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Getting There By Rail

Thailand - Getting There By Rail

Options for travelling to Thailand by rail are severely limited. The only international rail connection is with Malaysia. The trains meet at Butterworth, which is south of the border but where a connection can be made to the major cities in both countries. The crossing point is a connection between the West Coast trunk line in Malaysia and the main southern line in Thailand, which runs to Bangkok via Hat Yai. Those crossing the border on a train are inspected by the customs services in Malaysia.

Hat Yai railway station services as the most southerly major rail station in the Thai network. Both passenger and freight trains pass through this station and it is the only truly international station in Bangkok. There is a ticket office within the station and advance bookings can be made there. The station is located close to the city centre. Each day there are 5 trains that run between Bangkok and Hat Yai and there are 7 trains each day which travel on to Malaysia.

It is possible to travel via the Eastern and Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok. This journey takes 41 hours and is generally a leisurely journey. This is also fairly expensive, with average prices around $1200 but it does include excursions along the way including a trip to the River Kwai and a tour of the city of Penang.

Tickets can be booked with either the State Railway of Thailand or the Malaysian Railway network.

Useful Resources

The State Railway of Thailand
Tel: 1690 (in Thailand)
Tel: + 66 2223 3762

Malaysian Railway
Tel: + 603 2267 1200

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