Malaysia considers KL-Bangkok high-speed train project

Fancy a fast train ride from KL to Bangkok? Like most city-to-city high-speed rail services such as Eurostar London-Paris and the KL-Singapore High Speed ​​Rail (HSR) project, the advantage over flying is that it is not no need to travel to the airport (usually some distance from the city) and go through the entire check-in and immigration process. The flight itself may not be long, but the total door-to-door travel time is.

In the case of KL-BKK, imagine boarding at KL Sentral and going straight to the heart of Bangkok – say a rail hub with BTS and MRT lines such as Chatuchak – skipping the trip to KLIA and traffic congestion. Suvarnabhumi to the city (it’s you, I take the train). Good right?

Guess what, not only is Malaysia trying to restart talks on the HSR KL-Singapore, but the government is also studying a feasibility study on an HSR KL-Bangkok project. This was mentioned by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong in parliament this week when discussing the KL-SG HSR, which you can read in detail here.

“In line with the Prime Minister’s visit to Thailand on February 25, 2022, the Ministry of Transport is also exploring the possibility of having a feasibility study of the HSR from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok,” he said, reported by The star.

No further elaboration yet – just that. A quick Google Maps search shows that the distance (by road) between KL Sentral and Hua Lamphong in Bangkok is just under 1,500 km. Flying from KL to Bangkok typically takes two hours and 10 minutes, before taking into account travel to and from the airports and the check-in process.

So what do you think of a KL-BKK HSR? If you like the idea, don’t get your hopes up too high – just watch the telenovela that’s on, off, maybe, off, on again KL-SG HSR.

Jose P. Rogers