From 22nd December 2015 there is a new Padang Besar Hat Yai Shuttle Train service in operation with two services a day in each direction.
This new shuttle train between the border station in Malaysia to Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai, is a joint operation between the State Railways of Thailand (SRT) and Malaysian Railways (KTM Berhad).
The train in use is an SRT Diesel Railcar (DRC), consisting of two air-conditioned carriages and able to accommodate 168 passengers.
The trip covers a distance of 60 Kilometres and takes 55 minutes and stops at just two station along the route :
Khlong Ngae and Padang Besar in Thailand, located just a few hundred metres from the Padang Besar Malaysia station.
At Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia, there is border control for both Thailand and Malaysia.
Times shown are in Thai time which is one hour behind Malaysian time.
|Padang Besar||08.55 (09.55 Malaysian time)||14.40 (15.40 Malaysian time)|
|Padang Besar||08.25 (09.25 Malaysian time)||14.00 (15.00 Malaysian time)|
Fares for this shuttle train cost 80 Thai Baht in either direction and can be purchased from either station on the day of departure (no advance booking is required).
Another way to travel between Padang Besar to Hat Yai is by local bus.
The bus leaves from Padang Besar Thailand town and stops just across the road from the main land border crossing.
If you are travelling from Malaysia to Thailand, you will have to leave the railway station (before going through border control) and walk across the walkway, over the tracks.
The walkway is located upstairs, just next to the canteen.
Once on the other side, turn left and you will see the Malaysian border control.
Get stamped out of Malaysia, then walk up to the Thailand border control (5 - 10 minutes).
Once you get your passport stamped into Thailand, the bus stop is just across the road to your right as you come out of the border control area.
The bus fare from Padang Besar to Hat Yai is 44 Baht.
This bus service stops at Hat Yai bus station, then goes into the centre of the city and terminates near the clock tower.
There is also a minibus service between Padang Besar and Hat Yai bus station costing 50 Baht.
This service leaves from the centre of town and is around 20 minutes walk away from the border control area.
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