Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train | Hat Yai & Padang Besar Train Schedule, Tickets, Booking & SIM Card

The Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train is a very popular mode of transport between the Malaysia border town of Padang Besar to Hat Yai, the largest city of Songkhla Province, Thailand. The shuttle train between Padang Besar and Hat Yai commenced on 22 December 2015. It operates a return leg from Hat Yai twice daily, which connects to ETS and Komuter services from Padang Besar, in addition to the existing Special Express 45/46 (International Express) service.

If the departure timings do not suit you, try the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Bus / Minivan.

Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Route Map
Peta Laluan Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Rolling Stock
Rolling Stock Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Interior
Dalaman Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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Bogie Third Class (BTC)

Thailand SIM Card Purchase on board Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train
(Express 948 only)

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dtac Happy Tourist SIM Cards are available for purchase on board the Express 948 Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train (morning departure at 9.55am from Padang Besar to Hat Yai). While they typically cost 299 Baht when purchased directly from dtac or other resellers, Jai (or Ah Chai) sells these dtac Happy Tourist SIM Cards at a special price of only 260 Baht. Jai will also happily configure your phone settings for you and makes sure you have your internet before moving on to the next customer. HINT: Further discounts may be given if you are purchasing these SIM cards in a group when you speak politely to Jai and flash him your biggest smile.

The dtac Happy Tourist SIM Card entitles you to 8 days of unlimited 3G/4G Internet (speed will be throttled after 2.5 GB of usage), free 100 Baht worth of call credit and a special international call rate via 00400. The 100 Baht credit can also be used to buy more 3G/4G Internet when you download the dtac app.

This is a hassle-free at-seat SIM card purchasing service which I think offers the most convenient way to buy a SIM card in Thailand. In my opinion, the dtac Happy Tourist SIM Card is especially useful and offers one of the best value when you are spending 3 to 8 days in Thailand. It is also, in my opinion, the most reliable telco along the railway lines in Thailand. RailTravel Station does not receive any form of commission from this recommendation.

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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Timetable
Jadual Waktu Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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Southbound EXP 947 EXP 949
Hat Yai Junction 0730 1305
Khlong Ngae 0757 1331
Padang Besar (Thai) 0820 1355
Padang Besar 0925 (MY) 1500 (MY)
Northbound EXP 948 EXP 950
Padang Besar 0955 (MY) 1540 (MY)
Padang Besar (Thai) 0900 1445
Khlong Ngae 0924 1510
Hat Yai Junction 0950 1535

Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Timetable from SRT’s Website
Jadual Waktu Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar dari laman web SRT
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If the departure timings do not suit you, try the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Bus / Minivan.

Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Fares
Tambang Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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70 Baht (Air-Conditioned Train)
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50 Baht (Non-Air-Conditioned Train)
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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Fares from SRT’s Website
Tambang Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar dari laman web SRT
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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Journey Experiences
Pengalaman Perjalanan Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train Booking Methods
Kaedah Tempahan Tiket Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar
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  • SRT counters at Padang Besar, Padang Besar (Thai), Khlong Ngae and Hat Yai Junction only.

Tickets are open for sale on the day of departure only.

How do I book Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train tickets online?
Bagaimanakah saya menempah tiket dalam talian?

You cannot book Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train tickets online.
Anda tidak boleh menempah tiket Keretapi Ulang-Alik Hat Yai – Padang Besar dalam talian.

How do I book Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train tickets from Padang Besar, Malaysia?

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) office is located at Padang Besar station’s Platform 2, on the side which is closer to the north (ie. Thailand). The counter to purchase tickets is located within the SRT office, on a dedicated side desk. Tickets for the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train are only sold on the day of departure. The counter staff may request for your passport to key in your details on the ticket.

The counter is open at 9.00am for Express 948 and 2.30pm for Express 950. They will also provide you with the Thai immigration form. Fill this up and then head for Malaysian and Thai immigration.

How do I book Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train tickets from Hat Yai?

Tickets for the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train are only sold on the day of departure. Get your tickets at the counters for immediate travel (“Tickets For Travel Today”). The Tickets For Travel Today counter is open whenever the station is open. The counter staff may request for your passport to key in your details on the ticket.

There are no immigration forms required for Malaysia – just present your passport and visa (if required) to the immigration officer at Padang Besar.

Can I use Touch ‘n Go for the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train?

No!

How do I travel from Hat Yai to Butterworth?

Change to the KTM Komuter Northern Sector at Padang Besar.

How much is a ticket from Hat Yai to Butterworth?

There is no through ticket from Hat Yai to Butterworth. Buy a ticket at Hat Yai for the train to Padang Besar, then buy the KTM Komuter Northern Sector at Padang Besar. Tickets for the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train cost 70 Baht. See the KTM Komuter Northern Sector page for KTM Komuter Northern Sector fares.

Must I only travel from Padang Besar to Butterworth? Can I travel from Padang Besar to other stations such as Taiping, Sungai Petani or Alor Setar also?

Of course you can. The KTM Komuter Northern Sector serves all stations along the route and charges fares according to the distance travelled. For other stations not served by the KTM Komuter Northern Sector, take the ETS.

From Padang Besar, Malaysia, how do I travel to Padang Besar, Thailand to board the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train?

You do NOT need to travel from Padang Besar, Malaysia to Padang Besar, Thailand to board the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train. The Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train originates from and terminates its service at Padang Besar, Malaysia.

I am confused. Why are there two Padang Besar stations?

The Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia opened on 1 July 1918 and functions as the main border crossing station on the Malaysia-Thailand border.

The Padang Besar (Thai) Railway Station in Thailand is a new small Class 3 station which opened in December 2015 and serves the local Padang Besar Subdistrict in Sadao District, Songkhla, Thailand. It has only 1 platform along a single track main line. All trains plying on the line between Hat Yai Junction and Padang Besar only make a short stop at Padang Besar (Thai) Railway Station, and originate and terminate their services at the Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia.

You may also wish to note that the Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia is referred to in all timetables as Padang Besar and the Padang Besar (Thai) Railway Station in Thailand is referred to in all timetables as Padang Besar (Thai). If there are other timetables elsewhere featuring only one Padang Besar station, it is referring to Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia.

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44 thoughts on “Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train | Hat Yai & Padang Besar Train Schedule, Tickets, Booking & SIM Card

  1. Teh Sok Meng says:

    may I know that do Hat Yai train station have the luggage keeping services.
    I am travelling with a group of people ( 11 ) to take shuttle train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai to catch the flight from Hat Yai airport 4:30 pm.
    We need to left the luggage before time to board a taxi to airport.
    Thank you

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  2. Jessica says:

    I want to ask do I have to book the return ticket early from padang besar to sungaI petani?I should buy the ticket at sp or padang besar. That confused me a lot..

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  3. M.Islam says:

    Wht will be the ticket fare for Bkk -Padang Besar?Do I have to change train in Hat Yai to go to Padang Besar?Wht time the train (International)reaches Hat Yai from Bangkok and wht time the train from Hat Yai leaves for Padang Besar?I do want to miss the train Hat Yai-Padang Besar…Pl reply soonest.Thank You.

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    • RailTravel Station says:

      If you are asking about Bangkok – Padang Besar services, you shouldn’t be commenting on a Hat Yai – Padang Besar page but on a Bangkok – Padang Besar service’s instead, which link can be found all the way on the top of the page on the first paragraph. If you had missed out on that, there is also a second opportunity when you scroll down to click to view the integrated timetables. Please don’t just Google and drop your query on the first page you see and ask me to “reply soonest”, expecting to be spoonfed when already spoonfed information are available if you access the correct page.

      If you wish to get precise information, you should be asking the operator and not a blog.

      Also, if you “do want to miss the train Hat Yai-Padang Besar”, I wouldn’t need to suggest anything too right?

      But since I have typed such a long reply already, I’m still going to give you the information you want even though you have asked questions with a “?!” and a “Pl reply soonest”.

      https://railtravelstation.com/state-railway-of-thailand/southern-line/international-express/

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  4. Siti says:

    I have difficulty to book train from Hat Yai railway station to Padang besar on 01/07/2017?
    Is the ticket not available? Because it doesn’t turn to green for me to choose train.

    Thank you

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  5. LEE says:

    Hello, May I know the schedule from padang besar to hatyai?How many train will depart from padang besar to hatyai in a day?Am i only able to buy the ticket at padang besar, can i buy it in butterworth?online booking is not allowed right?Will the ticket from padang besar to hatyai sold off?

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  6. Denull says:

    where is hatyai? any good food to recommend?
    if I plan for 5 days in hatyai, is it enough?
    Suggestion: your blog would be more useful if you could provide some details about tourist attractions

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  7. Hadika says:

    Hi,

    Need to confirm something. Not sure any other people have asked this or not, but I still need the answer to plan my trip (and I am a little confuse).
    From the timetable :
    1) For EXP 947. I will depart from Hatyai Junction at 750am (Thai time), and shall arrive at Padang Besar Malaysia at 925am (Malaysia time). Taking the timing difference of 1 hour between Thai and Malaysia; is my understanding correct?
    2) Same goes to the EXP 949. Depart at 1.05pm (Thai time) and arrives Padang Besar Malaysia at 3.00pm (Malaysia time)?

    Appreciate your kind assistance.

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    • bunbun says:

      Can you not see that tickets are open for sale/booking on day of departure only? Or did you just skip the whole page to the comments section?

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  8. Andrew cheah kah kit says:

    Hi,
    I have come across the blog and has been using a lot of useful tips from this blog. Just wanna thanks the owners who made all the information available to the amateur train lovers like me, so that I can always browse through the latest news available about train and travel.

    One question relating to this post, since the Padang besar – Hatyai train only available on the day of departure, chances of not getting a ticket would be high if you travel during holiday season?
    As I would need to source for other resort just in case tickets sold out quickly.

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  9. Melina says:

    Hi,

    I will be taking the train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai. Will the ticket counter also provide me with the Thai immigration card when I purchase the train ticket?

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  10. Leong Yee says:

    may i know if i would like to choose the train from Hatyai to padang besar at 730 morning, then when i need to buy the tiket? Before 1 day can buy?

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  11. han says:

    hi. may i know whether it is possible for me taking van/mini van from hatyai to padang besar,MY around 9 or 10 in the morning? need to catch the train back to KL at 12.30 pm, but don;t want to take the train since it is too early, 7am Thailand.
    is there any option?
    Thank you so much.

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  12. Carpenter says:

    Hi,

    my next vacation is by train to Thailand from Malaysia, I already get a lot of the information from you, many thanks.

    may I know, If I return by Special Express Train No. 45 from Bangkok to padang besar, the train will stop on which Padang Besar Station? Because I need to join the KTM Komuter to Butterworth. Thank you.

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  13. ABDUL AZRI says:

    Hi,
    1. Can i buy a ticket from Hatyai Junction to Padang Besar 2 days early?
    2. What time the counter ticket in Hatyai Junction will open?
    Thank you very much

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  14. ariaearthlovers says:

    Hi, i have some question about Hat Yai station

    1 . is there any mastercards ATM on Hat Yai train station?
    2. Is there any shop / convenience store like seven eleven that sell simcard near Hat Yai Train station?
    Because i found that TrueMove simcard is more cheaper than Dtacs hhha….
    thanks for your kindly response

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