Kuala Lumpur to Penang @ train, bus, flight Feb 25, 2017

42 trips (THB 271 — 1,112)

From Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Penang by train

#9202
KTM
09:00
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
13:25
Butterworth, Penang
4h 25m
฿ 620
× 2 = ฿ 1,240
  available
#9204
KTM
11:30
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
15:55
Butterworth, Penang
4h 25m
฿ 620
× 2 = ฿ 1,240
  available
#9412
KTM
16:13
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
20:48
Butterworth, Penang
4h 35m
฿ 463
× 2 = ฿ 926
  available
#9214
KTM
19:53
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
00:28
Butterworth, Penang
4h 35m
฿ 463
× 2 = ฿ 926
  available
#9216
KTM
21:33
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
02:18
Butterworth, Penang
4h 45m
฿ 463
× 2 = ฿ 926
  available

From Kuala Lumpur Airport to Penang by flight

#AK6110
AirAsia
07:10
Kuala Lumpur Airport
08:10
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 742
× 2 = ฿ 1,484
  available
#AK6124
AirAsia
08:35
Kuala Lumpur Airport
09:35
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6112
AirAsia
09:40
Kuala Lumpur Airport
10:40
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 742
× 2 = ฿ 1,484
  available
#AK6114
AirAsia
13:30
Kuala Lumpur Airport
14:30
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6126
AirAsia
14:55
Kuala Lumpur Airport
15:55
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6116
AirAsia
15:20
Kuala Lumpur Airport
16:20
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6122
AirAsia
16:05
Kuala Lumpur Airport
17:05
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6128
AirAsia
17:10
Kuala Lumpur Airport
18:10
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6130
AirAsia
19:05
Kuala Lumpur Airport
20:05
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6118
AirAsia
21:35
Kuala Lumpur Airport
22:35
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available
#AK6120
AirAsia
22:00
Kuala Lumpur Airport
23:00
Penang International Airport
1h
WC aircon steward
฿ 654
× 2 = ฿ 1,308
  available

From Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Penang by bus

Seasons Express
02:35
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
07:15
Sungai Nibong, Penang
4h 40m
฿ 1,112
× 2 = ฿ 2,224
  available
Seasons Express
02:50
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
07:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
4h 40m
฿ 1,112
× 2 = ฿ 2,224
  available
Seasons Express
07:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
12:45
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
07:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
12:35
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
09:00
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
14:40
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h 40m
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
09:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
14:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
09:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
14:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
10:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
15:35
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
10:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
15:45
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
11:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
16:35
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
11:45
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
16:45
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
12:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
17:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
12:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
17:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
1
10 Seater Van
13:15
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
18:05
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 279
× 2 = ฿ 558
  available
Seasons Express
14:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
19:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
14:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
19:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
16:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
21:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
16:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
21:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
18:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
23:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
18:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
23:30
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
20:00
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
00:50
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
20:00
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
01:00
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Seasons Express
21:00
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
01:50
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 271
× 2 = ฿ 542
  available
Seasons Express
21:00
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
02:00
Sungai Nibong, Penang
5h
฿ 302
× 2 = ฿ 604
  available
Hatyai Intertop Express
23:30
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
04:20
Butterworth, Penang
4h 50m
฿ 275
× 2 = ฿ 550
  available

From One Utama to Penang by bus

Seasons Express
10:00
One Utama, Kuala Lumpur
14:40
Sungai Nibong, Penang
4h 40m
฿ 322
× 2 = ฿ 644
  available

How to get to Penang from Kuala Lumpur

What about

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.

Activities

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 1,086 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9202 ETS Platinum, KTM)
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
The seat we got wasn't the best, as it was Car A seats 2C and 2D, which had no window and no legroom. There were spare seats available, so would have preferred to have been booked in another seat. Service ran pretty much to time, and appreciated the travel pack of food.
★☆☆☆☆ Feb 10, 2017 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
I am a visitor from the U.K. I am 1.92 tall. I booked a month in advance. You gave me seat 1A in Coach A. This seat has no legroom. The window is behind you. It is rear facing. Luckily for me the conductor found me a better seat half way through the trip. Your service I rate ZERO!!
★★★★★ Feb 10, 2017 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
I've used 12go a lot and it always gets me a good price and an easy hitch free service.
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Train was very good. Problems with tickets. Did not get email and had to get actual tickets at the last minute.
★★★★☆ Jan 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Billion Stars Express) :
A really good journey ,we arrived late but this was due to traffic so not the fault of driver ,comfortable seats.
★★★★★ Jan 23, 2017 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM)
★★★☆☆ Jan 11, 2017 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
No significant complaints about train. Clean and quick.Polite staff. Would be much better to be able to select seats as majority face backwards! Aircon too high, quite cool!!
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2017 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Very pleasant ride through northern Malaysia. Mostly on time. Nice amenities on the train. Very easy transfer to the ferry.
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Big improvement on earlier experience on this railway line.
★★★☆☆ Dec 28, 2016 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
A/C too cold. On board movie was frustrating--constantly interrupted by advertising AND no sound!! Really??
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
This is an excellent fast train service (Platinum). Our return train from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Butterworth was good. Here again, the staff on the train were very friendly and helpful - good customer service. Our seats on this journey were good and we were able to stretch our legs (2A/2B). The only problem we had was that there is only one lift at Butterworth and, whilst the train arrived at 12.35 (on time), it took us a further 20 minutes to exit the train station with our suitcase, as we waited for a vacant lift. The Platinum service takes about three and a half hours.
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (bus VIP, Billion Stars Express) :
slight delay leaving K.L, otherwise a comfortable journey. Seats were comfortable and good movies shown on board.
★★★★☆ Dec 16, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Ride was smooth and quiet on the train. Arrived about 20 min before scheduled time in Butterworth, which was good as it allowed us to catch the ferry to Penang without too much wait time..
★★★★★ Dec 15, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM)
★★★☆☆ Dec 12, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
A little cold, noisy film, poor window view and facing wrong direction. Coffee only with sugar too! However on time, clean and smooth ride.
★★★★★ Dec 7, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Everything went very smoothly. Caught a local train to KL Sentral. There were no directions to Interstate Express Train Services so asked for directions at the information counter. Went up to the lounge and waited for an hour for the gate to open. As long as you stay alert and track the train number, it is a relatively straight forward process. Most announcements are in Malay, so the best thing to do is look out for the train number. Went down to the platform and boarded our train. The train ride was comfortable and fast. We landed in Butterworth ahead of the scheduled arrival.
★★★★☆ Dec 7, 2016 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
No significant complaints about train. Clean and quick.Polite staff. Would be much better to be able to select seats through this service so can get the ones facing forward and good location relative to windows.
★★★★☆ Nov 28, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
The train ride itself was totally fine and the air cond is not as cold as I read about earlier, so they might have fixed that problem. But the administration at KL Sentral prior to leaving for Butterworth was really inefficient. The gates only open barely 5 minutes before train leave and in the meantime there were a couple of announcements for final call for the train which is concerning for first timers to the train service. The crowd was understandably nervous and crowded at the entrance, with the staff only checking the tickets on one side and half of the side got in without being checked. On the train there is a conductor checking the tickets, which makes me wonder what was the use of the first half hearted check. Since there was a very short period of time to get on the train and settle down, there was a bit of mad rush. The train leaves on time, which is great if u manage to get there and settle in quickly. Thank God the train is not long, so you are not too put out if you get the furthest coach. Might be a bit of nit picking, but it really was a bad smudge on what was otherwise a pleasant experience, from ticket purchase to destination.
★★★★★ Nov 21, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Easy, simple, gets the job done!
★★★★★ Nov 21, 2016 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
clean , on time and staff inside the coach are helpful to assist.
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2016 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Very comfortable trip. Train left and arrived on time. Enjoyable.
★★★★★ Nov 15, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Very good efficient service. On time and a comfortable trip
★★★☆☆ Nov 12, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Acquiring tickets from MRTwas easy. Train ride was pleasant and quiet. Question: Why would ticket agent purchase tickets for tourists that had NO windows? Conductor was kind enough to let us change seats. Seats were comfortable on this newer electric train. Recommend it.
★★★★☆ Nov 6, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Train was delayed but only by 25 mins and the free snacks are a nice touch. Would be helpful if the attendants on the platform told you which carriage was which before you get on but overall fast and comfortable trip.Thanks
★☆☆☆☆ Oct 31, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Paid for KL Butter express, got a commuter train then bus, then local train then ---while sitting on track for over 1 hr, the train that was supposedly. not running pulled into the station and zoomed away. For some reason we could not switch to the original train. 1 more hr wait and we left. Slowly.I lost my whole day.
★★★★☆ Oct 22, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
The train trip is great, but on-line we were not able to purchase a child's ticket for our daughter. However it was very comfortable and the snacks were great! We are frequent travellers to Penang and will be making the trip again. With many thanks!
★★★★☆ Oct 21, 2016 (train #9236 ETS Gold, KTM)
★★★☆☆ Oct 13, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Train was as good as ever, but added stops not expected made us a little late in arriving
★★★★★ Oct 8, 2016 (train #9216 ETS Gold, KTM)
★★★★☆ Oct 4, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Train was great however we had seats 1A and 1B we went by train to see the country and theses seats had no view at all. Fortunately there were spare seats so we were able to move.
★★★☆☆ Oct 1, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
K.Lumpur escalator not operating for descent to platform, Train great new clean comfortable, aircon a little cool! Snack appreciated on board. I've had problems before at Butterworth when heavily laden 2 heavy cases, and a very unpleasant series of steps to be climbed descended to access the ramp to the ferry! Still same problem of no ease of access for ferry at Butterworth due to the on going construction of new complex. The platform nearest to the bottom of the ramp already has steps to the ramp but access is barred by fence! A one way turnstile would make easy access to the ramp thus avoiding the steps over the rail track! I do not see the new building being completed for at least 3-4 years, a pity to spoil an enjoyable train trip with this serious problem at Butterworrth for anybody wishing to access the ferry!
★★★☆☆ Oct 1, 2016 (train #9216 ETS Gold, KTM) :
No choice in seats, cold, crowded and running very late
★★★☆☆ Sep 22, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Deliberately booked train from KL to B/worth for view of countryside on journey but got allocated seats in coach A by luggage rack with no window and restricted leg room. Time tabling excellent.
★★★☆☆ Sep 14, 2016 (bus VIP, Seasons Express) :
We had to change the bus. Seem like the first one was brouen it was very shaky when the driver tried to go faster. After that was everything ok. Anyway some people was still travelling to closest places I guess because they stayed on the bus
★★★★☆ Sep 2, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Excellent service. Left on time. Very clean train and toilet. Didn't like seats 3a and 3b much as we could hardly see out of what window we had and we were facing backwards
★★★★★ Aug 27, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
All done on line and very simple.Staff at KL central very helpful. New trains very clean and comfortable and the a/c very efficient. Worth it just to see the countryside.
★★★★★ Aug 21, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM)
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Was fast and comfy
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
No complaints
★★★★★ Jul 28, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
The train was spotless, comfortable and on schedule - a complete contrast to our usual experience in the UK! Can't recommend it enough, a great way to see this beautiful country.
★★★★☆ Jun 29, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
The trip was smooth and very good. I had an enjoyable time seeing a different side of Malaysia. The staff were friendly and very informative. Although the kids movie was playing on repeat, but I did not mind. Thank you for bringing safety to Butterworth. Looking forward to travelling with you guys again.
★★★★★ Jun 29, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM)
★★★★☆ Jun 28, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
We enjoyed our trip between KL and Butterworth. Kids film was shown twice but that was OK although I don't recall seeing any young children on the train. Drank some coffee which was OK although the plastic wrapped trays of curry & rice looked a bit scary. Toilets were kept very clean. Staff smiled and were helpful. Ring tones on peoples mobile phones drove us a bit crazy but that is their rudeness not yours. Thank you.
★★★★★ Jun 26, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Excellent journey. Easy to book, good value for money (I'm from UK and know all about rail travel that isn't VFM). All staff were effective and helpful. I'll certainly be using these services again during this trip.
★★★★★ Jun 22, 2016 (bus VIP, Seasons Express) :
best bus I've ever been on! comfy seats!
★★★★☆ Jun 18, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Platinum, KTM) :
Quick and easy booking - boarding was fast and convenient as we were running a little late! Air-conditioning was quite cold and it would've been nice to have somewhere to plug in headphones to watch the TV. Other than that, a smooth trip.
★★★★☆ May 31, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Lovely train but needs a little more standing luggage area and the air on was too fierce after an hour
★☆☆☆☆ May 24, 2016 (bus VIP, Billion Stars Express) :
The company canceled the bus and we had to find another bus company to get us to Penang
12Go response:

We appreciate your rating and review. As per your concern, the bus company cancelled the bookng and they confirmed to us that they sent a cancellation notification directly to your email address which perhaps you missed as it could be filtered as junk or spam folder- kindly check these folders as well. We have proceeded with the refund ( 4 days ago) of the full amount back to your account and it can take about 4 weeks for your account to received the amount ( which is is the usual processing of banks) The tranfer will be under OMISE and not 12go@asia. Once again our sincerest apology and thank you for understanding.

★★★★☆ May 19, 2016 (train #9208 ETS Gold, KTM) :
Excellent trip and price,we arrived early 1 hr and it was a little unpleasant sitting waiting for the train ,we were not allowed onto the platform until 10 mins before departure.The sitting area wasn't quite like its description!but excellent value-will do it again.
★★★★☆ May 2, 2016 (train #2 Class II AC, KTM) :
Booking was easily done. Thank you.
★★★☆☆ Apr 15, 2016 (train #9232 ETS Gold, KTM) :
The seat was perfectly fine, staff were great and the train was very clean. However the AC was set far too low so people had to pull out jumpers and coats to stay warm. Also the tv became very frustrating due to the same 3 film trailers being played on a loop for the whole journey. Especially as the films advertised ranged from 7-20years old!
★★★★★ Mar 2, 2016 (bus VIP, Seasons Express) :
Everything was good))
★☆☆☆☆ Feb 24, 2016 (bus VIP, Billion Stars Express) :
bus operator delayed then cancelled the trip

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