Kanchanaburi: Transport Guide and How to Get There
Getting to Kanchanaburi. Our guide shows you the best ways to reach and explore this Thai gem by bus, train and van, for a smooth and unforgettable journey.
The train to Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is renowned for the iconic Bridge over the River Kwai at its center. Originally part of the rail link between Thailand and Burma, the historic bridge stands as a symbol of the city.
While Kanchanaburi has a railway station, it’s paradoxically not directly connected to the main Bangkok station but rather to a branch station, Thonburi (located on the west side of the Chao Phraya).
Due to this arrangement, there are limited trains to Kanchanaburi, and notably, the carriages are only 3rd class. Despite the rudimentary comfort, the journey retains the charm of this historical railway line.
To purchase tickets, visit the station and buy them on the day of your journey. Reservations are not available for 3rd class trains.
Buses from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Buses departing from Bangkok typically leave from Sai Tai Mai bus station, the city’s South Terminal, with departures every 30 minutes. The fare is approximately 115 baht for this public company. Although the buses are somewhat aged, they do provide air conditioning. The journey averages between 2.5 to 3 hours.
Alternatively, buses can be taken from Mo Chit bus station, though there are slightly fewer departures from this terminal.
Explore the table for booking details:
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Vans or minibuses to Kanchanaburi
Another option is to opt for vans or minibuses, which offer a quicker journey but with less comfort, especially if you have large luggage. In some cases, oversized baggage might require an additional seat.
There are also vans to Kanchanaburi from:
Departure from Kanchanaburi
By bus and van or minibus from Kanchanaburi
Departures to Bangkok occur every 30 minutes, and the journey to the capital takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. The fare is remarkably competitive at 115 baht. The city’s bus station is significant, offering numerous daily trips to both small and large towns:
Practical information about Kanchanaburi bus station:
- Adress: Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal - Ban Tai, Amphoe Mueang Kanchanaburi, Province de Kanchanaburi 71000
- Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal is 5 km from the River Kwai Bridge.
- Transport: songthaew or moto-taxi or taxi or grab/Bolt.
Getting around Kanchanaburi
A network of songthaews crisscrosses the city, along with motorbike taxis and private songthaew taxis. In all cases, it’s advisable to agree on the fare upfront.
The Grab application operates in Kanchanaburi. Simply download the app on your mobile for a practical, hassle-free alternative to negotiating fares.
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