Day 39: ETS Gold from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur

This post is about the travel experience onboard the ETS Gold.

Click here to visit the dedicated ETS Gold information page.


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After lunch, I headed back to the station almost 1 hour early to wait for my ETS to KL. It was a 2.55pm departure. The gate opened at 2.48pm.

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My waiting ETS train. Because of the late opening of the gate, some passengers were still trying to board at the departure time of 2.55pm. We departed 3 minutes late.

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My seat was in coach C, and one of the last remaining tickets available on this train. It was the best seat among the worst possible, near the cafe and sitting in reverse. But at least it was a window seat with a full window as compared to the other available seats at the time of my booking.

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Welcome back to KTM.

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A snap of the prayer room in coach C.

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The updated pricing with combo meals, making it slightly cheaper than before. This menu is now outdated though, KTM has recently introduced a new menu with more meal options.

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Crossing the Prai swing bridge out of Butterworth.

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Speeding along the countryside of Malaysia.

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Crossing over the beautiful Bukit Merah Lake.

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Entering Bukit Berapit Rail Tunnel, the longest tunnel in KTM’s network.

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Exiting the tunnel to more valleys and hills.

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Approaching Kuala Lumpur city with familiar street signs and the infamous jam out of Kuala Lumpur during the peak hours.

There were some missing station announcements along the way though. I had to tell my seat neighbour to wait for the next station when the train announced for the arrival at KL Sentral while the train stopped at the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

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Arrived at KL Sentral 13 minutes late.

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Back in KL Sentral once again with the familiar sounds and sights.

Price I paid from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur: RM59 + RM2 surcharge
POSB charged me: S$20.93

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Getting the Kelana Jaya Line to my hotel for the night.

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My stay in KL was short, lasting barely 17 hours thanks to the train schedule the next day. But a visit to KL will never be complete without visiting the Petronas Twin Towers right?

Here’s my visit despite the countless times I have set foot in KLCC.

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Kuala Lumpur, the last city of my journey of a lifetime.


This post is about the travel experience onboard the ETS Gold.

Click here to visit the dedicated ETS Gold information page.

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Links to the KTM E-Ticket System are strikethroughed due to KTM’s own admission of the instability of their system here after Prime Minister Najib Razak personally posted on Facebook that there is such an issue here. Proceed using the KTM E-Ticket System at your own risk.

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