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How to Take the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train

UPDATE MAY 2020: You’re backpacking through Asia on a budget and you don’t want to fly right? Travelling overland is much more ‘real’ travel anyway! Ok so you want to know how to Take the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train – this post should sort it out for you. You have 2 options for the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok train, one requires just 1 change, whereas the other requires 2 changes.

NOTE: If you want to extend this and go from Singapore to Bangkok, them you just need to add one more train journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (bus or train – both take about 5 hours and they go every 30 mins, you can work that one out yourself!)

How to Take the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train
How to Take the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train; The iconic Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

 

You Have 2 Options When Taking the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train

OPTION 1): Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar, on the Malaysia side of the Malaysia/Thai border. Then change trains at Padang Besar, from Padang Besar to Bangkok. 

FIRST TRAIN:Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar:

Takes: 5 hours on the new trains. If you’re on a tight budget, take the night train. You can see the daytime time table here.

Costs: $20-$25 depending if you take gold or platinum tickets

Departs KL Sentral: 7.20, throughout the day until 22.50pm. Take the first 3 trains to catch the overnight train in the second leg on time.

Arrives Padang Besar: 1pm until 4.35am.

Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok train
Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok 1st leg. KL to Pedang Besar timetable

SECOND TRAIN: From Padang Besar to Bangkok

Takes: 17 hours

Costs: $26-$29 depending on upper or lower berth sleeper.

Departs Pedang Besar: 5pm

Arrives in Bangkok: 10am

 

TOTAL COST FROM KUALA LUMPUR TO BANGKOK BY TRAIN: $46- $54

TOTAL JOURNEY TIME: 24 HOURS

 

NOTE: Check out the prices and options by typing in your departure point and arrival point below here, it will give you an up to date price, and allow you to book online too!

 

OPTION 2)  Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth train, then Butterworth to Pedang Besar, then Pedang Besar to Bangkok train.

First take the train from Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) to Butterworth:*

Takes: 5 hours

Costs: $20-$25 depending if you take gold or platinum tickets

Departs Kuala Lumpur:  08:05, 11:15, 13:30, 17:36, 20:20. 22:30

Arrives Butterworth: 5 hours after departure

 Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth train timetable

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth train timetable
Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth train timetable

Train From Butterworth to Bangkok: EDIT 2020. YOU KNOW MUST GO FROM BUTTERWORTH TO PEDANG BESAR, AND THEN ON TO BANGKOK. THEREFORE JUST TAKE OPTION 1, IT ONLY REQUIRES 1 CHANGE.

 

Singapore to Bangkok by train? 

Overland train from Singapore to Bangkok is a great adventure. I’d recommend doing it in this order, with 2/3 nights in each spot:

Singapore -> Melacca -> Kuala Lumpur -> Penang -> Phuket/Krabi -> Bangkok

Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok train
Singapore Skyline with their famous Lion Statue
Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok train
The Portuguese-flavoured Malacca

You can still take the trains the whole way, on the same timetables, but you’ll enjoy your journey much more. Good luck with the journey and happy travels.

Helpful links:

Malaysian trains – www.ktmb.com.my

Thai trains – www.thaifocus.com

 

 

 

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42 thoughts on “How to Take the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Train

  1. Pingback: What to do in Penang, Malayasia; A 2 Day Penang Itinerary
  2. How you can go from Pedang Bear to Bangkok in 6 hours? And from Hat Yai in 15 hours? Something is going wrong there. Its nearly the same distance guys.

  3. hello
    I am a bangladeshi citizen.I want to now after having thai visa n malayasia multiple entry visa, can travel to bankok by train/bus from kualalampur.plz reply

  4. hello

    I am a bangladeshi passport holder .I have malayasia multiple entry visa and thai visa.I want to know whether i wud be perperated to travel bankok by train/bus from kualalampur to bankok .Itz first time i will travel to bankok and malayasia.plz reply.

  5. Hi

    I am planning to take the train Chiang Mai to KL.
    I was going to reverse your plan 1 going via padang besar. But I can only find one train which takes 18 hours (not 6 hours). Was this an error or is the a super express train you can recommend?

    Thanks
    Tim

  6. Hi Johnny

    I was looking for information on how to plan a family road trip in south-east asia in May-2015

    and I came across your website, I liked the below route very much

    Singapore -> Melacca -> KL -> Penang -> Phuket/Krabi -> Bangkok

    I am now in the thoughts if there is a possibility of doing (added Cambodia & Vietnam)

    Singapore -> Melacca -> KL -> Penang -> Phuket/Krabi -> Bangkok -> Phnom Penh -> Ho Chi Minh

    or reverse.. (my home country is India)

    family members along with me would be myself (42), wife (40), 2 children (12 & 7) and my mother (70)

    this will be planned in May-2015 during School’s summer vacation, and will be a very budget trip

    the route shown below is based on my understanding and can be changed to make-fit a batter plan

    while I would prefer to rent a car and do the entire trip driving myself, but am not sure of the legal feasibility and cost constraints

    your advise will help..

  7. Hi, the suggested 10-day route you mentioned looks very good (Singapore -> Melacca -> KL -> Penang -> Phuket/Krabi -> Bangkok). How long should I take in each town/city, though? Are there overnight buses/trains from each location to the next at any given day? I prefer overnight runs to save on hotel cost and maximize my time. Would really love your input. Thanks!

  8. So is there any checkpoint where they would stamp your entry to Thailand or check if for yours visa if required ?
    Thanks for your information 🙂

    1. YA THEY HAVE CHECK POINTS, WHERE YOU WILL TAKE AT LEAST 10 MINTS AT EACH POINT OF EXIT AND TO ENTER ANOTHER COUNTRY, IT IS AS GOOD AS AT AIRPORT. THEY ARE VERY CARING AND HELPFUL

  9. Hey man, thanks a lot for your efforts!

    How long does the first option take? You wrote it takes ” hours 😀 ..

    Thanks again mate!

  10. Hi, sorry but I would like to reconfirm with the information you give. From the schedule I found in KTM train station schedule, I believe the journey from Butterworth to Bangkok should take 20 hours? which means you arrive Bangkok at 12pm instead? Or has it changed?

  11. Dear All

    1) I plan to go from KL to Bangkok by land.Pls suggest a schedule for places to see along the way. What shud I see, and how long to stay at each place? I would be very grateful if anyone can suggest a possi ble schedule for me.

    2) Are the trains safe? Clean?

    Thanks + rgds
    Shafiq
    zshafiq@gmail.com

  12. 22-DECEMBER-2012
    DEAR MR. JOHNNY,

    I AM GOING TO BANGKOK ON 28-01-2012 FOR THE FIRST TIME. I WANT TO GO TO KUALA LUMPUR BY TRAIN FROM BANGKOK. IS THERE ANY ONE TRAIN TO GO STRAIGHT FROM BANGKOK TO KUALA LUMPUR, WITHOUT CHANGING ANY TRAIN? AND HOW LONG WILL THIS JOURNEY TAKE?

    AWAITING YOUR VALUABLE REPLY.

    FROM AFZAAL.

    1. DEAR AFZAL , ITS VERY EASY TO GO BY TRAIN TO KUALA LUMPUR, GO TO THE NEARIEST STation at bangkok, or u can get it online check the avilibale dates online and take a ticket, and the traviling distance is just as from peshawar to multan, but u hv to stay and see different good places to see, so dont worry and that will be a very pleasent journey, make ur trip plan from home and search the places on internet before starting ur juorney and these are the best days to visit these countries.

  13. Hi,

    If anyone can advise on the timing and fare of train to BKK. We are 2 adults and 1 child. wish to stopover Hatyai before continuing to BKK.

    Put a night in Bangkok, Plan to go Pnom Pheng (1night) & HCMC (1-2 nights). Take a flight to KL.

    Please advise of the best route and stay.

    Regards
    owen

  14. Hey Johnny!
    I cant help but to comment how very useful this post is. im actually searching on how to take the train from Kuala Lumpur-bangkok. Seeing that there’s an alternative way to do this I might take Singapore -> Melacca -> KL -> Penang -> Phuket/Krabi -> Bangkok. Taking the longest route but in a more enjoyable way.
    Cheers to more travel

    1. OH I WANTED TO GO THE SAME WAY, COZ MY FIRST MISTAKE WAS THAT I CAME BY AIR FROM BKK TO SINGAPORE,BUT I DID IT WRONG AGAIN AS I CAME TO KL BY BUS FROM SINGAPORE, NOW I WANNA TAKE TRAIN AND FROM KL TO MALACCA AND SO ON, BUT WIL I GET THERE GOOD ACCOMMODATION FOR A NIGHT OR SO.

  15. hi, i have booked flights to kuala lumpur October 31 eta is 1750 and
    back to the philippnies on nov 5 departure at 1830
    Is it possible for me to visit bangkok based on my scheduled flight? What is the cheapest way to reach bangkok?
    I hope you can help me
    Many thanks

    1. hey judith, it’s possible ,check airasia for connecting flights to bkk, that’s ur best bet! to go by land takes around 30 hours each way, so it would cost a lot of your time :s if you can’t fly, i wouldn’t do it. Go to lankgkawi, kl, penang, melecca, singapore instead 🙂

  16. Hi, we are planning to go to thailand overland from malaysia this coming October. May I just ask which train we’ll take from KL Sentral? It’s a bit confusing…

    We are planning to take your advise #1. 1) Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar, Padang Besar to Bangkok.

    Thank you!

    1. just ask at the ticket counter, they’re really cool 🙂 BUT if you need a sleeper bed, book in advance, they sell out often

      1. Hi Johnny, thanks for the reply! Is there an online site where we can book the tickets (for sleeper train) or we can just do that in KL Sentral a day before our departure.

        Thanks again!

  17. The details provided are interesting and helpful. I plan to travel by train from Butterworth to Bangkok either in November, 2012 or January, 2013. I plan to travel by bus from KL to Penang- spend 2 nights there and then take the train from Butterworth to Bangkok. My question is 1)Can I buy a ticket directly for Bangkok or I have to buy Two tickets – one for Malaysia and another for Thailand? 2) Is stopover allowed? If Phuket comesalong the trip, I would like to make a break for 2 nights and then resume my trip to BKK. 3) Do I pay any extra for such a stopover (break journey)? I had visited these places earlier but never by train. I am from India.

    I await your advise and thanks a lot.

    1. i think 2 tickets mate 🙂 if u wanna stop at Phuket, just buy a ticket that far, and then get your bkk ticket when you need it, they very rarely sell out (certainly sitting tickets anyway) – good luck!

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