On this page you will find information, timetables and ticket prices for the train between Hat Yai and Butterworth, for travel by train between Thailand and Penang Island.
Now that the International Express Train (operated by Thai Railways - SRT) is terminating at Padang Besar Railway Station on the Thailand - Malaysia border, there is currently no direct train from Penang to Hat Yai.
This means that you will now have to first take a train to the boder, then connect to various services in either direction from there.
Catching the train from Thailand to Butterworth you have a couple of options :
You can take the International Express (scheduled to depart Hat Yai station at 07.00) to the border.
Once at Padang Besar, you will have to go though all the immigration procedures and get stamped into Malaysia.
From here you can then take one of the new KTM Komuter Trains (commuter).
Alternatively, you can take one of the new cheap Shuttle Trains that now operate between Hat Yai and the border.
Once at Padang Besar, you can then connect to one of the Komuter Trains or if you want to, take the slightly faster (and more expensive high-speed Electric Train Service - ETS Train).
Once at the border, you can also choose to travel on other ETS services that can connect you to Kuala Lumpur or all the way down to Singapore.
Another alternative is to take a bus or minibus to the border from Hat Yai.
It is quite easy and cheap to get from Hat Yai to the border, as the are regular cheap buses that leave from the clock tower close to Hat Yai city centre, or minibuses that leave from Hat Yai bus station.
The buses cost 44 Baht and minibuses 50 Baht.
Get off at the border control and once you are in Malaysia, the train station is just to your right (over a pedestrian bridge).
You can then take the train to Butterworth.
To travel by train from Butterworth to Hat Yai, you will now have to choose one of the following options :
Take a Komuter Train or fast ETS Train to the border at Padang Besar.
Once at the border, you can connect to the International Express to Hat Yai, take a Shuttle Train or take a local bus.
Train 36 is scheduled to depart Padang Besar at 17.40 Thai Time (18.40 Malaysian time).
Tickets for these train services cost :
Train 35 / 36 between Hat Yai and Padang Besar : 280 THB
Shuttle Trains between Hat Yai and Padang Besar : 80 THB
Komuter Trains between Padang Besar and Butterworth : 11.40 MYR
ETS Trains between Padang Besar and Butterworth : 29 MYR
There are regular minibuses that operate on this route from Penang to Hat Yai and vice versa.
There are about 4 to 5 departure times a day in either direction.
For the latest departure times and fares please see :
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