If you would like to travel from Penang to Melaka by train, or vice versa, it is possible to complete 95% of the journey on the daily fast ETS train to and from Gemas and get off in Tampin (Pulau Sebang).
Tampin is located a little under 40 kilometres inland from Melaka (Malacca) and can be reached by public bus or taxi.
For those that don't want the hassle of changing from train to bus and would prefer to travel from Penang to Melaka direct, you may want to consider taking a direct bus from Penang to Melaka.
Please note: the Intercity Express Trains on this route have all been cancelled - the ETS Train is now the only way to travel.
New Butterworth to Tampin ETS train Schedule valid until the 29th of February 2020:
Train EG 9321 (ETS Gold) departs Butterworth at 07:30 - Arrives Tampin at 13:43.
When you arrive at Tampin station there will be plenty of taxi drivers happy to take you off to Melaka for around 35 Ringgit upwards.
If you want to catch a public bus for around 5 Ringgit, walk down to the main road and turn left.
Then at the traffic lights turn left again.
The bus station is just a little distance down here.
The whole walk is around one Kilometre.
Buses leave regularly to Melaka Sentral until about 20:00 and take around an hour, depending on traffic.
New Tampin to Butterworth ETS schedule valid until the 29th of February 2020:
Train EG 9322 (ETS Gold) departs Tampin at 15:47 - Arrives Butterworth at 22:03.
From the station you have a couple of minutes walk to the ferry terminal where boats leave regularly for the island.
Train fares shown below are for one-way tickets in either direction.
The high-speed ETS Train from Penang to Melaka costs:
All carriages are air-conditioned.
In Penang you can pre-book your tickets at the KTM office next to the ferry terminal or from Butterworth Station or online from the KTM website or by using an online ticket agent.
From Melaka you can only book your tickets from Tampin station, so it is advisable to pre-book your ticket online.