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No More Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36; Now Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46

Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46; Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36

It is a little sad, actually, to find out, upon trying to book a ticket of the International Express Train 36, which I regularly took from Butterworth to Bangkok, that Malaysian Railways (KTM Berhad) no longer offered this service.

Beginning December 2, 2016, Train 36 has been replaced by Train 46, which departs from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok daily at 18:00 (6pm) Malaysian Time.

Train 46 will reach Bangkok at approximately 10:10 (10.10am) Thai Time the very next day.

Tickets of Train 46 from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok will now be handled by and sold at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) counter inside the Padang Besar KTM Train Station, where Malaysian and Thai immigration checkpoints are also located. Besides the SRT counter, one can also book tickets online at Thairailwayticket.com, which is owned by SRT.

Train 46 Padang Besar-Bangkok State Railway of Thailand SRT
Book Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46 ticket online.

Unlike previously, KTM now has nothing to do with the sales of Train 46 tickets, as the train from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok is operated entirely by SRT.

One will now need to travel to the Padang Besar KTM Station situated in the northern part of Perlis, Malaysia to be able to board Train 46 to Bangkok. One can get down at major stations across various provinces in Southern Thailand, e.g., Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin, Ratchaburi, etc., , before the final destination of Hua Lamphong in Bangkok.


Details of Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46

Departs from: Padang Besar, Malaysia (18:00 Malaysian Time)
Arrives at: Hua Lamphong, Bangkok (10:10 Thai Time next day)

Adult fare:
Lower Berth: 960 THB
Upper Berth: 870 THB

Child fare:
Lower Berth: 780 THB
Upper Berth: 690 THB


Image credit to railtravelstation.com.
Image credit to railtravelstation.com.

SRT also operates a daily train from Bangkok to Padang Besar (Malaysia), known as Train 45.

Tickets can be purchased over the counter at any railway station in Thailand, or via SRT’s Thairailwayticket.com.

Details of Bangkok-Padang Besar Train 45

Departs from: Hua Lamphong, Bangkok (15:10 Thai Time)
Arrives at: Padang Besar, Malaysia (08:53 Malaysian Time next day)

Adult fare:
Lower Berth: 960 THB
Upper Berth: 870 THB

Child fare:
Lower Berth: 780 THB
Upper Berth: 690 THB