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Tips for getting around Malaysia by train

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For many tourists, trains are one of the cheapest and greatest ways to explore a region, and Malaysia is no exception. With an extensive railway network, you can easily get around the country and enjoy stunning scenes during the journey. Below are some useful tips and information to help you travel around Malaysia by train.

Railway network in Malaysia
Peninsular Malaysia is connected by approximately 1150 miles of rails, with the major line running from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and northern line to Thailand. This national railway network is managed by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB), with the main hub at Sentral Train Station in Kuala Lumpur.
Here are the main lines in Malaysia:
– East: Kota Bharu, Gua Musang, the Perhentian islands, and Taman Negara national park
– West: Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, and Butterworth
– Jungle line: runs between Gemas and Tumpat. There is no reservations and air-conditioning, and the service is low.
Classes and services
Currently, there are 2 main forms of train service in Malaysia: local and express trains.
– Local trains: This type is mainly operated on the east coastline and stop at nearly all stations, including the jungle. This can be useful when you need to buy more essential goods. Due to these frequent stops, it often takes twice as long for a local train to reach the final destination as an express one. In most cases, local trains often have economy class only.
– Express trains: The main difference between express and local trains is that the former only stop at major stations, which significantly reduces the traveling time.  In addition, these trains are equipped with air-conditioners and offer 3 distinct class: 1st class (premier), 2nd class (superior), and 3rd class (economy).
How to check schedules and buy train tickets
Depending on your destination and favorite train class, the schedule can be varied. You can check the schedule and buy tickets at the KTMB website at www.ktmb.com.my.
Local trains are often subjected to frequent changes, so if you are in a hurry, an express train is a better choice. Otherwise, the local trains are ideal for a short trip and can provide you with a colorful journey and distinct cultural features.
Compared to road transport, long-distance railways are relatively slow, but they are much more reliable and inexpensive. Additionally, there are some special offers as follows:
– Free: Children under 4 years old.
– Half price: Children between 4 and 11 years old
– Available discount: Unlimited travel with the Malaysian Rail Pass in 10 or 30 days.
Final thoughts
Getting around by train is a comfortable and pleasant way to see the stunning countryside in Malaysia. So if you are planning to visit this beautiful country, don’t forget to take one of these fantastic train journeys. We hope all of the information and tips above can be helpful. Thank you for reading!
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