Faces of
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

ETS Train Route: Alor Setar - Butterworth - Ipoh - KL

The modern electrified train service along the west coast of the Peninsula connecting the border to Thailand (Padang Besar) with Kuala Lumpur and beyond

ETS Trains

Book ticket at the official KTM website: www.ktmb.com.my

General Information / ETS time tables: http://www.ktmb.com.my/ETS.html

Time Table (PDF) (as of 12/2019)

KTMB Contact Center at +603 – 2267 1200 (Operation 24 hours)

For any enquiry, also follow KTMB Social Media at: 

Official Twitter @ktm_berhad
Official Facebook at KTM Berhad
Official Instagram @ktmbofficial

Train Classes

  • ETS Platinum (fewer stop at the stations)
  • ETS Gold (stops at selected stations)
  • ETS Silver (stops at every station along the way)

Train Layouts

ETS Set Routes Facilities
  • Padang Besar – Gemas – Padang Besar
  • KL Sentral – Padang Besar – KL Sentral
  • Gemas – Butterworth – Gemas
  • KL Sentral – Butterworth – KL Sentral
  • 312 seats
  • speed max 140 km/h
  • Musollah (prayer room)
  • Cluster seat (2 set in each coach)
  • Café
  • 3 toilets located at Coach B, E & D
  • KL Sentral – Ipoh – KL Sentral
  • 350 seats
  • Speed max 140 km/h
  • 4 toilets located at Coach B&E
  • Café
  • LCD TV
  • CCTV

CSR Seat Layout
CSR Seat Layout

Rotem Seat Layout
Rotem Seat Layout


ETS Train Connection KL - Alor Setar

travel time: 4h30min to 4h50min
ticket prices: RM98 (Platinium), RM70 (Gold)
Kuala Lumpur stop: KL Sentral
Alor Setar stop: Alor Setar railway station

ETS Train Connection KL - Ipoh

Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh are also connected by train (along the Singapore - Bangkok route). The route was upgraded in 2010 and is served by the national carrier KTM as "ETS" (Electric Train Service).
The historic train station in Ipoh is an relic of the colonial times just as the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (which not used for long-distance trains anymore).

travel time: 2h to 2h30min
Kuala Lumpur stop: KL Sentral
Ipoh stop: Ipoh Railway Station

Click the links belows to book train tickets online:
Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh
Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur



ETS Route Map

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