Our Butterworth Train page will help you plan your travel from Penang on the KTMB Malaysian railway system, with all the information you need to plan your journey to and from Penang by train.
From Butterworth Railway Station there are no longer any of the old diesel Intercity Trains running, as these have now all been relaced by the new high-speed Electric Train Services (ETS).
Heading north from Butterworth the SRT (Thai Railways) International Express that used to originate in Butterworth to Bangkok is no longer travelling into Malaysia and now stops at the border station in Padang Besar.
From 11th September 2015, a new KTM Komuter Service between Butterworth - Bukit Mertajam - Kamunting - Padang Regas will be operating many Komuter train services a day.
From 1st January 2016 a new commuter train service (KTM Komuter) between Butterworth and Padang Besar has started operating.
Click on any of the following page links for more information.
Butterworth to Thailand & Bangkok
The International Express train from Butterworth to Bangkok is no longer operating from Butterworth and this service now originates / terminates at the border with Thailand at Padang Besar.
To catch this train you will now have to take a Komuter train to Padang Besar first.
From Padang Besar Station (immigration and border control) the train travels to Hat Yai, Surat Thani (for boats to Koh Samui), Chumphon (for boats to Ko Tao) and Hua Hin.
You can also use this service to travel to Phuket and Krabi. Just get off at Hat Yai or Surat Thani and catch a bus from there.
Butterworth to Hat Yai
You will now have to take an Komuter Train to Padang Besar, then take a Shuttle Train or local bus to Hat Yai.
Butterworth to Surat Thani
Travelling from Penang to Koh Samui? Read this page for train details from Butterworth and Hat Yai.
Butterworth to Alor Setar
If you want to travel the short distance to Alor Setar by train, you can catch one of the many new Komuter Trains every few hours heading north to Padang Besar.
Buses to Alor Setar are also a good option, running every hour or so.
Butterworth to Arau
Trains from Arau are often used by those wishing to travel to Langkawi from the nearby port of Kuala Perlis.
Butterworth to Sungai Petani
The short trip to Sungai Petan can be done by on the new cheap Komuter services.
Butterworth to Padang Besar
It is much cheaper to catch the Komuter services to the border town of Padang Besar.
From the station you have the choice of walking over the border and catching a bus into Hat Yai, or continuing on by train.
There are very few hotels on the Malaysian side of town, so if you want to stay the night in Padang Besar, it is better to cross into Thailand where there are plenty of places to stay in the centre of town.
The last Intercity departure a day heading south to Kuala Lumpur, continuing on to JB Sentral in Johor, just across the border from Singapore is now cancelled.
The new ETS Trains will take you as far south as Gemas.
Travel by train south of Gemas is now operated by shuttle trains.
Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur
If you are heading to the capital city of Malaysia, you now have to catch the fast ETS trains.
Butterworth to Ipoh
Travel to Ipoh from Penang by train is now on the new ETS trains only.
Butterworth to Taiping
Another place worth a visit on the line to KL.
Butterworth to Kuala Kangsar
Another place of interest in Perak State.
Other destinations :
New ETS High-speed Trains Southbound:
Butterworth to Singapore
Once a day there used to be a train that took you all the way to Woodlands station in Singapore. This service is now cancelled and you will now have to take the ETS to Gemas, then a Shuttle train to JB. From Johor Bahru's JB Sentral Station you have to take the short trip across the border by either bus or one of the new Shuttle Trains to Woodlands.
Butterworth to Melaka
Catch the fast Gemas bound train to Tampin. Then you will have to catch a bus for the last 38 kilometres to Melaka.
Butterworth to Johor Bahru
Travel from Penang to JB by train on the fast ETS to Gemas, then connect to the Shuttle train to JB.