Catching a train to Penang is a pleasant and quite relaxing way to travel to George Town on Penang Island in Malaysia, with both KTM Malaysia domestic railway connections and railway connections from the neighbouring countries of Thailand and Singapore.
New High-speed ETS Trains have started operating between Gemas - KL - Ipoh - Penang - Padang Besar.
New KTM Komuter Service between Padang Besar - Butterworth - Padang Rengas
The ferry will take you 15 minutes to get to the old part of Georgetown, where you can then either walk into town to find accommodation, take a taxi or catch either the free bus service that travels around the old part of the city, ending up at KOMTAR, or catch a RapidPenang bus to any other part of the city or island.
If for some reason you are not visiting the Island, then you can catch a connecting bus to anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia at the Butterworth bus station which is right next to the train station.
If you are travelling by train to Penang from Thailand or want to travel to Thailand from Penang by train, there is a daily overnight train that goes all the way to Bangkok.
Please Note : this service now terminates / originates from the border station at Padang Besar.
This service stops along the way at Hat Yai, Phattalung, Thung Song Junction,
Surat Thani (for Koh Samui), Chumphon (for Koh Tao), Bang Saphan
Yai, Hua Hin, Phetchaburi and a few other stops on the outskirts of
For more information, times and ticket prices to and from Bangkok visit our :
From Padang Besar, you can cross over the main land border and catch a bus to Hat Yai bus station or city centre or take an infrequent Shuttle Train.
Please Note : The KTM timetable has changed from 19th May 2016.
From this date no Intercity Express Trains will be operating on the new dual tracks between Gemas and Padang Besar, so all long distance travel by train will now have to be done on the newer high-speed electric trains (ETS).
If you want to travel south of Gemas to places like Johor Bahru and Singapore, you will have to catch a train to Gemas, then connect with a new Shuttle Train service south to JB Sentral.
Butterworth is also one of the stops made by the ultra luxurious Orient Express that travels from Bangkok to Singapore.
Please note that Butterworth railway station is currently being rebuilt and the new transport hub of "Penang Sentral" will accommodate the train, bus and ferry terminals.
If you are heading into Thailand, the first city most people travel to from Penang is Hat Yai.
From Hat Yai you have many more trains leaving to the north for places like Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin and Bangkok.
Some of the following pages will help you plan your train trip from Hat Yai.
If you are staying on the island there is a KTM Train Ticket Office in Georgetown at the jetty where the ferry leaves for Butterworth.
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