By train the journey from Padang Besar, on the border with Thailand, to Gemas takes just over 8 hours. From Gemas travellers can change to Southern Shuttle services or the Ekspress Rakyat Timuran for travel south to Johor Bahru for connections to Singapore.
Train Times from Padang Besar to Gemas
There is currently 1 direct train service a day from Padang Besar to Gemas.
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Padang Besar Railway Station
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Gemas Railway Station
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About Travel to Gemas
Gemas is the last stop at the southern end of the electrified section of Malaysia’s West Coast Train Line. All scheduled train services from Padang Besar, and stations on route, terminate here so from Gemas you need to switch to a slower diesel powered train service to continue your railway journey. To reach Singapore you need to take either one of the three daily Southern Shuttle services, or the once a day Ekspress Rakyat Timuran, to Johor Bahru. Johor Bahru Sentral Station is the very southern end of the line for long distance railway services in West Malaysia. Johor Bahru Sentral Station is also the departure point for the Shuttle Train service to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore. Shuttle Train services to Singapore depart 18 times a day. The journey takes 5 minutes and costs 5 MYR adult fare.
From Gemas it is also possible to travel back northward on Malaysia’s East Coast Line, also known as the ‘Jungle Line’. The East Coast Line runs through some more remote parts of West Malaysia. The line was built by the British at the time when the former colonial power was exploiting the local rubber and tin ore resources. As the importance of these two products declined so did the economic incentive for modernisation of this line, which never received the massive economic investment put into electrifying the West Coast Line. From Gemas there is a single daily service travelling the whole length of the line back to nearly the border with Thailand. This sleeper service passes through Jerantut on its way north from Gemas. Jerantut is the connection point between the Malaysian Railway Network and road or river connections to the entrance to the massive Taman Negara National Park which features, alongside an impressive range of flora and fauna, the world’s longest canopy walkway.