Replacing the old SRT Butterworth to Bangkok service is the new daily Padang Besar to Bangkok Train.
Train number 46 operates with just two carriages from Pdg. Besar to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand, where these two carriages are joined to train number 38 that operates from Sungai Kolok to Bangkok.
To get to Padang Besar Railway Station (just inside Malaysia on the Thai border), you can take a KTM Komuter Train from Butterworth (and all stations north of Butterworth), or if travelling from further south, you can take an ETS high-speed Electric Train Service to PB.
|Train Number||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|38 / 46 International Express||17.00**||10.10|
**Departure times are shown on your tickets in Thai time - so the train actually departs Padang Besar Station at 18:00 Malaysian time.
You can also use this train to travel from Padang Besar to Surat Thani (for boats to Koh Samui / Koh Phangan), Chumphon (for boats to Koh Tao), Hua Hin and a number of smaller destinations.
This service terminates at the main railway terminal in Bangkok, Hua Lanphong.
Tickets for this service to Bangkok are available in 2nd Class air-con sleeper coaches only.
Lower Berth = 960 THB
Upper Berth = 870 THB
Lower Berth = 780 THB
Upper Berth = 690 THB
If you want to travel in a cheaper class of carriage, you will have to get to Hat Yai, where there are a number of overnight trains to Bangkok.
To get to Hat Yai from Padang Besar, you can take one of the Shuttle Trains.
It is highly advisable not to just turn up at Padang Besar without a ticket, as this train is very popular and often sold out well in advance (especially during the high season).
It is now easy to book train tickets online either directly from SRT or using an online ticketing agent.