KTM Penang Kuala Lumpur Train
(Butterworth - KL Sentral)

Information on the Penang Kuala Lumpur Train from Butterworth to KL Sentral

Another good way to travel from Penang to KL is by KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) train.

There are currently two Intercity Express Trains a day on this route which travel between Butterworth Train Station and KL Sentral Station and the new ETS high-speed train has now started from July 2015..



The Penang KL Express Train is a couple of hours slower than a bus to KL, but is a popular way of travelling between the two cities.

This is especially true of the overnight sleeper train, where you can get a comfortable bed and save on a nights accommodation.

Now with the new high-speed ETS (Electric Train Service) starting to operate, this will be the fastest way to travel from Penang to KL, taking less than four hours.

It is advisable to book your ticket as early as possible (especially for beds / berths) as trains can fill up quickly and are usually full during Malaysian public and school holidays.

Train times from (Butterworth) Penang to Kuala Lumpur

  • Departs Butterworth 08:00 Arrives KL Sentral 14:10 train continues on to JB Sentral in Johor arriving at 21:15 (Train No 1 Ekspres Rakyat).
  • Departs Butterworth 22:35 Arrives KL Sentral 06:15 (Train No 21 Senandung Langkawi).

From July 2015, new high-speed ETS Trains (Electric Train Services) has started running on the Penang to KL route.

Click here to see the new ETS timetable from Penang to KL Sentral >>

Train times from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Butterworth)

  • Departs KL Sentral 16:20 Arrives Butterworth 22:20 (Train No 2 Ekspres Rakyat).
  • Departs KL Sentral 21:30 Arrives Butterworth 05:11  (Train No 20 Senandung Langkawi)

From July 2015, new high-speed ETS Trains (Electric Train Services) has started running on the KL to Butterworth route.

Click here to see the new ETS timetable from KL to Penang >>

If it is your first trip to Butterworth, you may want to read our Butterworth Train Station page and if you are planning to go over to Penang island, you may want to read our Butterworth to Penang ferry page.

How much does a ticket on the Penang Kuala Lumpur Train cost?

Fares :

Intercity Express Tains :

Seat - 34 RM
Upper Bed - 40 RM
Lower Bed - 46 RM

ETS Trains :

Gold Service Seat - 59 RM



Buying Tickets

To buy your ticket in Penang Island, just head to the Penang Jetty where the ferry leaves for Butterworth. Here there is a small KTM office on the right as you walk up to the ferry.

Another way to travel between Penang and Kuala Lumpur is by bus / coach.

For more information, please visit our Penang Kuala Lumpur Bus page.


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