If you want to know about train journeys, it’s hard to do better than looking at The Man in Seat Sixty-One.
This is a short account of my trip to Singapore by train in October 2011. The train trip went smoothly, and was interesting. I am glad I did it. I am not sure I would do it again, though.
I booked seats through the Malaysian Railway’s (KTM site)- basic but functional. The prices were very reasonable. And anyone, Malaysian or foreign, over 60 years old gets a (50% discount) on all classes. I had to make two bookings for the return trip: Penang – Kuala Lumpur return, & Kuala Lumpur to Singapore return.
The train departs from Butterworth, on the mainland, the station being close to the ferry terminal. From home to the ferry was a few minutes by taxi. Then you follow people to the ferry, as there is no real signage.
It seems the ferry goes every 10 minutes or so. It’s free to Butterworth.