KTMB ETS Sentral KL - Padang Besar

The move to connect Ipoh and Padang Besar via electrified double rail link, makes KTMB able to connect the overall north coast of Peninsular Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur. Now, with the introduction of Class 93 Intercity EMU (ETS) KL to Padang Besar, the journey from and to Kuala Lumpur, from any 15 KTMB train stations is surely hassle free, and as convenient as taking a flight. KTMB ETS to Padang Besar only takes five and a half hours, speed at 140KmH-160KmH, depart 9:30am (Sentral KL) arrive 3:00pm (Padang Besar) and the return journey starts an hour later at 4:00pm (Padang Besar) - 9:30pm (Sentral KL). The ETS stops at the consecutive stations including, Arau, Alor Setar (14:23 / 16:30), Sungai Petani, Bukit Mertajam, Butterworth (13:13 / 17:23), Parit Buntar, Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh (11:37 / 19:05), Kampar, Tapah Road, Tanjung Malim, KL Sentral (09:30 / 21:15). KTMB ETS KL - Padang Besar priced at RM80 (Adult) and half price for kids aged 4 -12. Free for kiddos below four years old. This 6 car / cabin ETS operated by KTMB features some facing seats with tables in the middle, a Muslim prayer room, clean / disabled toilet, a canteen, electrical convenience outlets and ceiling-mounted Passanger Information System (PIS) screens, and LTE-enabled WiFi. The arrivals at any train stations are nicely announced by automated male / female voices. Fact: KTMB bought total 10 of ETS Class 93 Intercity EMU from China's CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (ZELC).

Modern and neat looking ETS KL - Padang Besar and some interior train pictures.

Photos of ETS KL / Padang Besar in action, by Kooi Mei from Secret-Spices. She off-board the train at Butterworth, Penang, cost at RM34, with free shuttle available every 15 minutes to / from train station to Ferry Terminal or Butterworth Bus Station. Nasi Lemak priced at RM5.80 per packet and RM2.80 per cup of coffee. The ETS took half the time as compared to the old KTMB train.

AstroAwani news reporter experience the journey to the very North of Peninsular Malaysia, boarding the ETS KL Sentral - Padang Besar.

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