The KTM Padang Besar Railway Station lies just inside Malaysia on the border with Thailand in the state of Perlis.
Please note : There is another much smaller Padang Besar Station in Thailand, just over the border.
Padang Besar Malaysia is serviced by many daily commuter trains (KTM Komuter) to Butterworth in Penang and less frequent fast Electric Train Services (ETS), which are a quick way to travel long distances to places like Ipoh and KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur.
Once you arrive at this station in Malaysia, your choice of train depends on your budget and the distance you need to travel.
These fast Electric Trains travel up to 140 km an hour and are the best way to travel long distances by train.
From Gemas you can connect to Shuttle Trains to take you to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru and Singapore.
For the ETS Schedule to Butterworth Penang click here > (now operated only by Komuter trains)
For all other destinations such as Arau, Anak Bukit, Kuala Kangsar, Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tapah Road, Tangjung Malim, Rawang, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Tasek Selatan, Kajang, Nilai, Tampin (for Melaka) :
If you are only travelling short distances or just want to travel as cheaply as possible, the commuter trains are a good choice.
Services leave here regularly throughout the day and evening.
You can travel from KTM Padang Besar to Butterworth on one Komuter Train or change at Bukit Mertajam where another Komuter service can take you further south into the state of Perak, terminating at Padang Rengas.
Padang Besar to Butterworth Komuter Line / Route
Use these Komuter Trains to travel to (from north to south) :
You can also change trains at Bukit Mertajam and connect to the other KTM Komuter Line between BM and Padang Rengas, for trips to Taiping, Parit Buntar, Kamunting, Simpang Ampat, Nibong Tebal and Bagan Serai.
The KTM ticket counter at Padang Besar Station can be found upstairs on the first floor.
If you want to travel on the Komuter services, you just turn up and buy your tickets for the next train and no advance booking is possible.
For ETS services, you really should book your tickets in advance before turning up at the station, as these trains can often be full during school holidays, weekends, public holidays, religious festivals....
This is easy to do online in Malaysia and often at the same prices (or sometimes cheaper than the counter price).
If you are coming from Thailand bring some Malaysian currency with you as you will need to buy KTM tickets in MYR and the money changer at the station has closed down.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) operates a rather infrequent Shuttle Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai >
The train to Bangkok also stops at a number of popular destinations in Thailand : Hat Yai, Surat Thani (for boats to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao) and Hua Hin.
To buy tickets for these services you will you to go to the State Railway of Thailand office at the end of the platform.
Another alternative is to cross over the tracks by the foot bridge and go into Thailand via the main land border.
From here you can take a local bus to Hat Yai bus station or the city centre for around 50 Thai Baht.
The bus stop is just across the road to your right, after you exit the Thai Immigration control.
Buses to Hat Yai leave every 30 minutes or so during the day, until the early evening.
There is also a minibus services from Padang Besar to Hat Yai bus station that leaves from the centre of town (about 10 to 15 minutes walk away from the border checkpoint exit).