From September 2015, the ETS Ipoh to Padang Besar high-speed Electric Train Service started operating, making it quick and easy to now travel from Ipoh to Thailand by train, with connections to Hat Yai or Bangkok from the border.
(Jadual ETS Ipoh ke Padang Besar)
New Ipoh to Padang Besar ETS Timetable:
Please note: Due to Covid 19, KTM is currently operating a reduced temporary schedule - to see the temporary ETS timetable click here >
|Train Number||Departs Ipoh||Arrives Padang Besar||Operating Days|
*Operates with a newer ETS2 trains that include a Business Class carriage.
To see the full schedule and ETS seating plan for the above service trains, click on a train number in the timetable:
To view the full KTM ETS timetable between Ipoh and Padang Besar, click on the timetable link below:
If you plan to use this ETS Train from Ipoh to Thailand, the Padang Besar Railway Station is right on the border.
From Padang Besar to Hat Yai you can use the International Express Train, new Shuttle Trains or catch a local bus from the Thailand side of the main border crossing, located just across the tracks from the Padang Besar Railway Station.
If you want to catch the bus, it is important that you do not stamp your passport at the station immigration.
Instead, walk upstairs to the cafe and there is a walkway across the tracks to the main land border crossing.
Once you leave the Thailand immigration area, there is a bus stop on your right, across the road.
A local bus can then take you to Hat Yai city centre or the Hat Yai bus station for less than 50 Baht.
There is also a minibus service from the centre of Padang Besar town to Hat Yai Bus Terminal costing 50 Baht.
If you are travelling into Thailand by train, you have to go through all the immigration procedures at Padang Besar station.
For more information, click on the picture below:
(Tambang / Harga Tiket ETS KTM dari Ipoh ke Padang Besar)
ETS tickets from Ipoh to Padang Besar cost:
Adult: 50 MYR - Child 29 MYR
Adult: 66 MYR - Child 37 MYR
Please note: Now KTM have introduced a Flexi Fare system, the price you pay for your tickets will vary from those shown above due to many different factors.
To make an advance seat booking for this train:
If you are using this train to travel from Ipoh to Langkawi Island, there are two ferry ports that you can choose from.
Kuala Kedah Ferry Terminal is close to Alor Setar Train Station and can be reached by either taxi or local bus.
Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal is close to Arau Train Station and you will probably need to take a taxi to the port as buses are very infrequent.
We would recommend you getting off in Alor Setar, especially if you want to save a little money as the local bus to Kuala Kedah is very cheap, even though the ferry is a few Ringgit more from here.
However, if you don't like travelling on high-speed boats too much and get a little seasick, the ferry from Kuala Perlis is shorter and may be better for you.
For ferry times and fares to Langkawi, please see our: