From 19/05/2016, travel on the KTMB train from Ipoh to Hat Yai in Southern Thailand can only be done using the new ETS Trains, as all Intercity Trains on the N - S Railway Line are cancelled from this date.
The first step on your journey to Hat Yai is to take the High-speed Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to Padang Besar.
From Padang Besar to Hat Yai, there are now a few Shuttle Trains a day.
Another alternative is to travel on the International Express Train 36, that travels from Padang Besar to Hat Yai (then on to Bangkok), but this is a very expensive option, costing over 5 times as much as the Shuttle service..
If you want to travel from Padang Besar to Hat Yai by minivan or bus, you will have to cross into Thailand using the main border crossing (located just over the tracks from the station).
Before going through the border control at the station, go upstairs and take the walkway over the railway tracks.
This gets you to the main land border crossing.
After exiting the Thai Immigration, there is a bus stop just across the road.
Here you can catch local buses to Hat Yai for just under 50 Baht.
This bus first stops at Hat Yai bus station, which is around 5kms away from the city centre.
From the bus station, you can get buses to anywhere in southern Thailand, all the way up to Bangkok.
It then continues on to the Clock Tower, around 10 minutes walk from the city centre.
Tickets for the Ipoh to Padang Besar sector will cost :
ETS Gold Service :
Adult : 54 MYR - Child : 31 MYR
ETS Platinum Service :
Adult : 66 MYR - Child : 37 MYR
The Shuttle Train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai costs 50 THB.
You can make advance booking for the ETS Train service at any main Malaysian railway station, or you can :
Tickets for the Shuttle Train to Hat Yai have to be bought from Padang Besar Station on the day of travel and can not currently be purchased online.
Hat Yai Railway Station is located right in the centre of the city and there are many hotels and guesthouses within a short 5-10 minunte walk away from the station.
If you want to continue your journey north by train :