These days, the best way to travel from Georgetown Penang to Kuala Lumpur is on the fast KTMB ETS train from Butterworth Penang to Kuala Lumpur KL Sentral Railway Station.
These new Electric Trains are much faster than the old diesel Intercity services, with the duration of the train journey from Butterworth to KL averaging around 4 hours and 10 - 15 minutes.
Jadual Waktu ETS untuk Kereta Api Pulau Pinang ke KL Sentral 2023
ETS timetable (jadual ETS dari Butterworth ke KL Sentral):
New ETS Schedule from Butterworth to KL Sentral valid from the 15th of January 2022 into 2023:
*EP 9171 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 05:15 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 09:29 *Operates with a newer ETS2 train including a Business Class carriage (Operates Daily).
*EP 9173 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 06:20 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 10:34 *Operates with a newer ETS2 train including a Business Class carriage (Operates Daily).
EG 9321 (ETS Gold) Departs Butterworth at 07:50 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 12:12. (Operates Daily)
*EP 9175 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 12:45 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 17:00 *Operates with a newer ETS2 train including a Business Class carriage (Operates Daily).
*EP 9177 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 16:05 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 20:20 *Operates with a newer ETS2 train including a Business Class carriage (Operates Daily).
*EP 9179 (ETS Platinum) Departs Butterworth at 18:45 - Arrives in KL Sentral at 23:00 *Operates with a newer ETS2 train including a Business Class carriage (Operates Daily).
The above rail trips to KL have a varying amount of stops along the way, with the Platinum services stopping just a few times, while the Gold services stop more frequently.
Cara Perjalanan dari Pulau Pinang ke Lapangan Terbang Kuala Lumpur dengan Keretapi
If you want to travel from Penang to KUL Airport by train, you can easily connect to one of the many airport train services that leave from KL Sentral to both airport terminals a KUL.
The KLIA Ekspres train is a non-stop service and takes only 28 minutes to get to KUL International Airport, then another 5 minutes to the KLIA2.
Trains depart KL Sentral 3 to 4 times an hour, with the first KLIA Ekspres at 05:00, the last at 00:40.
For further information, latest schedules and fares, please see their official website at:
There is also a slightly slower KLIA Transit train that operates on the same ERL railway line that stops at all stations to the airport.
Another much slower, but much cheaper option to travel from KL Sentral to KUL, is to take a bus from the lower level of the station - just follow the signs to get to the bus stops.
For more information on KL Sentral and all the travel options around the city by bus, KTM Komuter train, LRT or monorail please see:
Harga Tiket KTM Penang ke Kuala Lumpur
How much is the train from Penang to Kuala Lumpur?
Fares for the ETS to KL from Butterworth Penang Sentral vary depending on the type of train you take and also due to KTM's new Flexi Fares, how far ahead you book your tickets.
The basic fares are as follows:
ETS Gold Services cost: Adult: 59 RM - Children: 34 RM
ETS Platinum Services which have fewer stops cost: Adult: 79 RM - Children: 44 RM
There is also a new business class on some of the newer ETS2 Platinum services.
Please note: KTM Berhad has introduced a new "ETS Flexi Fare" system for departures from the 1st of March 2020 so the price of tickets will vary slightly from those shown above.
Using these new Flexi Fares you will be able to get a discount on the price of tickets the further in advance you book (Early Bird Ticket) but it will cost you more for last minute tickets (booked 6 days or less in advance).
There are also quite a number of other variables that can change the price of ETS train tickets (for example it is now more expensive to travelling during Malaysian holiday periods).
These days the only way to get a price for a particular train is to go through the online booking process.
Membeli Tiket Keretapi Pulau Pinang ke KL
In George Town, if you want to buy your ETS tickets you can visit the KTM office at the Jetty so there is no need to go over to Butterworth Station.
Advance tickets can be purchased from just a couple of weeks to a couple of months in advance (booking times for KTM tickets can vary quite considerably throughout the year as they often change timetables and delay the release of seats).
Alternatively, you can book ETS tickets from Penang to KL online directly from the KTMB website.