Johor Bahru and Bangkok are far away from each other, as the former is located in the southern region of Malaysia while the latter is situated at the center of Thailand. Luckily, if you are planning to go from Johor Bahru to Bangkok, there are a few ways for you to get to your destination, although some methods would take you hours to get there. To help you know where to go to get to Bangkok from Johor Bahru, here is a guide for the transportation methods to get to the capital of Thailand.
Getting on a plane is arguably the fastest way for you to get to Bangkok if you are in Johor Bahru, but it is also one of the most expensive modes of transportation. You can get to Bangkok by getting on a plane at Senai International Airport, which is found in the town of Senai in the Kulai District of the Johor region in Malaysia. From there, you will be able to get to the Don Mueang International Airport, one of the two international airports that are located in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
According to AirAsia, it would take approximately 2 hours and 23 minutes for you to get to Bangkok from Johor Bahru, and the distance that the plane takes to get to the destination is 1,399 kilometers. In 2020, there are ten flights that fly from Bangkok to Johor Bahru and vice versa.
To get from Johor Bahru to Bangkok by train, you would have to catch four trains that are heading north. The first train would be located at the Johor BahruSentral station, which would take you to Gemas, another town in Malaysia, through the KTM Intercity. The train from Johor Bahru would take at least 4 hours and 30 minutes to get to Gemas.
The second train would then take you from Gemas to Padang Besar, a border town in the northern region of Malaysia that is near Thailand. This trip would be the second-longest out of the four, as it would take the train eight hours to get to Padang Besar, so make sure you have already eaten lunch or dinner before getting on the train.
Once you are at Padang Besar, the third train would then take you to Hat Yai, a city in the southern region of Thailand that is near the Malaysian border. The trip would take approximately one hour, so it is a relatively fast trip.
The fourth train would then take you from Hat Yai to the Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok. This would be the longest trip because it will take you more than 13 hours to get to Bangkok, so, much like the second train trip, make sure that you have already eaten or packed snacks before riding the train.
Taking three buses from Johor Bahru to Bangkok would be the longest method to get to your destination, as it would take you approximately 30 hours and 30 minutes. However, it would also be one of the most convenient, since you won’t have to move to another location once you reach one stopover.
The first bus would be located at the JB Larkin Terminal, and it would take you to RantauPanjang, a town located in Kelantan, Malaysia, in 12 hours and nine minutes. After reaching RantauPanjang, you would have to ride a bus that heads to the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal, and this trip would take 17 hours.
Then, the third bus would be located at the Opposite Southern Bus Terminal, so you would need to transfer from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to that terminal. The bus at the Opposite Southern Bus Terminal would then take you to the Democracy Monument, a tourist spot in the city center of Bangkok, in approximately 26 minutes.
By Luxury Train
The most expensive way for you to get to Bangkok is to take the Eastern and Oriental Express, a luxury train owned by a company called Belmont Limited. However, you would first go to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore in order to ride the luxury train. From Singapore, you will then be treated with a tour that stops over two locations in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth) and one location in Thailand (Kanchanaburi) before reaching Bangkok.
A ticket to get inside the Eastern and Oriental Express will cost you $3,100 if you are traveling with a travel buddy or $5,440 if you are traveling alone, so the prices to get one is quite expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to stay away from considering the Eastern and Oriental Express as your mode of transportation to get to Thailand, but if you have saved enough money to buy a ticket for the luxury train, this transportation method would be the most convenient out of all that is mentioned on this guide.
So, those are four of the best ways for you to get to Bangkok from Johor Bahru, and your choice would depend on your budget and how much travel time you are willing to sacrifice to get to Thailand.