As an alternative to travelling from Hua Lamphong, you can also take a Bang Sue to Hat Yai train.
Bang Sue Junction in Bangkok, is the major intersection for the Northern, Northeastern and Southern Railway Lines in Thailand.
So, if you are travelling by train to Bangkok, you can change at Bang Sue for Southern Line services, rather than going all the way in to the city centre.
Bang Sue Railway Station is also much closer to the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) if you are travelling in to Bangkok by bus.
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All services operate daily.
Rap = Rapid
Sp. Ex. = Special Express
Sp. Ex. DRC = Special Express Diesel Railcar - (Sprinter Train)
Tickets prices vary depending on what type of train, what class and if the carriage is air-conditioned or fan cooled.
The cheapest trains on this route are the Rapid services, with prices starting from 258 Baht for a 3rd class seat in a fan cooled coach.
Most people opt for the night sleeper carriages, as they are the most comfortable.
It is always best to book your train tickets in Thailand in advance, as many long distance services can be full during the busy tourist months of November to April.
The cheapest way to buy tickets is to go to any SRT railway station.
The larger stations will have an advance booking office, while at the smaller stations you can buy from the normal ticket counter.
If you don't mind paying a little extra:
If you want to continue your journey in to Malaysia by train, you can take a Shuttle services from Hat Yai to Padang Besar on the Thailand - Malaysia border, then change to the KTM Malaysian Railways services from Padang Besar.