The one direct daily overnight express train from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur, that was operated by Malaysian Railways (KTM Berhad), has now been cancelled (from May 2016).
Now that the night sleeper Intercity Express train is cancelled, if you now want to travel from Hat Yai to KL by train, you will now have to:
Alternatively you can catch a bus from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur.
If you want to travel from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur by the new high speed ETS Trains, you will have to :
Catch a shuttle train to the border station of Padang Besar, then catch one of the ETS trains from Pdg. Besar to KL.
Alternatively, you could catch a local bus from next to the clock tower in Hat Yai near the night market for around 50 Baht, to the border crossing at Padang Besar.
Walk over the border getting your passport stamped (takes around 15 minutes).
Then as you come out of the Malaysian immigration area there is a pedestrian bridge on your right that crosses over the railway tracks to Padang Besar Railway Station.
The Shuttle Train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar costs 50 Thai Baht.
The ETS Trains from Padang Besar to KL Sentral cost :
Tickets for the Shuttle Train can be purchased at Hat Yai station on the day of departure (no advance purchase needed).
Tickets for the ETS Trains can be bought at Padang Besar Station, but it would be advisable to buy your tickets in advance before arriving at the station, as these services can get full during busy times of the year.
As this is a Malaysian KTM train, you can also book you tickets online direct from the KTM website or online ticketing agents.
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