Train Surat Thani Butterworth Penang

There is just one train that travels all the way between Surat Thani in Thailand and Butterworth in Penang Malaysia. The International Express Train (Ekspres Antarabangsa) numbers 35 and 36 make the daily trip and stop in Surat Thani on their way to and from Bangkok.

From Surat Thani railway station you can connect by bus to the the ferry ports, for boats to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Train from Surat Thani to Butterworth Penang Malaysia

Train Depart Arrive Type
35 01.26 **** Special Express

Malaysian Time (one hour ahead of Time in Thailand)

****Please Note : This service now terminates at the Thai / Malaysia border station of Padang Besar.

The train is scheduled to arrive at the border at 07.55 (Thai time) 08.55 (Malaysian time).

From Padang Besar you will now have to take one of the new KTM Komuter (commuter) Trains to Butterworth.

These services stop at all stations to Butterworth and are actually quicker than the old Thai diesel train.

To view the full schedule for train number 35 click here>>>

If you are heading over to George Town on Penang island, the ferry terminal is just a couple of minutes walk away from Butterworth Station.

Boats leave every 15 minutes or so at this time of the day and the trip over to the island takes just 15 minutes.

For more information on the ferry click here>>>

If you want to continue your journey by bus, the Butterworth bus station is also just a couple of minutes walk away. From here you can get a bus to just about anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia.

Train from Butterworth Penang to Surat Thani Thailand

Train Depart Arrive Type
36 **** 23.54 Special Express

****Please Note : This service now originates at the border station of Padang Besar, departing at 17.40 (18.40 Malaysian Time). To get to the border you can take one of the regular KTM Komuter Trains (cheap) or an ETS Train.

To see the full timetable for train number 36 click here>>>

Arriving at the train station at Surat Thani you have to connect by bus to the ferry port for boats out to the islands.

There are plenty of travel agents nearby where you can by you boat tickets and most of these will include the bus trip out to the ports.

If you need somewhere to stay there is a cheap hotel / guesthouse just around the corner to the left, as you come out of the station.

Train Ticket Prices Butterworth - Surat Thani

The only available tickets for these services are 2nd class Sleeper beds / berths.

This is due to the fact that all other coaches are taken off at Hat Yai Junction station and only two second class coaches make the trip between Hat Yai and Butterworth.

Tickets for these sleeping berths come in two types :

Upper Berths cost - 84.90MYR

Lower Berths cost - 92.90MYR

For the Thai Baht equivalent, just multiple the prices above by 10.

Ticket prices for the Surat Thani Padang Besar Train cost :

Adult Fare :
Lower 722 THB
Upper 632 THB

Child Fare :
Lower 651 THB
Upper 561 THB

If you wish to make an advance booking online for this train click here >>>

A Komuter Train between the border and Butterworth costs : 11.40 MYR

No advance purchase is available - you just turn up and buy a ticket for the next departure.

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Second Class Seats on train numbers 35 / 36Second Class Seats on train numbers 35 / 36 for use during the day. they are converted into sleeping berths in the evening -->
Second Class Sleeping Berths on train numbers 35 / 36Second Class Sleeping Berths, Upper and Lower

Alternative way to Travel between Surat Thani and Butterworth Penang

If trains 35 / 36 are full, you could always travel between Surat Thani and Hat Yai by one of the other Thai Railway services, then continue your journey by minibus between Hat Yai and Penang.

There are no regular bus services between Hat Yai and Butterworth Penang, so you will have to do this sector by minibus.

You can buy your tickets from one of the many agents just outside Hat Yai Railway Station.

Alternatively you can catch a Shuttle Train to Padang Besar (or local bus) then connect to KTM high-speed ETS Trains or Komuter Train from there to Butterworth.

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