If you want to travel from Penang to Kampar in Perak, you can catch one of the regular fast KTM Electric Train Services (ETS) from Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland.
To get to Butterworth station from George Town, there is a regular ferry that runs throughout the day and takes just 15 minutes to get to Butterworth.
From the ferry terminal, it is just a five minute walk to the Butterworth Train Station.
New ETS Timetable valid until the 29th of February 2020:
Train EG 9121 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 05:15 - Arrives Kampar at 07:23.
Train EP 9103 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 06:05 - Arrives Kampar at 08:13.
Train EG 9321 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 07:30 - Arrives Kampar at 09:38.
Train *EP 9105 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 13:10 - Arrives Kampar at 15:18.
*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).
Train EP 9107 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 16:00 - Arrives Kampar at 18:08.
Train EG 9123 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 18.33 - Arrives Kampar at 20:41.
All ETS trains on this route between Butterworth and Kampar depart daily.
Train numbers starting with EG are ETS Gold Services.
Train numbers starting with EP are ETS Platinum Services.
Please Note: When taking the train from Butterworth, you will need to plan to take the ferry at least one hour before the train departure time to make sure you get to the station in time.
For the very early departure it is currently impossible to get over to Butterworth by ferry to make the departure, so you will either have to take an expensive taxi ride, or stay the night in Butterworth.
Train tickets from Butterworth to Kampar cost:
Adult fare = 37 RM - Child fare = 23 RM
Adult fare = 48 RM - Child fare = 28 RM
If you are staying on Penang island, there is no need to go over to the mainland to buy your tickets from the railway station.
You can either:
Tickets online cost the same from the station or ticket office, so you can save yourself a journey.