Thailand by Train

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A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Thailand.

Here you will find information for Thailand about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 69 million

Currency: Baht

Language: Thai

Capital: Bangkok

Country Code: +66

Time Zone: Indochina Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Thailand is operated by the Thai State Railways.

Thailand rail map

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Train Tickets

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Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Thailand.

TrAIN tYPES

Ordinary / Commuter trains operate within Bangkok and serve as local trains around the country, stops at every station.

  • Offers 3rd Class only: two rows of padded bench seats, fan-cooled only
  • No reservations required
  • Toilets are located at the end of every car
  • Vendors often hop on the train to sell refreshments

Rapid trains are the most common train and make several stops.

  • 2nd Class – open-plan padded seats, which can be folded down into a bed, air-conditioned and fan-cooled
  • No reservations required, but recommended during peak travel times and for air-conditioned beds
  • On long-distance services, a restaurant car is available, and serve affordable, sizable portions
  • Toilets are located at the end of every car

Express and Special Express trains are quick and serve most lines in the country.

  • 1st Class (VIP Sleepers) – 2-bed compartments with air conditioning, a washbasin, and bedding included
  • 2nd Class – open-plan padded seats, which can be folded down into a bed, air-conditioned and fan-cooled
  • No reservations required but recommended during peak travel times and for air-conditioned beds
  • On long-distance services, a restaurant car is available, and serve affordable, sizable portions
  • Toilets are located at the end of every car

International Express connects Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur and Padang Besar, Malaysia. This is operated by the State Railways of Thailand, and a connection must be made in Hat Yai, Thailand, the Thai border town.

  • Sleeping Carriage
    • 2nd Class Sleepers, two-bed compartments with air conditioning, and with seats to fold down when the bed is not in use.
    • 1st Class (VIP Sleepers), two-bed compartments with air conditioning, and with seats to fold down when the bed is not in use, a washbasin, and bedding included. These sleepers are only available from Bangkok to Hat Ya, Thailand and reservations are only able to be made from Thailand and not Malaysia.
  • Seating Carriage
    • Local Malaysian ETS electric trains are available from Padang Besar to Kuala Lumpur. Sleepers are not available on this leg of the journey.
  • The train is equipped with a restaurant car offering sizable, and affordable portions; however, only from Bangkok to Hat Yai.

Bangkok to Poipet*/Phnom Penh, Cambodia via Ban Klong Luk, Thailand border town:

  • 3rd Class available
  • No restaurant car; however, vendors sell drinks and snacks
  • No reservations necessary, nor possible.
  • *When arriving at the Thai border town of Ban Klong Luk, after passing through the Thai checkpoint, Poipet is just after the Cambodian border checkpoint. From Poipet, there is a direct train twice a week to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh.

Night services offered on Rapid, Express, and Special Express trains.

Routes:

    • Bangkok – Surat Thani – Sungai Kolok (border to Malaysia)
    • Bangkok – Hat Yai (connections to Penang, Malaysia)
    • Bangkok – Nong Khai (border to northern Laos)
    • Bangkok – Chiang Mai
    • Bangkok – Ubon Ratchathani (border to southern Laos)
  • No reservations required but recommended for Bangkok – Chiang Mai, during peak travel times and for air-conditioned beds
  • 1st Class (VIP Sleepers) – 2-bed compartments with air conditioning and with seats to fold down when the bed is not in use, a washbasin, and bedding included
  • 2nd Class – bed folded into a seat when not in use, air-conditioned and fan-cooled
  • Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering sizable, and affordable portions

Eastern & Oriental Express
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Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Thailand

National

From > To
Duration (h)ChangesTransport
 Bangkok to Ayutthaya1:36DirectTrain
Bangkok to Chiang Mai12:45DirectNight Train
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi2:29DirectTrain
Bangkok to Pattaya3:501Train
Bangkok to Phuket13:45DirectTrain & Bus
Bangkok to Koh Samui11:402Train & Ferry
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai3:55DirectGreenbus

International

From > To
Duration (h)
ChangesTransport
Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia22:052Train
Bangkok to Singapore, Singapore50:002Train
Bangkok to Vientiane, Laos10:381Train & Bus
Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam23:383Train & Bus
Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia8:481Train & Bus

Thailand travel routes

Bangkok to Singapore

Bangkok to Singapore

Southeast Asia: Ho Chi Minh To Bangkok

Southeast Asia: Ho Chi Minh To Bangkok

Train Route Through The North Of Thailand

Train Route Through The North Of Thailand

Main Train Stations

  • Bangkok Hua Lamphong
  • Ayutthaya
  • Chiang Mai
  • Surat Thani
  • Chumphon

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Thailand

We recommend traveling anytime between November to February since there is less rain, minimal humidity, and beautiful blue skies. From June to September the country experiences heavy rainfall. This can be a daily rain only for 1-2 hours with blue skies in the afternoon or multiple downpour days in a row. Depending on which season you decide to visit may determine how much rain gear you pack! High and low seasons tend to correspond with the dry and rainy seasons in Thailand.

Depending on when you visit, you could be surrounded by floating lanterns in the Loi Krathong festival in Chiang Mai or involved in a massive water fight for Songkran; however, any time of year you are able to visit the beautiful temples throughout the country, lay on one of the many islands’ stunning beaches, or eat your weight in delicious red and green curries.

Wondering why you hadn’t visited sooner? The “Land of Smiles” will leave you smiling and wanting to come back.

  • High Season: November – February
  • Low Season: June – September
  • Northern Thailand Dry Season: November – May
  • Northern Thailand Wet Season: June – December

 

Accommodation In Thailand

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Guidebooks For Thailand

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