With the new Komuter Utara (north) trains now operating between Kamunting, Butterworth and Padang Besar, it has never been easier and cheaper to travel from Butterworth Penang to Sungai Petani by train (or vice versa).
There are now many Komuter trains a day that operate between Penang Railway Station in Butterworth to Sungai Petani in the state of Kedah.
Komuter Trains leave Butterworth for Sungai Petani at the following times every day :
05:25, 06:25, 07:35, 08:25, 10:25, 12:25, 14:25, 16:25, 17:25, 18:25, 19:25, 20:25, 22:25 (there is also an extra train at 09:25 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
The trip from Butterworth to Sungai Petani by train takes just 34 minutes.
Ticket Prices :
The Komuter Train fare from Butterworth to Sungai Petani is just RM 3.60 for adults, with 50% off for children aged 2 to 12 years old.
You could also catch the International Express Train 36 but it is much slower taking nearly an hour to get to Sungai Petani, or one of the high-speed ETS Trains that travel between Butterworth and Padang Besar, but the fares are more expensive for this short trip
Fares for the ETS Trains to Sungai Petani will cost you RM 14 and take just a couple of minutes less, so you really should stick to using the Komuter Services on this route.
Sungai Petani Railway Station is located right in the centre of town, with plenty of accommodation options close by.
Komuter Trains from Sungai Petani to Butterworth Penang leave many times a day at, every one or two hours :
Again, you could catch the much slower International Express Train 35 or the much more expensive high-speed ETS Trains travelling from Padang Besar to Butterworth.
Train fares from Sungai Petani to Butterworth are as per above.
The Butterworth Bus Terminal is also just outside the entrance to the station.
George Town has hundreds of places to stay, catering for every budget, with cheap backpacker hostels, to luxury 5 star heritage hotels.
To get an idea of the best places to stay in Penang :
If you want to stay on the mainland, Butterworth has a few hotels to choose from, some within walking distance of the train station.