Butterworth Railway Station – Train times & tickets

Butterworth Railway Station is the closest train station to Penang Island. From Butterworth Railway Station passengers can travel to George Town on the car ferry or to other destinations in Penang via two bridges connecting the island to the mainland. Passengers can also connect with bus services at the nearby Butterworth Bus Terminal. 


Butterworth Train Station


Butterworth Railway Station is located on Malaysia’s West Coast Railway Line which runs South to Gemas via Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. For travel from Butterworth to Singapore take a train to the end of the West Coast Railway Line to change trains for onward travel to Johor Bharu on Malaysia’s ‘Jungle Line’ which runs the length of peninsula Malaysia through the East Coast states. There is a shuttle service from Johor Bharu Sentral Station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore.

Butterworth Railway Station

Butterworth Railway Station

Butterworth Train Station is also connected to the KTM Komuter Line which runs from Butterworth to Padang Besar on the border with Thailand, where passengers can transfer to Thailand Railway Services for travel to Bangkok via Hat Yai, Surat Thani (for travel to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), Chumphon (for travel to Koh Tao) and the popular beach resort town of Hua Hin.


Train Times to Kuala Lumpur


There are 5 daily train services from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur.

Train No.ButterworthKuala LumpurService
910104:4508:50ETS Platinum
910306:1010:27ETS Platinum
942108:4113:07ETS Gold
910518:0022:05ETS Platinum
910720:0000:15ETS Platinum


Train Times to Ipoh


There are 5 daily train services from Butterworth to Ipoh.

Train No.ButterworthIpohService
910104:4506:25ETS Platinum
910306:1007:57ETS Platinum
942108:4110:41ETS Gold
910518:0019:40ETS Platinum
910720:0021:40ETS Platinum


Train Times to Padang Besar


There are 14 daily train services from Butterworth to Padang Besar.

Train No.ButterworthPadang BesarService
294005:2507:16KTM Komuter
294406:2508:16KTM Komuter
294807:2509:16KTM Komuter
295208:2510:16KTM Komuter
295409:2511:16KTM Komuter
295610:2512:16KTM Komuter
296012:2514:16KTM Komuter
296414:2516:16KTM Komuter
296615:2517:16KTM Komuter
296816:2518:16KTM Komuter
297217:2519:16KTM Komuter
297618:2520:16KTM Komuter
298019:2521:16KTM Komuter
298421.2523.16KTM Komuter

  • Tickets for this service are not available for purchase in advance. Buy your tickets for travel from Butterworth to Padang Besar (Thailand Border) on arrival at the train station.

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Facilities at Butterworth Station


Butterworth Railway Station is modern station with a small range of facilities.

Waiting area at Butterworth Railway Station

Waiting area at Butterworth Railway Station

Butterworth Train Station has an indoor waiting area, toilets and a small shop. The station has no restaurant or left luggage office.


Buying Tickets at the Station


There are two ticket counters on the 2nd Floor inside the station building. 

Ticket Counter at Butterworth Railway Station

Ticket Counters at Butterworth Railway Station

There are separate ticket counters for KTM Komuter services which run north towards Padang Besar and ETS Train Services which run south towards Gemas (for travel to Singapore) via Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. You need to go to the correct ticket counter for the type of train service you want to take.


Transport to Butterworth Train Station


Butterworth Railway Station is very close to Sultan Abdul Hamid Ferry Terminal which is the arrival point for ferry services from George Town in Penang Island. Ferry services to Butterworth depart from Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal on the seafront road in George Town centre near to the southern end of Chuila Street and the little India area. Ferry services from Penang to Butterworth operate from 05:40 to 00:40 every day. The journey takes 15 minutes and the adult fare is 1.20 MYR and the child fare is 0.60 MYR. During daylight hours there is a ferry to Butterworth every 20 minutes. On arrival at Sultan Abdul Hamid Ferry Terminal take the free shuttle bus service to Butterworth Bus Terminal which is a 1 minute walk from Butterworth Railway Station.

Ferry to Butterworth

Ferry to Butterworth

You can also travel by road from Penang to Butterworth via either of two bridges. Expect to pay around 30 MYR for the journey from George Town to Butterworth Train Station and 44 MYR for the journey from Batu Feringghi to the station. There are no fixed fares for taxi and they do not use their meters so agree the fare in advance with the taxi driver.


Location of Butterworth Station


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