworth 10:16.
Train Number 2957 : Departs Padang Besar 10:25 - Arrives Butterworth 12:16.
Train Number 2961 : Departs Padang Besar 12:25 - Arrives Butterworth 14:16.
Train Number 2965 : Departs Padang Besar 14:25 - Arrives Butterworth 16:16.
Train Number 2967 : Departs Padang Besar 15:25 - Arrives Butterworth 17:16.
Train Number 2969 : Departs Padang Besar 16:25 - Arrives Butterworth 18:16.
Train Number 2973 : Departs Padang Besar 17:25 - Arrives Butterworth 19:16.
Train Number 2977 : Departs Padang Besar 18:25 - Arrives Butterworth 20:16.
Train Number 2981 : Departs Padang Besar 19:25 - Arrives Butterworth 21:16.
Train Number 2985 : Departs Padang Besar 20:25 - Arrives Butterworth 22:16.
Train Number 2989 : Departs Padang Besar 22:25 - Arrives Butterworth 00:16.
All Trains operate daily.
Fares for this trip will cost you 11.40 RM.
As Komuter Train tickets are only sold on the day of travel, you just turn up at the station and buy your tickets for the next departure.
No advance purchase is available.