The KTM Padang Besar Railway Station (Stesen Keretapi) is the last stop for all Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railways) train services on the West Coast Line with both Komuter and ETS trains terminating here.
If you have just crossed the border into Malaysia from Thailand by train, you now have a choice of train services heading south from Padang Besar.
KTM Komuter Utara (north commuter) trains are the most frequent and cheapest way to travel by rail from Padang Besar.
The commuter route from Padang Besar takes you through the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak.
One route operates between Padang Besar and Butterworth (Penang Sentral) with the other route starting at the interchange station of Bukit Mertajam (for trains to Padang Rengas).
These commuter trains on the route to Butterworth stop at the following stations:
Bukit Ketri, Arau (for connections to Kuala Perlis Jetty ferry to Langkawi), Kodiang, Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, Kobah, Gurun, Sungai Petani, Tasek Gelugor, Bukit Mertajam (for KTM Komuter trains to Padang Rengas), Bukit Tengah, Butterworth (ferry to Georgetown on Penang Island).
There are only a few trains that operate into Thailand from the KTM Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia.
These trains are operated by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).
The most popular trains are the Shuttle Train Services to Hat Yai Junction.
This is the easiest way to travel from Padang Besar to Hat Yai city.
The other SRT service departing Padang Besar is the night sleeper train to Bangkok.
You can also use this long-distance train to travel to popular tourist destinations on the east coast of southern Thailand such as:
The only other transport options from the train station are by taxi or local MyBas Perlis buses.
If you want to take a bus you will have to leave the station by the footbridge upstairs and walk into town.
There is a small bus stop where you can take a MyBas bus from Padang Besar to Kangar Bus Terminal (Terminal Bukit Lagi).
From Kangar, you can then take a long-distance bus to many places in Peninsular Malaysia.