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.

Padang Besar
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 Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Following station
Terminus Padang Besar Line Bukit Ketri
towards Butterworth
Preceding station Keretapi Tanah Melayu (ETS) Following station
Terminus KL Sentral–Padang Besar (Platinum) Arau
Padang Besar–Gemas (Gold) Arau
towards Gemas
Preceding station State Railway of Thailand Following station
Padang Besar (Thai)
towards Hat Yai Junction
Southern Line
Padang Besar Branch
Padang Besar
Padang Besar station in Malaysia

Location and locality

This station is located in Padang Besar, Perlis in Malaysia with distance only 200 metres from the actual border between Malaysia and Thailand. This station should not be confused with another station of Padang Besar (Thai) which is located on the Thailand side town of Padang Besar and fully operated by SRT.

Despite being under Malaysian territory and mainly under Malaysia's Railway Asset Corporation and KTMB managements, this station is where the Malaysia and Thai railway services end and also meet, allowing for passengers to transfer between the two railway systems. SRT also operates a ticket office for their trains that serves this station, and accept Malaysian Ringgit as well in ticket purchases. The two countries also has the immigration, customs and quarantine offices co-located in this station specifically for train passengers here.

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.

While the name also tells that it serve the locality of Padang Besar town in Perlis and indeed is located near the town, there's no direct pedestrian or vehicle access to the town unless from a junction from Route 7 that is located even before the town. There used to be an overpass that allows pedestrian to cross over the freight yard to the town areas, but it is since has been closed for access, pending upgrading works. Passengers who wishes to go to the town or the main immigration building either need to book a taxi or walk a few kilometres across the Federal Route 7 main route.

Train services

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, combined service with Train 37/38 Special Express in Hat Yai
  • Trains 947/948 and 949/950 Ordinary Express - 2 arrivals/departures from/to Hat Yai

Railway border crossing

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]

While bears the same entry and exit point names as their main immigration checkpoints (Padang Besar/Padang Besa), these facilities operates differently from their main immigration complex on the roadway side of the border, open mainly for rail passengers that are making interchange between two system trains and also passengers on Malaysian side who want to board any Thailand trains. The station also only can be accessed by road on Malaysia side, thus those from Thailand cannot use these facilities without boarding any trains beforehand and need to use the roadside main checkpoint before going to the station to board any Malaysian trains. The facilities will be open only when Thailand trains is departing or just arriving at the station, thus making clearance not possible after the last train to Hat Yai departs at 4.40 P.M Malaysian time as no more passengers that would cross the border at this station on the day.

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.


  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.

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