The train journey between Singapore and Bangkok is perhaps one of the most popular journeys in the world for travelers of all generations, and is also one of my most frequent rail adventure routes, partially for convenience, but also due to familiarity and friends along the line. Each time I take the whole route, or even partially, different experiences and unexpected events (in a good way, of course) await.
The journey gives you a glimpse of the modern cities of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok with rustic local sceneries and on board food selections en route, especially in Thailand. The train is cheap, comfortable and relatively safe as well, with classes ranging from non-airconditioned third class hard benches for the extreme budget travellers to private compartments with attached showers for a price cheaper than a budget air ticket at times.
IMPORTANT: Scroll down for the new Visa Policy of Thailand for Overland Travel
Listed below are the timetables for train connections along the entire route between Singapore and Laos.
Singapore to Bangkok by Rail Part 1 – Singapore to Butterworth(outdated) Singapore to Bangkok by Rail Part 2 – Butterworth to Bangkok(outdated)
- Special Express 31 Thaksinarath: Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Hat Yai Junction by the Best Train in Thailand
- Express 947 Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train: Hat Yai Junction to Padang Besar by Train
- KTM Komuter Northern Sector: Padang Besar to Butterworth by Train
- Day 39: ETS Gold from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur
- Day 40: ETS Gold from Kuala Lumpur to Gemas
- Day 40: Ekspres Selatan from Gemas to Johor Bahru
- Day 40: Shuttle Tebrau from Johor Bahru to Woodlands CIQ
For the experience on board more types of trains, explore more by clicking the links above on the menu bar. There is no through ticket from Singapore to Bangkok – how you decide to fit your train connections is up to your preferred comfort, budget and timing.
Due to to zero popularity (ie. 1 click on average per day), and even complains at times, RailTravel Station’s integrated timetables are no longer available. Please refer to the official KTM timetables.
Timetables from KTM’s website effective 18 December 2017
- Gemas – KL Sentral – Ipoh – Butterworth
- Gemas – KL Sentral – Ipoh – Padang Besar
- Gemas – KL Sentral – Ipoh – Butterworth – Padang Besar
- KL Sentral – Ipoh
- JB Sentral – Tumpat
- JB Sentral – Gemas – Pulau Sebang (Tampin)
- JB Sentral – Woodlands CIQ
Links attached are no longer hosted on Google Drive as RailTravel Station is too often confused with the timetable provider instead of KTM. Should the links be down, it is on KTM’s servers and not on mine.
KTM Train Ticket Booking Methods
Tickets are open for sale 180 days before departure except for the Shuttle Tebrau which opens 30 days before departure.
SRT Train Ticket Booking Methods
- SRT counters
- Online from 12Go Asia (joint ticketing with connecting trains available)
- Online from the SRT E-Ticket System (additional 30 baht surcharge)
One of the most useful things about 12Go.Asia is that they will create joint tickets for you, so you could actually make a single booking from Bangkok to Singapore and vice-versa.
Tickets are open for sale 60 days before departure.
How do I book tickets online?
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for 12Go Asia.
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for Easybook.
Click here for a step-by-step guide to the KTM E-Ticket System.UNSTABLE: Proceed at your own risk.
Links to the KTM E-Ticket System are strikethroughed due to KTM’s own admission of the instability of their system here after Prime Minister Najib Razak personally posted on Facebook that there is such an issue here. Proceed using the KTM E-Ticket System at your own risk.
IMPORTANT: Visa Policy of Thailand for Overland Travel
From 31 December 2016, nationals entitled to a 30-day visa exemption, with the exception of Malaysia, are eligible to enter Thailand without a visa through land border checkpoints only twice in a calendar year (ie. only two land entries from 1 January to 31 December).
There does not seem to be a limit to the number of overland exits, and there are no limits to entry via flights. The 44 countries entitled to a 30-day visa exemption (45 excluding Malaysia), which are liable to this new ruling are as follows:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- The Philippines
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America