Trains from Padang Besar to Surat Thani

By train the journey from Padang Besar to Surat Thani is scheduled to take 5 hours 47 minutes. Surat Thani is the connection point between the railway network and ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Trains Times from Padang Besar to Surat Thani

There is currently 1 direct train per day from Padang Besar to Surat Thani.

TrainPadang BesarSurat ThaniService
4617:0022:47Special Express
  • In Malaysian time, Train #46 departs at 18:00

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Padang Besar Train Station

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Surat Thani Train Station

Google Map of Surat Thani Railway Station

About Travel to Surat Thani

Surat Thani is a relatively large city with over 130,000 permanent residents. Surat Thani City is not, however, a major tourist destination in its own right. The city is not close to a swimming beach and it doesn’t have any popular historic or cultural sites to visit. Nonetheless, lots of foreign and domestic tourists pass through Surat Thani on the way to and from the popular islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, and to a lesser degree Koh Tao which is closer to the ferry ports of Chumphon Province to the north.

Staying Overnight in Surat Thani

If you arrive at Surat Thani Railway Station from the mid afternoon onwards it’s difficult to reach Koh Samui or Koh Phangan in the same day, so most visitors choose to stay overnight in Surat Thani and resume their journey the next day.

Surat Thani Train Station is not in Surat Thani City, it’s 16 km away in Phunphin District, closer to Surat Thani Airport than it is to Surat Thani City. The small town where the train station is located, Tha Kham, has a very limited range of accommodation available and a small number of shops and restaurants. A wider range of amenities is available in Surat Thani City.

If you arrive at Surat Thani Train Station in day light hours then you can take one of the orange coloured public buses which depart frequently from in front of the train and travel (slowly) all the way into the old bus station central part of the city. At night time travellers need to take one of the taxis or motorbike taxis which wait for passengers outside the front of the station. There is a fixed price taxi rank to the left hand side of the ticket hall as you depart from the station.

Ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan depart from Surat Thani
Ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan depart from Surat Thani

Travel to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui

There are several different ways to travel from Surat Thani to either Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. If you stay overnight near the train station, or are arriving in the morning, then you can take one of the joint bus and ferry services which departs from outside the front of the train station and travels direct to the islands. For more information about these direct services follow the links below:

You can also travel by bus and ferry from Surat Thani City to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The majority of ferry services to the islands depart from Donsak which is 65 km by road to the east of Surat Thani City. Ferry operators on this route, including Seatran, Raja Ferry and the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company, and some travel agents such the reliable Phantip Travel, sell joint tickets for the bus journey to Donsak and the ferry service combined. Follow the links for information about these services:

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