You can now catch the new KTMB ETS train from Ipoh to Penang Butterworth, with the high-speed Electric Train Services now the only trains operating between Ipoh station and Butterworth station.
Travel time from Ipoh to Penang is much faster than the now cancelled old Intercity trains on this route at just over one and a half hours on the fastest train.
All ETS Trains on this route depart every day.
New Ipoh to Butterworth Penang ETS Timetable for 2020:
*EG 9120 (ETS Gold) Departs Ipoh at 10:48 - Arrives at Butterworth at 12:31.
*Replaced with the new ETS2 train EP 9172 (ETS Platinum) from the 1st of December 2019 operating with a new Business Class coach - Departs Ipoh at 10:48 - Arrives at Butterworth at 12:29.
EP 9102 (ETS Platinum) Departs Ipoh at 13:52 - Arrives at Butterworth at 15:33.
EP 9104 (ETS Platinum) Departs Ipoh at 16:11 - Arrives at Butterworth at 17:52.
EG 9322 (ETS Gold) Departs Ipoh at 20:21 - Arrives at Butterworth at 22:03.
EP 9106 (ETS Platinum) Departs Ipoh at 23:04 - Arrives at Butterworth at 00:45.
EG 9122 (ETS Gold) Departs Ipoh at 01:09 - Arrives at Butterworth at 02:50.
Fares for the ETS Train Services vary depending on which service you use between Ipoh and Penang.
ETS Gold Service Trains cost: Adult: 33 RM - Children: 21 RM.
Platinum Service ETS trains cost: Adult: 42 RM - Children: 25 RM.
ETS Silver Service Trains (no longer available on this route) cost: Adult: 23 RM - Children: 16 RM.
If you want to make an advance booking for any of these ETS Trains from Ipoh to Penang, you can book tickets up to a few months in advance from any main KTMB Malaysian railway station (advance booking periods do vary and sometimes tickets can only be purchased just a few weeks in advance, especially when KTM are planning one of their regular timetable changes).
You can also use the KTMB website to book online, but it is not the most simple of booking processes, so it is often easier to go through an online agent.
It is also just a couple of minutes walk away from Butterworth Ferry Terminal, where you can catch regular boats over to George Town on Penang island.
If you want to stay in Butterworth there are a few hotels 10 to 20 minutes walk away - or better take a taxi.
If you take the ferry over to George Town on Penang island, thee are hundreds of places to stay, with a good choice of budget backpacker hostels and guest houses, to luxury 5 star hotels and a great choice of old heritage hotels if you want to stay in a place with some old world charm.
Another option is to head out to the popular Batu Ferringhi Beach.
Just take bus 101 from the Jetty bus station (on your left when you leave the ferry terminal).