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Bus from Hat Yai to Alor Setar ? Help needed

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1. Posted by Nisha J (Full Member 101 posts) 6y

Hi all,

Can anybody help me for bus services from Hat Yai (Thailand) to Alor Setar (Malaysia)? The timings & frequency etc?

I am aware of a shuttle service started by Air-Asia but that's not regular. Also, they want advanced booking by min of 4 ppl.

2. Posted by wyemarn (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

Unfortunate it is hard to find timetable for buses in 3rd world country. There are buses available and I think they run a few times a day and the journey takes around 6 hours if I'm not mistaken

3. Posted by Nisha J (Full Member 101 posts) 6y

Yes, it is hard to find any reliable source of information. Any guidance is welcome.

Anyway, I am going there. Once I find out, I'll definitely write about these things.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 6y

Try to go to Lee Garden. Beside the Shopping Complex, there are many travel agents on Prachathipat Road. If not bus, they might have vans to Alor Setar. I am not sure about the schedule and fare. They might be reliable...;)

5. Posted by Nisha J (Full Member 101 posts) 6y

Well, I am back from Thailand and Malaysia and want to share my experience on the topic.

While in Hat Yai, I enquired from several travel agents. None of them said there is a direct bus to Alor Setar though there are several buses going to Butterworth, Penang and Kula Lumpur in Malaysia.

Still if you or somebody insists on going by bus, they get you in one of these buses, charge you the same fare and drop you on the highway near toll plaza of Alor Setar outside the city limits. (Alor Setar is on the way to Peneng & Butterworth).
Then you have to manage yourself how to go Alor Setar town.

Best option is to take train from Hat Yai. Takes 4 hours including around 45 minutes to 1 hour at the border.