Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai (Thailand)
Hat Yai (also Haadyai) is the first big city in Thailand's south after passing the border from Malaysia. From here travellers can transit to destinations like Krabi, Phuket, Bangkok or to Ko Sumai or Ko Phangan.
distance: ca. 540km
total travel time: about 8 hours
departure in KL from: TBS Bus Terminal
Bus Connections KL - Hat Yai
The buses heading up to the Thai border at Bukit Kayu Hitam are using the North–South Expressway (E1) passing Ipoh, Butterworth / Penang and Alor Setar.
Bus Tickets Online:
Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai
Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur
Train Connection KL - Hat Yai
There was a popular option to use the overnight sleeper train from KL to Hat Yai but these service unfortunately had been cancelled. Now you would take the train on the modern Electric Train Service (ETS, opened in 2010) to Padang Besar (border town to Thailand) and from there catch another train to Hatyai or in case the transit time too long, you might also also just walk across the border and take a minivan from there.
Train Kuala Lumpur - Padang Besar (Malaysian town at the Thai border)
travel time: about 5h 30min
ticket prices: from RM 76
departure from KL (KL Sentral) / arrival Padang Besar:
6.45am / 12.08pm
9.44am / 3.05pm
11.40am / 5.03pm
6.17pm / 0.49am
11.27pm / 5.01am
Shuttle Train Padang Besar - Hatyai (Thailand)
travel time: 1h
ticket prices: 70 Thai Baht or RM 10
departure: 9.55am, 3.40pm
Most people use taxis (expensive) or minivans to go to Hatyai from the border instead since the shuttle train is slow and the connection times are inconvenient. Be careful of the touts the stations and try not to get ripped off.
detailed blog report of the experience of taking the train from Padang Besar to Hatyai: