The daily, overnight train from Padang Besar to Bangkok is a popular way to travel from Malaysia to the capital of Thailand.
This all 2nd class sleeper service departs from Padang Besar Railway Station, located on the border with Thailand, just on the Malaysian side.
If you are wondering what the distance from Padang Besar to Bangkok is?
It is around 1,000 Kms.
|Station||Arr. Time||Dep. Time|
|Hat Yai Junction||17:55||18:10|
|Surat Thani - ferry to Koh Samui / Koh Phangan||23:25||23:28|
|Chumphon - ferry to Koh Tao / Koh Phangan||01:56||02:06|
|Bang Saphan Yai||03:35||03:36|
|Prachuap Khiri Khan||04:42||04:43|
|Bang Sue Junction||09:45||09:47|
Notes for the above timetable:
All times in the above train 46 timetable are in Thai time, which is one hour behind Malaysian time (so the train departs from Padang Besar at 18:00 Malaysian time).
Train 46 leaves Padang Besar with just a couple of a/c carriages to Hat Yai Junction.
At Hat Yai you then connect to train 38 which originates in Sungai Kolok and is scheduled to arrive here a few minutes after train 46 arrives.
Only the main stops that are of any interest to tourists are shown in the above schedule.
Departure times can change, so we recommend you check with the State Railways of Thailand to check the latest information, or if you want to see the full timetable with all the smaller station stops.
To visit the State Railways of Thailand's (SRT) official website timetables page click here >
The fare (tambang) / ticket price (harga tiket) for train 46 to Bangkok is:
Adult - Upper Bed - 870 Thai Baht
Adult - Lower Bed - 960 Thai Baht
Child - Upper Bed - 690 Thai Baht
Child - Lower Bed - 780 Thai Baht
Lower beds / bunks are much wider than the upper bunks, so are more expensive and are usually the first ones to sell out
This is a popular service and can often be sold out well in advance during the high season, so we recommend you buy your tickets before arriving at Padang Besar Station (the only station in Malaysia where you can buy tickets for thi train).
You can now book tickets online via SRT or an online agent up to 90 days in advance for long distance trains in Thailand.
If you do turn up at PB without a ticket, you will have to go to the SRT office, located at the northern end of the main platform.
The office only opens an hour or so before any train departure.
For a greater choice of trains heading to Bangkok, we would recommend you get to PB station in time to take the afternoon shuttle train to Hat Yai.
The shuttle train arrives in Hat Yai in time to catch most of the northbound, Bangkok trains (depending on delays).
From Hat Yai there are five night trains to Bangkok, including cheaper Rapid services (if you want the cheapest way to travel), as well as the more comfortable newer SRT trains, and if you want to travel 1st class, you will have to go to Hat Yai first and take one of these trains.