If you want to travel from Kuala Kangsar to Hat Yai, Thailand, the first part of the journey involves taking the KTM ETS Kuala Kangsar to Padang Besar train to the Malaysia-Thai border.
From there you can then connect to the SRT Shuttle services to Hatyai Junction Railway Station, or cross over the main border (next to the station) and continue your journey by minivan, bus or taxi.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 1st of December 2019 into 2020.
New timetable for the ETS train from Kuala Kangsar to Padang Besar, valid from the 11th of October 2019:
|Train Number||Departs Kuala Kangsar||Arrives Pdg. Besar||Operating Days|
*EP 9274 operates with a new Business Class carriage.
For the full timetable and seating plan for these ETS services, click on the relevant train number:
To travel from Kuala Kangsar to Hatyai by train for the whole journey, you will have to plan your trip so that you can connect to one of the state Railway of Thailand's Shuttle trains to Hat Yai Junction.
If you plan to travel from Kuala Kangsar to Bangkok by train, there is one overnight sleeper service that departs from Padang Besar everyday.
You can also use this train to travel to popular destinations along Thailand's south-east coast such as:
Surat Thani (for the ferry to Koh Samui /
Phangan), Chumphon (for the ferry to Ko Tao) or Hua Hin.
If your train arrives at Padang Besar and there is a long wait for the Shuttle to Hat Yai, you can take alternative transport if you leave the station (by pedestrian bridge on the second floor), and head over to the main land border crossing.
To take a taxi: These are available from the foot of the bridge on the Malay side of the border.
To take a minivan or bus: You will have to walk or take a motorbike taxi across the border.
You can then walk into town (or much easier, get the motorbike taxi to take you) and take a regular minivan to Hat Yai.
There is also a local bus stop just across the road from the immigration area exit point (however these buses are now very infrequent so taking the minivan would be much quicker).
Fares (tambang) for ETS tickets from Kuala Kangsar to Padang Besar cost:
Adult: 42 MYR - Child 25 MYR
Adult: 55 MYR - Child 32 MYR
For all ETS fares to and from Padang Besar:
To travel on ETS trains in Malaysia, you will need to make a seat reservation.
As these services are very popular, making an advance booking is highly recommended.
To book advance tickets / seats you can either:
Visit any ticketing counter at any KTMB ETS railway station.