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Ayutthaya: how to go there

Located 80 km from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a city that attracts many travelers. The city has a rich heritage and history. There are several means of transportation to get there.

 

BY bus

Air-conditioned buses depart every 30 minutes from 05:30 to 19:30 from Bangkok North Bus Station (Mo Chit). The journey is fast, about 1:30 depending on the traffic. The major disadvantage is always the same, you have to go to the bus station which is quite far from the city center.
 

 


By Van

Air-conditioned vans depart hourly from Mo Chit Station. The journey from Bangkok is very fast, depending on the time of day between 50 minutes and 1:30. The price is about 80 baht (depending on company).

 

Van Bangkok - Ayutthaya ฿ 130–300 1h 30m – 2h 30m
  •   Van VIP 9pax 08:30, 09:15, 13:00
  •   Regional 14pax 06:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00
  •   Van VIP 9pax 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00
  •   Regional 14pax 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00

 


By Boat

The most romantic and relaxing way. However, there are two major drawbacks: the travel time and the organization of the day by an agency. There is no public company doing this trip, only the tour operators organize combos with different options (transport + dinner + bike ride). The price is around 1000 baht. But many travelers are seduced by this choice – it’s up to you.
See for example this company: Chao Phraya Express Boat


By train

The most economical option, because for twenty baht, you can discover the Thai countryside (but also the suburbs of Bangkok) and arrive directly to downtown Ayutthaya. In fact, the good thing is the price and ease of access to Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok. The disadvantage: the slowness and promiscuity of transport that can be tiring.

There is no reservation to make in advance. The ticket is bought
the day of departure at the railway station.
 

 

Train Bangkok - Ayutthaya ฿ 148–1,862 35m – 2h 10m
  •   2nd Class Fan seats only 06:40, 12:55, 13:10, 13:20, 13:30, 13:40, 13:45, 22:25
  •   Class 3 Fan 15:20, 15:35, 15:45, 16:05, 16:10, 16:20
  •   2nd Class Sleeper AC 18:10, 19:35, 22:00
  •   1st Class Sleeper 18:10, 19:35
  •   2nd Class AC seats only 01:30, 01:50, 02:00, 02:58, 03:02, 03:10, 03:13, 03:31, 03:46, 13:10, 13:30, 13:40, 15:40, 15:45, 15:55, 16:10, 16:15, 16:20, 16:35, 18:05, 21:45
  •   2nd Class Sleeper AC 03:15, 03:20, 03:30, 03:38, 03:42, 03:45, 03:50, 04:04, 04:24, 04:58, 05:07, 05:31, 15:40, 15:45, 15:55, 16:10, 16:15
  •   2nd Class Sleeper Fan 03:15, 03:20, 03:30, 03:38, 03:45, 03:50, 15:40, 15:45, 15:55, 16:10, 16:15
  •   2nd Class Fan seats only 02:00, 02:30, 02:55, 10:00, 10:10, 10:30, 10:40, 11:45, 11:55, 12:00, 12:20, 12:35, 12:40, 16:10, 16:25, 16:40, 17:05, 17:55, 18:25, 18:50, 18:55, 19:15
  •   Class 3 AC 13:00, 13:20
  •   2nd Class Ladies Only 03:42, 04:04, 04:58
  •   1st Class Sleeper 03:42, 04:04, 04:24, 04:58


By car

The possibility of renting a car is always a good option – the budget is not the same – but gives the opportunity to stop where you want. From Bangkok:

  • Take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) then Highway 32.
  • Then Highway 304 or Highway 302, turn right on Highway 306 (Tiwanon Road) then Highway 3111 (Pathum Thani) and finally turn right onto Highway 3263.
  • Take Highway 306, cross Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani and take Highway 347.

By car or van with driver

It is possible to rent a car or van with driver. The price is more important, but in a group or for those who wish total independence, the taxi may be the solution.

Taxi Bangkok - Ayutthaya € 48.97–106.39 1h 30m – 2h
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Comfort
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Premium
  •   Premium old
  •   Minivan 4pax old
  •   VIP Van 9pax
  •   Economy
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Comfort
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Premium
  •   Toyota Alphard
  •   Economy
  •   VIP Van 9pax
Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Ayutthaya € 48.70–119.71 1h 10m – 2h 30m
  •   Economy
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Comfort
  •   VIP Van 9pax
  •   Toyota Alphard
  •   Economy
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Comfort
  •   VIP Van 9pax
Taxi Don Mueang Airport - Ayutthaya € 47.61–119.71 1h – 2h
  •   Comfort
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Economy
  •   VIP Van 9pax
  •   Comfort
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Toyota Alphard
  •   Economy
  •   VIP Van 9pax

 

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