Train Travel in Malaysia

Find out about travelling on Malaysia's rail transport network including domestic and international trains, and local high speed and light rail services...

The rail network covers most of the Malaysian Peninsular. In East Malaysia, however, only Sabah has a rail service. Train travel in Malaysia consists of:

  • Heavy rail
  • High-speed rail – predominately between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur airport
  • Light rail transit
  • Monorail – in Kuala Lumpur only
  • Funicular rail – in Penang only

Malaysia is connected to Thailand and Singapore by rail. There are sleeper trains between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which offer individual cabins (premier and superior).
An electric train service (ETS) operates a modern and fast air-conditioned service from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

Long-distance rail routes are fairly slow in comparison to road transport; however, they are inexpensive and reliable. The main lines are:

  • West – Butterworth (near Penang), Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru
  • East – Gua Musang, Taman Negara National Park, Kota Bharu and the Perhentian islands
  • Jungle train – operates between Tumpat and Gemas. Service is slow and there is neither air-conditioning nor reservations

Train fares

  • Children under four years old travel free
  • Children between four and 11 years pay half price
  • Discounted fares are available, such as with a Malaysian Rail Pass, which offers unlimited travel for a period of ten or 30 days

Related Information

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