Trains from Chumphon to Padang Besar (Malaysia)

To travel by train from Chumphon to Penang you need to first travel by train to the border town of Padang Besar and change to Malaysian Train Services and continue by train from there to Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The old direct train service from Chumphon to Penang (Train #35) ceased operating in 2016.

Trains Times to Padang Besar

There is a single direct daily train service from Chumphon to Padang Besar.

TrainChumphonPadang BesarService
4523:2408:53Special Express

If this train is full the alternative is to take a different train, or a bus, to Hat Yai and from there another bus or one of the two daily shuttle trains to Padang Besar to connect with Malaysian Railway Services. Shuttle trains travel direct to Padang Besar Railway Station in Malaysia. If you are travelling by road from Hat Yai, then after passing through the road you will need to take a motorbike taxi (10 MYR) or taxi (20 MYR) to Padang Besar Railway Station as there are no public transport connections and its too far to walk.

Buy Tickets to Padang Besar

Use the Search Box below to buy your train tickets from Chumphon to Padang Besar:

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Tickets for travel by train from Padang Besar to Penang can be purchased at the train station, for travel by train by Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh you can purchase your tickets in advance online using the Search Box above.

Ticket Prices to Padang Besar

Tickets purchased online through the Search Box above cost 250 THB more than tickets purchased at the train station.

Seat TypeOnline PriceStation Price
2nd Class A/C Sleeper1,047 THB797 THB

The benefit of paying more to book online is that sleeper berths often sell out before the day of travel on this route and if you don’t book in advance you end up travelling 3rd class in a less comfortable seat.

Chumphon Railway Station

Chumphon train station is located in the centre of Chumphon Town on Thailand’s Southern Line which runs from Bangkok to border with Malaysia via Surat Thani and Hat Yai. From Hat Yai there is a branch line to Padang Besar with the main line continuing onto Sungai Kolok, which is the border crossing closest to the town of Kota Bharu.

Main platform at Chumphon Railway Station
Main platform at Chumphon Railway Station

Chumphon is a small city and this is a small train station with few facilities other a left luggage service, a small shop and a toilet. Nearby to the station there is a great restaurant called Papa Seafood where many travellers choose to wait for late night departure. A cheaper option for great food and drink is to walk to the end of the station approach road and down the Krumluang Chumphon Road. On the left hand side of the Krumluang Chumphon Road there are some very good Thai food stalls selling authentic Southern Thai Food. The main reason foreign visitors come to Chumphon train station is that it is the closest train station to the ferry piers for services to and from Koh Tao.

Location of Chumphon Station

Google Map of Chumphon Railway Station

Malaysia Padang Besar Station

Google Map of Padang Besar Railway Station

Travel to Penang and Kuala Lumpur

From Padang Besar Railway station in Malaysia you can travel direct by train to 3 major destinations:

  • Penang: There are 14 trains a day from Padang Besar to Butterworth Railway Station, which is short journey by road or ferry from Penang. Trains to Butterworth depart at 05:25, 06:25, 07:25, 08:25, 10:25, 12:25, 13:25, 14:25, 15:25, 16:25, 17:25, 18:25, 19:25 & 21:25. The train journey from Padang Besar to Butterworth Railway Station takes around 1 hours 51 minutes.
  • Ipoh: There are 6 trains a day from Padang Besar to Ipoh. Trains to Ipoh depart at 06:45, 09:13, 12:55, 13:58, 15:43, 16:55 & 19:40. The train journey from Padang Besar to Ipoh takes around 3 hours.
  • Kuala Limpur: There are  7 trains a day from Padang Besar to Kula Lumpur Sentral Station. Trains to Butterworth depart at 06:45, 09:13, 12:55, 15:43, 16:55 & 19:40. The train journey from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 to 6 hours depending upon which train service you take.

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