From Bangkok set your compasses north to the former capitol city of Ayutthaya in Central Thailand. The train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is the cheapest transport option and honestly, one of the easiest and most fun (in our opinion). We are here to tell you all about the train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, so you know what to expect!
All aboard, you are Ayutthaya bound!
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Getting Train Tickets From Bangkok to Ayutthaya
Head to Hua Lamphong Train Station where trains leave from Bangkok to Ayutthaya about every hour.
Since the trains leave so frequently to from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, it’s not necessary to book your tickets in advanced.
Your accommodation can help you with ticket train times or you can view train times here. Once you have your time determined, show up an and hour before (if you are worry wart, by all means show up earlier) and you can purchase your tickets from the ticketing station at Hua Lamphong Train Station
Train Ticketing Options from Bangkok To Ayutthaya
You have several options when buying your tickets from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. They range from 1st class air condition seat to 3rd class fan seat. This is your personal preference but if you are up for it, we say buy the 3rd class fan seat!
We bought two 3rd class fan seat tickets from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Our two third class tickets cost us 20 baht each (.57 cents each – baaaalllin’ on a budget).
Why opt for 3rd class? It’s what the locals ride and as the train ride was only 2 hours, we thought, “why not?” Lets. Do. It. (high fives were had). It’s a great way to experience “local life” and since the ride is short, it’s totally bearable.
TIP: Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Train Station has food vendors where you can buy snacks and water for the train ride if you so desire.
About The Train Ride From Bangkok to Ayutthaya
After you purchase your tickets, you can wait in the massive train terminal in Bangkok’s’ Hua Lamphong train station. Once your train is ready, make your way to the departure lane as shown on the departure boards in the terminal.
Since our train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya was a 3rd class trip, we are going to talk to that only.
Buying third class tickets was a great decision! A little hot at times but the breeze from the open windows and fans definitely helped. TIP: try and get an early departure to avoid the afternoon heat.
You don’t have individual seats. Instead, you have a wooden bench that fits up to three people per bench. The benches were comfortable enough for the 2-hour journey.
Lets get to the good stuff because lets be honest, you are not buying the 3rd class tickets for comfort. You can’t ask for better company in 3rd class. It definitely didn’t hurt that we got to look at this sweet little dude for the journey. Playing peek-a-boo kept both him and us entertained for the journey.
Vendors come up and down the aisle selling beverages, snacks and even full meals! The 3rd class train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is full of locals. Everyone was chatting and laughing. If you want to immerse yourself in a local commute, you won’t regret the 3rd class ride.
TIP: Download and use Google Translate to have a short conversation with the Thai passengers. It’ll provided lots of laughs for both parties.
Hands down, our recommendation is to take the 3rd class train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya if you can. It was one of the best ways to experience local life.
Arriving to Ayutthaya’s Train Station
After a several hour train ride, you’ll arrive at Ayutthaya train station, Disembark, get our barring’s and head towards your accommodation.
There are tuk-tuks outside the train station so getting a lift, if needed, is no problem. If your accommodation is on the other side of the river, you can walk to the river’s ferry crossing and pay the 5 baht (per person) to get across.
Check into your accommodation, get settled and head out for your first meal in Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is nothing like crazy city of Bangkok you just came from.
You might as well consider it the small sleepy cousin in Bangkok’s family. You can find a quiet place to grab a bite, have a few Chang’s and plan tomorrows adventures 🙂
For The Budget Conscious: If a quaint, clean hostel with air conditioning rooms and a chill ambiance is what you are looking for, 1301Hostels Ayutthaya is for you.
For The Luxury Inclined: iuDia Hotel is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of the ancient city. With a refreshing pool and exceptional staff, you definitely won’t be disappoint with your stay.
For Something In Between: Does a beautiful garden next to a river and each room has a balcony, sound good? Then you’ll love Loy Manee House.
For more places to stay in Ayutthaya, you can check out the latest places and prices here.
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