Bangkok train timetable - rail service

Thai Buddhist monks wait to board a train

Thai Buddhist monks wait to board a train

Located roughly in the centre of Thailand, Bangkok is the nation’s rail hub, and although the network isn't extensive, it does connect with important areas of the country. Lines run northeast into Isaan, north as far as Chiang Mai, eastwards to the Cambodian border, southeast to Pattaya, and south to Surat Thani (for Samui and Phuket transfers), then onwards to the Malaysian border.

While some people use trains within Bangkok to get to work, they are far from efficient and are seldom used by foreigners. All long distance trains must be boarded at Hua Lampong Station, which is a short taxi ride from Siam Square and is also on the Metro line.

Travelling long distance by train in Thailand is quite popular with tourists, although the advent of budget airlines has turned it into a novelty rather than a cheap transportation option. The 1st and 2nd class carriages are quite comfortable, clean and reasonably modern, and the sleepers are suitable for killing long, overnight journeys (lower bunks are more spacious and comfortable).

It is advisable to book several days in advance at the station, online, or via a travel agent. While 1st class offers private cabins, these are almost as expensive as an airline seat. Second class has 32 bunks per carriage, and although fairly decent, the chances of sharing with a snorer are high.

Recommended hotels near Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Rail service modernisation has stood still over the years, due to lack of management planning, poor investment and an entrenched union resisting any type of reform. A series of accidents in late 2009, followed by wildcat strikes, brought the situation to a head, with renewed commitment to modernise this loss-making state enterprise - don’t hold your breath though. The trains in Thailand aren't very fast and a typical journey to Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 12 hours or more.

Food is available on the train, as well as refreshments and snacks at reasonable prices. For 2nd class rates, you can figure on about 75 baht per 100kms of length; thus, Chiang Mai on an overnight sleeper costs roughly 500 baht, while the journey to Phun Phin station near Surat Thani (for Samui, Phuket and Krabi) is roughly 600 baht.

Trains from Bangkok Hualampong station - timetable

 Hualampong Railway Station: 1 Rongmuang Road, Patumwan, tel: (02) 220 4334, Hotline: 1690 (24 hours).

Northern Line

DestinationDepartureArrivalTrain
Chiang Mai08.3020.30Special Express
14.3005.10Rapid
18.0006.15Sprinter
19.2007.40Special Express
19.3509.45Sprinter
22.0012.45Express
Ayutthaya 04.20 05.48 Suburb
05.20 06.44 Suburb
06.40 08.25 Rapid
07.00 08.35 Rapid
08.20 09.39 Express
08.30 09.24 Special Express
09.25 11.24 Ordinary
10.50 12.14 Special Express
11.20 13.04 Ordinary
11.40 13.06 Ordinary
12.55 14.28 Ordinary
14.05 15.51 Ordinary
14.30 15.58 Rapid
15.20 16.56 Rapid
16.10 18.00 Suburb
16.30 18.33 Suburb
16.50 18.48 Suburb
17.15 19.09 Suburb
17.25 19.12 Suburb
18.00 19.35 Special Express
18.10 20.05 Suburb
18.30 19.53 Express
18.55 20.25 Rapid
19.20 20.36 Special Express
19.35 21.00 Special Express
19.50 21.10 Rapid
20.00 21.40 Express
20.10 21.40 Rapid
20.30 21.50 Express
20.45 22.16 Rapid
20.55 22.43 Rapid
21.50 23.08 Express
22.00 23.29 Express
22.25 23.50 Rapid
23.40 01.12 Rapid

Southern Line

DestinationDepartureArrivalTrain
Nakhon Pathom08.0509.17Special Express
09.2010.46Diesel Railcar
13.0014.42Rapid
14.4518.42Special Express
15.1016.09Special Express
15.3517.17Rapid
16.4018.07Special Suburb
17.0518.31Express
17.3519.09Rapid
18.3019.56Rapid
19.3020.57Express
22.5000.08Special Express
Hua Hin08.0511.11Special Express
09.2013.35Diesel Railcar
13.0017.14Rapid
14.4518.42Special Express
15.1019.10Special Express
15.3520.07Rapid
17.0521.07Express
17.3521.51Rapid
18.3022.31Rapid
19.3023.33Express
22.5002.20Special Express
Chumphon08.0514.36Special Express
14.4522.34Special Express
15.1023.15Special Express
15.3500.42Rapid
17.0501.16Express
17.3502.48Rapid
18.3003.18Rapid
19.3003.47Express
22.5005.49Special Express
Surat Thani08.0516.45Special Express
(Phun Pin)13.0000.22Rapid
14.4501.23Special Express
15.1002.00Special Express
15.3503.45Rapid
17.0504.24Express
17.3505.48Rapid
18.3005623Rapid
19.3007.06Express
22.5008.05Special Express
Had Yai13.0005.52Rapid
14.4506.35Special Express
15.1007.20Special Express
15.3509.15Rapid
22.5012.34Special Express

Eastern Line

DestinationDepartureArrivalTrain
Chachoengsao05.5507.36Ordinary Train
06.5508.56Ordinary Train
06.5508.56Ordinary Train
08.0009.30Ordinary Train
10.1011.45Ordinary Train
12.1013.30Special Suburb
13.0514.13Ordinary Train
15.2516.43Ordinary Train
16.3517.55Special Suburb
17.0018.50Ordinary Train
17.4019.20Ordinary Train
18.2519.55Ordinary Train
Pattaya06.5510.34Ordinary Train (Mon-Fri)
Chon Buri06.5509.48Ordinary Train (Mon-Fri)
Sri Racha06.5509.54Ordinary Train (Mon-Fri)

Note: Service available on Monday - Friday only

North-eastern Line

DestinationDepartureArrivalTrain
Ayutthaya 04.20 05.48 Suburb
05.20 06.44 Suburb
06.40 08.25 Rapid
07.00 08.35 Rapid
08.20 09.39 Express
08.30 09.24 Special Express
09.25 11.24 Ordinary
10.50 12.14 Special Express
11.20 13.04 Ordinary
11.40 13.06 Ordinary
12.55 14.28 Ordinary
14.05 15.51 Ordinary
14.30 15.58 Rapid
15.20 16.56 Rapid
Surin 05.45 12.14 Special Express
06.40 15.07 Rapid
10.05 17.08 Express
11.40 20.00 Ordinary Train
15.20 00.30 Rapid
18.55 03.15 Rapid
20.30 04.30 Express
21.50 05.16 Express
22.25 06.58 Rapid
23.40 08.27 Rapid
Ubon Ratchathani 05.45 14.20 Special Express
06.40 18.00 Rapid
15.20 03.35 Rapid
18.55 06.15 Rapid
20.30 07.25 Express
22.25 10.20 Rapid
23.40 11.50 Rapid
Khon Kaen 08.20 16.20 Express
18.30 02.10 Express
20.00 05.05 Express
20.45 06.07 Rapid
Nong Khai 18.30 05.05 Express
20.00 08.25 Express
20.45 09.45 Rapid
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