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Europe by train introduction How to buy European train tickets London to Paris or Brussels by Eurostar Need help? the Man in Seat Sixty-One! Please enable it as explained here. Arriving in Bangkok by train from Singapore, you get a real sense of arrival. Note the picture of the King of Thailand, visible over the exit from the platforms. Click for interactive train route map In Thailand, take the train It's comfortable, safe, cheap, environmentally friendly, and unlike flying it's a genuine Thai experience. Restrictions may apply on foreigners entering Thailand. You must fill in a health form before taking the train, download here.
Masks must be worn. Download current timetable with covid adjustments. How to buy train tickets online. How to buy tickets at the station. Bangkok Hualamphong station. What are Thai trains like? Food on Thai trains Sample restaurant car menu. Map of train routes in Southeast Asia. Bangkok - Chiang Mai. Bangkok - Nong Khai for Laos. Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani. Bangkok - Aranyaprathet for Cambodia. Bangkok - Ayutthaya. Bangkok - Samut Songkhram - the Market train. Bangkok - Pattaya. Singapore to Jakarta by ferry. Europe to Thailand by Trans-Siberian Railway. Train route map.
Useful country information : visas, time zone Flights to Thailand. For online booking see below. Currency converter Tourist information:. Flights: Scan multiple airlines to find the cheapest flights to Bangkok Hotels in Bangkok: Scan multiple hotel booking sites to find the best hotel rates Find backpacker hostels Visas:. From the day limit applies to these nationalities whether entering Thailand by air or overland, before that the limit was only 15 days if arriving overland. Australians and most other nationalities only qualify for a day visa-exemption if arriving in Thailand overland, 30 days if arriving by air, but you should check the current situation with your local Thai consulate.
You can check train times in Thailand at the official State Railways of Thailand website, www. Switch it to English by clicking the UK flag top right. To buy tickets online see here. Thai rail expert Dave Bernstein has produced a superb PDF format timetable for the State Railway of Thailand which you can download, print out and take with you to help you travel around Thailand. Highly recommended! Download Thai train timetable. Are the trains on time? You can check real-time train running information online including on your smartphone when in Thailand at tts. Bangkok Airport rail link: www.
Fast trains run about every 15 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the City Air terminal at Makkasan 22 minutes, 35 baht and Phaya Thai Skytrain station in the city centre 26 minutes, 45 baht. It does not directly serve Bangkok's main Hualamphong station. However, most long-haul flights were transferred from the original Dong Muang Bangkok Airport to the new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in September You'll need to use buses for some routes where there are no trains, for example Phuket to Koh Samui. Asiaa new site that is still expanding. You can also use it to check train times in Thailand and Malaysia, and buy train tickets online.
Back to top. Noif all you want is a 3rd class local ticket such as Bangkok to or from Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Hua Hin or Aranyaprathet as these are only sold at the station on the day. They cannot sell out! Noeven for longer distance trains if you want to stay flexible and are prepared to risk the specific train or class you want being fully-booked. There are often places available even on the day or a few days before, at least outside peak periods, as long as you're prepared to take an alternative train, class or date if your first choice is full.
To be sure, book ahead if you can. Booking in advance is essential at peak periods. To buy tickets online, read the section below Going to Singapore? From 1 Septemberbooking for long distance journeys for example, Bangkok to Chiang Mai or Hat Yai will open 90 days ahead.
Tickets can be collected in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Surat Thani, or for an extra fee sent by registered post to addresses worldwide. In Bangkokyou collect tickets from the 12Go. Asia office on the ground floor of the DOB building opposite Hualamphong station, open daily Or walk out of Hualamphong mainline station and look for the DOB building across the road to the right of the line of shops.
Option 1, buy online from 12Go. Asiarecommended When to book: You must book at least 3 days ahead but ideally less than 90 days ahead. They'll take bookings more than 90 days ahead but remember they can only buy tickets when the State Railways of Thailand open bookings. Ticket collection options: You can choose to collect your tickets from one of several possible collection points, at least 60 minutes before your train leaves:. There's no added fee for collecting here.
Obviously it's cheaper to collect tickets in Thailand if you can, but if none of the collection points work for you for example, if you were going from Butterworth to Bangkok as there's no collection point in Butterworthtickets will need to be sent to you. The price they show for each train includes the baht fee but not the PayPal fee. You pay securely via PayPal, either using a credit card or your own PayPalor you can choose their Visa or MasterCard payment channel provided by Omise which is a bit cheaper.
It won't sell tickets for local trains such as Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin or Aranyaprathet as you need to buy these on the day at the station. Tip: If you want one whole 1st class 2-berth compartment for two people, buy two 1st class tickets, selecting one upper and one lower berth, they will then book you together in one compartment. Make sure you select the option to book 2nd class if 1st class sleepers are full, see my advice on this here! Remember that you cannot board the train with the ed confirmation voucher, you need to collect the actual ticket before you travel, or have it sent to you if you can't get to a collection point.
Feedback is always appreciated. They now allow you to select an exact seat choice from a ed seating plan.
You print your own ticket, so ticket delivery is simplified, just be aware that only a certain percentage of all the berths or seats on each train is made available through SRT's online system. That means that trains or classes may be shown as sold out when in fact some seats or berths remain available, so it's worth checking 12go. Option 3, order from other Thai agencies Alternatively, you can book Thai train tickets over the internet from several other Thai travel agencies.
These agencies will have the tickets waiting for you at your hotel in Bangkok for a small fee. Shop around to check what fees each agency charges before booking. Remember that reservations open 60 days 2 months before departure, you can't book before then. In February State Railways of Thailand reinstated online booking at www.
This has now November changed to a new system at www. If you have any problems with it, use 12Go. Asia as explained above. It's easy to buy tickets yourself at the station when you get to Thailand, but remember to take your passport, as it may now be required to buy a ticket.
All long-distance express trains require a reservation, which can be made on the day of travel or up to 90 days in advance. Reservations are computerised, and the booking office at any main station can reserve seats or berths for any journey in Thailand. Your ticket will have the train time and your seat or berth printed on it.
Special ticket office for foreigners For a while, Bangkok Hualamphong Station had a special ticket office for foreigners to the left of the main ticket windows pictured below rightBut this seems to be permanently closed now, so just use the main ticket windows. Take your passport, as it is now required to buy a ticket.
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