Travel from Hat Yai Railway Station to Penang

A faster option than travelling by train from Hat Yai to Penang is to take a minivan from near to the train station which travels direct to George Town on Penang Island.

Travel Times to Penang


There are 3 daily services to Penang departing from near to Hat Yai Railway Station which you can book online.

Hat YaiPenangCostCompany
09:3014:30365 THBHat Yai Nominatee Tour
12:3017:30365 THBHat Yai Nominatee Tour
15:3020:30365 THBHat Yai Nominatee Tour

  • Departure times are in Thailand time, and arrival times are in Malaysia time, which is 1 hour ahead of Thailand.
  • By minivan the journey from Hat Yai to Penang takes 4 hours.

Buy Tickets to Penang


Use the Search Box below to buy your travel tickets from Hat Yai Railway Station to Penang.

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Train Times from Bangkok to Hat Yai


There are 5 daily train services from Bangkok to Hat Yai.

TrainBangkokHat YaiSleeper Train
17113:0005:52Yes
3114:4506:35Yes
37/4515:1007:20Yes
16915:3509:15Yes
39/4122:50 12:34No

Location of the Minivan Station


Hat Yai Nominatee Tour services to Penang depart from 171 Thumnoonvithi Rd, which is 1,100 metres walking distance to the east of Hat Yai Junction Railway Station along the major road which runs through Hat Yai city centre from the front of the railway station.

Google Map of Hat Yai Nominatee Tour

Arrival in Penang


Hat Yai Nominatee Tour services from Hat Yai terminate at the New Asian Travel office under the Komtar Tower in the centre of George Town, in Penang, a short walk away from the popular Chulia Street.

Google Map of New Asian Travel office

About George Town


George Town is the main city on the island of Penang, and the location of the port for the car ferry which connects Penang Island with Butterworth on the mainland. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008, the historic centre of George Town is a highly popular tourist destination famous for its cultural and historical sites, and arguably the culinary centre of Malaysia as well. George Town has a long and interesting history, most notably the period of English colonisation of the island which began in 1786. George Town’s importance as a commercial centre attracted a large immigrant population, first from India and later from China, making George Town one of the most multi-cultural cities in South East Asia. Chinese, Indian and Malay influences are evident all over the city and in many respects have fused together as is apparent in the local food with many of the dishes combining elements from several different cultural traditions.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Penang
Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Penang

There are many places to visit and things to do in George Town, the most popular of which are:

  • Hire a trishaw: A popular way to tour the city is to hire a three wheeled taxi propelled by a driver who pedals a bike at the rear of the passenger carriage.
  • Stroll along the Esplanade: The sea front area in George Town features a number of historical sites including a British fort and some grand colonial era government buildings.
  • Cheah Kongsi: A 19th Century Chinese clan house. There are several clan houses in George Town which were the headquarters of organised groups of immigrants later made illegal by the British because of the many street battles which took place in George Town between different ethnic groups.
  • Chew Jetty: 19th Century wooden jetty still inhabited by a community whose members are the direct ancestors of Chinese immigrants. Residents are excused from paying local taxes because they live over the water rather on Penang Island itself.
  • Little India: A district full of Indian shops, restaurants and a Hindu temple. Probably the closest you can get to being in India without actually travelling there.
  • Chulia Street Market: Evening market with cheap street food on one of the main streets in the historic part of George Town.
  • Street Art: George Town has some brilliant wall murals, some of the best of which were created by well known street artist Ernest Zacharevic.

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