Minivan & train times – Penang to Bangkok

There are three ways to travel from Penang to Bangkok:

  • Road: Direct minivan services from Penang to Bangkok operate daily.
  • Train: To reach Bangkok take a Komuter Service from Butterworth train station to Padang Besar and connect with direct train to Bangkok.
  • Fly: AirAsia operates several low-cost flights a day from Penang to Bangkok.

Minivan Times to Bangkok


There are 3 minivan departures from Penang to Bangkok which you can book online.

Penang Bangkok Cost Company
05:00 22:00 146.25 MYR New Asian Travel
08:30 01:30 146.25 MYR New Asian Travel
12:00 05:00 146.25 MYR New Asian Travel

  • Departure times are in Malaysian time and rrrival times are in Thailand time which is 1 hour behind Malaysian time.

Buy Tickets to Bangkok


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Check-in commences 30 minutes before the minivan is due to depart.


Train Times to Bangkok


You need to take two separate trains to travel from Butterworth Train Station near Penang to Bangkok.

  • 1st Train: The first stage of the journey is to take a Malaysian train service from Butterworth Train Station (near Penang) to Padang Besar on the border with Thailand. By train it takes around 1 hour 50 minutes to travel from Butterworth to Padang Besar. Trains from Butterworth to Padang Besar depart at 05:25, 06:25, 07:25, 08:25, 09:25, 10:25, 12:25, 14:25, 15:25, 16:25, 17:25, 18:25, 19:25, and 21:25.
  • 2nd Train: From Padang Besar there is a single daily direct train service to Bangkok:
Train Padang Besar Bangkok Journey
46 17:00 10:10 17 hours 10 minutes

  • Departure and arrival times are in Thailand time, which is 1 hour behind Malaysian time so when its 15:00 in Malaysia its 14:00 in Thailand.
  • The 14:25 departure from Butterworth train station is the ideal one to take to connect with Train #46 to Bangkok as the train is scheduled to arrive at Padang Besar train station at 16:16 Malaysian time (15:16 Thailand time) giving passengers 1 hour 45 minute to allow for delays and passing through immigration before boarding the train to 17:00 bound for Bangkok.
  • Click on the link to see more information about train travel from Penang to Bangkok.

Penang Minivan Station


Minivan services to Bangkok depart from the Newasia Express Service Centre near the Komtar Tower.


Bangkok Minivan Stop


Minivan services from Penang terminate at Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal which is a short taxi ride from both a metro (MRT) station and an elevated railway (BTS) station.


Travel in Bangkok


Transport links are good within Central Bangkok, and between Central Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Bangkok has two modern efficient rapid transport system which are very cheap by international standards. The suburban transport system with the widest coverage is the BTS, which is an elevated railway network with two lines also known locally as the ‘skytrain’. At the present time you can access most of Central Bangkom via the BTS except for the area around the riverside where the major temples and palaces are located and the Khao San Road area. The other major rapid public transport system is the Bangkok metro which is called the MRT. The MRT runs from near to Bang Sue Train Station to the north of the city centre to Bangkok Train Station in China Town, via popular areas such as the Silom Road and the Sukhumvit Road.

Bangkok train station

Bangkok train station

Travel to and from Suvarnabhumi International Airport is also very cheap and very quick if you take the Airport Rail Link. The Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport with both the BTS network (at Phaya Thai Airport Rail Link Station) and the MRT network (at Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station). For travel to the Khao San Road area and the Grand Palace or Wat Po try taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat service. You can connect to the Chao Phraya Express Boat service at Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Tickets on the Chao Phraya Express Boat cost less than 20 THB per person and boat services to major destinations along the river depart frequently during daylight hours. For the Khao San Road alight from the Chao Phraya Express Boat service at Phra Arthit Pier (Pier Number 13).

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