Travel from Kuala Lumpur to the border with Thailand is now much quicker than it used to be, with the new ETS Train from KL to Padang Besar offering more frequent departures from KL Sentral Railway Station.
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.
New ETS KL to PB schedule valid until the 29th of February 2020:
EG 9222: Departs KL Sentral at 07:12 - Arrives Padang Besar at 13:00.
EP 9274: Departs KL Sentral at 08:30 - Arrives Padang Besar at 14:20 (This new service includes a Business Class carriage).
EP 9202: Departs KL Sentral at 09:55 - Arrives Padang Besar at 15:28.
EG 9420: Departs KL Sentral at 10:28 - Arrives Padang Besar at 16:19.
EP 9204: Departs KL Sentral at 18:34 - Arrives Padang Besar at 00:10.
EG 9224: Departs KL Sentral at 22:50 - Arrives Padang Besar at 04:35.
Trains operate daily.
(EG) = ETS Gold Train Service.
(EP) = ETS Platinum Train Service.
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 or minivan 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 a between a few weeks, to a couple of months in advance.
Another good and easy option is to book online.
You can do this directly through the KTMB website or through online ticketing agents (booking fees may apply).
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.