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By Rail in Malalysia

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Trains in Malaysia


Travelling by train is an excellent way to see the Malaysian countryside and many towns in West Malaysia. However if you are pressed for time, you may find the journey by rail from town to town rather slow. (Best option of those with limited time is by bus or coach) There are a number (still few compared to buses) services per day for intercity travel. You can catch the electric train services (ETC) if you travel between Seremban, KL and Ipoh

Trains from Kuala Lumpur International Airport      From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, a fast train, the KLIA Express, takes you to the Kuala Lumpur city centre (KL Sentral terminal) in less than 30 minutes. At KL Sentral, the main railway terminal, there are connecting trains operated by Malayan Railways (KTMB) to Butterworth (Pulau Pinang), Alor Setar (Kedah) and to Arau (Kedah). The journey by train to Butterworth takes more than six hours from Kuala Lumpur and about 12 hours from Singapore .

KL Sentral, central train hub, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaTrains in Malaysia     In peninsular Malaysia, the KTMB operates over 12 intercity express services daily on weekdays, 18 intercity express services on weekends and eight local train services daily. (most are commuter services with Selangor) There are also services operating from Bangkok, which stop at major towns such as Haadyai (Thailand), Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru and Singapore . You can also travel from KL to the east coast of West Malaysia, right up to Tumpat in the state of Kelantan.

You can buy tickets for some train services online or make reservations by phone.

Train services by KTM are classified as Express trains (Intercity - see below), Shuttle Trains and Local trains (multiple stops)


From Bangkok, Thailand.      The International Express (or Ekspress Antarabangsa), operated by the State Railway of Thailand, is a daily express train that runs between Butterworth and Bangkok. The luxurious ‘Eastern & Oriental Express’ also runs once a week between Bangkok, Butterworth and Singapore .  The immigration checkpoint is at Padang Besar, Perlis (Malaysia).

From Singapore    The station is at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint (WTCP), where they can get there passport stamped. This checkpoint in Woodlands, Singapore is co-owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu of Malaysia (KTM) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. KTM Intercity trains (Malaysia) from Singapore takes you into Malaysia. You can travel up to Thailand (Bangkok, Hatyai, etc) and this train passes several towns in the Malaysian Peninsular - Padang Besar, Alor Setar, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Tumpat, Gemas, Gua Musang.


trainsOn a Budget by Rail     Budget travellers who which to travel the length of the peninsular should try out the KTM Rail Pass. (note: its valid for all foreign tourists in Malaysia except Singaporeans) The ticket is for unlimited travel on any Intercity train services throughout KTM Berhad's network up to Singapore. Rail Pass can be purchased through Railway Ticket Agents or at the following Railway Stations:
- Padang Besar station
- Penang Ticket Counter
- Butterworth station (Pulau Pinang)
- Sentral Kuala Lumpur station
- Pelabuhan Klang station
- Johor Bharu station
- Singapore station
- Wakaf Bharu station


KTMB Train Services

Electric Train Service (ETS):
- Ipoh - Sentral KL - Seremban
- Seremban - Sentral KL - Ipoh

Intercity Train (Express TRains)
Note: There are concessions/discounts given to senior citizens, pensioners, students/youth and the disabled.

For details on tran schedules and pricing, check train Information at:

Shuttle Train:
- Sentral KL - Ipoh - Sentral KL
- Seremban-KL-Seremban & Sentral KL-Rawang-Sentral KL

KTM Komuter
- Rawang - Seremban
- Seremban - Rawang
- Batu Caves - Pelabuhan Klang
- Pelabuhan Klang - Batu Caves
- Rawang-Tg Malim-Rawang

Electric Train Services (ETS)

Travel from KL (KL Sentral) to Ipoh and visi versa. - The Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur service begins at 4am and ends at 6.30pm while the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh service starts at 6.20am and ends at 9pm. There are about 5 trains departing from each of the station, KL or Ipoh, daily. The trains will make brief stops at about 10 station, Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tapah Road, Sungkai, Slim River, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Kubu Bahru, Sungai Buloh, Kepong Sentral and Kuala Lumpur (old station)

There is only one ETC train service from Ipoh that goes to Seremban. However shuttle services on other trains are available

Trains Ipoh-KLIA: To fly from KLIA (or if you are at KLIA and want to reach Ipoh), you can take the train at Ipoh to KLIA, changing at KL central. Ipoh-KL Sentral is by ETS - KTM (electric train) and KL Sentral to KLIA is by ERL. You can get tickets for the entire journey at KLIA or Ipoh KTM stations


For information and assistance, please contact:
KTM Intercity
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
Level 2, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur
50470 Kuala Lumpur


Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit

The line serve the areas of Sungai Buloh, Kota Damansara, Bandar Utama, Damansara Utama, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Taman Bukit Ria, Taman Bukit Mewah, Taman Suntex, Bandar Hussein Onn and Kajang as well as the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. Construction is expected to begin in July 2011.


By Sea or River

By Ferry or boat

Most islands in Malaysia are connected to the mainland by ferry. Ferry service are very regular and in many cases run hourly or half hourly services.

     Travellers can also travel from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore by daily ferries. Most common checkpoints to enter Malaysia by regular ferry are:

Ferry from Singapore to Malaysia:

- Tanah Merah (Singapore) to JB International Ferry Terminal & Sebana Cove (Johor);

- Changi Point Ferry Terminal (near hawker centre) to Tanjung Belungkor (Johor) and

- Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Penggerang (Johor)

Ferry from Thailand to Malaysia:

- Satun (south Thailand) to Pulau Langkawi, Kedah.

- Tak Bai (south Thailand) to Pengkalan Kubur, Kelantan.

Ferry from Indonesia to Malaysia:

- Medan to Penang island (once a day; 5.5 journey)

- Bintan and Batam to the Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal, Johor.

....more on how to travel from Indonesia

Ferry from Thailand to Malaysia

1) Tak Bai, south Thailand to Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan, East coast of West Malaysia.

2) Satun, Thailand to Langkawi island (Kedah) - the best option as there are easier access to other parts of West Malaysia and more transport options.

...more from Thailand to Malaysia

Penang ferry, Malaysia

Tanjung dawai to pantai merdeka, Kedah


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Ferries to Islands of Malaysia  

Penang ferryMost islands in West Malaysia are linked by ferries. Here are some of the many ferries in West Malaysia.

Penang island (Pulau Pinang): travel from the Malaysian peninsular by air (direct from KL, Singapore, Bangkok, etc), road (bridge) or by ferry (from Butterworth). Ferries are available every half hour or 15 minutes depending on time of day.

Langkawi island (Kedah): board a ferry or fast boat to the island from Penang island, Kuala Kedah (Kedah), Kuala Perlis (Perlis) or Satun (Thailand). Ferries services are available at least hourly from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. There are overnight parking places at both these towns. Alternatively, you can fly from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Singapore.

Pangkor island (Perak): by ferry from Lumut, Perak; by air on Berjaya-air

Pulau Tioman/ Tioman island (Pahang): you can travel by air from KL or Singapore and by ferry from Mersing (Johor) or Tanjung Gemok in Pahang.

Pulau Redang is located off the coast of Terengganu. Pulau Redang Marine Park is made up of a group of islands namely Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas. The water surrounding these islands is teeming with marine life and is a haven for divers. Located off the coast of Terengganu, you can fly to Kuala Terengganu and travel by road to Marang, a fishing village 15km north of Kuala Terengganu. A 45-minutes boat ride takes you to Pulau Redang. Check out Berjaya-air for flights to Pulau Redang.

Pulau Perhentian Besar is easier reached by speedboat from Kuala Besut, Terengganu. The Perhentian islands (P. Perhentian Besar & P. Perhentian Kecil), which means 'Stopover Islands' in Malay, is Terengganu's northern most marine park.

........Islands in Johor - details in Johor here


By River transport

Rivers transport is only common in the rural villages of Malaysia. It is more common in East Malaysia. The rivers of Sarawak are an important means of transportation for the people and goods. Sarawak has a total of 55 navigable rivers. Some 50% of the traffic is passenger transport and the rest for transportation of goods including logs.


By Cruise ships

Travel to Malaysia from Singapore, Thailand or other Asian ports by luxury cruise ships.

Some of the ports that cruise ships stops in Malaysia are: Port Klang (near Kuala Lumpur), Langkawi island (near Porto Malai), Penang Island (port Swettenham), Port Dickson (near KL), Kuching (Sarawak), Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Sandakan (Sarawak).


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By Road to Malaysia

Buses and Coaches in Malaysia

Free Road maps of Malaysia

Flying to Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Senai Airport (Johor, Malaysia)

Changi Airport (Singapore)


Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (Malayan Railways)

KLIA express  (train from airport to KL central)

KL Sentral (Central station, Kuala Lumpur)


Malaysia to other Neighbouring countries

From Thailand to Malaysia

From Singapore to Malaysia

From Indonesia to Malaysia


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