KTM Komuter Northern Sector 2020 Guide | Komuter Utara 2020 Guide | Malaysia Komuter Train Tickets & Train Schedule (2020) | Jadual & Tambang KTM Komuter Sektor Utara Baru (2020) | Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Sungai Petani, Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Taiping, Padang Rengas

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector, also known as the Komuter Utara, provides local all-stop train services on the Northern Corridor Economic Region in Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak, with trains running on the Butterworth – Padang Besar Line and Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas Line.

Due to increasing demand, you are advised to be ready at the platform at least 15 minutes before the scheduled train departure on busy days (eg. public holidays) in order to get a chance to board the train. Failing to do so may result in waiting for the next train in 1 or 2 hours time. Please also allow passengers to alight before boarding.

⚠️ TRAVEL ALERT: All KTM Berhad train services are affected by reduced schedules during the 2020 Malaysia Movement Control Order.

Click here for latest 2020 Malaysia Movement Control Order train information and updates.

Butterworth – Padang Besar Line effective 6 June 2020

Butterworth – Padang Rengas Line effective 6 June 2020


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Route Map

*The Penang FerryHat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train and Red & Yellow Omnibus Co. Service 51 is not part of the KTM Komuter Northern Sector network. It is only listed here as a possible connection. A separate ticket is required.

What time is the first train or last train to…?

Please refer to the timetables posted below. Any questions in the comments regarding this will simply be redirected to this section.

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Timetable from KTM’s website
(effective 6 June 2020)

Weekdays


Weekends and Public Holidays


Links attached are no longer hosted on Google Drive as RailTravel Station is too often confused with the timetable provider instead of KTM. Should the links be down, it is on KTM’s servers and not on mine.

Timetable for Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train

Click here to visit the dedicated Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train information page.

What time is the first train or last train to…?

Please refer to the timetables posted here. Any questions in the comments regarding this will simply be redirected to this section.

NEW: Butterworth – Padang Besar Line
Alternative Travel Options

  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Tasek Gelugor: Kulim Baling Road Transport (KBRT) Bus Service 586
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Sungai Petani: RapidPenang Intercity Bus Service EB 60
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Gurun: RapidPenang Intercity Bus Service EB 60 ⇋ Maraliner Bus Service 2
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Kobah: Express Bus – Alor Setar ⇋ Maraliner Bus Service 3
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Alor Setar: Express Bus – Alor Setar
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Anak Bukit: Express Bus – Alor Setar ⇋ myBAS Kangar Bus Service T14 or T15
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Kodiang: Express Bus – Alor Setar ⇋ myBAS Kangar Bus Service T14
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Arau: Express Bus – Kangar ⇋ myBAS Kangar Bus Service T10 or T14
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Bukit Ketri: Express Bus – Kangar ⇋ myBAS Kangar Bus Service F102
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Padang Besar: Express Bus – Kangar ⇋ myBAS Kangar Bus Service T11

There are no ETS services from Butterworth to stations north of Butterworth and vice versa.

NEW: Butterworth – Padang Rengas Line
Alternative Travel Options

  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Simpang Ampat: Rapid Penang Bus 801
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Nibong Tebal: Rapid Penang Intercity Bus EB80
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Parit Buntar: Rapid Penang Intercity Bus EB80
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Bagan Serai: Rapid Penang Intercity Bus EB80 and change to/from The Red Omnibus Perak Route 8
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Kamunting: ETS to Taiping and change to/from Rapid Kamunting Taiping Loop Service 10A and 10B
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Taiping: ETS
  • Butterworth (Penang Sentral) ⇋ Padang Rengas: ETS to Taiping or Kuala Kangsar and change to/from Red & Yellow Omnibus Co. Service 51

KTM Komuter Northern Sector Fares from Old Copy of KTM’s website

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Cash only

KTM Komuter Northern Sector Fares from KTM’s website

Not available.

Concession fares (50% off) are valid for:

  • Malaysian Children between 2 to 6 years old
  • Malaysian Students on presentation of KTM i-Card Student
  • Malaysian senior citizens of 60 years old and above
  • Malaysian Disabled (OKU)

How do I book KTM Komuter tickets online?

You can book KTM Komuter Northern Sector tickets online from the KTMB Integrated Ticketing System (KITS).


Click here for the KTM Komuter Northern Sector Online Ticket Booking Guide.

Can I use Touch ‘n Go for the KTM Komuter Northern Sector?

No, payment is only by cash, only at KTM Komuter Northern Sector ticket counters.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the KTM Komuter Northern Sector go to Hat Yai?

No.

Why?

The line between Padang Besar and Hat Yai is not electrified, so electric KTM Komuter trains cannot run on them. The line is also not within Malaysia, so it is not just up to KTM to implement a new service.

How do I travel from Butterworth to Hat Yai?

Change to the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train at Padang Besar.

How much is a ticket from Butterworth to Hat Yai?

There is no through ticket from Butterworth to Hat Yai. Buy a ticket at Butterworth for the train to Padang Besar, then buy the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train at Padang Besar. Tickets for the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train cost 50 Baht one way. See below for KTM Komuter fares.

Must I only travel from Butterworth to Hat Yai? Can I travel from other stations such as Taiping, Sungai Petani or Alor Setar to Hat Yai also?

Of course you can. The KTM Komuter serves all stations along the route and charges fares according to the distance travelled. Change to the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train at Padang Besar.

How can I travel from Butterworth to Padang Rengas since the peak hour train to Padang Rengas only starts at Bukit Mertajam?

Change trains at Bukit Mertajam. The Butterworth – Padang Besar Line trains still run the route between Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam. The waiting time between the two trains at Bukit Mertajam is 6 minutes.

Must I buy two tickets to travel between Butterworth and stations on the Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas Line?

No. Ticketing is integrated throughout the KTM Komuter Northern Sector. In fact, you could buy a Padang Besar to Padang Rengas ticket if you really wanted to.

Why doesn’t the Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas Line start from Butterworth instead? How inconvenient.

From the way I’m reading the timetable, should the line indeed start from Butterworth, the travel time may be actually slower since there will be trains waiting at the entrance of Butterworth station, causing a domino effect in delays on the other arriving and departing trains on the Butterworth – Padang Besar Line. Also, if all trains head to Butterworth, the Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas Line may need an additional train set to fulfill the frequency.

So in theory, as weird as it sounds, changing trains at Bukit Mertajam actually makes for faster journeys.

Why does the KTM Komuter Northern Sector terminate its service at Padang Rengas? Why not at Kuala Kangsar or Ipoh or Tanjung Malim or [insert your favourite station here]?

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector terminates at Padang Rengas because, in my opinion, it is meant to serve as an extension from Kamunting to Taiping. However, there are no crossovers at Taiping, hence the next station with crossovers after Taiping is Padang Rengas. There are also no crossovers at Kuala Kangsar, hence the train is not extended till there.

If we go further and further, we might be debating for a Padang Besar – Gemas Komuter line, so let’s leave it as such for now. You wanna go further? Take the ETS.

Since Padang Rengas and Kuala Kangsar is so near, how do I get to Kuala Kangsar from Padang Rengas?

Take Red & Yellow Omnibus Co. Service 51.

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Image courtesy of BusInterchange.net, used with permission.

Estimated Route of Red & Yellow Omnibus Co. Service 51
Taiping – Padang Rengas – Kuala Kangsar

RailTravel Station-created Google MyMaps is no longer available.

Fares
Please ask the counter at the terminal or driver on board.

Frequency
Every 40-60 minutes, ask the counter at the terminals for next departure time.

Operating Hours
Unknown, but if you’re travelling during the day, the buses will most likely be operating.


Rolling Stock

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92 Class Padang Besar 01

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector operates with both 83 Class EMUs and 92 Class EMUs.

Interior of 83 Class (Standard)

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Interior of 92 Class (Peak Periods / Insufficient 83 Class EMUs)

92 Class Interior 03


Alternative Travel Suggestions

Due to increasing demand, you may not be able to buy a ticket or board the train during peak periods. Here are some sample alternative travel arrangements you can consider taking if such a situation arises:

Butterworth – Sungai Petani

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RailTravel Station-created Google MyMaps is no longer available.

Take RapidPenang Intercity Service EB 60 (Butterworth – Sungai Petani express bus) or a parallel bus route. More details here.

Bus fare: RM4.00
KTM Komuter fare: RM3.60

Butterworth – Alor Setar

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RailTravel Station-created Google MyMaps is no longer available.

Many express buses ply the Butterworth – Alor Setar route by highway. Booking available at bus terminals and online through 12Go Asia, BusOnlineTicket or Easybook.

Bus fare: RM10.70 (estimated) before Penang Sentral fee
KTM Komuter fare: RM7.10

Butterworth – Nibong Tebal – Parit Buntar

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RailTravel Station-created Google MyMaps is no longer available.

Take RapidPenang Intercity Service EB 80 (Butterworth – Nibong Tebal – Parit Buntar express bus) or a parallel bus route. More details here.

Bus fare: RM4.00
KTM Komuter fare: RM3.90

myBAS Kangar (myBAS Perlis)

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A revamped network of city stage buses in Perlis links Padang Besar, Bukit Ketri, Arau, Kodiang main town, Anak Bukit and Alor Setar main town via Kangar. More details here.

The above suggested alternatives are a courtesy of RailTravel Station for your trip planning. RailTravel Station accepts no responsibility of any missed connections, failed bookings, incorrect information or any other untoward incidences and/or experiences through your use of the information provided by RailTravel Station.

28 comments

  1. Very well presented page of KTM Komuter northern section and nearby related bus services. Complete with Google Mymaps missing from official ktm/buses pages. Well done Railtravel Station. 😉

  2. this blog is so comprehensive that i actually wondered if its the writer’s full time job. i can imagine myself travelling by just reading this. more impressive is the fact that the writer is actually singaporean and giving out concise updated info regarding rail transportation here in malaysia. and yet there are still ppl asking questions with obvious answers. thank you so much for the great effot

  3. Never success on buying ticket online, either through the website of KTMB or through agents available. As I live in Terengganu, to plan my journey from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train is too difficult when the booking system through online always ends with failure. As KTM is the oldest public service in Malaysia, having an unstable online system for booking is a shame.

  4. Can i know if want to travel from taiping to kobah by using the last train 22.07. Then i have to transit at bukit mertajam first or the train will direct to kobah ?

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