A popular way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai is by bus.
Buses leave regularly from Malaysia's capital to the Southern Thailand city of Hat Yai usually either in the morning, travelling through the day, or in the evening, allowing you to catch a night bus from KL and sleep while you travel.
Travelling by bus from KL to Hat Yai in Thailand is about as fast as taking the new ETS train that leaves from KL Sentral (via Padang Besar) and the duration of the trip by bus should take around eight hours, with a short refreshment break along the journey where you can buy food and drinks and visit the toilet.
There are a number of bus companies that operate the KL to Hat Yai route.
Among the most frequent bus operators are two big and popular Malaysian bus companies, Konsortium Bas Ekspres and Sri Maju.
Their buses are either luxury or VIP buses and quite comfortable for the long journey.
There are two main departure points in KL.
You can choose to catch your bus to Hat Yai from either TBS Bus Terminal (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) or from Hentian Duta Bus Terminal.
Most buses leave from TBS and this is usually the easiest departure point for most people, as it is easy to get to from the KL city centre, with KTM Komuter, LRT and KLIA Ekspres Trains all going to Bandar Tasik Selatan train station which is connected to the TBS bus station.
Arriving in Hat Yai, you are dropped off in the city centre, usually outside one of the travel agents offices that deal with that particular bus company.
Ticket prices for the KL to Hat Yai bus start at around 50 RM, up to 60 RM depending on the bus company and how luxurious the bus is.
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As the prices of a bus ticket to Hat Yai from KL is around the same as an Upper sleeper berth on the train on this route, it is up to you to decide which is the best option to travel.
We would recommend the train for comfort, but as already mentioned it is quite a bit slower and there is only one departure a day so it might not fit in with your schedule or already be full.
Whichever way you choose, we advise you to book as far in advance as possible as this is a popular route for Malaysian's, especially at the weekend and over public holidays.
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