Malaysia by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Malaysia.

Here you will find information for Malaysia about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 31.62 million

Currency: Ringgit

Language: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Country Code: +60

Time Zone: Malaysia Time (MYT)

Train Companies

The rail network in Malaysia is operated by the national railway Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM).

Malaysia rail map

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Train Tickets

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Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Malaysia.

TrAIN tYPES

ETS Komuter trains serve the northern part of the country

  • 2nd Class only (Superior)
  • No reservations required, nor possible
  • Trains are equipped with air-conditioning

ETS Platinum trains make minimal stops and connect top destinations

  • 2nd Class only (Superior): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • The train is equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and a buffet car selling snacks and drinks.

ETS Gold trains serve top destinations making more stops than ETS Platinum

  • 2nd Class only (Superior): rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • The train is equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and a buffet car selling snacks and drinks.

ETS Silver trains operate from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh and are the cheapest option from the ETS services

  • 2nd Class only (Superior): rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • The train is equipped with air-conditioning

Diesel Rail Car (DRC)

  • 2nd Class only (Superior)
  • The train is equipped with air-conditioning

Ekspres Selatan (Southern Express) operates on the northern part of the Malaysian West Coast Line

  • 2nd Class only (Superior)
  • No reservations required
  • The train is equipped with air-conditioning

Sabah State Railway trains operate on a single line connecting villages to Kota Kinabalu

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required
  • Buy tickets at train station

Trains that travel from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (Woodlands North Station) are operated by the Malaysian State Railway (KTM).

  • Air-Conditioned 2nd Class (Superior) seats are available from Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral to Johor Bahru (JB) Sentral Station, no catering available.
  • From Malaysia’s Johor Bahru Sentral station, KTM offers shuttle trains and local buses to Singapore’s Woodlands North Station where there are then plenty of MRT and local connections to choose from.
    Tickets for the shuttle train can only be bought with cash, and passport control will be made at the border.

International Express connects Kuala Lumpur and Padang Besar, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand. This is operated by the State Railways of Thailand, and a connection must be made in Hat Yai, Thailand, the Thai Border town.

  • Sleeping Carriage
    • 2nd Class Sleepers, two-bed compartments with air conditioning, and with seats to fold down when the bed is not in use.
    • 1st Class (VIP Sleepers), two-bed compartments with air conditioning, and with seats to fold down when the bed is not in use, a washbasin, and bedding included. These sleepers are only available from Hat Yai to Bangkok, Thailand and reservations are unable to be made from Malaysia and not Thailand.
  • Seating Carriage
    • Local Malaysian ETS electric trains are available from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar. Sleepers are not available on this leg of the journey.
  • The train is equipped with a restaurant car offering sizable, and affordable portions; however, only from Hat Yai, Thailand to Bangkok.

International Express / Ekspres Antarabangsa

Routes:

    • Padang Besar – Hat Yai – Bangkok
  • No reservations required but recommended during peak travel times and for air-conditioned beds
  • 1st Class (VIP Sleepers) – 2-bed compartments with air conditioning and with seats when the bed is not in use, a washbasin, and bedding included
  • 2nd Class – bed folded into a seat when not in use, air-conditioned and fan-cooled
  • Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering sizable, and affordable portions

Eastern & Oriental Express

North Borneo Railway

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Malaysia

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth 4:04 Direct Train
Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh 2:25 Direct Train
Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya 0:18 Direct KLIA Express
Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru 8:00 1 Train
Kuala Lumpur to Malacca 4:16 1 Train & Bus
Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi 7:45 2 Train, Bus & Ferry
Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown, Penang Island 4:54 1 Train & Ferry

International

 
From > To
Duration Changes Transport
Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand 20:59 2 Train
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Singapore 6:53 1 Train & Bus
Johor Bahru to Woodlands, Singapore 0:05 Direct Train

 

MAlaysia travel routes

Bangkok to Singapore

Bangkok to Singapore

Main Train Stations

  • KL Sentral
  • Butterworth
  • Ipoh
  • Kuala Perlis
  • Johor Bahru

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Malaysia

We recommend time to travel around Malaysia but depending on which season you decide and which area to visit, this may determine how much rain gear you pack! Depending on when you visit, you could get involved in a massive water fight in April, maybe even a pillow fight, or attend the Chinese New Year in Penang. 

You can visit the Batu Caves or witness the wild Thaipusam festival; and, any time of year you are able to cruise the Kinabatangan River to catch a glimpse of wild orangutans, dive to some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, or try all of the amazing food. Malaysia is an amazing country with so much to see and do, but remember don’t forget about Borneo!

  • High Season: December – February
  • Low Season: March – June
  • West Coast Rainy Season: April – October
  • East Coast Rainy Season: November – February
  • Borneo Rainy Season: October – February

 

Accommodation In Malaysia

Booking

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Hostelworld

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Guidebooks For Malaysia

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Travel Insurance

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