Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

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TBS Kuala Lumpur
5h 2m bus ride with Billion Stars Express in VIP
CAD 13 per adult

From TBS Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth by bus

TBS Kuala Lumpur
5h 2m bus ride with Billion Stars Express in VIP
CAD 13 per adult

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth Schedule

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Billion Stars Express VIP 00:30 - 05:32CAD 12.59
Cosmic Express Express 07:25 - 12:27CAD 14.31
Billion Stars Express VIP 09:00 - 14:02CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 10:30 - 15:32CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 12:00 - 17:02CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 14:00 - 19:02CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 16:00 - 21:02CAD 12.59
Kesatuan Express Express 16:45 - 21:47CAD 12.26
Cosmic Express Express 17:15 - 22:17CAD 14.31
Billion Stars Express VIP 18:00 - 23:02CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 20:00 - 01:02CAD 12.59
Billion Stars Express VIP 22:00 - 03:02CAD 12.59

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Though by saying ‘Penang’ many travelers mean Penang Island, the island is only a part of Penang state which has a similar-sized mainland part, called Seberang Perai. Of the two, Penang Island is by no doubt the main draw. Though an island, Penang is by no way a prime beach destination. Do not expect crystal clear waters and fine sand – there are many other places in Malaysia where you can find this combination, but definitely not on Penang. But Penang is the right place to savour the local flavour: a melting pot of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European cultures, Penang will bring your culinary experience at a new level; British colonial architecture blends here with colourful Chinese temples; and the whole wealth of walking itineraries – from exploring natural attractions of the island including a mangrove forest and butterfly farm to visiting churches or browsing the city streets in a traditional rickshaw – assure you will not be bored.

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

Both buses and trains are a convenient way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. Note trains bring you to Butterworth, a town on the mainland part of Penang state. From there it is a 15-minute ferry ride to Georgetown on Penang island. There is absolutely no reason for spending your time in Butterworth – unless you decide to visit the largest Bird Park in Malaysia, which is located about two km east of the ferry terminal, or have a look at a huge Nine Emperor Gods Temple – but you will find the similar-styled temples in Georgetown, too.

From Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train

Trains from Kuala Lumpur make several stops on the mainland of Penang state, including Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth. If your final destination is Georgetown (which is most probably is the case), go to Butterworth which is located right by the pier from where a shuttle ferry heads to the island part of Penang state.

The distance between the capital of Malaysia and Butterworth is about 350 km. Travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train is four hours if you go by a high-speed electric train (ETS), while ordinary intercity train #2 takes over five hours to cover the same distance. It leaves Kuala Lumpur Sentral at 4pm daily and arrives to Butterworth at 9.45pm. The main advantage of this intercity train is the price of the tickets which is nearly twice as low as the one of the ETS at MYR34 compared to MYR59.

ETS operates on daily bases and offers 4 trains a day plus the fifth option from Friday to Sunday (#9216 at 5.30pm). There are two morning trains at 9.15am (#9232) and 9.30am (#9208) and two evening trains at 6.35pm (#9210) and at 8pm (#9234).

Note that the last train (#9234) reaches Butterworth at 11.52pm and it is impossible to get to Georgetown by ferry on the same day, as the ferry operates till 11.30pm only. You still can reach Georgetown, though, but you will need to take a taxi instead.

From Butterworth to Georgetown

The easiest way to get from Butterworth to Georgetown is to take the famous Penang ferry. It departs regularly from the Ferry Terminal in Butterworth from 5.30am till 11.30pm every 10 or 20 minutes. You can get to the ferry terminal directly from the train and bus stations in Butterworth – look for covered walkways and indications. The ferry takes just 15 minutes to reach the pier at Weld Quay.

From Kuala Lumpur to Penang by bus

Bus travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes from 4½ hours to 5 hours. Taking into consideration a number of departures from different locations in Kuala Lumpur and the cost of the ride (MYR35-MYR40), it is a great alternative to a railway journey.

The main bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur serving Kuala Lumpur–Penang route is TBS, Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, the main transportation terminal in the southern part of Kuala Lumpur. From the city it is easily reachable by KLIA transit, LRT and KTM Komuter. Billion Stars, StarQistna Express and Seasons Express all operate from TBS from as early as 6.30am with the last bus departing a minute before midnight at 11.59pm.

Billion Stars also has rides from One Utama, to the northwest of the capital, and Pudu Raya, located rather centrally between KLCC and Bukit Bintang. The latter is also used by Mayang Sari Express and City Express buses.

The earliest bus of Billion Stars from One Utama leaves at 9.45 am, the last one – at 11.59pm. The first City Express bus from Pudu Raya departs at 10.30 in the morning, the last – at 11.30 in the evening. Some companies also call to Kulim in Kedah on their way to Butterworth, but if your final destination is Georgetown, do not get off at that point.

Note that for the majority of buses Butterworth is not their terminus. After calling to Butterworth they proceed over the famous Penang bridge #1 to the centralised island bus terminal, Sungai Nibong. Note that though travelling to Singai Nibong brings you directly to the island, it is about 10 km to the main tourist area of Georgetown from there. In many cases, Butterworth is the best choice to get off the bus as it is only a 15-minute trip to Georgetown by ferry from there.

Note though, that all buses leaving Kuala Lumpur after 6.30pm, arrive to Butterworth after 11pm_ which means you will not be able to use the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown immediately after arrival: take a taxi instead.

Getting around

Though as in many other places in Asia, footpaths are narrow or non-existent in Georgetown, it is still a pleasure to go on a stroll around the central part of Georgetown filled with colonial mansions, colorful temples and tasty restaurants. To go further, make use of rather a convenient and well-organized Penang public transport system. Local buses ply several routes which are clearly indicated on maps – look for them at the main bus terminals at Jetty and Komtar Complex. Buses stop picking up passengers after 10pm.Taxis have metres, though flat rates – normally, quite decent – are used for certain destinations. At night-time, taxis add 100% surcharge to the normal rate.

Renting a motorbike is a great way to get around the island. A usual daily rate is about MYR25, and many rental shops require a deposit of MYR200. Helmets are compulsory and traffic is often quite chaotic, but if you have the experience of negotiating streets anywhere in Asia, you will not be lost.

Where to stay

Georgetown has accommodation for all tastes and budgets, but if you are after some serious fancy options, look in Batu Ferringghi close to the beach. Backpackers and flashpackers are well catered for around Chulia and Muntri Streets, as well as in Love Lane area. That said, decent double rooms under USD20 (MYR80) are a rare breed nowadays. Going a step further up (to MYR100) allows you to choose a room in a much more attractive guesthouse which is definitely a worth-doing thing.


Time your visit to see one of the famous festivals – from Chinese New Year in February to Deepavali or Songkran in April to get the real taste of the island’s culture. Since 2010, a month-long Georgetown festival held in June/July brings to the city a blast of art, theatre, dance and music performances.

Sweat your way through the city streets pedalling a tandem bike. Climb to the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia of Kek Lok Si and then pay respect to the oldest Anglican church of the region, St. George’s. Wander fearlessly over the vipers inhabited premises of the Snake Temple and transport yourself to India in the intricately decorated Hindu temple of Sri Mahamariamman. Watch myriads of flying beauties in Penang Butterfly Farm and then head to Upper Penang Road for the best nightlife options.

After you have had enough of the city itself, do some jungle trekking in the Penang National Park with a network of paths cutting through virgin forests or set on for a day boat trip to Pulau Payar Marine Park for snorkelling. You can try some of the north-western coast beaches, too, e.g. Monkey Beach, but do not expect too much.

From Penang to Thailand

The railway station serving Penang is located in Butterworth, on the mainland part of the state. To get to Butterworth from Georgetown, take a ferry, a bus or a taxi. There is a direct train from Butterworth to Bangkok operated by Thai Railways. It leaves daily at 1.15pm and arrives to Bangkok at 10.30am the next morning, the whole journey taking 21 hour. All cars are second class AC sleeper cars and tickets cost THB1430 (MYR170). The train makes all the usual stops en route to Bangkok, including Hat Yai, Suratthani and Chumphon, among others, which allows you to hop off in the middle of the way and explore some of the islands of the Gulf.

Transportation from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth destination reviews

Train #9104 ETS Platinum, KTM, Dec 20, 2020
Simple ,Quick and Pay Easy
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Mar 4, 2020
Brilliant comfy bus. And very prompt with timings
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Feb 18, 2020
Good service
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Feb 8, 2020
The trip starten out great! The TBS central was similar to an airport, and everything went smooth there. Our buss Journey was initially ok. Spaceous seats and not much to complain about. Around halfway through the trip the bus stoped at a station and, without explanation (our driver did not understand any english), we had to change bus. This bus had a lower standard. Filthy and without seatbelts.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Feb 5, 2020
Comfy bus, arrived on time! Easy way to travel
Bus VIP 24, StarMart Express, Jan 28, 2020
many stop. tickets price is expensive compare with other seller
Bus VIP 24, StarMart Express, Jan 25, 2020
Late arrival, late departure but sweet driver and very comfortable seats. Lots of smoking and peeing breaks
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Jan 25, 2020
Comfortable and spacious bus. Trip took 5.5hs (instead of 4h) due to traffic
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Jan 21, 2020
Bus left on time. Made the scheduled rest stop and arrived without incident. The seats are wide and comfy, plenty of leg room. The bus arrives in Butterworth at the same location as the ferry. You just go one floor up the escalator to connect to the ferry to Penang island. Easy as pie. The instructions for the ticket are simple and you just go to a ticket counter at the station to get them printed.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Dec 25, 2019
Very comfortable and clean
Bus Business, Transnasional MY, Dec 23, 2019
Easy and simple
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Dec 23, 2019
Comfortable and large chairs, travel according to schedule
Bus Business, Transnasional MY, Dec 16, 2019
Easy to redeem and hassle free.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Dec 4, 2019
Grate trip
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Nov 30, 2019
Left ont aime, comfortable trip.
Train #9102 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Nov 27, 2019
Easy, punctual, clean and uncrowded.
Bus VIP 24, StarMart Express, Nov 19, 2019
バス到着が30分くらい遅れた以外は快適だった。 中にはエアコン効きすぎのバスもあるらしいが適温だった。
Train #9102 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Nov 18, 2019
Great trip so easy compared to flying
Bus Business, Transnasional MY, Nov 9, 2019
travel was on time
Train #9104 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Nov 8, 2019
Unfortunarely, I have paid platinum ets, but no Food n drink service available.. Ets also poor of passangers awaraness belonging, so that if passangers do not remind their belonging, it will be a sad story.. And it happen to me...
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Oct 30, 2019
Old, dirty bus.
Train #9102 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Oct 13, 2019
Train was on time, reasonably clean and seats were OK. However the aircon was very cold. Have a jumper to hand. Easy to get to the ferry.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Oct 1, 2019
bus left on time we arrived on time, we did 2 toilet stop on the road, the bus is big and comfortable. the TBS terminal is very nice and is very similar to an airport
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Sep 26, 2019
I like your services Thank you for your staff.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Sep 15, 2019
Comfortable and clean bus. Sadly, the driver was often on his phone and was vaping while driving. We passengers could smell it. Also, we stopped on the side of the highway (still in KL) for a long time with no explanation from the driver.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Sep 1, 2019
Bus was very comfortable, no issues.
Bus VIP 24, StarMart Express, Aug 19, 2019
We took the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. At some point we had to get out of the bus into another one, but this was only announced in malaysian. If the malaysian travelers on the bus would not have translates this, we would not have known and would have not arrived at our location.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Aug 19, 2019
Good trip with comfortable seats, usb sockets available to charge my phone.
Bus Business, Transnasional MY, Aug 17, 2019
Good easy trip
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Aug 17, 2019
Everything was good but I didn't like the driver smoking.
Bus VIP 24, Sri Maju Group, Aug 1, 2019
Le bus a fait plusieurs arrêts et la destination prévue n était apparemment pas le terminus. Donc un doute sur le fait de descendre au bon endroit. Mais sinon bus très confortable et chauffeur ok
Train #9102 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Jul 14, 2019
Smooth train ride from KL to butterworth.
Train #9104 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Jul 4, 2019
I wish our seats weren't in reverse.
Train #9102 ETS Platinum, Easybook Trains, Jul 1, 2019
All in all we were impressed with the train service and it's cleanliness and timeliness. 3 areas for improvement 1) passengers are asked to be at station 30 mins before departure, however gates only open 10 mins before departures 2) we were seated in coach F seats 2D and 2C - these seats were just awful. No window, luggage rack in front and a fixed table. My 6ft 4 in husband could not get his legs in. On a positive note your excellent staff moved us to better seats - thank you to your staff. But - do not select these seats - they are like a prison cell. 3) aircon is a little chilly so pack a jumper / cardigan / fleece
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