If you want to travel from Alor Setar to Hat Yai in Thailand, you will first have to take the KTM Alor Setar to Padang Besar Train.
You have a choice of either a cheap and frequent KTM Komuter (commuter) service.
Or a much less frequent and more expensive Electric Train Service (ETS).
We would recommend taking the cheap commuter train, but you may have to stand for part of the journey as these trains are like tube / subway trains and seats are on a first come, first served basis.
(Jadual KTM Komuter dari Alor Setar ke Padang Besar)
Latest KTM Komuter train timetable (jadual waktu terkini) valid from the 18th of February 2023:
KTM Komuter trains stop at all stations along the route.
There are only four stops before reaching Padang Besar:
Anak Bukit, Kodiang, Arau, and Bukit Ketri.
(Jadual ETS Alor Setar ke Padang Besar)
If you want to guarantee a seat, you will have to take one of the ETS trains from Alor Setar to Padang Besar, but you should book in advance to make sure you can get a seat.
(Tambang / Harga Tiket KTM Alor Setar ke Padang Besar)
Fares for the Komuter train from Alor Setar to Padang Besar are RM 5.70.
The more expensive ETS trains cost:
Gold Service: RM 16
Platinum Service: RM 19
If you want to travel on to Hat Yai by train you will have to connect to one of the Shuttle train services from Padang Besar to Hat Yai Junction Railway Station.
If you do not want to wait around for the Shuttle train, you can cross the main land border next to the station, then continue on to Hat Yai by minivan, bus or taxi.