Guide to Train Travel from Bangkok to Penang
There is only one service per day from Bangkok to Penang so make sure you book in advance. 2nd and 1st class sleeper seats are available on this train and there is a restaurant car. Food can also be ordered to be served at your seat if you prefer.
Train times from Bangkok to Penang (Butterworth train station)
If no seats are available for Train #35.1 an alternative option is to book a seat to Hat Yai, and once at Hat Yai change trains to one of the Malaysian train services which regularly run from Hat Yai to Butterworth Train Station in Malaysia, which is the closest railway station to Penang.
About Train Travel from Bangkok to Penang
This is a great journey which follows the same route as the famous Eastern & Oriental Express down to Butterworth Railway Station, which is on the mainland near to Penang island. This is a long journey, over 22 hours, but it is a lot more comfortable than the journey by bus and there is some great scenery along the way. For railway enthusiasts this journey is a ‘must do’ on any tour of the South East Asian railway network. From Butterworth Railway Station it is a short journey by car ferry to George Town, the exciting capital city of Penang Island.
Chinese style house in George Town on Penang Island
Trains to Penang depart from Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok
There are several different ways to get to Hua Lamphong Station by metro (MRT), bus, tuk-tuk, taxi and by walking 10 minutes from the Marine Department Pier on the Chao Phraya Express Boat line. Hua Lamphong Station is located in China Town and if you have a few hours to wait the area is well worth exploring. There are many temples and markets to visit within 1 km of the railway station.
Location of Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station
On Arrival in Penang
You need to cross over a short stretch of sea to get from Butterworth Railway Station to reach the island of Penang. There are two ways to do this.
1. From the train station you can easily walk to the ferry pier. The ferry takes you to the edge of Penang City from where it is an easy 15 minutes walk to the popular tourist areas of the City around Chulia Street, where many of the best hotels are located.
2. Your second option is to take a taxi from the railway station over a nearby bridge onto Penang by road.
Onward Travel from Penang
Bus to Kuala Lumpur
Onward travel is very easy from Butterworth railway station because it is very close to Butterworth bus station. From Butterworth bus station it is a 4 hour bus journey to Kuala Lumpur. The bus route is quick as the road is mostly 3 lane motorway.
Route Map from Butterworth Railway Station to Butterworth Bus Station
- Walking distance from Butterworth Railway Station to Butterworth Bus Station: 190 metres
- Walking time from Butterworth Railway Station to Butterworth Bus Station: 2 minutes
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