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How to travel from Hat Yai to Penang

The best way to travel from Hat Yai to Penang is by minivan. It is quick and cheap and takes you direct from Hat Yai town centre to George Town, which is the main town on Island. On this route there are 2 travel companies from whom you can book minivan tickets from Hat Yai to Penang online:

  • Jolly Travel: Passengers on this service need to check in 40 minutes before departure at the reception desk of the Red Planet Hotel, which is in the centre of Hat Yai town. See below for directions to the Red Planet Hotel.
  • Satun Pakbara SPC: Passengers on this service need to check in 30 minutes in advance at the K.S.T Travel office which is near to Hat Yai train station in the centre of Hat Yai city.

Minivan Times to Penang 

Hat Yai Penang Cost Company
08.30 14.30 550 THB Jolly Travel
11.30 17.30 550 THB Jolly Travel
14.30 20.30 550 THB Jolly Travel
15.30 21.00 550 THB Satun Pakbara SPC

 Arrival times are the time in Malaysia, which is 1 hour ahead of Thailand time.

Buy Tickets to Penang

Use the Search Box below to book your tickets from Hat Yai to Penang. The advantages of booking online are (1) that you can plan your travel times in advance to coincide with other travel connections and (2) you do not need to search around for a travel agent to sell you a minivan ticket. Booking online makes travelling easier.

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Journey Time

The minivan journey from Hat Yai to Penang takes 5 hours.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

The only stop on route is at immigration on the border at Sadao. So long as you are not the last person in the queue for passport control you will normally have time to visit the toilet, have a cigarette etc whilst you wait for your fellow passengers to pass through into Malaysia. The arrival times can vary slightly depending upon how quickly everyone on the bus makes it through passport control.

Departure Point: Jolly Travel

  • This service departs from in front of the Red Planet Hotel on 152 – 156, Niphat Uthit 2 Road in the centre of Hat Yai.

Departure Point: Satun Pakbara SPC

  • This service departs from the K.S.T Travel at 1, Niphat Uthit 1 Road in the centre of Hat Yai.

Arrival in Penang

Both services arrive at the Jalan Ria Road near the Komtar Tower in George Town. The Komtar Tower is 1.3 km (17 minutes) walk from Chulia Street, which is an area popular with foreign visitors and the location of many of the most lively bars selling alcohol. From Chulia Street a further 260 metres (3 minute) walk takes you to Little India where you can find authentic, cheap and tasty Indian food both on the street and in restaurants, some of which have alcohol licences. 

Komtar Tower Minivan Stop

Next read about How to Get from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)