Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur @ bus, flight Feb 25, 2017

6 trips (THB 432 — 3,188)

From Red Planet Hotel to Kuala Lumpur by bus

Jolly Travel
Red Planet Hotel, Hat Yai
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
Jolly Travel
Red Planet Hotel, Hat Yai
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
Jolly Travel
Red Planet Hotel, Hat Yai
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
Jolly Travel
Red Planet Hotel, Hat Yai
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200

From Hat Yai, Inter Top Tour to Kuala Lumpur by bus

Hatyai Intertop Express
Hat Yai, Inter Top Tour
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
8h 10m
฿ 432
× 2 = ฿ 864

From Hat Yai Airport to Kuala Lumpur by flight

Thai AirAsia
Hat Yai Airport
Kuala Lumpur Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,188
× 2 = ฿ 6,376

How to get to Kuala Lumpur from Hat Yai

How to get to Kuala Lumpur from Hat Yai

Why go to Kuala Lumpur

It is hard not to fall in love with the capital of Malaysia: one of the youngest capitals of Southeast Asia wins hearts with its bold youthful and cosmopolitan character. The rich colonial heritage coexists in harmony with state-of-the art skyscrapers, lush parks are a welcome oasis of tranquillity to escape to after the world-class shopping marathons, and ethnic dishes of Chinese, Indian, Muslim and Western cuisine make your mouth water. The Petronas Towers, the highest twin towers in the world, rise proudly in the heart of the capital, commanding views over the modern bustling city.

How to get from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur

A major transportation hub of Southern Thailand, Hat Yai is a convenient starting point for trips further south to Malaysia. Though in May, 2016, and then in September, 2016, huge changes were introduced into Malaysian rail system, resulting in termination of operation of the direct train between Thailand and Malaysia, Hat Yai still offers direct bus links to Malaysia and travelling by rail to Kuala Lumpur from Hat Yai via Padang Besar is also possible.

From Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur by train

There is no more direct rail service between Hat Yai and Kuala Lumpur. Yet you can make a combo train-to-train journey. Twice a day there is a shuttle train from Hat Yai in Thailand to Padang Besar in Malaysia. The ride lasts 55 minutes; trains depart at 7.30am and 1.05pm Thai time. No advance booking is required for these tickets; buy them directly at the station (THB80).

Note that there is one hour difference between Thailand and Malaysia, meaning you will arrive to Padang Besar at 9.25am and 2pm Malaysian time respectively.

Five ETS trains a day go from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes about five hours, and tickets cost from MYR80 to MYR107 depending on the class of the car. All of them are seats. There are trains at 7.45am, 9.30am, 4.15pm, 5.15pm and 8pm, the three latter arriving to Kuala Lumpur late at night.

Though you have to change trains, such trip is considerably shorter that the old direct rail service from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur, which used to take over 12 hours to reach the capital of Malaysia.

Hat Yai train station is conveniently located in the centre of the city at the intersection of Th. Rotfai and Thumnoonvithi Rd. If you do not feel like walking to – or are too far from – the train station, use a tuk-tuk to get there: tuk-tuks are readily available throughout the city and normally ask reasonable prices. Do negotiate the cost of your trip before you get on, though.

Immigration offices of Thailand and Malaysia are located in the border town of Padang Besar, around 60 km from Hat Yai, on the Malaysian side. You have to take all your luggage and go through Thai immigration first to get your passport stamped out and then through Malaysian immigration. Immediately after Malaysian immigration booths there is security check. All the border formalities finished, you can proceed to Padang Besar train station in Pelis..

Tip: Do not change your Thai Baht to Malaysian Ringgit on board the train: the exchange rate is absolutely hefty. You will get a better deal once you arrive to Kuala Lumpur.

In Kuala Lumpur, trains arrive to Kuala Lumpur Sentral, which is also a real architectural delight. Just the mere fact it is going to be your first port of call in Malaysia adds a special flavour to your travel, believe us. A large-scale intermodal transport hub, Kuala Lumpur Sentral is the point of origin of many intercity routes all over Malaysia and Singapore, as well as KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit high-speed airport trains. KL Monorail Sentral Station is easily reachable via overhead bridge from KL Sentral.

From Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur by bus

If rail travel is not your thing, consider taking a bus from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur instead. There are no sleeping buses serving this route, but standard VIPs and VIP24s are comfortable enough to let you survive an eight-hour journey. The main bus station for southbound long-distance buses and vans in Hat Yai lies two km southeast of the centre, but some operators use their own departure points, located more centrally. Hatyai Inter Top Express buses for Kuala Lumpur leave from Nipatuthit 3rd Road next to the Hat Yai branch of red-coloured CIMB Bank, off Manasruedee Road, while Alisan Coach has their own terminal in Shee Yuthit Road, not far from the railway station.

Hatyai Inter Top Express offers four buses a day from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur, at 9am, 10am, noon and 7pm. The slowest and plushest VIP24 leaves at 10am and takes eight hours to reach its destination. Tickets cost THB560 or MYR65. All the other buses are VIPs (THB480 or MYR55; 7½ hours). Alisan Express operates six buses a day for MYR60. All of them are VIP buses.

In Kuala Lumpur, Hatyai Inter Top Express and Alisan Coach buses bring passengers to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, the main transportation terminal in the southern part of Kuala Lumpur. There are information kiosks and counters to help you find your way around Kuala Lumpur, free Wi-Fi at Level 4, ATMs, convenience stores and a large food court at the terminal. The most convenient way to reach the city centre from the bus terminal is to get to Level 3 and walk over the link bridge to the main lobby of TBS-BTS (Bandar Tasik Selatan), from where KLIA transit, LRT and KTM Komuter bring passengers to the city.

Note that evening buses (7pm and 7.30pm) reach Kuala Lumpur rather inconveniently at small hours (2.30am); and all other earlier buses arrive to Kuala Lumpur in the late afternoon or in the evening. It is a good idea to book your accommodation in Kuala Lumpur prior to your arrival, as it is not a great experience to browse concrete and steel-clad streets in the dark trying to spot a budget place to stay.

Flights from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur

Flying from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur is an easy one-hour alternative to taking a train or a bus. AirAsia connects the two cities twice a day with flights departing at 12.35pm and 4.35pm. Normally you should be able to get a ticket for under THB1500 one-way.

In Kuala Lumpur, you arrive to KLIA2 terminal. The best way to get to/from KLIA2 to the city centre is by KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit services. The former brings your to the destination in just 33 minutes and the latter takes 39 minutes. KLIA Ekpress trains operate between 5am and 12.30am, tickets costs MYR55 one-way. There is also a cheaper shuttle bus (MYR10), going from/to KL Sentral. Bear in mind, though, that travel time of it may vary greatly depending on traffic which tends to be quite intense in Kuala Lumpur. In any case, expect to spend about one hour from KLIA to KL Sentral and vice versa.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

With an endless list of museums, churches, mosques and temples, historical buildings, shopping opportunities and natural attractions in and around the Malaysian capital, the time spent in Kuala Lumpur is never enough. You can make your visit as diverse and busy as you wish but by all means try to find some time for a very special experience which visiting of any of the following places can enrich you with:

  1. Petronas Twin Towers are easily a whole-day destination. From getting up to the Skybridge on the 41st-42nd level and to meditating to the intricate dance of the fountains at the foot of the towers after dark, you will hardly find a moment for boredom.
  2. Menara Kuala Lumpur may seem just a humble relative of its more famous counterparts elsewhere but it definitely offers the best view of the city with Petronas Twin Towers right in front of you. The revolving restaurant is a great place for an elegant lunch or diner, too.
  3. Kuala Lumpur boasts many green areas and zoos, but Kuala Lumpur Bird Park located in the scenic Lake Gardens is an absolute stunner, especially if travelling with your little ones in tow. The natural aviary with freely flying birds transports you right in the heart of a rain forest.
  4. Batu Caves with the iconic image of Lord Murugan look cheerful and colourful from outside with all those Hundu deities meeting visitors at the entrance gates just at the foot of the stairs, but the system of million-years caverns at the top does impress even more.
  5. Central Market is every shopping lover’s start destination which combines food venues, shops, entertainment programs all under the same roof of an amazing art deco masterpiece. Central Market gives you a real taste of KL shopping which goes far beyond the exquisite boutiques of Suria KLCC next to Petronas towers.

Onward travel from Kuala Lumpur

Venturing further south from Kuala Lumpur, popular destinations which can be reached overland from the Malaysian capital, include Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Singapore.

Passenger reviews out of total 361 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ Jan 7, 2017 (bus VIP, Jolly Travel) :
If you're taking bus make sure u have so much spare time. Bus is clean and very comfy but no wifi
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
Staff very accommodative in view that I have to cancel my trip because my daughter was hospitalized. I submitted proof of hospitalization and letter from doctor forbidding travel, of course.
★★★☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
Got my ticket sorted out just how it supposed to be however the bus made several pitstops and we arrived more than an hour late than expected. The test was ok and theres power point in the bus at every seats so I'm good.
★★★★★ Dec 26, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express)
★★☆☆☆ Nov 23, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
The driver was smoking and having a phone call every now and then during the trip. I suggest they should have bus attendant for doing the administration stuffs for him or someone who can take turn in driving should he got tired. The trip was longer than what it says in the 12go.asia website. It was not 8 hours trip but 12 hours.
★★★★★ Sep 20, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
Great comfy bus!
★★★☆☆ Aug 24, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
Bus was confortable but it was a bit late.
★★★★★ Jun 6, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
Bus was very comfortable, with reclining seats and a plug to charge.
12Go response:

Thank you for your rating and review, truly appreciated! We are glad that you are satisfied with the transport service. We are looking forward to serve you once again in your future trips!

★★★★☆ May 23, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Intertop Express) :
The bus started by 13.00 hrs only, instead of 12 hrs. It's OK. Reaches 21.00hrs at KL, in the middle no stops for hotel, stops only for fuel we had some packed snacks only. Had something to eat (hotel) means good for us. Feeling hungry when got down. Pl. Provide.
★☆☆☆☆ Apr 21, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Inter Top Express (AB Express)) :
terrible everything was bad: driver left us on the street, we arrived too much too late to wrong place ect..
12Go response:

Thank you for sharing this information. We will complain to the company. Could you please elaborate more on the place you have arrived to ? We are an online agency selling over 150 different bus, ferry, train and flight operators in four countries, and the trip duration we advertise is what they report to us only, as there are several thousand routes on sale. We will certainly fix this route duration. When did you arrive? Thank you and our apologies for the operator behavior. I suggest using another bus company next time (KKKL for example).

★☆☆☆☆ Apr 18, 2016 (bus VIP24, Hatyai Inter Top Express (AB Express)) :
The bus left a mere 10 mins late which is understandable in a busy city however the scheduled 8hour journey to Kuala Lumpur actually took 11 hours and the driver drove the correct speed all the way, there was no traffic congestion anywhere, we stopped for short periods and 30 mins for lunch and moving through border control was fast for a small amount of passengers, so you obviously do not advertise the correct duration for this journey. You adverstise no smoking on the bus yet I have a photo of your driver smoking while the smoke blew into my face sat behind him while he drove. I asked him to cease smoking. You allow passengers to sit on the step talking to the driver for over an hour while he is driving, this is very unsafe. We were told we could not bring drinks on board yet the co driver had drinks on board. If both your bus drivers are professional then why do they talk on their cell phones while driving. The bus was clean and smart and a comfortable ride. All in all very disappointed that you failed to get me to my destination on time or even close to the time as advertised. Will you be refunding me for this experience ?
12Go response:

Hi Paul We are not a bus company. We are an online agency selling over 150 different bus, ferry, train and flight operators in four countries, and the trip duration we advertise is what they report to us only, as there are several thousand routes on sale. We will forward your complain to the operator; we can not refund anything as the refund must be asked from the company during or after travel showing the evidenced to them; sorry for this unfortunate situation, but all we can do for now (until there are further complaints for "Hatyai Inter Top Express") is to lower rating for this operator so other travelers choose something else. Thank you for sharing this information.

★★★☆☆ Mar 20, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Inter Top Express (AB Express)) :
The bus left an hour late . I came in late KualaLumpur at 2 o'clock . Places that were listed in the online ticket were busy and we were put in koents bus . There was no TV, no Stuart , no toilet on the bus , even though they were announced on the Internet. Not fed , but the food was also declared .
★★★★☆ Feb 29, 2016 (bus VIP, Hatyai Inter Top Express (AB Express)) :
Good trip without major probem. I booked everything online and it was all good. It would have been nicer if the wifi would have worked!

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