If you want to take an ETS to Hatyai Junction in Thailand, currently you have to take two separate services.
The fast Electric Train Services (ETS) currently operate from as far south as Gemas, travelling north and stopping at popular destinations such as Tampin (for Melaka), Bandar Tasik Selatan (for TBS Bus Station), Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral and old KTM station), Ipoh, Taiping, Sungai Petani, Alor Setar / Arau (for Langkawi) and many other stations in between.
To see the latest KTM ETS timetable (jadual ETS ke Hatyai) for all trains heading to Padang Besar click on the northbound schedule (Ke Utara) below:
Popular train routes and ticket prices to Hat Yai:
Once you arrive by ETS train in Padang Besar Railway Station, you have a choice of how to continue the relatively short 55 km journey to Hat Yai.
If you want to continue your journey by train, you can take one of two SRT (State Railway of Thailand) Shuttle trains that leave from Padang Besar to Hat Yai Junction, taking 55 minutes to make the trip (ticket price 50 Thai Baht).
If you decide to take the train, you will have to go through the immigration process at the station.
Immigration only opens when the train arrives from Hat Yai, so if there are a lot of people either arriving or departing, the train can often be delayed as it waits for all passengers to clear immigration.
Often, if you arrive by ETS at Padang Besar, you will have quite a long wait for the Shuttle train, so you may want to take alternative transport to get to Hat Yai.
The first thing you have to do is leave the train station.
Walk upstairs to the next floor, then take the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the railway tracks.
When crossing the bridge, you will see the main Padang Besar land border crossing just to your left.
Taking this route you then have a choice of taking:
Or taking a taxi (taxi drivers will be waiting at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge from the station).