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There are 7 ways to get from Bangkok to George Town by plane, bus, train, car ferry or car

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Fly from Suvarnabhumi  •  5h 16m

  1. Fly from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Penang (PEN) BKK - PEN

RM 256 - RM 1211

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Train, car ferry  •  19h 22m

  1. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Hat Yai
  2. Take the train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar
  3. Take the train from Padang Besar to Butterworth
  4. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

RM 60 - RM 398

5 alternative options

Fly from Don Muang  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Don Muang (DMK) to Penang (PEN) DMK - PEN

RM 182 - RM 331

Bus, Mini Van  •  19h

  1. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  2. Take the Mini Van from Hat Yai to Komtar Bus Terminal

RM 149 - RM 192

Bus, Mini Van via Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal  •  20h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  2. Take the Mini Van from Hat Yai to Komtar Bus Terminal

RM 157 - RM 181

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 2m

  1. Drive from Bangkok to Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

RM 428 - RM 624

Drive  •  15h 54m

  1. Drive from Bangkok to George Town 1146.7 km

RM 430 - RM 650

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to George Town is to bus and Mini Van which costs ฿1100 - ฿1500 and takes 19h.

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The quickest way to get from Bangkok to George Town is to fly which costs ฿1900 - ฿9000 and takes 5h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bangkok to George Town. However, there are services departing from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal and arriving at Komtar Bus Terminal via Hat Yai. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h.

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The distance between Bangkok and George Town is 928 km. The road distance is 1146.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bangkok to George Town without a car is to bus and Mini Van which takes 19h and costs ฿1100 - ฿1500.

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It takes approximately 5h 16m to get from Bangkok to George Town, including transfers.

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Bangkok to George Town bus services, operated by The Transport Company, depart from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Bangkok to George Town is to fly which takes 5h 16m and costs ฿1900 - ฿9000. Alternatively, you can bus and Mini Van, which costs ฿1100 - ฿1500 and takes 19h.

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The quickest flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Penang Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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Bangkok to George Town bus services, operated by New Asian Travel, arrive at Komtar Bus Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Bangkok to George Town.
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  • Distance: 927.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 16m

What companies run services between Bangkok, Thailand and George Town, Malaysia?

Thai Smile, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways International fly from Bangkok to George Town 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to George Town via Hat Yai in around 19h.

Airlines
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Penang
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 340 - RM 900
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Penang via Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 800 - RM 2200
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Don Muang to Penang
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 280 - RM 900
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Don Muang to Penang via Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 270 - RM 2200
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Hua Lamphong to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 240
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 35 - RM 45
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 100 - RM 140
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 65 - RM 95
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 180 - RM 240
Train from Hat Yai to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
RM 6 - RM 130
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 6 - RM 21
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 75 - RM 100
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
RM 30 - RM 45
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
RM 95 - RM 130
KTM Komuter
Phone
+603 - 2267 1200
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Padang Besar to Butterworth
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 17 - RM 21
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Bus operators
New Asian Travel
Phone
+60 4-261 5558
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai to Komtar Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
RM 56
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Beh Travel & Tour Sdn
Phone
019 - 545 3888
Email
beh_travel@outlook.com
Website
behtravelandtour.com
Bus from Hat Yai to Komtar Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 40
Schedules at
behtravelandtour.com
Siam Lane Tour (Siam Dernrod)
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 121
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Piya
Phone
0-2894-6330-2
Website
busonlineticket.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
14h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 103
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Rapid Ferry
Phone
03-7885 2585
Email
suggest@rapidkl.com.my
Website
myrapid.com.my
Car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 1 - RM 8
Schedules at
myrapid.com.my
Adult passenger
RM 2
Car
RM 8
Bicycle
RM 2
Motorcycle
RM 2
Tricycle
RM 3

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George Town is 1h ahead of Bangkok. It is currently 9:15 PM in Bangkok and 10:15 PM in George Town.

Yes, the driving distance between Bangkok to George Town is 1147 km. It takes approximately 15h 54m to drive from Bangkok to George Town.

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Thai Airways International, Thai Smile and Malaysia Airlines offer flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Penang Airport.

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There are 1352+ hotels available in George Town. Prices start at RM 500 per night.

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The best way to get from Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport is to train which takes 26 min and costs ฿40 - ฿55.

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