Travel on the fast Electric Train Service - ETS from Butterworth Penang to Batu Gajah in Perak is a good way to travel, with a number of both Gold and Platinum services every day operating on this route between Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur.
New ETS Timetable from Butterworth to B. Gajah valid until the 29th of February 2020:
EG 9121 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 05:15 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 07:10.
EP 9103 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 06:05 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 08:00.
EG 9321 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 07:30 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 09:25.
*EP 9105 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 13:10 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 15:05.
*Replaced with the new ETS2 train EP 9173 from the 1st of December 2019 which operates a new Business Class carriage. (departure times the same).
EP 9107 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 16:00 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 17:55.
EG 9123 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 18.33 - Arrives at Batu Gajah 20.28.
All ETS trains on this route depart daily.
Tickets for the ETS Gold Trains cost:
Adult 34 RM - Child 21 RM
Tickets for ETS Platinum Trains cost:
Adult 44 RM - Child 26 RM
Advance booking for these trains to Batu Gajah is a must, as services are often full.
To save you a trip over to Butterworth Railway Station, you can either book your tickets at the KTM office at the Jetty in Georgetown, or even easier, book your tickets online.
Booking ticket online costs the same as from the station or ticket office.
To get to Butterworth Railway Station from Penang Island, you will need to take the ferry at least an hour before your train departs from Butterworth to make sure you get to the station in time.
The ferry departs from the Jetty in George Town and is easily reached by bus from anywhere on the island.
Another way to travel from Penang to Batu Gajah is by bus (although there are currently no direct services - so you will have to take a bus to Ipoh first).