The Star: KTM ups frequency of KL-Butterworth train trips

ETS KL - Padang Besar
ETS KL – Padang Besar

PETALING JAYA: KTM Bhd will be increasing the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Butterworth Electric Train Service (ETS) from this week.

There will be 18 trips to Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur, and an equal number in the other direction, from Mondays to Thursdays, up from 16 previously.

There will be 20 trips in either direction daily from Fridays to Sundays, up from 18 previously. The changes take effect tomorrow.

“This is in response to popular demand,” said KTMB in a statement, which added that ETS tickets may be purchased up to 60 days in advance.

KTMB also has good news for those looking forward to slow train rides to Kelantan and vice versa.

As during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period, KTMB will also be running special train services from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat for Hari Raya Aidiladha, expected to fall on Sept 12.

Called the Eastern Holiday Train, the first train will depart KL Sentral at 6pm on Sept 9, and arrive at Tumpat at 9.45am the next day. The first train from Tumpat departs at 5.45pm on Sept 8, and arrives at Kuala Lumpur at 8.14am the next day.

The train will make 12 stops along the 702km route between Kuala Lumpur and Tumpat – Kajang, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Seremban, Pulau Sebang (Tampin), Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Gua Musang, Dabong, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas and Wakaf Baru (Kota Baru).

Only a dozen trips will be offered for that month, with the last service (to Tumpat) on Sept 19.

The fare ranges from RM82 (one-way adult) to RM132, with two pre-packed meals provided.

Tickets for this special service will be on sale at KTMB counters from today

For more details, call 03-2267 1200 or visit

Meanwhile, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd is reminding users of the Sri Petaling and Ampang LRT lines that there will be one last day of service suspension tomorrow to complete re-signalling work.

Free shuttle bus services will be provided from the affected stations to the Pasar Seni bus hub in Kuala Lumpur. Details can be found at

The Star – 15 July 2016