Penang to Kuala Lumpur by night train – AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 1/4

Malaysian rail network

After a full Saturday, it was time to start the adventure.  A 9 PM taxi to the ferry terminal, and then the short ferry ride over to Butterworth, and short stroll to the station  meant I was over an hour too early for the 11PM train to Kuala Lumpur.  I love the romance of night trains, the sound of the train on the tracks, the dimly lit stations one passes through…

But this is supposed to be a “how to” blog, so some information… The ferries run until about 12.30 am, and at 9.20 PM the ferry was crowded, which was reassuring, as the Internet was correct about the ferries still running at this time.

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  1. Not bad. The pics look a hella nicer than the any of the trains I took in Poland, for relatively cheap. I enjoyed my night train ride in PL too, but we were delayed by over two hours, the beds were extremely uncomfortable, and there is always a risk of being robbed. This looks way nicer. I gotta make it down there one of these days, I really do.

  2. Hi,

    Nice post. By the way, do we have to pay for the meals? Is it only served for 1st class sleeper passengers?


    1. Hi Anin,

      Sorry for the slow reply. I’ve been travelling. The meals are only served for first class sleeper passengers, but they are free. They aren’t very good, though, but some are better than others.


  3. Hi! Thank you for sharing your experience with the midnight train from Penang to KL. I’m confuse if we’ll spent a night in Penang and make an early flight KL or take the night train. With your post, it would be easy for me to decide now. 🙂

  4. Anyway, thanks for your post as when I try to take the train. I read thru your experienced on blog. And the ticket prices still same. Never experience a free breakfast or supper. But the staff from cafe do go round and selling foods. Any Fried Rice or Tomyam Noodles RM6. Maggie Cup Noodles RM4. Donut RM3. And there is stated Outside Food Not Allowed in the cafe. But we had our KFC there. And we do ordered some food n drinks from them too. Overall, it was a nice trip.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Now that they have made a double track, basically from the border of Thailand south, I hope they also upgrade the rolling stock for new clean carriages. It would be much more pleasant.

    1. Hi. Yes, there are toilets at the end of the carriage. They are none to clean, though, so I would plan to use them as little as possible. The station toilets are not great, but a lot better than the train.

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