A metre gauge railway that has daily scheduled trains with astoundingly low prices connects Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Joho Baru, Butterworth (Penang), Bangkok, and Southern Thailand, a perfect option for travelers. Travelling by train is comfortable and adventurous, and safe way to go.
The train starting from Ipoh follows ABCDEF coach arrangement towards the direction of South, KL. Since the train always makes round trips at any time without U-turning, it follows that on returning from KL, the arrangement of the coach is FEDCBA, with the first being F and the last A towards Ipoh. The seat arrangement for all coaches coming from KL towards Ipoh is AB-CD, the left being AB, the right CD. This seat arrangement reverses when going to Ipoh from KL, with the right being AB and left is CD.
When heading to KL from Ipoh, the seat arrangement of coach ABC is row 1-8 facing forward, the direction the train is moving, whereas 9 to 13 facing backward. Similarly, seat arrangement of coach DEF is 9 to 13 facing moving direction of a train to KL, 1-8 seating arrangement with back facing the moving direction of the train. It’s like being pulled back all the way to KL.
The journey from KL to Ipoh, these directions are the other way around.
KTMB has confirmed these findings however they put emphasis that these arrangements could change in the event of changes in coach management which rarely happens since this coach marking is permanent on the platform as it’s not a signboard that is moveable like normal train service.
With this knowledge, it’s now easy to choose seats when buying ETS tickets online since those who have complications like motion sickness may avoid picking the wrong seat that would make them seat backwards towards their destination.
You can buy Malaysian KTM train tickets:
- in person at the station.
- Online at Easybook.com – same prices as ktmb.com.my but much easier to use.
3 online at www.ktmb.com.my (but not the Butterworth to Bangkok trains 35/36)
- by phone from UK-based agency International Rail.
You can no longer buy them by phone or email with the KTM call center.
Buying tickets at the station
KTM has a computerized reservation system, therefore, the KTM ticket offices at Kuala Lumpur or any other Malaysian station (also included is KTM ticket office In Penang at the Georgetown ferry terminal) can make reservations and sell tickets for all train journeys within Malaysia, or trains heading to Thailand from Malaysia, also included is Butterworth to Bangkok.
Buy train tickets online at www.easybook.com
www.easybook.com is a bus ticket aggregator and now also sells tickets. It’s a lot easier to use than buying directly from KTM’s own website which qualifies it as a choice number one, it also sells tickets at a similar price without additional fees, and actually they may offer small discounts of up to 5 percent.
www.easybook.com sells tickets for all KTM express trains (Malaysian Railways) running fully inside Singapore and Malaysia, simply put KTM trains 1 to 29 including ETS trains in the 92xx & 95xx series. It also books international train 20 or 21 run by KTM between Kuala Lumpur and Hat Yai in Thailand, south bound and north bound. But, shorter journeys such as Butterworth to Hat Yai will not be booked since these short distance journeys are sold 24 hours at the station only prior to departure.
You cannot book Thai trains through www.easybook.com.
Malaysian train bookings start 30 days prior to departure.
Payment for the tickets is completed online by credit card and then you can print your ticket in the same way as KTM’s website.
Classes: The tickets are categorized in classes. Premier means first class, Superior means second class, and Superior Nightstands for a second class sleeper.
Stations: For Singapore, choose
Singapore’ then Woodland.
For Kuala Lumpur, choose
Kuala Lumpur’ then Kuala Lumpur Sentral’.
The ETS KL to KTM Ipoh electric train service operates regularly throughout the day and is the fastest way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. There are a few places of interest to stop at along the way, these high-speed trains go through the Selangor and Perak states in Malaysia, towards Ipoh, the capital city of Perak state.