Last Updated: 2020-02-18
Taking the fast ETS Train from KL to Penang Sentral (Butterworth) is now the quickest way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown on Penang Island (reached by a 15 minute ferry ride) and one of the most popular ways to travel to Pulau Pinang.
A growing number of trains depart from Kuala Lumpur's main transport hub, KL Sentral Railway Station and arrive at Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland (now part of the Penang Sentral transport complex).
You can also take any of the trains shown in the timetable below from the old Moorish Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - Terminal KTM.
Trains depart the old Kuala Lumpur station for Butterworth about five to six minutes later than the departures times shown from KL Sentral below.
The duration of the rail trip from KL to Butterworth by train is 4 hours and 15 minutes for the fastest services, slightly slower (another 15 - 20 minutes) for the Gold services which stop more frequently along the route.
New ETS train timetable from KL Sentral to Butterworth for 2020 (jadual ets dari KL Sentral ke Butterworth):
All trains depart daily.
*EP 9172 (ETS Platinum) Departs KL Sentral at 08:05 - Arrives at Butterworth at 12:29.
* This new ETS2 service operates with a Business Class coach.
EP 9102 (ETS Platinum) Departs KL Sentral at 11:15 - Arrives at Butterworth at 15:33.
EP 9104 (ETS Platinum) Departs KL Sentral at 13:30 - Arrives at Butterworth at 17:52.
EG 9322 (ETS Gold) Departs KL Sentral at 17:36 - Arrives at Butterworth at 22:03.
EP 9106 (ETS Platinum) Departs KL Sentral at 20:20 - Arrives at Butterworth at 00:45.
EG 9122 (ETS Gold) Departs KL Sentral at 22:30 - Arrives at Butterworth at 02:50.
The above rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth, Penang Sentral have a varying amount of stops along the route.
To help in your choice of trains, you may want to take a look at the latest full ETS timetable.
EG Numbered Trains are ETS Gold Services.
EP Numbered Trains are ETS Platinum Services (these services have less stops).
Book Bus Tickets from KL to Butterworth (Penang Sentral Bus Terminal):
Book Bus Tickets from KL to Penang (Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal):
If you want to check the latest timetables directly from the KTM Malaysia Railways official website:
Please note: If you want to go to Penang Island (Georgetown), you will have to take one of the earlier trains as the ferry from Butterworth to Penang stops operating at around midnight (otherwise you will have to take an expensive taxi over to the island or stay in Butterworth for the night).
Once you arrive at Butterworth Station you will find onward travel connections within just a few minutes walk from the station exit.
The Butterworth bus station is now located on the lower floors of the recently opened Penang Sentral building.
The entrance to the ferry terminal for boats over to Georgetown, is also now located in the Penang Sentral building on the second floor.
Building work is still being carried out around Penang Sentral, so once you arrive at Butterworth Train Station, just follow the signs to where you want to go from the station exit.
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The basic fare for the ETS train from KL Sentral to Penang, Butterworth cost:
Gold Service: Adult 59 RM - Child 34 RM
Platinum Service: Adult 79 RM - Child 44 RM
There is also a new more expensive business class coach operating on some of the newer ETS2 trains.
Please note: For departures from the 1st of March 2020, KTMB have introduced a new "Flex Fare" for ETS trains.
Using these flexi tickets you will be able to get a slight discount on the fares shown above if you book over 30 days in advance, but it will cost you more if you book 6 days or less in advance.
However, there are many more variables to the Flexi Fares that can push the price up, like travelling during peak holiday periods which is now more expensive.
The only way to find the actual price you will pay now would be to go through the online booking process.
Prices for the train from the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (Terminal KTM) to Butterworth cost the same as tickets from KL Sentral Railway Station.
ETS Train tickets can be bought from the KL Sentral Station ticket counter or any other main KTMB ETS train station ticketing counter.
Advance booking periods can vary from just a few weeks ahead, to over 3 months ahead (depending on when KTM plan to change the ETS schedule, which they do a number of times a year at the moment).
An easier solution is to book your tickets online.
Tickets prices are the same as the counter price if you use the KTM website.
Booking online also saves you the trouble of having to visit the station days or weeks before your departure date to buy your tickets.
Penang Island has hundreds of places to stay, ranging from cheap backpacker hostels to top luxury five star resorts and colonial heritage hotels.
The best places to stay are in the old part of the city for easy access to all the tourist attractions, or out on the beaches at Batu Ferringhi.
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