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There are 9 ways to get from Bangkok to George Town by plane, train, car ferry, bus or car

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Fly Suvarnabhumi to Penang  •  4h 54m

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

RM 216 - RM 711

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Train, car ferry  •  21h 28m

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

RM 81 - RM 260

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Fly Don Muang to Penang  •  5h 33m

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

RM 162 - RM 910

Fly Suvarnabhumi to Hat Yai, train, car ferry  •  7h 19m

  1. Fly from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Hat Yai (HDY) BKK - HDY
  2. Take the train from Padang Besar to Butterworth
  3. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

RM 210 - RM 861

Fly Don Muang to Hat Yai, train, car ferry  •  7h 54m

  1. Fly from Don Muang (DMK) to Hat Yai (HDY) DMK - HDY
  2. Take the train from Padang Besar to Butterworth
  3. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

RM 136 - RM 660

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 Penang

RM 150 - RM 189

Bus, Mini Van via Bangkok Tara Travel  •  21h

  1. Take the bus from Bangkok Tara Travel to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  2. Take the Mini Van from Hat Yai to Penang

RM 174

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 417 - RM 608

Drive  •  15h 54m

  1. Drive from Bangkok to George Town 716.7 miles

RM 420 - RM 650

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The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to George Town is to train and car ferry which costs ฿600 - ฿2100 and takes 21h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Bangkok to George Town is to fly which costs ฿1700 - ฿6000 and takes 4h 54m.

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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 Penang 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 4h 54m 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 4h 54m and costs ฿1700 - ฿6000. 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 Penang station.

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Map of how to get from Bangkok to George Town.
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  • Distance: 579.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 54m

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

Thai Smile, Malaysia Airlines and four other airlines fly from Bangkok to George Town 4 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 AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Don Muang to Penang
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 220 - RM 650
Flights from Don Muang to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 800
Flights from Don Muang to Hat Yai via Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
RM 470 - RM 1200
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Penang
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 400 - RM 1700
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 170 - RM 900
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Don Muang to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 130 - RM 800
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Don Muang to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 130 - RM 950
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Penang via Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 500 - RM 1500
Flights from Suvarnabhumi to Penang via Phuket
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 600 - RM 2200
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Don Muang to Penang via Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 190 - RM 1000
Train operators
KTM Komuter
Website
spad.gov.my
Train from Padang Besar to Butterworth
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 17 - RM 21
Schedules at
intranet4.ktmb.com.my
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12go.asia
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Hua Lamphong to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
17h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 60 - RM 240
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
RM 30 - RM 45
2nd Class (Seat)
RM 60 - RM 90
2nd Class (Berth)
RM 100 - RM 140
1st Class (Berth)
RM 180 - RM 240
Bus operators
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
RM 95 - RM 140
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
New Asian Travel
Phone
+60 4-261 5558
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Hat Yai to Penang
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 53
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Tara Tour and Travel
Phone
086 065 5466
Email
nancy25262010@hotmail.com
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Bangkok Tara Travel to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 121
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Rapid Ferry
Car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 1 - RM 8
Schedules at
myrapid.com.my
Adult passenger
RM 2
Car
RM 8

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George Town is 1h ahead of Bangkok. It is currently 12:01 PM in Bangkok and 1:01 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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Bangkok Airways, Firefly, Thai Airways International and three other airlines offer flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Penang Airport.

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There are 1625+ hotels available in George Town. Prices start at RM 129 per night.

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

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