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 serve basis.
Latest KTM Komuter train timetable for 2019 / 2020.
Train Number 2940 Leaves Alor Setar at 06:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 07:16.
Train Number 2944 Leaves Alor Setar at 07:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 08:16.
Train Number 2948 Leaves Alor Setar at 08:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 09:16.
Train Number 2952 Leaves Alor Setar at 09:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 10:16.
Train Number 2954 Leaves Alor Setar at 10:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 11:16.
Train Number 2956 Leaves Alor Setar at 11:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 12:15.
Train Number 2960 Leaves Alor Setar at 13:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 14:16.
Train Number 2964 Leaves Alor Setar at 15:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 16:16.
Train Number 2966 Leaves Alor Setar at 16:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 17:16.
Train Number 2968 Leaves Alor Setar at 17:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 18:16.
Train Number 2972 Leaves Alor Setar at 18:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 19:16.
Train Number 2976 Leaves Alor Setar at 19:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 20:16.
Train Number 2980 Leaves Alor Setar at 20:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 21:16.
Train Number 2984 Leaves Alor Setar at 22:33 - Arriving in Padang Besar at 23:16.
All trains depart daily.
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.
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.
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, and continue on to Hat Yai by minivan, bus or taxi.