The ETS Arau to Padang Besar train service operated by Malaysia Railways (KTM Berhad) is one option for getting to the border with Thailand.
The duration of the train journey by ETS to Padang Besar from Arau is only around 17 minutes, however, there is a much cheaper way to get to the Thai border if you use the KTM Komuter train.
(Jadual Waktu Keretapi KTM Arau ke Padang Besar)
To see the full ETS timetable for all trains on the Arau to Padang Besar route (laluan), click on the following link:
The cheaper KTM Komuter train service to Padang Besar is more frequent and only slightly longer at 19 minutes.
To see the latest KTM Komuter train schedule to Padang Besar click on the following timetable link:
For this short journey, we would recommend you take the Komuter train as it is much cheaper (see prices below), more regular and there is no need to book your tickets in advance.
(Jadual ETS Arau ke Padang Besar)
KTM Arau to Padang Besar ETS Train Timetable:
Please note: Due to Covid 19, KTMB is currently operating a reduced schedule - you can see the latest full ETS timetable for 2022 here >
New train timetable from the 15th of January 2022 (2022-01-15):
|Train Number||Departs Arau||Arrives Padang Besar||Book Online|
|*EP 9272||12:23||12:41||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9274||15:05||15:23||Book Tickets|
|EG 9420||16:14||16:33||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9276||23:46||00:04||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9278||04:00||04:18||Book Tickets|
* This service operates with the newer ETS2 train and includes a Business Class carriage.
EG numbered trains are ETS Gold services.
EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum services.
At Padang Besar station, all trains heading north are operated by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).
You can connect to SRT trains from:
Or you can take the:
Other options for travelling from Padang Besar station involve leaving the station by the elevated footbridge (located upstairs near the cafe and KTM ticket office) and crossing over the main road land border.
Once inside Thailand you can connect to a local bus or minivan service from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.
(Tambang / Harga Tiket KTM dari Arau ke Padang Besar)
Tickets on the ETS train from Arau to Padang Besar will cost you between 12 and 16 MYR (the price depends on what type of train you take (Gold or Platinum) and due to KTM's Flexi Fare system, when you travel and how far in advance you book.
Tickets on the much cheaper KTM Komuter train from Arau to Padang Besar cost 3.20 MYR.
Departure times and fares are published for planning purposes only and may change without notice.