The KTM ETS Butterworth Alor Setar Train route offers the quickest way to travel between Penang and Alor Setar in the state of Kedah.
The trip by the new high-speed Electric Train Service takes around a hour.
Please note that you can also catch the much more regular KTM Komuter Trains between Butterworth and Alor Setar.
They are much more convenient with departures every one or two hours, plus they are cheaper than the ETS Trains.
Please Note : from February 1st 2017 and a new KTMB ETS timetable, there will no longer be any ETS trains operating between Butterworth and Alor Setar, however, from the 18th of December 2017 (and another new timetable), one of the ETS services is back on the Butterworth - Padang Besar route, but the timing is not great .
It is still much easier and cheaper to take one of the many KTM Komuter trains (commuter).
EG 9422 (ETS Gold Service) Departs Butterworth, Penang at 22:54 - Arrives in Alor Setar at 00:03.
The above train departs daily.
If you are travelling on to Langkawi island via the nearby port at Kuala Kedah, you can either take a taxi from the train station or you can walk for about ten minutes into the city centre, where you can catch a cheap local bus to the ferry terminal.
For the best places to stay on Langkawi, please see the following pages on our site :
Please Note : from February 1st 2017, all ETS trains operating between Alor Setar and Butterworth were cancelled.
From the 18th of December 2017, one of the services is back on
It is still much more convenient and cheaper to take one of the many KTM Komuter trains (commuter) from this date.
EG 9421 (ETS Gold Service) Departs Alor Setar at 07:47 - Arrives in Butterworth, Penang at 08:41.
Trains depart daily.
The Train Station in Butterworth is located right next to the jetty where ferries leave for the short crossing over to George Town on Penang island.
Tickets for these Gold ETS Services cost :
Adult fare : 22 RM
Child fare : 15 RM
Advance booking is available (and advisable) for all ETS Trains in Malaysia.
Advance purchase periods for ETS tickets varies greatly, so it is sometimes possible to buy tickets a couple of months in advance, while at other times of the year it may be possible to buy tickets just a few weeks in advance.
Tickets can be purchased from any KTMB station ticket counter or from the KTM Ticketing office in George Town on Penang island.
You can also easily book tickets online and print out your own tickets at home.