Taking the Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya for Almost Nothing

December 23, 2018|Lena Scheidler

After exploring just a little bit of Bangkok (read my full 5 days Bangkok itinerary here), I wanted to do a day trip to Ayutthaya, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya until about 300 years ago.

So, I had to ask myself how to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok and started doing some research. The distance from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is just under 90 kilometers, and so you have multiple options. The cheapest option is to hop on the Bangkok Ayutthaya train. In this post, I will go into detail about the train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, but I will also mention your other options on how to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

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From Hua Lamphong Station to Ayutthaya by Train

The train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok leaves from the main train station in Bangkok which is called Hua Lamphong Station. The trains from Hua Lamphong to Ayutthaya go reasonably regularly and take about one hour and 40 minutes. From my experience, I can say that the trains are on time. For the exact train, times have a look at the Bangkok to Ayutthaya train timetable.

To reach Hua Lamphong Station, you have the option of taking the Metro or taking a taxi or tuk-tuk. I paid only 60 baht for a taxi from my hostel SiBamboo. SiBamboo is a super cheap option to stay in Bangkok, and I can recommend it if you are on a very tight budget. Check out SiBamboo Hostel on booking.com.

Buy a Bangkok to Ayutthaya Train Ticket

the ticket counter at bangkok station

At the station, ignore anyone who offers to help you book a ticket and head straight to the ticket booths to buy a ticket yourself. It is super straightforward, and you won’t need any help. Besides, the people offering advice are usually scammers who try to talk you out of your money. Only hand over money to the official train personnel at the ticket counters.

If you want to, you can buy your tickets in advance as well, but it shouldn’t be necessary to do so if your travel day isn’t a special holiday.

In my opinion, the best way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is on a 3rd class train ordinary train. The 3rd class ticket costs only 15 baht compared to 245 for a 2nd class ticket on an express train. If you are planning on going a long distance, for example, all the way to Chiang Mai, it probably makes sense to spend the extra money on assigned seating and more comfortable compartments, but for a train ride that takes less than 2 hours, I don’t think it is necessary at all.

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What to Do at Hua Lamphong Station

bangkok main station

After I got my ticket, I had about an hour to kill at the station. There are some food stalls, a convenience store and some other stores where you can buy breakfast, some snacks for the road and most importantly in the heat: a big bottle of water.

The main hall is a great place to wait, as it is airconditioned and there are rows of comfortable chairs for everyone to use. If you want to store your luggage, there is also a left baggage counter.

While I do suggest you wait in the hall where it is cooler, you shouldn’t wait too long to head to your platform when I decided to head for the platform about 20 minutes before departure the train was already waiting and half full with passengers. Still, I did find a seat without a problem and could store my luggage in the rack above my seat.

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On the Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

inside the train from bangkok to ayutthaya

The train ride is really uneventful. I stored my luggage in the overhead compartment and spent the two hours reading a book on my phone. There are some beautiful landscapes, and the train stations you pass through are also exciting but other than that there is not much distraction.

After every stop a couple of people will come through the train selling various items, from bottled drinks, packed food ready to eat and ice cream, you can buy almost everything. While most looked delicious, I didn’t buy anything because I am not sure how my stomach will handle real Thai food.

Arriving at the Train Station in Ayutthaya

boat to cross the river in ayutthaya

The arrival time is written on your ticket, and in my case we were punctual. Make sure you are ready to go before the train stops, as trains often stop only for a couple of seconds (not even minutes) at each station.

Once you are out of the station, ignore the tuk-tuk drivers at the entrance and head across the road. Going straight you will reach Pa Sak river. For 5 baht per person (and an additional 5 baht for a bicycle) you can cross the river in a couple of minutes.

While I do recommend you rent a bicycle to explore Ayutthaya, I think it best you rent it once you have crossed the river, to avoid the hassle of crossing with the bike (the additional cost is almost not worth mentioning).

I stayed at Ray Nu Guest House, which was one of the cheapest options in Ayutthaya (I booked only one day in advance using booking.com). The guesthouse provides a bicycle to borrow for free, which was great to get around Ayutthaya. It was a 10-minute walk from the river to the hotel.

Taking the Train from Ayutthaya to Bangkok

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The reverse direction is basically the same, with a couple of differences. Again, I bought the ticket on the travel day and had to wait at the station. (Have a look at the train schedule here) This time the train comes from another destination so it will only stop for a very short time in Ayutthaya. Make sure you are on the right track before the train arrives.

The train doors open on both sides of the train, so it doesn’t matter what side you are standing on. But I would suggest you stand on the side farther away from the central station exit because on the other side passengers will get off the train.

My train was almost full, but still, I managed to find a seat and didn’t have to stand the nearly two hours back to Bangkok.

By the way, depending on where you are staying in Bangkok, it might make sense to get off a stop or two before the main Hua Lamphong Station and to take a taxi or tuk-tuk from there to your accommodation, or wherever else you want to go.

Buses from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

If you want to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by bus, head to the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and catch a bus to Ayutthaya there. The buses depart frequently, and so you shouldn’t have to wait long. But the Bangkok to Ayutthaya bus does not go directly and will stop multiple times on the way.

By Minivan from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The public minivan to Ayutthaya from Bangkok leaves from Mo Chit Bus Station. The one-way journey should cost you about 70 baht, but the public van only depart when they are full, which means on a slow day you might have to wait a while. They also stop quite frequently on the way, and so a 1-hour journey can take much longer than anticipated.

If you want a minivan that leaves at a particular time and that you can book online, that is an option for that as well. The cheapest Bangkok to Ayutthaya minivan company is called Win 91 Ayutthaya and leaves from Mochit New Van Terminal. The trip takes about 2 hours depending on the traffic in Bangkok and costs under 3 dollar per person. You can book online here.

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Tours from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

the buddha head in ayutthaya

There are many tours to Ayutthaya, you just have to check tour websites like KLOOK or Get Your Guide, and you will find a Bangkok to Ayutthaya tour to your liking.

The cheapest and most popular day tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok costs about 55 dollars and includes the transport there and back by bus and boat, a lunch, all entrance fees and drinks like coffee, tea and water, and an English speaking guide.

Sounds like an awesome tour to me. If you decided to book any tour, please support me by booking it through one of the links I have provided in this article. You would help me a lot!

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Boat

If you want to ride a boat from Bangkok to Ayutthaya let me tell you what I found on forums. While you can find tours that promote a boat ride between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the longest part of the trip is by road, and only a very short section of the journey is actually a boat ride in the outskirts of Bangkok. I recommend you do not take a boat to Ayutthaya.

By Taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The most expensive but direct and probably comfortable way is to get a taxi to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. You should agree on a price in advance though.

You might want to have a look at the Grab App, basically the Uber of Thailand (and other Asian countries). When I check the app it tells me the taxi fare from Bangkok to Ayutthaya will be between 660 and 850 baht, a regular taxi should be cheaper than that. I read in forums that the price for a taxi for the whole day is around 2000 baht. This makes sense if you only want to make a day trip to Ayutthaya and return the same day.

In Conclusion

Taking the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is super easy and even in third class not overly uncomfortable. I arrived rested, and ready to explore the old capital in one day (read my full Ayutthaya day trip itinerary next). In my opinion, the train between Bangkok and Ayutthaya is the best option to get around but feel free to take a bus, minivan or taxi as an alternative.

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