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KTM Intercity (Malay: KTM Antarabandar) is the brand name for a group of diesel-hauled intercity train services in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). Most services operate from Kuala Lumpur Sentral station in the Malaysian capital. A few operate solely along the East Coast line between Tumpat and Gemas and on to Singapore. There is also one cross-border train daily between Butterworth, Penang and Bangkok, Thailand.
KTM Intercity has long enjoyed moderate success, but increasingly faces competition with road and air travel, as expressways (motorways) increase in number and budget airlines offer shorter travelling time. In 2006, KTM Intercity earned a profit of RM70.94 million as group revenue, hovering around the RM 65 million mark since 2001.
Localised and express services
There are two types of KTM Intercity train services: Express and Shuttle. Shuttle trains are commonly referred to as local trains, except the KL Sentral – Ipoh Shuttle. Long-distance passenger trains along the West-Coast route (Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Butterworth) are express trains calling only at major stations. The East-Coast line still has mostly shuttle trains calling at all stations and halts.
KTM Intercity also ran a shuttle service between Johor Bahru ("JB") and Singapore to cater for those commuting to Singapore for work, but the train now starts further north from Gemas at 1.45am in order to serve a larger number of passengers going to work or school in the morning. This service is aimed at workers who want to avoid the rush-hour traffic jam along the Johor–Singapore Causeway. A ticket from JB to Singapore starts from RM3, while a monthly pass for unlimited rides costs RM120.
With effect from 1 July 2011, operations in Singapore have moved from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint. All passengers will embark and disembark from the checkpoint, and it houses a combined CIQ facility for Malaysia and Singapore.
The KL Sentral - Ipoh Shuttle has also been removed. Passengers may choose to board an express train, or the ETS.
Express Trains (limited stops - major cities and towns only)
|Train No.||Train Name||Route||Coaches Available|
|01||Ekspres Rakyat||Butterworth (08:00) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (14:06) - Woodlands CIQ (20:25)||AFC, ASC|
|02||Ekspres Rakyat||Woodlands CIQ (08:45) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (14:56) - Butterworth (21:20)||AFC, ASC|
|10||Ekspres Sinaran Utara||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (08:45) - Butterworth (16:15)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|11||Ekspres Sinaran Utara||Butterworth (14:00) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (21:05)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|12||Ekspres Sinaran Selatan||Woodlands CIQ (13:45) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (20:25)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|13||Ekspres Sinaran Selatan||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (09:00) - Woodlands CIQ (16:00)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|14||Ekspres Sinaran Timur||Woodlands CIQ (05:30) - Tumpat (19:25)||ASC|
|15||Ekspres Sinaran Timur||Tumpat (07:00) - Woodlands CIQ (21:20)||ASC|
|20||Senandung Langkawi||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (21:20) – Hat Yai (09:27 Thai Time)||AEC*, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB*
|21||Senandung Langkawi||Hat Yai (16:00 Thai Time) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (05:30)||AEC*, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB*
|22||Senandung Mutiara||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (23:00) – Butterworth (06:30)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|23||Senandung Mutiara||Butterworth (23:00) - Kuala Lumpur Sentral (06:40)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|24||Senandung Sutera||Woodlands CIQ (23:30) – Kuala Lumpur Sentral (06:30)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|25||Senandung Sutera||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (23:00) – Woodlands CIQ (06:35)||AFC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFD|
|26||Senandung Timuran||Woodlands CIQ (19:00) –Tumpat (09:00)||AEC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB|
|27||Senandung Timuran||Tumpat (20:30) – Woodlands CIQ (10:15)||AEC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB|
|28||Senandung Wau||Kuala Lumpur Sentral (20:30) – Tumpat (09:40)||AEC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB|
|29||Senandung Wau||Tumpat (18:45) – Kuala Lumpur Sentral (07:55)||AEC, ASC, ADNS, ADNFB|
Shuttle Trains (stopping at all stations and halts)
|Train No.||Train Name||Route||Coaches Available|
|61||Shuttle Gemas - Woodlands CIQ||Gemas (01:45) - Woodlands CIQ (05:50)||AEC|
|64||Shuttle Gemas - Woodlands CIQ||Woodlands CIQ (19:45) – Gemas (23:55)||AEC|
|81||Shuttle Tumpat – Kuala Lipis||Tumpat (03:50) – Kuala Lipis (10:50)||AEC|
|82||Shuttle Kuala Lipis - Tumpat||Kuala Lipis (05:20) – Tumpat (12:55)||AEC|
|83||Shuttle Tumpat – Gua Musang||Tumpat (07:45) – Gua Musang (12:40)||AEC|
|84||Shuttle Gua Musang - Tumpat||Gua Musang (13:10) – Tumpat (17:35)||AEC|
|85||Shuttle Tumpat – Kuala Lipis||Tumpat (14:00) – Kuala Lipis (20:35)||AEC|
|86||Shuttle Tumpat – Kuala Lipis||Kuala Lipis (14:30) – Tumpat (21:15)||AEC|
|91||Shuttle Kuala Lipis – Woodlands CIQ||Kuala Lipis (08:15) – Woodlands CIQ (17:25)||AEC|
|92||Shuttle Woodlands CIQ – Kuala Lipis||Woodlands CIQ (08:00) – Kuala Lipis (17:50)||AEC|
For all shuttles, the economy class fare with non-reserved seating is charged although a higher class of seat may be offered.
List of KTM Intercity stations
Below is the list of KTM Intercity stations.
East Coast Line
Rantau Panjang Line
|Station names||Serving cities||Major landmarks||Comments|
|Pasir Mas railway station||Pasir Mas, Kelantan||Interchange with Intercity's East Coast Line|
|Rantau Panjang railway station||Rantau Panjang, Kelantan|
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- Nathan, Darshini M (6 October 2007). "Back on track: KTMB upgrades to be competitive". Bizweek, The Star (Kuala Lumpur).