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Trains from Penang (Malaysia) to Bangkok

There is a single daily direct train service from Penang to Bangkok. We recommend booking a sleeper seat in advance as they normally sell out well in advance the day of travel.

Train Times from Penang to Bangkok

Train No. Dept Arr Service
36 13:15 10.30 Special Express


If there are no seats available on Train #36 an alternative option is take a Malaysian Train to Hat Yai, and then change trains for the onward journey to Bangkok.

About Train Travel from Penang to Bangkok

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There is a single direct service per day from Penang to Bangkok. We recommend booking a sleeper seat in advance as they normally sell out before the day of travel. The train follows the same route as the famous Eastern and Oriental Express at a fraction of the cost. There is a brief stop of around 40 minutes at passport control entering into Thailand where passengers must disembark with their luggage before returning to the train on a different platform.

  • Scheduled Journey Time: 21 hours 15 minutes
  • Online Ticket Price: 1,430 THB (2nd class A/C sleeper)
Getting to Penang’s Train Station in Butterworth

Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bangkok

Penang’s train station is on the Malaysian mainland at Butterworth. If you are coming from a destination on the mainland it is easy to get to Butterworth railway station as the main bus station for Penang is adjacent to Butterworth railway station. If you are coming from Penang island then you have two options for getting to Butterworth railway station. The first option is to take the ferry from George Town. It departs from the pier on the Pengkalan Weld Road just south of Little India and the Chulia Street area. The other option is to take a taxi over the bridge at the north of Penang island and do the journey by road. Allow at least 1 hour for either journey.

Location of Butterworth Railway Station near Penang

Travel Onwards on Arrival in Bangkok

Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Bangkok’s main train station, Hua Lamphong, in Bangkok’s Chinatown not far from the Chao Phraya river. Aside from taxis and tuk-tuks, there are two easy public transport options from this railway station. Adjacent to the train station is an MRT (Metro) station which go on one route through the City, via Silom, Sukhumvit Road and up to Bang Sue railway station in the north of Bangkok. The other option is to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat service from the Harbour Department Pier, a 1,200 metre walk from Bangkok train station.

Map of Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Hotels in Bangkok

Loy La Long Hotel

Loy La Long Hotel near Bangkok train station

Hua Lamphong train station is situated in ‘Old Bangkok’ near the river in China Town. As well as being convenient for the train station, staying in China Town is an exciting experience. In the day time visit the markets of Sampeng Lane as famous temples such as Wat Traimit. In the evenings dine street side at one of the great fish restaurants on the Yaowarat Road. There are some great hotels nearby as well in all price ranges from budget to luxury.

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