The ETS Padang Besar to KL Sentral train station in Kuala Lumpur started operating in early July 2015 and is now one of the main routes for the new high-speed ETS Train Services in Malaysia.
These new services have now completely replaced all the old slower Intercity services in this part of the country.
Travelling on the ETS train cuts the travel time in half compared to the older and much slower Intercity Express Trains that used to run on this route, but unfortunately, this means the popular night sleeper train is no longer operating.
The duration of the train journey from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur Sentral is around five and a half hours for the quickest services.
New Padang Besar to KL Sentral ETS schedule for 2020:
EG 9221 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 07:05 - Arrives KL Sentral at 12:55.
EP 9201 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 09:40 - Arrives KL Sentral at 15:13.
EP 9203 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 13:45 - Arrives KL Sentral at 19:20.
EP 9275 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 15:40 - Arrives KL Sentral at 21:26 (this new service includes a Business Class carriage).
EG 9425 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 15:55 - Arrives KL Sentral at 21:49.
EP 9205 : Departs Pdg. Besar at 16:50 - Arrives KL Sentral at 22:30.
All trains operate daily.
(EG) = ETS Gold Service.
(EP) = ETS Platinum Service.
If you need some advice on how to travel from Hat Yai in Thailand to Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia :
Fares for this ETS Gold Service from the Thai border to KL Sentral cost:
76 RM for Adults.
42 RM for Children.
The Platinum Service cost:
102 RM for Adults.
55 RM for Children.
You can buy tickets for these trains on the day at the P. Besar station (if there are seats left).
The KTMB ticket office is located upstairs.
For advance bookings, the best thing to do is book online.
This is easy to do, either directly from the KTMB website or for a simpler booking process use an online ticket agent.
Another way to travel from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur by train (if you have time and want to stop off at some of the most interesting places) is in a series of shorter routes as follows: