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There are 7 ways to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur by plane, train, bus, ferry, bus and ferry or car

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Fly to Kuala Lumpur, train  •  5h 30m

  1. Fly from Phuket (HKT) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) HKT - KUL
  2. Take the train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral

RM 397 - RM 1270

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Bus, minivan, train  •  16h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  2. Take the minivan from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Padang Besar
  3. Take the train from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur

RM 138 - RM 153

5 alternative options

Fly to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah  •  8h 10m

  1. Fly from Phuket (HKT) to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) HKT - SZB

RM 215 - RM 336

Bus, Mini Van, train  •  14h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Trang Sri Trang
  2. Take the Mini Van from Trang to Satun
  3. Take the train from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur

RM 156 - RM 183

Bus  •  18h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Hat Yai to Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong
  3. Take the bus from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to KL Sentral Station

RM 140

Ferry, bus and ferry, bus  •  19h 48m

  1. Take the ferry from Rassada Pier Phuket to Koh Lipe
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Koh Lipe to Hat Yai
  3. Take the bus from Hat Yai Chee Road to Hentian Duta

RM 436 - RM 669

Drive  •  12h 19m

  1. Drive from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur 964.7 km

RM 340 - RM 500

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Conditions of entry into Malaysia from Thailand

  • 14 day mandatory monitored quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Health screen upon arrival. Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact tracing purposes
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Malaysia

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Considerations leaving from Thailand

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Malaysia from Thailand is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kuala Lumpur is 03 88810200.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Kuala Lumpur is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Kuala Lumpur is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 03 88810200.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Thailand from Malaysia.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur is to bus, which costs ฿1038 and takes 18h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur is to fly and train which costs ฿2900 - ฿9500 and takes 5h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur station. However, there are services departing from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 and arriving at KL Sentral Station via Hat Yai and Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 14m.

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The distance between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur is 641 km. The road distance is 964.7 km.

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The best way to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur without a car is to bus and minivan and train which takes 16h 23m and costs ฿1000 - ฿1200.

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It takes approximately 5h 30m to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, including transfers.

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Phuket to Kuala Lumpur bus services, operated by Sri Trang Tour, depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 station.

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The best way to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur is to fly which takes 8h 10m and costs ฿1600 - ฿2500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿1038 and takes 18h 14m.

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The quickest flight from Phuket Airport to Kuala Lumpur Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Phuket to Kuala Lumpur bus services, operated by Billion Stars Express, arrive at KL Sentral Station.

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Map of how to get from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Distance: 641.3 km
  • Duration: 5h 30m

What companies run services between Phuket, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Firefly and Malaysia Airlines fly from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur via Hat Yai, Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong, and Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal in around 18h 14m.

Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 350 - RM 2200
Flights from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur via Penang
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 400
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Penang
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 200 - RM 310
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Senai
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 490 - RM 1000
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 490 - RM 1000
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 350 - RM 2200
Flights from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur via Penang
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 250 - RM 400
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Penang
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 200 - RM 310
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Senai
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 490 - RM 1000
Flights from Phuket to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah via Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
RM 490 - RM 1000
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
RM 270 - RM 410
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from Klia T1 to KL Sentral
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 35 - RM 55
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
RM 70 - RM 85
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Silver
RM 49 - RM 53
Gold
RM 70 - RM 85
Platinum
RM 95 - RM 120
Bus operators
Sri Trang Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Trang Sri Trang
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 48
Schedules at
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Bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Hat Yai Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 61
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Mini Van
Bus from Trang to Satun
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 15
minivan
Bus from Hat Yai Bus Terminal to Padang Besar
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
RM 7
Beh Travel & Tour Sdn
Phone
019 - 545 3888
Email
beh_travel@outlook.com
Website
behtravelandtour.com
Bus from Hat Yai to Terminal Bas Sungai Nibong
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 40
Schedules at
behtravelandtour.com
Billion Stars Express
Phone
+60111 0661111
Website
billionstarsexpress.com
Bus from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to KL Sentral Station
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
RM 39
Schedules at
12go.asia
Tigerline Ferry
Phone
+66980 168 181
Email
168ferry@gmail.com
Website
tigerlinetravel.com
Bus and ferry from Koh Lipe to Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
RM 95
Schedules at
tigerlinetravel.com
Book at
12go.asia
Alisan Golden Coach Express
Ferry operators
Satun Pakbara Speedboat Club
Phone
+66(0)81-959-209
Email
spcpakbara@gmail.com
Website
spcthailand.com
Ferry from Rassada Pier Phuket to Koh Lipe
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
RM 360 - RM 550
Schedules at
spcthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia

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Kuala Lumpur is 1h ahead of Phuket. It is currently 9:02 PM in Phuket and 10:02 PM in Kuala Lumpur.

Yes, the driving distance between Phuket to Kuala Lumpur is 965 km. It takes approximately 12h 19m to drive from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur.

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AirAsia, Firefly and Malaysia Airlines offer flights from Phuket Airport to Kuala Lumpur Airport.

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There are 1446+ hotels available in Kuala Lumpur. Prices start at RM 500 per night.

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The best way to get from Phuket to Phuket Airport is to bus which takes 45 min and costs ฿90 - ฿120.

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