I have been toying seriously with the idea of travelling up to Ipoh on the ETS because I've been told it takes only 2 hours and 30 minutes from the KL station to the Ipoh train station.
How cool is that?
I am an avid train traveller, if you must know. Been travelling on the train since I was a kid as I was born in Singapore and after my family and I moved to Malaya in 1959, we would travel back to our kampung in Singapore by train during the school term holidays when my father was not able to drive us down. During my teen years, we would travel on our own by train to visit our relatives in the island republic.
Overseas as a student and later for work and private visits, I'd make a point of travelling by train.
So really, I like train rides.
When the Kelana Jaya-Gombak LRT line began operation in September 1998, I was a regular Sunday commuter together with my children, nieces and nephews just for a funtime from Kelana Jaya to KLCC.
I wanted them to be familiar with train rides for one day they might just need to use it on a regular basis.
By the way, the Kelana Jaya-Gombak line that serves the Petaling Jaya South region - central KL is 29 km in length. It is the fourth longest fully automated driverless metro system in the world, after Dubai Metro in Dubai(74.6 km), the SkyTrain in Greater Vancouver, Canada (68.7 km) and the Lille Metro VAL in Lille, France (32 km).
Back to the our new ETS train service from KL to Butterworth and Padang Besar that has been in operation for quite some time this year.
I have read blogposts by people who have been on the KL-Ipoh service and they enjoyed it. Mostly great reviews. Very appealing, this idea of an ETS ride.
After all , the ETS Class 93 high speed train service is dubbed the Malaysian 'Bullet Train'.
According to official data, Malaysia's first ETS train from Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh began operations on Aug 12, 2010. The first South Korean made trains can travel at speeds of 160km per hour and take only two hours to reach Ipoh making train travel much faster. This time around, the Chinese made ETS Train KL to Butterworth and Padang Besar will only take less than 5 hours.
The fares, of course, are pricier than those of regular KTMB commuter but then, you'll be paying for a service that's way faster. The fastest, in fact.
For fares and schedule, check HERE
Where to go :
Kuala Lumpur Railway station (and ETS HQ) – Main Lobby – +6032272-3392
Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Level 2 – +603 2272 3392
Ipoh Railway Station – Main Lobby – +605 254 0481
The On-board Facilities:
- Cafe Car and trolley service
- LED televisions at both ends of each carriage
- Disabled friendly toilets and priority seating for OKU
- Interior CCTV system for all coaches
- Power socket (one for each seat row of 2 passengers)
Looks like it will not be long before I try it out.
Here's from Tripadvisor.
Here's from Tripadvisor.