There is one daily overnight sleeper train from Hua Hin to Butterworth Penang and also one daily departure in the other direction.
This service is easily the best way to travel from Hua Hin to Malaysia and Georgetown on the island of Penang or vice versa.
The only other option travelling overland would mean you would have to get a bus to Hat Yai and then a minibus from there to Georgetown.
Much more hassle and a lot less comfortable than the all second class sleeper service you get on the train and it would cost you around the same price. So the train is the only option for me on this route.
The distance from Hua Hin to Butterworth by train is 971 Km.
Departure times shown above are Thai time - Arrival Malaysian time which is one hour ahead.
****Please Note : This service now terminates at the border station of Padang Besar arriving there at 07.55 (Thai time). From there you will have to change trains and take one of the new regular Komuter Trains which stop at all stations to Butterworth.
To get to and from the Butterworth Railway Station from Penang Island, there is a ferry which operates every 15 minutes (during peak times), just a few minutes walk away from the train station.
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Departure time shown is Malaysian - Arrival Thai
The International Express train between Butterworth and Hua Hin is an all second class air-conditioned only service, comprising of just two carriages on the Hat Yai to Butterworth section.
More 1st and 2nd class sleepers and a restaurant car are added or taken off in Hat Yai Junction.
Air-conditioned Second Class Sleeper Berths
Adult Fare : Upper berth 1020 Baht - Lower berth 1110 Baht
Child Fare (aged 3-11) : Upper 681 Baht - Lower 771 Baht
For fares in Malaysian Ringgit from Butterworth, just divide the Thai Baht price by 10 for a rough estimate.
Ticket prices for the Padang Besar to Hua Hin train cost :
Adult Fare :
Lower 885 THB
Upper 795 THB
Child Fare :
Lower 743 THB
Upper 653 THB
A ticket on the Komuter Train between Pdg. Besar and Butterworth costs : 11.40 MYR
No advance purchase is available -so once you get to the border, just buy a ticket for the next departure.
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2nd class seats on the Hua Hin Butterworth service convert into beds.
Photo of the upper and lower overnight beds
If you try to buy a ticket from Hua Hin to Butterworth and are told the train is full, you could probably buy a ticket on the same train just to Hat Yai, where all but two of the 2nd class carriages are taken off.
Then you could buy a separate ticket from Hat Yai to Butterworth, which is never a problem as the beds are then turned into two seats.
You will have plenty of time to purchase your ticket in Hat Yai as the train stops here for around 25 minutes while all but two of the carriages are taken off.
Alternatively you could catch one of the other trains to Hat Yai from Hua Hin and continue on by minibus to Georgetown Penang.
There are travel agents selling tickets just in front of Hat Yai station.
The first departure is around 9am.
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