By train the journey from Bagan Serai to Padang Besar is scheduled is take just over 2 hours. From Padang Besar can travel onward to Thailand both by train and by road.
Train Times from Bagan Serai to Padang Besar
There is currently 1 train service a day from Bagan Serai to Padang Besar.
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About Travel to Padang Besar
Padang Besar is a town with two parts. One half of Padang Besar is in Malaysia, and has around 10,000 permanent residents. The other half of the town is Thailand, and is slightly larger with approximately 15,000 inhabitants. Confusingly, there is a Padang Besar Railway in both the Thai and the Malaysian halves of Padang Besar.
Padang Besar Railway Station
The Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia is much larger than the Padang Besar Railway Station in Thailand, with a sizeable inside area containing a waiting area, toilets, ticket counters and a fairly large restaurant. The restaurant is well used as there are few other facilities near the station.
The other notable feature of Malaysia’s Padang Besar Railway Station is that this station houses two sets of immigration desks on the ground floor inbetween the train platforms. The reason for this is that Padang Besar is the only interchange station with Thai railway services. Passengers travelling between Malaysia and Thailand can clear both sets if immigration controls as they either exit or board international trains at Padang Besar Railway Station.
Travel to Thailand by Train
There are 3 trains services a day from Padang Besar to Thailand. Two of these trains are short distance services travelling as far as Hat Yai. These trains depart daily at 09:55 (08:55 Thailand time) and 16:40 (15:40 Thailand time). On arrival in Hat Yai passenger have the option of boarding another train heading north, transferring to a wide range of bus and minivan services, or taking a flight from Hat Yai Airport.
The other daily train from Padang Besar to Thailand is Train #46 departing at 18:00 (17:00 Thailand time). Train #46 is a long distance train which stops at Hat Yai before continuing all the way to Bangkok via Surat Thai, Chumphon and Hua Hin amongst other major stations on Thailand’s Southern Railway Line. Train #46 is scheduled to arrive at Bangkok’s Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal at 12:05 the following day. For a sleeper berth on Train #46 we recommend booking in advance which you can do through the Search Box above.
Travel by Road to Thailand
If you you miss a connecting train service from Padang Besar to Thailand, or all the tickets are sold out, you can travel by road from Padang Besar Railway Station to Thailand, although it’s a more expensive option. Taxis wait outside the front entrance to Padang Besar Railway Station taking passengers all the way to the Thailand immigration for around 20 MYR per person. Once you you cross over into Thailand then we recommend that you take a taxi or motorbike taxi to the minivan station in the Thai half of Padang Besar for the journey to Hat Yai which has far more transport options available.