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Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB or Malayan Railways Limited) is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia. The railway system dates back to the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin.

Fares are generally reasonable, but the low frequency of the intercity trains does not usually make them competitive compared with other modes of transportation.


The railway services from Kuala Lumpur now runs from the KL Sentral station- a spanking new yet strangely laid out transportation hub not too far away from our historical train station.

The KTM Intercity counters and platforms are on the 2nd floor of the building. DO NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE KTM Komuter which are commuter trains running within the city to the suburbs.

The railroads link the north with south and east with west. This railway system is also linked with Thailand railroads and travels down to Singapore.

Many travellers opt to travel the length of 3 countries i.e. Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore by rail as one gets to see the countryside at a slower and more relaxing pace.

There are two types of train travel - those using the conventional diesel engines and the newer electric trains. These sleek modern trains with the branding ETS (Electric Train Services) cuts the journey time but they cost a bit more.
 

West Coast Line
The West Coast line runs from Padang Besar railway station close to the Malaysia-Thailand Border (where it connects with the State Railway of Thailand) to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore.

The line serves the West Coast as it runs through most of the major stations in the west coast.

East Coast Line
The East Coast line runs between Gemas railway station in the state of Negeri Sembilan on the West and Tumpat railway station, in the state of Kelantan, on the East. Gemas is the rail junction between the West Coast line and East Coast line.

The line serves two East Coast states, namely Pahang and Kelantan. In fact, it does not run along the coast at all and only meets the South China Sea when it terminates in Tumpat railway station.

It runs through the interior, often through deep jungle, thus earning the nickname Jungle Railway.


Train Routes

East - South Route
These are shuttles and Transit trains that ply between Tumpat in the East Coast and Gua Musang, Kuala Lipis in the south and on to Woodlands in Singapore. There are also the regular trains that ply from Tumpat to Gemas onwards to Woodlands as well as to KL Sentral.

ETS (Electric Train Services) Train
These are regular Electric Train Services that are north bound from KL Sentral to Ipoh and South Bound from Ipoh to KL Sentral.

North - South Route
These are regular train services goes both ways from Hatyai and Bangkok in Thailand with stopps and connections to Butterworth, KL Sentrail and south to Woodlands in Singapore.
 

Bookings
You can buy tickets from any KTM railway station or book online through their website, where you can choose your seat location, pay online by credit card and print out your ticket.

This would guarantee that a seat will be available (though it does however guarantee that the train will leave on time as delays are not uncommon).
For Updates and bookings - Check-out > KTM Website.
 

Eastern & Oriental Express
There one other unique train that passes through Kuala Lumpur though this is not under the Malayan Railways. This train offers the romance of the golden age of luxury rail travel.

The service runs from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur onto Bangkok and sometimes even beyond. They currently do about 18 of these trips a year in each direction so you should be able to find suitable dates.

This is the train ride on the Eastern & Oriental Express, a sister train of Europe's famous Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Considered as one of the world's most luxurious train, it packages include luxury suite accommodation in opulent carriages, gourmet meals, entertainment and sightseeing excursions on certain stops.
For Details - Check-out > E&O Website.


Related Services - Transfers & Vehicle Charters

Transfer services from and to Kuala Lumpur as well as vehicle charter with driver services within the city.


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