Trains from 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 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.

BangkokPadang BesarServiceTrain
16:1008:05Special 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
07:3013:04ETS Platinum9273
09:3515:09ETS Platinum9275
13:4019:14ETS Platinum9277
15:5021:35ETS Gold9425
16:4522:23ETS Platinum9279
  • 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.

TrainGemasJohor BahruService
4102:0006:25Southern Shuttle
2707:4412:30Ekspress Rakyat Timuran
4309:3014:15Southern Shuttle
4515:2019:45Southern Shuttle
  • 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

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.

Google Map of Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal

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.

Google Map of Padang Besar Railway 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.

Google Map of KL Sentral Station

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.

Google Map of 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.

Google Map of Johor Bahru Sentral Station

Location of Woodlands Train Checkpoint

The arrival point for train services to Singapore is Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

Google Map of 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 350 THB).

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