Train times & tickets – Bangkok to Singapore

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 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.
BangkokPadang BesarServiceTrain
15:1008:53Special Express45

  • 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.
Padang BesarKuala LumpurServiceTrain
07:4713:47ETS Platinum9221
11:1516:55ETS Platinum9201
14:2020:05ETS Platinum9203
17:1322:55ETS Platinum9205
18:0500:11ETS Gold9425
  • 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.
Kuala LumpurGemasServiceTrain
00:1102:40ETS Gold9425
12:0814:38ETS Gold9321
  • Buy Malaysian Railway tickets for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Gemas.

Train 4: Gemas to Johor Bahru


  • Train times from Gemas to Johor Bahru.
GemasJohor BahruServiceTrain
05:4510:29Southern Shuttle41
06:5911:47Southern Shuttle27
15:3520:06Southern Shuttle43
21:4502:38Southern Shuttle45
  • 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.
Johor BahruSingaporeServiceTrain
05:0005:05ShuttleST61
05:3005:35ShuttleST63
06:0006:05ShuttleST65
06:3006:35ShuttleST67
07:0007:05ShuttleST69
07:3007:35ShuttleST71
08:4508:50ShuttleST73
10:0010:05ShuttleST75
11:3011.35ShuttleST77
12:4512:50ShuttleST79
14:0014:05ShuttleST81
15:1515:20ShuttleST83
16:3016:35ShuttleST85
17:4517:50ShuttleST87
19:0019:05ShuttleST89
20:1520:20ShuttleST91
21:3021:35ShuttleST93
22:4522:50ShuttleST95

Location of Bangkok Station


The first of the five trains you need to take departs from Hua Lamphong, which Bangkok’s main railway station.

Location of Padang Besar 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 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 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 Station


The fifth and finally 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.

MRT train carriage in Singapore
MRT train carriage in Singapore

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 300 THB).

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