The quickest way to travel to Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia from the Thailand border is to take the ETS Train from Padang Besar to Ipoh Railway Station.
Taking the train is fast with the duration of the journey around three hours.
(Jadual Kereta ETS Padang Besar ke Ipoh)
KTM Padang Besar to Ipoh ETS train schedule:
Please note: Due to Covid 19, KTM is currently operating a reduced temporary schedule - to see the latest temporary ETS timetable click here >
|Train Number||Departs Padang Besar||Arrives Ipoh||Operating Days|
*These are the newer ETS2 trains that operate with a Business Class carriage.
Padang Besar Railway Station lies on the border with Thailand and Malaysia, just inside Malaysia.
If you are travelling from the Thai city of Hat Yai, it is around 55 km to the border crossing where the train station is located, just inside Malaysia.
You can get to the border from Hat Yai by either a bus (from the clock tower in the city centre) or by minibus from the Hat Yai Bus Station.
You will then have to get off at the border and walk for around 10 minutes between border controls or hire a motor bike taxi to take you across the border.
Once inside Malaysia, the railway station is on your right where there is a walkway bridge crossing over the tracks.
ETS Fares (Tambang) from Padang Besar to Ipoh cost:
Adult: 50 MYR - Child 29 MYR
Adult: 66 MYR - Child 37 MYR
(Beli Tiket Keretapi KTM dari Padang Besar ke Ipoh)
You can wait and buy your tickets at Padang Besar Station and most of the time you will get a seat.
However, at certain times of the year during major holidays, the trains can often be totally full, so we would recommend you make an advance booking online just to make sure.
If you want to continue your journey onward from Ipoh, you can connect with the Ipoh to KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur) ETS Trains at Ipoh Railway Station.
If you plan to stay in Ipoh, check out our where to stay in Ipoh page, where you will find the best hotels, resorts and guest houses to stay while in the city.