The Basic Guide to Travelling on The ETS: 5 Things to Know

The ETS or Electric Train Service is operated by KTMB and is Malaysia’s fastest train service to date. Going at 140km per hour, the train is one of the top choices among local and foreign travellers who’d like to reach other states in Peninsular Malaysia fast without facing the traffic. Find out what you need to know below.

  1. When and where to buy tickets The ideal time to buy your tickets is a few days before your departure date, as early as 30 days in advance, and five hours before your departure time. You can buy the tickets online at KTMB’s official site or go straight to the ticketing counters at KL Sentral or other selected KTM stations.
  2. Types of ETS tickets There are three coach classes with different ticket prices: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. For those in a hurry, you can get the Platinum ticket as it doesn’t make as many stops as the other two, and is the most expensive of the three. Take note that the classes have the same service, facilities, and seats; what makes them different is the number of stops they make.
  3. Major routes There are three primary routes available: a) Butterworth –KL Sentral  b) Ipoh – KL Sentral  c) Padang Besar – Butterworth – Ipoh – KL Sentral – Seremban – Gemas
  4. Key ETS stations There are four key ETS stations where you can board the train: KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur), Ipoh (Perak), Butterworth (Penang), and Padang Besar (Perlis). You can go directly to Bangkok by stopping at Padang Besar and taking the Thai Railways International Express there.
  5. ETS schedule To figure out the best time to make your journey to your chosen destination in Peninsular Malaysia, check the ETS timetable available online. You can even print it out, so you won’t miss the critical time. The ETS calendar rarely changes unless otherwise stated.

Plan your journey carefully and try to book your tickets in advance for convenience and to avoid sold out tickets. Make sure your destination has a station where the ETS stops. Check out the ETS timetable to make it easier for you to plan your journey.