You can now travel from Penang to Ipoh on the new high-speed ETS trains that started operating on this route from July 2015.
The train is the best way to travel from Penang to Ipoh, as the railway station is located in the old part of the town, while the Ipoh bus station is located many km's away from the centre, requiring a local bus or taxi to take you to the centre, where you will find all the accommodation and tourist attractions.
All services operate every day.
New Butterworth to Ipoh ETS Timetable valid from the 16th of July 2019:
EG 9121 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 05:15 - Arrives at Ipoh at 06:55.
EP 9103 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 06:05 - Arrives at Ipoh at 07:45.
EG 9321 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 07:30 - Arrives at Ipoh at 09:10.
EP 9105 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 13:10 - Arrives at Ipoh at 14:50.
EP 9107 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 16:00 - Arrives at Ipoh at 17:40.
EG 9123 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 18.33 - Arrives at Ipoh at 20.13.
Fares for the ETS trains vary depending on what type of service you use.
Silver Service ETS trains stop at all stations and cost (no longer available):
Adult: 23 RM - Children: 16 RM
Gold Service ETS trains stop at only the main stations and cost:
Adult: 33 RM - Children: 21 RM
Platinum Service ETS trains cost:
Adult: 42 RM - Children: 25 RM
ETS tickets are usually available for sale up to 2 to 3 months in advance of your travel dates from any mainline KTMB railway station ticket counter.
If you are staying on Penang Island, there is no need to travel over to Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland, as there is a small KTM Office in George Town, located along the walkway up to the Penang Island to Butterworth Ferry.
It is open every day except Sunday.
You can also book online directly from the KTMB website booking platform (tickets now cost the same as the counter price).
The other option is to book through an online train ticketing agent (booking fee may apply).