International Express

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.

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The Special Express 45/46 (International Express) running on the sector between Bangkok (Hua Lamphong) and Hat Yai Junction.

The Special Express 45/46 (International Express) running on the sector between Hat Yai Junction and Padang Besar.


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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.


7 thoughts on “International Express

  1. Bob Kreijveld says:

    This summer me and two friends of mine are traveling from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur using the Special Express 45 arriving in Padang Besar at 09:53. We want to change to the KTM ETS Platinum 9501 service departing at 12:55, so we have a 182 minute transit. I’ve read from experience from other people that we should NOT use this transit due to frequent delays of the Sp. Express 45. Instead we should take the KTM ETS Gold service 9019 service departing at 15:43, giving us a 350 minute transit.
    What is your advice topic? Do you think the 12:55 departure will give us enough time for customs or do you suggest we take the 15:43 departure to Kuala Lumpur?
    Thanks a lot in advance!


    • RailTravel Station says:

      Is the experience from other people the 35 or 45? Due to potential legal implications on this suggestion, I would not wish to offer advice on which connection you should choose. Also, KTM tickets are not changeable less than 24 hours before departure.


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