Passengers can board Thailand’s SRT from Padang Besar to Hat Yai for only RM7.
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Malaysians! It’s time to pack our bags and travel to Thailand again. This time, via shuttle trains!
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Hat Yai-Padang Besar Shuttle Train will finally open its doors back to the public this 15 July.
The train service ceased its operation temporarily during the Movement Control Order set by the Malaysian Government back on 18 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After two years of hiatus, it’s back again!
Here’s the schedule
For your information, the train is operated by Thailand’s SRT, not Malaysian’s ETS.
So this Thailand train will take you from Padang Besar station in Perlis, Malaysia to its Hat Yai station in Thailand and the journey takes around an hour.
From Malaysia to Thailand, they only have two trips, one around 9 am (train number 948) and another one around 3 pm (train number 950).
Thanks to KTMB, they’re prepared a schedule for those who wanna take the train both from Malaysia and Thailand.
Here’s the schedule of the train going Northbound from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.
Here’s the schedule of the train going Southbound from Hat Yai to Padang Besar.
So for those Malaysians who wanna take a trip to Thailand any time soon, plan your journey wisely!
You can take an ETS or KTM Komuter from wherever you are in Malaysia to the final station in Perlis, which is Padang Besar.
To browse for the ETS and KTM Komuter tickets, click here. If you just wanna check the timetable, click here (be clear that ETS trains are from north to south while KTM Komuter trains have three types).
The ticket is cheap!
From Padang Besar to Hat Yai and vice versa, the tickets only cost 50 Baht (around RM7).
However, you can’t expect this train to be a premium class one. It’s an oldie train with limited seats and just fans to cool down its passengers.
To browse for the tickets to go to Hat Yai, visit the SRT’s website here.
For your information, as there’s no direct train from Malaysia to Thailand, you have to alight at the station from Padang Besar. Then proceed to the Thai immigration checkpoint for verification. After that, you can continue to board the Thailand shuttle train or even get other travel options there such as a bus, minivan, or taxi.