The only direct train service from Bangkok to Singapore is the Eastern & Oriental Express which is a fantastic service but very expensive and the trains run infrequently. You can, however, travel much more cheaply every day of the year by using regular Thai and Malaysian train services. To travel by rail from Bangkok to Singapore using regular services then you need to catch 5 different trains. See below for train times and tickets for each of the 5 stages of the journey.
Train 1: Bangkok to Padang Besar
Train times from Bangkok to Padang Besar.
- Buy Thai Railway tickets for travel from Bangkok to Padang Besar.
Train 2: Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur
Train times from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur.
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- Buy Malaysian Railway tickets for travel from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur.
Train 3: Kuala Lumpur to Gemas
Train times from Kuala Lumpur to Gemas.
- Buy Malaysian Railway tickets for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Gemas.
Train 4: Gemas to Johor Bahru
Train times from Gemas to Johor Bahru.
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- Buy Malaysian Railway tickets for travel from Gemas to Johor Bahru.
Train 5: Johor Bahru to Singapore
Train times from Johor Bahru to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore.
Location of Bangkok Train Station
The first of the five trains you need to take departs from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, which is now Bangkok’s main railway station.
Location of Padang Besar Train Station
The second train you need to take departs from Padang Besar Railway Station where you also need to get an exit stamp from Thailand in your passport and another stamp to enter into Malaysia. Both sets of passport control are located inside the train station.
Location of Kuala Lumpur Train Station
The third train on the journey from Bangkok to Singapore departs from KL Sentral Station which is the main train station in Kuala Lumpur.
Location of Gemas Train Station
The fourth train you need to take is the shuttle train service to Johor Bharu Sentral Station from Gemas Railway Station.
Location of JB Sentral Train Station
The fifth and final train service from Bangkok to Singapore departs from Johor Bahru Sentral Station.
Location of Woodlands Train Checkpoint
The arrival point for train services to Singapore is Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
Travel in Singapore
Singapore has a modern and highly developed public transport system. The main form of public transport in Singapore is the MRT, which is a suburban railway network with 5 lines serving 119 station. The nearest MRT station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint is Marsiling MRT Station, which is 1.6 km from the train station. Singapore also a Light Railway System connecting outlying suburbs to the MRT network and a monorail system operating on Sentosa Island.
For travel to and from areas some distance from a MRT station then your two options are bus services or taxis. There are lots of bus services in Singapore many of which connect on route to MRT stations, and taking a bus from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to an MRT station is the cheapest option for onward travel within Singapore. On demand meter taxi services are heavily regulated in Singapore and whilst not as cheap as those in Bangkok they represent good value for money in comparison with taxi services in Europe and North America. The starting fare for a Singapore Meter Taxi is around $2.90 to $3.20 USD depending on the time of day and a 20 minute journey should cost in the region of $10 USD (or around 350 THB).