If you plan to travel by train from Parit Buntar to Hat Yai in Thailand, the first step of the journey involves either taking an ETS Parit Buntar to Padang Besar fast train (KTM keretapi laju), or you can opt for a much cheaper KTM commuter service (Komuter Utara) to the Malaysia-Thailand border station of Padang Besar.
Once you arrive at Padang Besar station, you can then either connect to one of the Shuttle services to Hat Yai Junction Railway Station, or leave the station and cross over the main road border and continue your journey by minivan, bus or taxi.
New ETS Timetable valid from the 1st of December 2019 into 2020.
Latest new ETS timetable to Padang Besar from Parit Buntar, valid from the 11th of October 2019:
|Train No||Departs Parit Buntar||Arrives Pdg. Besar||Operating Days|
* EP 9274 operates with a new Business Class carriage.
To see the full ETS timetable and/or seating plan for these services, just click on a train number:
If you want the cheapest way to travel from Parit Buntar to Thailand, taking the KTM Komuter train is easily the least expensive option.
You will first have to take a commuter from Parit Buntar to Bukit Mertajam.
Once at Bukit Mertajam, you simply change trains for a northbound commuter service to the border.
Travelling this way is much cheaper (see fares below), but the duration of the trip is quite a bit longer.
The Padang Besar Railway Station is located right on the border, just inside Malaysia.
If you want to travel all the way to Hat Yai by train, you will have to plan your journey so that you can connect to the Shuttle train services from Padang Besat to Hatyai Junction.
If you want to travel from Parit Buntar to Bangkok by train, you can connect to the night train from Pdg. Besar to Bangkok.
You can also use this train to get to popular tourist destinations such as:
If you arrive at Padang Besar at other times when there is a long wait for the Shuttle to Hat Yai, you may want to consider leaving the railway station (by pedestrian bridge over the tracks from the 2nd floor) and crossing over the main border right next to the station.
It is much easier to wait for the Shuttle, but if you don't want to hang around, you can:
Get a taxi from the bottom of the pedestrian bridge to take you across the border, then in to Hat Yai.
Walk or get a motorbike taxi across the border, then in to town to catch a minivan to Hat Yai.
Or take a much less frequent bus from just outside the immigration area.
Parit Buntar to Padang Besar ETS fares (tambang) cost:
Adult ticket (Gold services): 31 MYR - Child ticket: 20 MYR
Adult ticket (Platinum services): 39 MYR - Child ticket: 24 MYR
If you decide to take the KTM Komuter train it will cost only 12.40 MYR.
If you want to travel on KTM Komuter trains there is no need to book a ticket in advance, you just turn up and buy your tickets for the next service.
ETS trains are different and you will need to make a reservation (preferably as far in advance as you can).
Advance tickets are available to purchase from any ETS station ticket counter, or: