The quickest way to get to the Malaysia - Thailand border is to take the ETS Sungai Petani to Padang Besar train service operated by KTM Berhad (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad).
The duration of the journey from Sungai Petani (SP) to Padang Besar by ETS train is approximately one hour and 10 minutes.
If you want to see the full ETS timetable for all services on this route, click on the following link:
Please note: You can also use the much cheaper KTM Komuter Utara trains (northern commuter) on this route from SP to Pdg. Besar.
These trains are only slightly slower taking one hour and 17 minutes.
The difference between the two services is that on the ETS trains you get a reserved seat.
On the KTM Komuter trains you will probably have to stand for part of the journey (the sector between SP and Alor Setar is very busy).
To see the latest KTM Komuter timetable from SP, click on the following link:
(Jadual ETS Sungai Petani ke Padang Besar)
KTM SP to Padang Besar ETS train schedule.
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 Sg. Petani||Arrives Padang Besar||Book Online|
|*EP 9272||11:33||12:41||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9274||14:15||15:23||Book Tickets|
|EG 9420||15:20||16:33||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9276||22:56||00:04||Book Tickets|
|*EP 9278||03:10||04:18||Book Tickets|
* These services are operated by a new ETS2 train that includes a Business Class coach/carriage.
EG numbered trains are ETS Gold services.
EP numbered trains are ETS Platinum services.
If you want to travel from Sungai Petani to Hatyai in Thailand by train you should take a train that connects to the:
If you arrive at Padang Besar and have along wait for any of the SRT trains, you can also cross the border into Thailand by using the main road border next to the train station (take the footbridge over the tracks from upstairs).
Once you have crossed into Thailand, there is a minivan or local bus service to Hatyai bus terminal.
(Harga Tiket / Tambang)
If you want to take the ETS train, you may want to reserve your seats in advance to guarantee you can get a ticket (ETS trains can sometimes be fully booked).
To buy advance ETS tickets, you can buy them from any ETS railway station in Malaysia.
If you decide to take the KTM Komuter train, you just go to Sungai Petani Railway Station , buy your tickets and hop on the next commuter train.