What is ETS?

ETS which stands for Electric Train Service is an inter-city rail service operated by the Malaysian national railway operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad. It is the fastest meter gauge train service in Malaysia that currently operates along the electrified and double-tracked stretch of the West Coast Line between Gemas and Padang Besar on the Malaysia-Thai border. The ETS train schedule in Malaysia can be categorized into the Gemas – Padang Besar and Padang Besar – Gemas routes.

ETS Train Speed

The trains travel up to 140 km/h (87 mph) on an electrified meter gauge rail line. Therefore, the ETS can be classified as a Higher Speed Rail train service. However, these services use the 1,067mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge. In view of this, it is possible that the KTM ETS service is the only inter-city rail line recorded in the world using 1,000 mm 3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) meter gauge at the maximum speed of 140 km/h.

ETS Train Classes

ETS route is the most popular train route in Malaysia due to its connectivity to significant locations such as Kuala Lumpur, Perak, and Penang. Passengers can travel in comfort with 3 different concession classes available ranging from Platinum to Silver. Platinum offers the shortest travel time with the least amount of stops while Silver will have stops at every station along the tracks.

ETS Train Route

Our ETS route map in Malaysia covers popular destinations such as KL Sentral, Ipoh, Butterworth, and Padang Besar. These are popular sight-seeing and tourist destinations offering various attractions for travelers nationwide. KL Sentral is a known central hub for travelers while Padang Besar is a town located on the Malaysian-Thailand border. With expansion projects ongoing, the ETS service is expected to provide even greater coverage for passengers.