Are you planning a trip to Thailand and need information on how to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya? Then keep reading, because, in this post, I will tell you all the options that exist to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.
Where Is Ayutthaya Located?
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Ayutthaya was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Siam in Thailand. It is located about 76 km north of Bangkok, halfway between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It is, without a doubt, an incredible visit and practically mandatory if you have a day to dedicate to it.
It is a historical park made up of ancient palaces and temples, today famous for hosting one of the largest and most important archaeological complexes in Southeast Asia.
During my six-month trip to Asia, I had the opportunity to visit it, and even though I was only able to dedicate one day to it, it was spectacular. One day is enough to see the most important temples, although if you have an extra day, you could dedicate two days and one night to it, and with that, you could visit it in its entirety.
From Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Train
Since I started researching how to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the option of going by train seemed the best one.
A train ride that’s fun …
Not only because the landscapes you see on the way are breathtaking and because it is incredibly cheap, but also because of logistical reasons: getting in and out of Bangkok can be real torture due to car traffic; by train, you avoid this problem.
Trains leave every hour from Hua Lamphong Station and, although the distance is not that long, it takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to arrive due to the stops you make throughout the journey.
The price is 20 baht ($0.60) per person.
We had already checked the travel times in advance at www.railway.co.th and were able to tell the lady at the ticket counter exactly which train we would like to take.
In Thailand, there are different types of locomotives, which, depending on the type, have an optional 1st and 2nd class compartment and they travel faster or slower.
In our case, for example, the Special Express in the 2nd class would have cost 350 baht (close to $10) per person, whereas the ordinary train in the 3rd class would only cost an economical 20 baht (50 cents).
If you think the 3rd class compartment will be made with wooden planks as a seat and cackling chickens on poles as fellow passengers due to the low price. In that case, I have to disappoint you: Although this category only has fans instead of air conditioning and can therefore get hot when the sun is shining.
From then on, the quality is fine through and through, the seats are often (not always) upholstered, and the general condition is stable. Judging by the short travel time to Ayutthaya, you definitely won’t go wrong with the cheapest category, and so we were also pleased about the welcome relief of our budget.
Once you arrive in Ayutthaya, you will be approached by some tuk-tuk drivers offering their services of 2 hours of transportation for 600 baht ($19) or 3 hours for 900 baht ($28).
Right there, you can ask for a map. We do not rent tuk tuk because we were out of budget. However, we opted to rent a bike from a shop almost opposite the station.
For only 50 baht per person ($1.50), we could rent a bike for the whole day, although it is also possible to rent scooters for 150 baht ($4.70).
From Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Mini-Van
Another option to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is by minivan. Previously, minivans or vans only left the Victory Monument.
However, for some time, they can be taken from Khao San Road or Mo Chit Bus Station only.
The minivan’s journey takes about 1 hour, although traffic jams in Bangkok are the daily bread, so the duration of the trip can be significantly affected with significant probability.
The total price – for locals or people you know – is 60 baht round trip. However, drivers often want to charge you more if they see you as easy prey.
When I asked, they told me 200 baht each way. When I said no and walked away, they suggested lower prices until they reached 50 baht for just one way. In the end, I decided better to go by train.
Be careful with those who carry many suitcases/luggage, as there is very little space to carry backpacks.
From Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Bus
Regional buses from Bangkok run every half hour from Mo Chit Bus Station. They usually take about 2 hours, if there is no traffic, although there is a good chance that the journey will be much longer.
Buses drop you off at Thanon Naresuan South Station in Ayutthaya. Once here, you will have to take a tuk-tuk or look for a motorcycle or bike rental site to move to the archaeological zone.
The price is 60 baht one way.
Arrival by minibus to Ayutthaya
Those who want it a little faster can also take a minibus, which is almost as fast as a taxi. A seat in the minibus costs around 100 to 200 Baht. The journey takes a good hour.
From Bangkok To Ayutthaya By Boat
Although it sounds incredible, it is possible to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by boat. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s the slowest and most expensive option of all, but it would surely be a lovely experience.
This is an alternative for the sheer pleasure of touring the Chao Phraya River. Although it is not public transport or a regular and stipulated schedule, it is possible to indulge yourself.
The River Sun Cruise Company is one of those that organize these tours, although you will also find vendors on Khao San Road offering you all kinds of tours.
In addition, at Civitatis, you can also find excursion trips for tourists, with the trip to Ayutthaya by minivan and the return to Bangkok by boat.
Thanks for checking out our short guide on how to “Traveling From Bangkok To Ayutthaya“.