The Special Express 45/46, informally-known as the International Express, is a popular daily Special Express train operating between Bangkok, Thailand and Padang Besar, Malaysia, stopping at major stations along the route. This trains runs combined with the Thaksin Express (Special Express 37/38) plying between Bangkok and Sungai Golok. The two trains will run as a single rake between Bangkok and Hat Yai, and thereafter split off to run independently on its own journeys to Sungai Golok and Padang Besar respectively.
This train was originally formed of the Special Express 35/36 running on it’s own timetable. The Special Express 35 last departed on 1 December 2016 and the Special Express 36 last departed on 2 December 2016. Replacing its previous timetable is the new Thaksinarath running between Bangkok and Hat Yai with new CRRC-manufactured coaches.
Timetable from SRT’s website
International Express: Bangkok to Hat Yai and Butterworth by Train (outdated)
International Express: Butterworth and Hat Yai to Bangkok (outdated)
Day 38-39: State Railway of Thailand from Bangkok to Padang Besar (outdated)
- SRT counters
- Online from 12Go Asia (joint ticketing with connecting trains available)
Tickets are open for sale 60 days before departure.
How do I book tickets online?
Why is the International Express Special Express 35/36 being terminated?
A new Special Express 31 and 32, named the Thaksinarath by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, will replace the International Express’s timetable, running between Bangkok and Hat Yai with new CRRC-manufactured coaches.
How do I travel to Padang Besar now?
If you decide to travel with the Thaksinarath, change to the Hat Yai – Padang Besar Shuttle Train at Hat Yai. If you wish to travel directly from Bangkok to Padang Besar and vice-versa, use this International Express Special Express 45/46 which will operate as a split service with the Thaksin Express to Sungai Golok and Padang Besar from 2 December 2016 onwards.