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Air

Alor Setar Airport is 11km north of town, just off the Lebuhraya. AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air offer daily flights to KL (KLIA and Subang airports; from around RM100, one hour).

Bus

The main bus terminal, Shahab Perdana, is 4km north of the town centre. A local bus links Shahab Perdana and Kuala Kedah (RM3, one hour, frequent departures from 7am to 10pm), passing through the town centre on the way. There is a bus stop near the taxi stand on Jln Tunku Ibrahim.

The bus to Shahab Perdana from the town centre costs RM1.30 and a taxi there costs around RM10. Destinations include the following:

Butterworth

Price (RM)

11

Duration (hours)

Frequency

up to 13 daily

Ipoh

Price (RM)

28

Duration (hours)

4

Frequency

up to 11 daily

Kota Bharu

Price (RM)

40

Duration (hours)

7-8

Frequency

up to four daily

Kuala Kedah

Price (RM)

3

Duration (hours)

1

Frequency

hourly

Kuala Lumpur

Price (RM)

45

Duration (hours)

6½-7

Frequency

frequent

Melaka

Price (RM)

56

Duration (hours)

Frequency

up to 11 daily

Singapore

Price (RM)

80

Duration (hours)

12

Frequency

up to four daily

Train

The train station is 850m southeast of the town centre. There is one daily northbound train to Hat Yai in Thailand (RM40, 3½ hours with a change in Padang Besar) and one to Bangkok (about RM110, 18½ hours, also through Padang Besar), and southbound trains to Tasik Gelugor for Penang (RM18 to RM22, one hour, two daily) and KL (RM70 to RM93, five hours, seven daily).

Border Crossings

Getting to Thailand: Bukit Kayu Hitam to Hat Yai

  • Getting to the border The border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, 48km north of Alor Setar, is the main road crossing between Malaysia and Thailand. There are no taxis or local buses at this border; the only practical way to cross here is on a through bus from points elsewhere in Malaysia (eg Alor Setar or KL).
  • At the border The Malaysian border post is open every day from 6am to midnight. All passengers must disembark to clear customs and immigration (both Thai and Malaysian) before reboarding.
  • Moving on The lack of local transport means that you’ll most likely pass this border on a bus already bound for Hat Yai.