There are now regular KTM Komuter Butterworth Padang Besar Trains departing in either direction every one to two hours.
If you want to travel between the Thailand border and Penang, this is the cheapest way to travel and the most convenient as now all the ETS trains are no longer operating on this route.
KTM Komuter Utara (northern commuter) trains between the Thailand border at Padang Besar and Butterworth stop at every station along the route.
There is no seat allocation and seats are arranged along the sides in one long row, like subway / tube trains.
Most of the time you will get a seat - no problem.
During very busy times, you may have to stand for part of the trip.
Please note, there are also no toilets on these commuter services.
Latest Butterworth to Padang Besar KTM Komuter schedule valid from the 15th of January 2022:
Train Number 2940: Departs Butterworth 05:20 - Arrives Padang Besar 07:11.
Train Number 2942: Departs Butterworth 06:25 - Arrives Padang Besar 08:16.
Train Number 2944: Departs Butterworth 07:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 09:26.
Train Number 2946: Departs Butterworth 08:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 10:26.
Train Number 2950: Departs Butterworth 10:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 12:26.
Train Number 2954: Departs Butterworth 12:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 14:26.
Train Number 2958: Departs Butterworth 14:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 16:26.
Train Number 2962: Departs Butterworth 16:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 18:26.
Train Number 2966: Departs Butterworth 17:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 19:26.
Train Number 2968: Departs Butterworth 18:40 - Arrives Padang Besar 20:31.
Train Number 2970: Departs Butterworth 19:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 21:26.
Train Number 2974: Departs Butterworth 21:35 - Arrives Padang Besar 23:26.
All the above trains operate daily.
If you want to continue your journey into Thailand by train, you can take the International Express to Bangkok or a Shuttle train to Hat Yai.
There are only two Shuttle Trains from Padang Besar to Hat Yai a day.
Tickets cost 50 THB.
Another alternative is to cross over the main road border next to the station and take a local bus or minivan to Hat Yai bus station or the city centre.
Fares for this trip will cost you 11.40 RM.
As Komuter Train tickets are only sold on the day of travel, you just turn up at the station and buy your tickets for the next departure.
No advance purchase is available.