For most foreign visitors there are three train stations in Bangkok which they are likely to need to go to: Hua Lamphong Train Station, Bang Sue Train Station and Thonburi Train Station.
Hua Lamphong Train Station
The best known train station in Bangkok is Hua Lamphong Train Station, often referred to simply as Bangkok Train Station. Hua Lamphong Train Railway Station dates back to 1916 and is the most interesting and historically important train station in Thailand, located on the edge of Bangkok’s China Town area. Hua Lamphong Railway Station is also the terminus for 4 of the 5 major intercity train lines in Thailand. It is easy to get to Hua Lamphong Train Station as it has its own MRT (metro station) called Hua Lamphong MRT Station.
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Bang Sue Train Station
Very few foreign visitors to Thailand use Bang Sue Train Station at the moment. This smaller train station to the north of Chatuchak Park is, however, a very popular train station with Thai people as it is a lot more convenient than Hua Lamphong both as a point of departure on trains from Bangkok and a point of arrival for passenger travelling by train to Bangkok.
The reason Bang Sue Railway Station is much more convenient than Hua Lamphong Railway Station is that the roads around Hua Lamphong Railway Station are very congested and as our the train lines going to and from Hua Lamphong Train Station. All trains on the Southern Train Line to Surat Thani and Malaysia, on the Northern Train Line to Chiang Mai, and on the North Eastern Train Line to Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani, stop at Bang Sue Railway on the way to or from Hua Lamphong Train Station. If you are travelling by train into Central Bangkok we recommend that you alight at Bang Sue Railway Station (you will notice that this what most Thai passengers will do) and go to the MRT station by Bang Sue Railway Station to continue onward into Bangkok. The journey by metro from Bang Sue Railway Station into Central Bangkok is significantly quicker than staying on the train which travels painfully slowly for the last 7 km into Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
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Thonburi Train Station
Thonburi Train Station is where you need to go is you want to catch a train to Kanchanaburi and onto Nam Tok. There are two trains a day from Thonburi Railway Station to Kanchanaburi:
- Dept: 07:50 Arr: 10:35
- Dept: 13:55 Arr: 16:26
Thonburi Train Station is located on the opposite side of the river to Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue Railway Stations. Thonburi Railway Station is not connected to Bangkok’s rapid public transport network and to travel there you either need to take a taxi or travel on the Chao Phraya Express Boat service to Thonburi Train Station Pier (Pier No. 11) and then walk 1 km to Thonburi Railway Station.
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