Penang Surat Thani Train (for Koh Samui)

If you would like to travel on the Penang Surat Thani Train service from Butterworth railway station, the one direct train is now no longer operating from Butterworth, but now originates from the Thai border at Padang Besar.



Your first step of the journey now involves taking a cheap KTM Komuter train from Butterworth to Padang Besar.

For Komuter departure times click here >>

For times of the International Express Train from Padang Besar click here >>

This train is an all 2nd class A/C sleeper train so you have buy a ticket for a sleeping berth, so it is not the cheapest way to travel from Penang to Surat Thani.

Another option would be to take a Shuttle train to Hat Yai, then choose from one of the Bangkok bound trains leaving Hat Yai that all stop at Surat Thani station.

Also please note that the Surat Thani train station is not actually in Surat Thani.

It is located around 15km outside of the city at Phun Phin, so you will have to catch a local bus or taxi to the pier for boats to Koh Samui island or buy your tickets from an agent where the bus transfers will be included.


Tickets from Padang Besar to Surat Thani and the ferry to Koh Samui can be bought in advance online here >>



Another option to travel from Penang to Koh Samui would be first to travel from Penang to Hat Yai by minibus, then catch a frequent bus or train from Hat Yai to Surat Thani.

The minibus can drop you off at the bus station or train station in Hat Yai.

You can also book tickets on the minibuses from Penang to Koh Samui (with a change in Hat Yai)

Please see the following pages for more information about onwards travel from Hat Yai to Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Alternatively, you could take a Komuter train to the border.

You can then walk over the land border crossing and catch a local bus to Hat Yai bus station or into the city centre.

Then continue your journey by either bus or train from Hat Yai to Surat Thani.


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