Padang Besar railway station

The Padang Besar railway station (Stesen Keretapi Padang Besar) is a railway station located at and named after the border town of Padang Besar, Perlis in Malaysia. It is the northernmost station of the west coast line where the line connects to the State Railway of Thailand's rail network via its Southern Line.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad Logo.svg Padang Besar
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YDM-4 Locomotive from Bangkok stopping at Padang Besar
General information
Other namesปาดังเบซาร์ (Thai)
LocationPadang Besar, Perlis
Operated byKeretapi Tanah Melayu
Line(s)West Coast Line
Southern Line (Thailand)
Train operators
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingAvailable, free.
Disabled accessYes
Opened1 July 1918 (1918-07-01)
RebuiltJanuary 2013
Electrified25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Preceding station KTM Komuter logo.png Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Following station
Terminus Padang Besar Line Bukit Ketri
towards Butterworth
Preceding station Electrictrainservicelogo.png Keretapi Tanah Melayu (ETS) Following station
Terminus KL Sentral–Padang Besar (Platinum) Arau
Padang Besar–Gemas (Gold) Arau
towards Gemas
Preceding station Emblem of the State Railway of Thailand.svg State Railway of Thailand Following station
Padang Besar (Thai) Southern Line
Padang Besar Branch
Padang Besar is located in Malaysia
Padang Besar
Padang Besar
Padang Besar station in Malaysia

The station is where the Malaysia and Thai railway services meet, allowing for passengers to transfer between the two railway systems. The customs, immigration and quarantine facilities of both countries are co-located in the station, despite it being completely located within the Malaysian territory, about 200 metres south of the border. There is also a smaller railway station on the Thai side of the border called Padang Besar (Thai) railway station.

Padang Besar railway station also has a freight yard that serves as a dry port for the northern part of Malaysia and Indonesia–Malaysia–Thailand Growth Triangle.

Train servicesEdit

Padang Besar railway station is served by trains operated by both Keretapi Tanah Melayu and the State Railway of Thailand.

Train services by Keretapi Tanah Melayu[1] serving Malaysian destinations are:

Train services by the State Railway of Thailand[2] serving destinations in Thailand are:

  • Train 45/46 Special Express - 1 arrival/departure per day from/to Bangkok–Hualampong
  • Trains 947/948 and 949/950 Ordinary Express - 2 arrivals/departures from/to Hat Yai

Railway border crossingEdit

The Padang Besar railway station has Malaysia's only co-located or juxtaposed border crossing checkpoint where customs, immigration and quarantine facilities for both Malaysia and Thailand are housed inside the station which is wholly located inside Malaysia territory (200 metres south of the border). The facilities for each country operate from separate counters inside the railway station building at the platform level. After disembarking from a train, rail passengers are processed for exiting or entering both countries by walking from one counter to the other before boarding trains travelling into the relevant countries.[3]

There are currently no trains going across the Malaysia–Thailand border with the State Railway of Thailand's International Express no longer serving Butterworth, Malaysia and the termination of Keretapi Tanah Melayu's Senandung Langkawi and later, Ekspres Semenanjung service to Hat Yai. All Malaysian and Thai trains now terminate at this station and as such, passengers would already have completed their CIQ procedures before boarding their trains. Previously for the International Express and KTM's express service to Hat Yai, passengers would have to disembark, go through the CIQ procedures from both countries inside the station before reboarding the train for their onward journey. Trains would wait for all passengers to be processed before departing.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "KTMB Train Schedules". Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Southern Line Timetable". State Railway of Thailand. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Padang Besar Railway Station – Train times & tickets". Malaysia Trains. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

Coordinates: 6°39′48″N 100°19′14″E / 6.6633°N 100.3205°E / 6.6633; 100.3205