KL to Padang Besar by Train, Bus, Flight

If you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur to the Malaysia-Thailand border at Padang Besar you can take KTM train from KL to Padang Besar, take a bus via Kangar or fly to nearby airports.

Train from KL Sentral / Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar

Travelling overland, the quickest way to get to Padang Besar from Kuala Lumpur is to take an Electric Train Service (ETS) from KL Sentral Railway Station or the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

A train to the Thai border from KL takes around six hours.

For the latest ETS train timetable and ticket prices from KL to Padang Besar click here >


Once you arrive at Padang Besar you can:

Travel to Hat Yai by a Shuttle train service >

Take the night sleeper train to Bangkok > *** Surat Thani (for Koh Samui / Koh Phangan > *** Chumphon (for Koh Tao > *** Hua Hin >

Walk over the nearby main road border >

Then take a bus or minivan to Hat Yai Bus Terminal >

Bus from KL to Padang Besar

There are no direct bus services from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar.

What you will have to do is take a bus to the nearest large bus station at Kangar (Terminal Bukit Lagi).

To find bus tickets from KL to Kangar click here >

From Kangar Bus Station there are regular MyBas Perlis bus services to the border at Padang Besar taking around an hour.

For more information, timetables and fares for the bus to Padang Besar from Kangar click here >

The bus drops you off very close to the entrance to the border crossing.

From Padang Besar in Thailand, you can then continue your journey to Hat Yai where there are connections to all destinations in the south of Thailand, all the way up to Bangkok.

For how to get from Padang Besar to Hat Yai click here >

Another option to get to Hat Yai from KL by bus is to avoid going via Padang Besar and take a direct bus from KL to Hat Yai (they cross over the border at Danok / Sadao).

For more information on buses from KL to Hat Yai click here >

Flying from KL to Hat Yai or Alor Setar

As most people crossing over the border at Padang Besar will be heading to nearby Hat Yai, you maybe want to think about taking a direct flight from KUL to Hat Yai (HDY).

For cheaper flights, you could take an internal flight from KL to Alor Setar Airport (AOR) then take a cheap Komuter train to the border from Alor Setar.

To find cheap flights from KL to HDY or AOR click here >

Related pages:

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai by train >

Buses from KL to Hat Yai >

How to get from KL to Bangkok by train >

How to get from KL to Koh Lipe >

Kuala Lumpur trains main page >


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