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Hat Yai Train Station

Hat Yai ( Had Yai ) Rail Station is the southernmost Major Rail 'Hub', Depot, and Junction on Thai Railways Southern Line for both passenger and Freight trains. Hat Yai Rail Station is a large station with a large railyard and locomotive shed. Hat Yai Station is Thailand's only International Train Station, being a Depot for both Thai Railways (SRT) and Malaysian Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu, KTM). Train Services Services inside Hat Yai Rail Station incude a 'Left-Luggage Counter', and an Advance Booking Office. The Hat Yai Train Station is centrally located for convenient transfer to Bus or Minivan Service. There are many Travel Agencies near the station, including one right across the street. When you arrive at Hat Yai Station in the morning, there are restaurants and food vendors in all of the streets surrounding the station.

Hat Yai- Local Transfer Information
Hat Yai is the Southern Bus and Minivan Hub for all other destinations in Southern Thailand and Malaysia. There are Travel Agencies everywhere around the City Center to help you with onward travel, including one right across from Hat Yai Station. From Hat Yai Train Station you simply walk into a nearby travel agency and buy a ticket for the next bus or minivan Service going to your desired destination. Common road destinations from Hat Yai include the Dannok (Thailand) / Sadao (Malaysia) Border Crossing, the Padang Besar (Both Thailand and Malaysia) Border Crossing, Pak Bara (for Ko Tarutao or Ko Lipe Islands, 2 1/2 hours) and Satun (for Langkawi and Ko Tarutao Islands, 2 hours). Hat Yai Station is much closer to the city center than either its Bus or Minivan Hubs.  See also Visa-Run Section - Satun  and  Beaches Section

Quick Facts on Hat Yai Train Service
  • Many Daily Intercity Express Trains stop at Hat Yai daily, including the 'Thaksin Express' (Bangkok - Sungai Golok) and the Bangkok-Yala Express Diesel Rail Cars.
  • International Rail Services stopping at Hat Yai Station include SRT's 'International Express' (Bangkok - Butterworth) and KTM's 'Langkawi Express' (Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur). Both Services have one train per day in each direction.
  • Five trains run daily between Hat Yai Station and Bangkok in each direction.
  • 7 trains per day go to Sungai Kolok (Southeast Branch on Thai / Malay Border).
  • Hat Yai Railway Station handles 28 passenger trains per day (26 Thai Railwaays Trains and 2 Malaysian Railways 'Ekspres Langkawi' Trains)

Train Services to/from Hat Yai Station

To/from Bangkok: Five trains daily
--Express trains depart at 16:16, 17:34 and 18:05
--Rapid trains depart at 14:18 and 15:26. Trains go via Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin etc.

To/from Sungai Kolok: Two trains to Sungai Kolok daily departing at 05:36 and 07:18.

To/from Malaysia: The Thai Railways 'International Express' between Hat Yai and Butterworth (Malaysia) via Padang Besar.
'International Express' Hat Yai-Pedang Besar-Butterowrth (Malaysia)
*'International Express' Trains to Butterworth depart daily at 05:50.
*International Express' Trains from Butterworth (Malaysia) to Hat Yai depart at 13:15 (There is continuing service onto Bangkok).

Malayan Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) The 'Senandung Langkawi' (Langkawi Express) between Hat Yai and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)via Padang Besar.
'Senandung Langkawi' Hat Yai-Padang Besar-Butterworth (Malaysia)-Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
*'Senandung Langkawi' to Kuala Lumpur departs Hat Yai daily at 14:50
*'Senandung Langkawi' from Kuala Lumpur departs from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station daily at 20:45

Please note that Malaysian time is one hour ahead of Thai time.

Hat Yai - How To get to Hat Yai By Thai Railways

Take an Overnight Train on Thai Railways Southern Train Line from Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station to Hat Yai Train Station. Hat Yai is the 'Southern Hub' for all trains going into / coming from Malaysia via Padang Besar, Malaysia. At Hat Yai Station, The Southern Line splits into two South-bound Branches. One goes Southeast via Songkla, Yala, Pattani to Sungai Kolok on the Thai / Malay Border. The other Branch goes Southwest to Padang Besar and destinations South into in Malaysia. There is a rail link at Sungai Kolok (last station on the Thai Railways Southeast Branch) across the Golok River to Rantau Panjang (in Malaysia), but there are no cross-border passenger train services there. Thailand Railways 'International Express' (Bangkok to Butterworth, Malaysia) and Malayan Railways 'Senandung Langkawi' (Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) both travel via Padang Besar (on the Thai/Malay Border). (See 'Visa-Run' Section and 'International Train Service' Section )

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