KTM Komuter Northern Sector

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector, also known as the Komuter Utara, provides services on the Northern Corridor Economic Region, with trains running on the Butterworth – Padang Besar and Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas routes.

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.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for alternative travel suggestions.

Route Map

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*The Penang FerryHat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train and Perak Transit bus service 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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I have, however, downloaded the KTM files and uploaded it to Google Drive, so it should be more stable now.

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Timetable from KTM’s website

From now till 31 Jan 2017

Daily

Butterworth – Padang Besar
Padang Besar – Butterworth

Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas
Padang Rengas – Bukit Mertajam

From 1 Feb 2017 onwards

Daily

Butterworth – Padang Besar
Padang Besar – Butterworth

Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas
Padang Rengas – Bukit Mertajam

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 80 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.

Bukit Mertajam Transfer Guide

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How can I travel from Butterworth to Padang Rengas since the 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 average waiting time between the two trains at Bukit Mertajam is 5 to 6 minutes. See the attached timetable for relay train timings in green.

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 new 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.

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.

I have, however, provided bus transfer possibilities to Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput and Ipoh through Perak Transit in the route map above.

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.

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

Click here to open the estimated route map in Google My Maps.

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.

How do I book KTM Komuter tickets online?

You cannot book KTM Komuter tickets online.

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

No, payment is by cash only at ticket counters.

Fares from KTM’s website

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Cash only
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Concession fares (50% off) are valid for:

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

Rolling Stock

83 Class 02

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector operates with 83 Class EMUs only.

Interior

Komuter Sungai Petani Butterworth 04

Interior of EMU25 & EMU39

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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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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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Take Plusliner (Penang – Padang Besar express bus) or a parallel bus route. Booking available at bus terminals and online through 12Go Asia, BusOnlineTicket or Easybook.

Bus fare: RM10.70
KTM Komuter fare: RM7.10

Butterworth – Padang Besar

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Take Plusliner (Padang Besar – Penang express bus). Booking available at bus terminals only (no online booking).

Bus fare: RM15.80
KTM Komuter fare: RM11.40

Butterworth – Nibong Tebal – Parit Buntar

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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 network of city stage buses in Perlis links Padang Besar, Bukit Ketri and Arau 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.

9 thoughts on “KTM Komuter Northern Sector

  1. sabre23t says:

    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. 😉

    Like

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