The new Platinum and Gold Service ETS Train KL to Padang Besar on the Malaysia / Thailand border are the new high-speed train services that have started operations since early July 2015 and have now completely replaced the old Intercity Express services.
These new ETS trains are now the only long distance services on this route in this part of Malaysia and all the older Intercity Express Trains (including the popular night sleeper train) are now cancelled north of Gemas.
****Please note: There willl be a new ETS timetable starting from tthe 18th December 2017 - you can see the new departure times below the current timetable.
Current ETS KL to Pandang Besar schedule from 1st February 2017 :
EG9020 : Departs KL Sentral at 07:05 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 12:35.
EP9006 : (operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only) Departs KL Sentral at 08:00 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 13:15.
EG9512 : Departs KL Sentral at 09:44 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 15:10.
EP9008 : Departs KL Sentral at 10:42 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 15:58.
EG9204 : Departs KL Sentral at 13:15 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 18:45.
EG9514 : Departs KL Sentral at 17:17 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 22:50.
EG9520 : Departs KL Sentral at 23:27 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 05:00.
Trains operate daily except where stated.
(EG) = ETS Gold Train Service.
(EP) = ETS Platinum Train Service.
New ETS KL to PB schedule from 18th December 2017:
EP 9202 : Departs KL Sentral at 06:45 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 12:08.
EG 9420 : Departs KL Sentral at 09:39 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 15:05.
EP 9204 : Departs KL Sentral at 11:40 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 17:03.
EG 9422 : Departs KL Sentral at 18:12 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 00:49.
EG 9424 : Departs KL Sentral at 23:22 - Arrives Pdg. Besar at 05:01.
Once you arrive at Padang Besar Railway Station, if you want to continue your journey by train, you will have to wait for the International Express Train to Bangkok to depart or you can take a new Shuttle Train service to Hat Yai that started operating from 22/12/2015.
Another option is to cross over the nearby main land border into Thailand, then you can continue your journey by local bus to the city of Hat Yai.
Fares for the whole trip on the ETS Gold Service from KL to the Thai border at P. Besar cost :
76 RM for Adults and 42 RM for Children.
For the ETS Platinum Service they cost :
102 RM for Adults and 55 RM for Children
You can book your ETS tickets from the ticket counters at KL Sentral Railway station or any other mainline station in Malaysia, usually up to 60 days in advance.
Another good and easy option is to book online.
You can do this directly through the KTMB website for a 2 RM admin fee or through online ticketing agents which often works out cheaper.
If you want to travel by ETS train from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi Island, you can use these trains to quickly get you to the ports, where you can catch regular ferries over to Langkawi.
One option is to go from Alor Star train station.
From here you can either take a taxi or a cheap local bus (from the city centre) to the port of Kuala Kedah.
The other option is to go to Arau train station.
From here you will have to take a taxi to the port of Kuala Perlis.
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