The best way to travel from Alor Setar to Penang is to take one of the KTM Alor Setar to Butterworth Komuter trains (commuter).
These cheap rail services operate at regular intervals from early morning until the late evening, with a trip duration of one hour and 8 minutes to reach Butterworth.
Latest Alor Setar to Butterworth KTM Komuter schedule for 2020:
The following services leave Alor Setar Railway Station daily:
Train No 2941 Departs Alor Setar 06:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 07:16.
Train No 2943 Departs Alor Setar 07:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 08:16.
Train No 2945 Departs Alor Setar 08:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 09:16.
Train No 2947 Departs Alor Setar 09:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 10:16.
Train No 2949 Departs Alor Setar 11:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 12:16.
Train No 2951 Departs Alor Setar 13:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 14:16.
Train No 2953 Departs Alor Setar 14:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 15:16.
Train No 2955 Departs Alor Setar 15:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 16:16.
Train No 2957 Departs Alor Setar 16:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 17:16.
Train No 2961 Departs Alor Setar 17:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 18:16.
Train No 2963 Departs Alor Setar 18:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 19:16.
Train No 2967 Departs Alor Setar 19:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 20:16.
Train No 2969 Departs Alor Setar 20:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 21:16.
Train No 2973 Departs Alor Setar 22:08 - Arrives Butterworth at 23:16.
Please note: From March 2020, there are additional services on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Once you arrive at Butterworth Railway Station, you can then take the short ferry ride over to Georgetown on Penang Island (takes 15 to 20 minutes).
To find the fare for the Alor Setar to Butterworth train, please see the following pages:
All tickets for the KTM Komuter rail services are sold on the day of travel.
There is no advance purchase available and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Unfortunately, this route from Alor Setar is often very busy so it is usually standing room only for the first part of the journey. Once the train passes Sungai Petani, many passengers get off there, so you may be able to get a seat then.