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Travel in Malaysia by Train - KTM Intercity (Keretapi Tanah Melayu)
Written by Shirley T   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:45

If you interview a sample of Malaysians, you may be surprised that majority never take the train ride more than 3 times in their life at the age of 30. Having said that, I do not differ much. All of all and as far as my brilliant memory recalls, my last experience of a train ride was far older than my first WordStar lesson!

With the ease of road journey after the completion of North-South and East-West Highway, traveling by train is getting less popular. Promotion and price war between the low cost carriers in Malaysia also resulted in higher traveling opportunity by flight instead.
A vintage!
Being curious and since time permits, we booked sleeper (berth) tickets from Sentral Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth on our return trip from KL (Kuala Lumpur). The information on the official website of KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) is rather limited so if you plan to travel in Malaysia by train, check out at seat61.com and TravelMalaysiaGuide. Photo and video gallery are available to gauge your expectation.
My one-way ticket!

Sentral Kuala Lumpur is definitely a perfect terminal to hop on a train as it is connected with all modes of transportation like commuter, LRT (Light Rail Transit), ERL (Express Rail Link). Besides, Sentral KL is a huge hub with modern facilities e.g. ATM machines, airlines ticketing counter, cafe, restaurants, bus/taxi service.
Sentral Kuala Lumpur
The pro of traveling by train:
1. Statistics shows it is safer to travel at night by train compared to road (bus/car).
2. The Malaysian senior citizens and students are entitled for price rebate.
3. Berth or sleeper mode provides a comfortable personal space to stretch your arms and legs.
4. Stops are available for small towns like Rawang, Tg Malim, Parit Buntar, Bukit Mertajam; reaching almost to your door steps unlike flight or express bus with a single destination.
5. Sufficient facilities e.g. seating/squatting toilets with wash basin and food/drinks available for purchase at cafetaria.
Cafetaria operates throughout the journey
6. Average train speed is consistently about 70 - 80 km/h and the journey is rather smooth.
Boarding platform - Platform 1 for North Bound Train
Check your ticket, each is labelled near the coach entrance door
Besides the above truth, your berth unit/location in each coach and folks that you are sharing with (for Standard berth) are beyond our control and unpredictable. If you are fortunate to have a bunch of decent adults sharing the same coach, you may thank God for a peaceful night. Otherwise, sharing coach with kids or crying infants can be torturing for light sleepers. And, it is pretty common for passengers to smoke at the area between the coaches so if your berth is near the door, you may be exposed to air pollution!
Upper Berth - a clean comfortable bed to rest
Do not worry, there is a solution. If you are sensitive to sound or smell, raise your budget and get a private room (berth) either Deluxe or Premier Class and rest comfortably.
Finally arrive at my destination!
Truly an experience. After all, life is an adventure!


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written by Kuen Hoong , March 17, 2009

I have taken KTM train for couple of times.. sure more then 3 times for sure before 20.. consider ok gua.
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written by Willy , April 14, 2009

here you can visit the current stock of KTM with interactive 360 degrees full screen panoramas

http://homepage.mac.com/wkaemena/FSPanos/Menu436.html

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written by Troy , November 21, 2009

any feedback on the sleeper from KL to Spore ?
thinking of travelling with wife and 3 kids, oldest 10 years old and youngest is one year old.
was told that ride is rough as trains not maintained and berths are dirty.
comments are appreciated

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written by Shirley T , November 22, 2009

Hi Troy, I have never taken any train ride from KL to Spore. Perhaps other readers could comment on this better. But if given me a choice with your condition, I would go for train (private berth) over the express bus. Unless the cost of budget airlines e.g. AsiaAsia is reasonable, I would take that as first choice since traveling time is the shortest.
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written by pashmina , November 23, 2009

I travelled from singapore to jerantut on the sleeper. it was great, clean, tidy and comfy. good food. the only drawback was it was quite slow, and the times were a bit random i.e they dropped us off in jerantut at 4am, and came to collect us at 2am in the morning! apart from that it was good.
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written by addwin lee , November 24, 2009

i am the pasenger from ipoh to kl.Can i allow me to know why the train will stop at the half way? but the train is not stop at the station. And the seat of the train is look very old and not clean!!!
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written by Jenni , March 30, 2010

Dear Shirley,

I would like to buy KTM one way ticket from KL to Spore. But when I check from the system, it only provide return ticket.
If I want to buy one way ticket can I do it online or should I buy it at Sentral KL?
Thanks for your information.

Btw, I'm Indonesian, that's why I tried to buy it online, just in case. smilies/cheesy.gif

BR,
jenni

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written by Shirley T , March 31, 2010

Hi Jenni,

I visited the KTM website (http://www.ktmb.com.my/) and it did seem to allow me to purchase one-way ticket. The trick I did was leaving return date as 'blank'. However, I did not proceed further than User/Password page.

Given me a choice to purchase KTM train ticket, I would still take the trouble to visit the KTM counter.

Wish everything goes well and have a wonderful trip!

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written by monaritatuyawati , November 01, 2010

ktmb train can speed 120km/h
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written by KUMAR MISRA , March 05, 2012

I am traveling to Alor setai with an infant . Age is less than 2 years. Do i need to buy KTM train tickets for infant as well?
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written by Shirley T , March 06, 2012

Hi Kumar Misra, I doubt you'd need a ticket for infant. But it is always good to find out from KTM. Ring them up and get your question answered. Cheers!
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written by enrique peralta , August 04, 2013

I like to know if how long is the ride to Singapore from KL..Im a tourist staying a few days.i want to see universal studios in Singapore.
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written by Shirley T , August 16, 2013

Hi erique, I had never traveled from KL to Singapore by train. My wild estimate is 7-8 hours. Anybody has a better numbers?
Hope you have a great time in Malaysia & Singapore smilies/wink.gif

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written by concern mlaysian , December 05, 2013

Took the train from ipoh to kl. The ticket counter lady was very rude and wasnt helpfull at all. Guess she was having a bad day but this reflects very badly on the service as well as basic polite interaction when dealing with ppl. Foreigners were treated badly as well.... cant say much but just feel ashamed on whats been shown by them... other then that all is well n safe... improvement on the ipoh ticket counter pr would rate it overall very very good... tq
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written by VIVI , December 10, 2013

just call to the KTMB station, infant (4 years below) do not need a ticket. Only 4 years till 12 years old --> children fare

For ETS type train, there is no classes different on seats.
Only class is by duration (gold, silver and platinum).

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written by Shirley , December 24, 2013

Hi Vivi - Many thanks for the updates smilies/smiley.gif Merry X'mas & Happy New Year!
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