By train the journey from Padang Besar to Bangkok is scheduled to take 19 hours 05 minutes. We recommend booking a sleeper berth in advance as this is the longest train journey you can take in Thailand.
Trains Times from Padang Besar to Bangkok
There is currently 1 direct train per day from Padang Besar to Bangkok.
- The departure time is in Malaysian time, which is 1 hour ahead of Thailand, so the 18:00 departure time is 17:00 in Thailand.
- The arrival time is in Thai time.
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Padang Besar Train Station
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Bangkok Train Station
- Read more about Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).
About Travel to Bangkok
It’s a long journey from Padang Besar to Bangkok. In fact it’s one of the longest train journeys you can take in South East Asia. The journey can be either a battle of endurance, or a chance to see fantastic scenery as the train travels the entire length of Southern Thailand, depending upon your perspective. Travellers who don’t like long train journeys may want to travel only as far as Hat Yai and from there fly to Bangkok.
Seat Types on Train #46
The only seat type available on Train #46 is 2nd Class AC Sleeper Berth. In 2nd Class AC Sleeper Berth carriages each pairs of seats folds down bunk bed style to create an upper and lower bed. The upper bunk is accessible by a short metal ladder.
Each bunk has it’s own privacy curtain, along with a pillow, bedsheet and blanket which the train staff fit as the same time as they fold down the beds. The operation takes only a couple of minutes during which time passengers need to vacate their seats.
The sleeper berths are fairly comfortable although there can be some noise from other passengers at night as around 40 people will be sharing the same carriage. Toilets are accesible throughout the night at the ends of the carriage, although some of the doors connecting the carriages are locked shut at night after the restaurant car closes for security reasons.
Arrival in Bangkok
Long distance train services in Thailand no longer travel all the way into Bangkok. Hua Lamphong Railway Station, the old main terminus in Bangkok, is located in Bangkok’s China Town area. For many arriving into Hua Lamphong Railway Station was convenient as it is close to popular areas of Bangkok such as the Khao San Road and the Silom Road.
Bangkok’s magnificent new main train terminal, Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, is located on the Northern edge of Central Bangkok close to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. The new train terminus is, however, some distance from the modern centre of Bangkok, around the Sukhumvit Road and Siam Road, and a long way from the old cenre of Bangkok, near the Chao Phraya River.
The best way to travel onward in Bangkok from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal is take the MRT. The MRT is Bangkok’s fast, efficient and modern underground train system. The MRT network is very safe to use, even late at night, with a very low incidence of the types of crime or anti-social behaviour you might associate with subway systems in some cities in Europe or North America.
The entrance to the MRT is inside the main train terminal building at the far end of the station, which is the opposite end of the station to where you end up once you have descended the escalator from the train platform. The entrance to the MRT, however, is well sign posted and easy to reach as long you are capable of walking down two flights of stairs.
The MRT runs south from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal passing by the old railway station, Hua Lamphong, continuing westward to Thonburi. which is on the other side of the Chao Phraya River to Central Bangkok.
Popular stops on the MRT include Phetchaburi MRT station, where you can connect to the Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and Asok MRT, which is on the Lower Sukhumvit Road and an interchange station with the BTS overhead train network. The BTS has a much wider coverage of Bangkok then the MRT.