MALAYSIA RAIL AND WATER TRANSPORT
myMalaysiabooks links you to the road networks system of Malaysia
with road maps to get you there. Travel by Rail
. Travel by Sea
by train is an excellent way to see the Malaysian countryside and
many towns in West
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
Lumpur International Airport
a fast train, the KLIA Express, takes you to the
city centre (KL
in less than 30 minutes. At KL Sentral, the main railway terminal,
there are connecting trains operated by
to Butterworth (Pulau Pinang), Alor Setar (Kedah) and to Arau
(Kedah). The journey by train to Butterworth takes more than six hours
and about 12 hours from Singapore
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
which stop at major towns such as Haadyai (Thailand),
Alor Setar, Padang Besar,
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)
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
The immigration checkpoint is at Padang Besar, Perlis
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.
On 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
Padang Besar station
Penang Ticket Counter
Butterworth station (Pulau Pinang)
Sentral Kuala Lumpur station
Pelabuhan Klang station
Johor Bharu 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:
- Sentral KL - Ipoh - Sentral KL
- Seremban-KL-Seremban & Sentral KL-Rawang-Sentral KL
- 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
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:
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.
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
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
- Bintan and Batam to
Bahru International Ferry Terminal,
....more on how to travel from
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
accommodation in Malaysia and Singapore
Ferries to Islands of Malaysia
islands in West Malaysia are linked by ferries. Here are some of the many
ferries in West
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.
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
Penang, or Singapore.
by ferry from Lumut,
Perak; by air on
Pulau Tioman/ Tioman
island (Pahang): you can travel by air from KL or Singapore and by ferry from
Mersing (Johor) or Tanjung Gemok in
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.
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
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
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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