Train Journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya in Thailand

In Thailand, Chiang Mai was our first destination to explore and then we wanted to go to Aayutthaya. We took flight from Chiang Mai to  Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and guess what - There is a train stop just outside Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. This blogpost shares about Train journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya and what are all places from where train can be taken for Aayutthaya. We would also be talking about other options to reach Aayutthaya from Bangkok or other main tourist cities of Thailand.

In Thailand, Chiang Mai was our first destination to explore and then we wanted to go to Aayutthaya. We took flight from Chiang Mai to  Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and guess what - There is a train stop just outside Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. This blogpost shares about Train journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya and what are all places from where train can be taken for Aayutthaya. We would also be talking about other options to reach Aayutthaya from Bangkok or other main tourist cities of Thailand. 

If you are landing at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and directly want to go to Aautthaya, Train can be a very awesome option especially when the waiting time is not huge. Whenever you plan, make sure there is a gap of at least 2 hrs between you landing and train departing. Now the obvious question where to check train schedule? Do check out http://www.railway.co.th/main/index_en.html for schedules and fairs.     Above photograph is clicked from the foot-over bridge which connects Don Mueang Airport with Bangkok train station. It's very convenient to walk from Airport to train station. This is not main train station in Bangkok but the train to Aayutthaya stops here.     There is train connectivity between Chiang Mai and Aayutthaya. The train which we took in the morning from Bangkok to Aayutthaya was coming from Chiang Mai. It was an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Aayutthaya which we took from Bangkok.

If you are landing at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and directly want to go to Aautthaya, Train can be a very awesome option especially when the waiting time is not huge. Whenever you plan, make sure there is a gap of at least 2 hrs between you landing and train departing. Now the obvious question where to check train schedule? Do check out http://www.railway.co.th/main/index_en.html for schedules and fairs. 


Above photograph is clicked from the foot-over bridge which connects Don Mueang Airport with Bangkok train station. It's very convenient to walk from Airport to train station. This is not main train station in Bangkok but the train to Aayutthaya stops here. 


There is train connectivity between Chiang Mai and Aayutthaya. The train which we took in the morning from Bangkok to Aayutthaya was coming from Chiang Mai. It was an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Aayutthaya which we took from Bangkok. 

Since travel time in train from Bangkok to Aautthaya is just 1.5 hrs, you can go in the train coach which doesn't need prior reservation. You can directly buy the ticket from counter and board the train. The only downside of that if that you may not have a dedicated seat to sit but that was not a big deal for me, especially for 1.5 hr ride.     We found Thailand’s most impressive set of temples in Ayutthaya simply because of kind of diversity, signs of architecture evolution and many compare this place with Siem Reap of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. Ayutthaya is home to the famous ‘Buddha head in the tree’. Ayutthaya was actually formerly Thailand’s Capital and in 1700 was the largest city in the world. How does that sound? I was super surprised to know that. Certainly it's not as big city today so I was imagining how big the cities would be at that time. Ayutthaya is now a UNESCO world heritage site.


Since travel time in train from Bangkok to Aautthaya is just 1.5 hrs, you can go in the train coach which doesn't need prior reservation. You can directly buy the ticket from counter and board the train. The only downside of that if that you may not have a dedicated seat to sit but that was not a big deal for me, especially for 1.5 hr ride. 


We found Thailand’s most impressive set of temples in Ayutthaya simply because of kind of diversity, signs of architecture evolution and many compare this place with Siem Reap of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. Ayutthaya is home to the famous ‘Buddha head in the tree’. Ayutthaya was actually formerly Thailand’s Capital and in 1700 was the largest city in the world. How does that sound? I was super surprised to know that. Certainly it's not as big city today so I was imagining how big the cities would be at that time. Ayutthaya is now a UNESCO world heritage site.


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Above photograph shows Donmuang Railway Station which is at walkable distance from Don Mueang Airport. And when I say walkable which is very convenient and has provision to drag your bags like you can do inside Airports or malls with great infrastructure. Donmuang Railway Station has two train lines, so it's very easy to find out where your train would stop - Platform-1 or Platform-2.     Ayutthaya is less than 100km from Bangkok so getting there as a day trip from Bangkok is no problem at all. Depending on your budget, taxis, trains, buses and tour groups are all possible options.


Above photograph shows Donmuang Railway Station which is at walkable distance from Don Mueang Airport. And when I say walkable which is very convenient and has provision to drag your bags like you can do inside Airports or malls with great infrastructure. Donmuang Railway Station has two train lines, so it's very easy to find out where your train would stop - Platform-1 or Platform-2. 


Ayutthaya is less than 100km from Bangkok so getting there as a day trip from Bangkok is no problem at all. Depending on your budget, taxis, trains, buses and tour groups are all possible options. 


Above photograph shows Ayutthaya Railway Station, which is small and beautiful. There are lot of Tuku-tuks marked on the back side of this railway station. It was a moment when we realised that lot of folks do a day trip to Ayutthaya and many of those Tuk-Tuks take you on day tours. We were there for 2 days and wanted to find a Tuktuk to drop us at our hotel. It was little hard but we found one at a good price of 50 Bahts, which was a decent price. Ayuttahaya is a small place so there is high probability that you will have drive of 10 mins to reach your hotel from railway station.     The most authentic way and probably more comfortable way to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok can be a train ride. The trains leave from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok’s city centre and they leave every hour or so. Isn't that awesome. The train takes around 1.5 hours and costs about 330 baht ($10) for first class. If you are feeling like a real traveler, jump on the 3rd class seats if they aren’t sold out, they go 20 baht (around $0.50!) but you can’t reserve, so show up and give it a shot. We had opted for the later one because we didn't want to advanced booking and as we reached the counter those were only options we had.


Above photograph shows Ayutthaya Railway Station, which is small and beautiful. There are lot of Tuku-tuks marked on the back side of this railway station. It was a moment when we realised that lot of folks do a day trip to Ayutthaya and many of those Tuk-Tuks take you on day tours. We were there for 2 days and wanted to find a Tuktuk to drop us at our hotel. It was little hard but we found one at a good price of 50 Bahts, which was a decent price. Ayuttahaya is a small place so there is high probability that you will have drive of 10 mins to reach your hotel from railway station. 


The most authentic way and probably more comfortable way to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok can be a train ride. The trains leave from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok’s city centre and they leave every hour or so. Isn't that awesome. The train takes around 1.5 hours and costs about 330 baht ($10) for first class. If you are feeling like a real traveler, jump on the 3rd class seats if they aren’t sold out, they go 20 baht (around $0.50!) but you can’t reserve, so show up and give it a shot. We had opted for the later one because we didn't want to advanced booking and as we reached the counter those were only options we had. 


While we have been talking about Train Journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya, but let's also talk about other options.     The bus takes around 90 minutes from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Buses leave from Mo Chit station at the frequency of 2 hours.  The bus will  cost around 50THB  (less than $2). The tricky thing is location of Mo Chit bus stand, so opt for the options only if you are around otherwise you will spend more time and money to reach the bus stand.    Air-conditioned Mini-Vans also run between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Victory Monument (on the BTS line) is a place to find mini-vans to Ayutthaya. The minivans, cost about 100 baht. They start when they are full and max wait time to get the mini-van full is 30 minutes.    Taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is roughly 1000 baht, but if you negotiate for him to drive you there, drive you around and drive you back you can get it for around 2500THB.

While we have been talking about Train Journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya, but let's also talk about other options. 


The bus takes around 90 minutes from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Buses leave from Mo Chit station at the frequency of 2 hours.  The bus will  cost around 50THB  (less than $2). The tricky thing is location of Mo Chit bus stand, so opt for the options only if you are around otherwise you will spend more time and money to reach the bus stand.


Air-conditioned Mini-Vans also run between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Victory Monument (on the BTS line) is a place to find mini-vans to Ayutthaya. The minivans, cost about 100 baht. They start when they are full and max wait time to get the mini-van full is 30 minutes.


Taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is roughly 1000 baht, but if you negotiate for him to drive you there, drive you around and drive you back you can get it for around 2500THB.

Now that you know about few options, it's all about from where in Bangkok you have to start and what are your preferences in terms of convenience, money and time. Wish you a greta trip to Ayutthaya and feel free to comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.


Now that you know about few options, it's all about from where in Bangkok you have to start and what are your preferences in terms of convenience, money and time. Wish you a greta trip to Ayutthaya and feel free to comment below if you have any questions or suggestions. 

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