Timetable • Singapore to Bangkok by Rail • Thailand Overland Visa Policy & Suggested Journey Experience

Singapore to Bangkok by Train

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.

Journey Experiences



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.

Integrated Train Timetable between Singapore and Bangkok

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 and SRT timetables.

Timetables from KTM’s website effective 1 December 2019
Jadual waktu dari laman web KTM berkuatkuasa 1 Disember 2019


KTM Intercity

Shuttle Tebrau

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.

Link yang dilampirkan tiada lagi di dapati di Google Drive, di atas sebab RailTravel Station terlalu kerap memuatnaik jadual perjalanan keretapi berbanding KTM. Sekiranya link tiada lagi berfungsi, ia kemungkinan berpunca dari khidmat jaringan KTM dan bukan berpunca dari website RailTravel Station.

SRT Timetable

Please search here.

Suggested Journey

Do note that this is only a suggestion – other combinations and stopovers are definitely possible. Also, I am not liable for any missed connections, delays or any other complains that you may have (which somehow is directed to me instead of KTM) when using this suggested journey.

Singapore to Bangkok

Day 1

0830hrs: Shuttle Tebrau 72up: Woodlands CIQ to JB Sentral
1010hrs: Ekspres Selatan 40up: JB Sentral to Gemas
1513hrs: ETS Gold Gemas – Butterworth 9322up: Gemas to KL Sentral

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2

0830hrs: ETS Platinum Standard/ETS Business Class KL Sentral – Padang Besar 9274up: KL Sentral to Padang Besar
1540hrs (MY GMT+8): Express 950 Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle TrainPadang Besar to Hat Yai
1845hrs (TH GMT+7): Special Express 32 ThaksinarathHat Yai to Bangkok

Overnight on board Thaksinarath.

Day 3

1030hrs: Arrive in Bangkok.

Bangkok to Singapore

Day 1

1445hrs: Special Express 31 ThaksinarathBangkok to Hat Yai

Overnight on board Thaksinarath.

Day 2

0635hrs: Arrive in Hat Yai.
0730hrs (TH GMT+7): Express 947 Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle TrainHat Yai to Padang Besar
1345hrs (MY GMT+8): ETS Platinum Padang Besar – Gemas 9203dn: Padang Besar to KL Sentral

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 3

1159hrs: ETS Gold Butterworth – Gemas 9321dn: KL Sentral to Gemas
1520hrs: Ekspres Selatan 43dn: Gemas to JB Sentral
2130hrs: Shuttle Tebrau 93dn: JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ
2135hrs: Arrive in Singapore.

KTM Train Ticket Booking Methods
Kaedah Tempahan Tiket Keretapi KTM

Tickets are open for sale in set periods about 60 days before departure except for the Shuttle Tebrau which opens 30 days before departure.

SRT Train Ticket Booking Methods
Kaedah Tempahan Tiket Keretapi SRT

Tickets are open for sale 90 days before departure.

Hotel Booking
Tempahan Hotel

Attractions Booking
Tempahan Tarikan

  • Klook (Get FREE S$5/RM15 voucher for your first purchase when you sign up here! *subject to exchange rate)

How do I book tickets online?
Bagaimanakah saya menempah tiket dalam talian?

Links to the KTM E-Ticket System are strikethroughed due to KTM’s own admission of the instability of their system here after former 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.

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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).

From 22 November 2018, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore nationals will also be granted unlimited entries at land borders in addition to Malaysia nationals for the purpose of tourism.

There does not seem to be a limit to the number of overland exits, and there are no limits to entry via flights. The 41 countries entitled to a 30-day visa exemption (45 excluding Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), which are liable to this new ruling are as follows:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America


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