Train to Dabong | Dabong KTM East Coast Line Travel Guide (2020)

Dabong Railway Station is a recently popular and viral place to visit among local Malaysians during this Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.

Even before COVID-19, Dabong Railway Station is the most popular railway station served by the Shuttle Timur train based on passenger numbers, and arguably also the most important function of the Shuttle Timur train, transporting children from villages or kampungs along the East Coast Line without proper or efficient road access to and from their local primary and secondary school (Sekolah Kebangsaan & Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) every weekday without fail from Sunday to Thursday, except school and public holidays.

Key Shuttle Timur trains are timetabled to fit the school schedule at Dabong Railway Station. However, these school trains are now packed with domestic tourists from all around Malaysia.

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Dabong is the education hub for children living along the East Coast Line.

Dabong Railway Station Train Services

Dabong Railway Station‘s Unique Travel Pattern

School children from kampungs north of Dabong arrive by Shuttle Timur 51 at 7.20am for school and return on Shuttle Timur 56 at 2.50pm after school.

School children from kampungs south of Dabong arrive by Shuttle Timur 52 at 7.30am for school and return on Shuttle Timur 57 at 5.54pm after school. This travel option is, however, not as heavily used as kampungs south of Dabong like Kemubu, Sri Mahligai, Jerek and Bertam have other school options nearer to home.

Children will board the Shuttle Timur train coaches by gender. It is respectful to follow them if boarding together with or after them, though not necessary, especially if you had taken your seat before they have boarded the train.


Shuttle Timur Route Map
Peta Laluan Shuttle Timur

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How to go to Dabong from Tumpat, Wakaf Bharu, Pasir Mas, or Tanah Merah for a day trip

The most popular train for tourists visiting Dabong from northern Kelantan towns such as Tumpat, Wakaf Bharu, Pasir Mas, or Tanah Merah is by Shuttle Timur 55dn.

The departure times for the Shuttle Timur 55dn at key stations to Dabong are as follows:

The Shuttle Timur 55dn arrives at Dabong Railway Station at 1.50pm where it terminates.

How to go from Dabong back to Tumpat, Wakaf Bharu, Pasir Mas, or Tanah Merah for a day trip

The most popular train for tourists visiting Dabong returning to northern Kelantan towns such as Tumpat, Wakaf Bharu, Pasir Mas, or Tanah Merah is by Shuttle Timur 60up.

The Shuttle Timur 60up departs Dabong Railway Station at 6.05pm.

The arrival times for the Shuttle Timur 60up at key stations from Dabong are as follows:

The Shuttle Timur 60up arrives at Tumpat Railway Station at 9.31pm where it terminates.

Shuttle Timur Fares
Tambang Shuttle Timur

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  • Shuttle Timur fares stated are in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) for adults. Check directly with KTM Berhad for all other fares.
  • Shuttle Timur fares are estimated based on past published AEC TVL fares which may or may not be accurate for the current Shuttle Timur train service.
  • The Shuttle Timur fares published by KTM Berhad (if any) should always take precedence. This table is provided just for reference.
  • Shuttle Timur tickets cannot be pre-booked. Just show up to the railway station to buy your ticket. If boarding from an unmanned station or halt, buy your ticket from the ticket checker (TC) on board.
  • In the rare case of overcrowding, Shuttle Timur tickets will not be available for sale on certain sectors.

KTM East Coast Line Access from Kuala Lumpur


Click on the picture to access the KTM East Coast Line page.

How to go to Dabong from Kuala Lumpur on an overnight trip

There are 2 East Coast Line train for tourists visiting Dabong – the Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 26up by transferring at Gemas, and the Shuttle Timur 50up/52up by transferring at Kuala Lipis.

Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) to Dabong via Gemas

The geographically longer train journey from Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) to Dabong via Gemas are as follows:

1st Train: Depart by ETS Gold 9425dn

The ETS Gold 9425dn arrives at Gemas Railway Station at 11.59pm where it terminates.

The KTM train fare from KL Sentral to Gemas costs from RM29 for ETS Gold and onwards, depending on date of booking, date of travel, and general demand (dynamic pricing).

⇋ 2nd Train: Depart by Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 26up

The Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 26up arrives at Dabong Railway Station at 9.41am. Thereafter, it continues on to Tumpat Railway Station.

The KTM train fare from Gemas to Dabong costs RM30 for ASC, RM36 for ADNS Upper, RM42 for ADNS Lower, and RM67 for AFC.

Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) to Dabong via Kuala Lipis

The geographically shorter train + bus journey from Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) to Dabong via Kuala Lipis are as follows:

1st Journey: Depart by Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus

  • Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa): 7.30pm
  • Kuala Lipis Bus Terminal ≈ 11.00pm (estimated)

The Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus arrives at Kuala Lipis Bus Terminal at approximately 11.00pm where it terminates.

The Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus bus fare from Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) to Kuala Lipis costs RM14.

⇋ 2nd Journey: Depart by Shuttle Timur 50up/52up

The Shuttle Timur 50up/52up arrives at Dabong Railway Station at 7.30am. Thereafter, it continues on to Tumpat Railway Station.

The KTM train fare from Kuala Lipis to Dabong costs RM7 for AEC (TVL). Actual train coaches used may be of ASC at the same fare rate.

How to go from Dabong back to Kuala Lumpur on an overnight trip

Due to timetabling issues not meeting smooth bus transfers, the Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 27dn minimises waiting time at Kuala Lipis, hence it applies for both options via Kuala Lipis or Gemas when travelling back from Dabong to Kuala Lumpur.

1st Train: Depart by Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 27dn

The KTM train fare from Dabong to Kuala Lipis costs RM19 for ASC, RM25 for ADNS Upper, RM31 for ADNS Lower, and RM33 for AFC.

The KTM train fare from Dabong to Gemas costs RM30 for ASC, RM36 for ADNS Upper, RM42 for ADNS Lower, and RM67 for AFC.

⇋ Kuala Lipis Transfer Option: Depart by Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus

  • Kuala Lipis Bus Terminal: 6.30am
  • Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) ≈ 10.00am (estimated)

The Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus arrives at Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) at approximately 10.00am where it terminates.

The Pahang Lin Siong Express Bus bus fare from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Pekeliling, Titiwangsa) costs RM14.

⇋ Gemas Transfer Option: Depart by ETS Gold 9420up

The ETS Gold 9420up arrives at Sentral Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (KL Sentral) at 10.33am. Thereafter, it continues on to Padang Besar Railway Station.

The KTM train fare from Gemas to KL Sentral costs from RM29 for ETS Gold and onwards, depending on date of booking, date of travel, and general demand (dynamic pricing).


Timetables from KTM’s website effective 29 July 2020
Jadual waktu dari laman web KTM berkuatkuasa 29 Julai 2020

ETS Northbound Timetable

ETS Southbound Timetable

KTM Intercity Northbound Timetable

KTM Intercity Southbound Timetable

Shuttle Tebrau (NO TRAIN SERVICE)

  • JB Sentral ► Woodlands CIQ
  • Woodlands CIQ ► JB Sentral

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.

Link yang dilampirkan tiada lagi di dapati di Google Drive, di atas sebab RailTravel Station terlalu kerap memuatnaik jadual perjalanan keretapi berbanding KTM. Sekiranya link tiada lagi berfungsi, ia kemungkinan berpunca dari khidmat jaringan KTM dan bukan berpunca dari website RailTravel Station.

KTM Train Ticket Booking Methods
Kaedah Tempahan Tiket Keretapi KTM

Tickets are open for sale in set periods about 60 days before departure except for the Shuttle Tebrau which opens 30 days before departure.

Tiket akan dibuka untuk dijual dalam jangka masa kira-kira 60 hari sebelum berlepas kecuali Shuttle Tebrau yang dibuka 30 hari sebelum berlepas.

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How do I book KTM train tickets online?
Bagaimanakah saya menempah tiket tren KTM dalam talian?

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