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How to get from Hua Hin to Penang (Malaysia) by train

There is one daily direct train service from Hua Hin to Penang in Malaysia, via Butterworth train station, per day.

Train times from Hua Hin to Penang


Train Hua Hin Penang Service
35.1 18.45 12:55 Special Express

If there are no seat available on Train #35.1 then an alternative option is to book a train as far as Hat Yai and then change to one of the Malaysian train services operating out of Hat Yai for the onward journey to Penang.

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Book in advance, as seats often sell out days in advance of the day of travel.

  • Online Ticket Price: 1,355 THB (2nd class A/C sleeper)
  • Scheduled Journey Time: 18 hours 10 minutes

About Train Travel from Hua Hin to Penang


Trishaw Taxi in Penang

Trishaw Taxi in Penang

Most of the journey is done overnight making this an excellent service upon which to book a sleeper seat. Second  class sleeper seats in an air-conditioned carriage are reasonably priced and comfortable, and they allow you to save money on hotel rooms. Once the train arrives at the border with Malaysia passenger leave the train for around 40 minutes to pass through passport control and return to the same train for the final part of the journey. At the border the Thai staff leave the train and are replaced by Malaysian staff who operate a trolley service with food and drinks. Thai money is still accepted on the train after the train crosses the border.

  • Travel Tip: When the train stops at the border make use of the currency exchange booths on the station platform to change a small amount of money for Malaysian Ringgit so that on arrival at Butterworth train station you have local currency to pay for the onward journey from Butterworth Train Station to Penang. The exchange rates, however, at the border are not normally as good as the exchange rates offered by banks in Penang.

How to Travel to Hua Hin’s main railway station


Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa

Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa

Hua Hin’s very attractive small train station is pleasantly situated next to the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course. It is about a 1 km walk away from the beach and the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa at the top of Soi Hua Hin 76. Hua Hin is spread out some distance along the main highway running through the town and the running parallel to the long sandy beach. Some of the hotel and resorts are some way from the railway station and you may need to make use of a taxi or tuk-tuk to get to the train station.

Location of Hua Hin Railway Station


How to Travel from Butterworth Train Station to Penang


If you planning to visit Penang Island, then from Butterworth railway station there are two ways to travel there.

Option 1: Take the cheap car ferry over the strait separating Penang from mainland Malaysia. The boat pier is very close to the train station and it is an easy walk. Follow the signs from the train station. . From the ferry pier in George Town and it is a 5 minute walk to Little India and a 10 minute walk to Chula Street.

Option 2: Take a taxi. There is a bridge to the north of Butterworth railway station between the mainland and Penang Island. The taxi option may be the better one is you are staying somewhere outside the centre of George Town.

How to Travel from Butterworth Station to Kuala Lumpur


Bus from Butterworth (nr Penang) to Kuala Lumpur

Bus from Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur

For onward travel to Kuala Lumpur you need to change to travelling by bus. Butterworth railway station is next to the main bus station. The route down to Kuala Lumpur is mostly motorway. The journey takes only 4 hours by bus and passes some fantastic mountains and forests on the first part part of the journey.

Location of Butterworth Railway Station near Penang


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