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) after the railway line was upgraded to accommodate the new, much faster Electric Train Services.
(Jadual Waktu untuk Kereta Api Hat Yai ke KL Sentral)
Now that the night sleeper Intercity Express train is cancelled, if you want to travel from Hat Yai to KL by train, you will now have to:
The good news is that it is much faster than the old diesel trains that used to run on this route.
(Keretapi ETS Hat Yai ke KL Sentral)
If you want to travel from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur by the new high speed ETS Trains, you will have to:
Take the shuttle train to the border station of Padang Besar.
Go through the Thailand and Malasia immigration procedures at the station.
Once you have your passport stamped into Malaysia, you can 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.
(Harga Tiket Keretapi dari Hatyai ke KL)
The Shuttle Train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar costs 50 Thai Baht.
The ETS Trains from Padang Besar to KL Sentral costs:
Adults 76 MYR
Children 42 MYR
ETS Platinum Services:
Adults 102 MYR
Children 55 MYR
(Beli Tiket Keretapi dari Hat Yai ke Kuala Lumpur)
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 your tickets online direct from the KTM website or online ticketing agents.
For information on the SRT train station in Hatyai, click on the picture link below: