Ayutthaya Train Station was built in 1921 and the original structure is still in use, making this one of Thailand’s oldest and most attractive railway stations. The platform area is fairly standard, but the ticket hall and administrative office next door have been superbly maintained and retain the neo-classical design features common in Thai architecture at the time which was heavily influenced by Italian designers and architects.
Ayutthaya Railway Station is located 44 miles (71 km) from Bangkok. All trains travelling on the Northern and North Eastern lines come through here – over 70 day and they all stop here. Its a relatively short distance to Bangkok and many people use the station for day trips to the historical park, which is why the station was built in the first place. At one point in time Ayutthaya is thought to have been the largest city in the world and the historical park contains a number of very impressive, if poorly preserved, temples built and used by this prosperous ancient community. An invading Burmese army destroyed much of the temple complexes when they ransacked the city in 1767.
Train Schedule from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
Getting to and From Ayutthaya Train Station
Ayutthaya railway station is not located in the historic town centre. It is 4.4 km walking distance from the historical park to the East and on the other side of Pa Sak river.
Outside the train station there are normally many tuks tuks waiting for passengers. Expect to pay around 100 THB to go to the historical park, or other point within the old city. The journey time is around 10 minutes.
Advance tickets are available for purchase in the ticket hall on the right side of the station as you enter. If you want to purchase a ticket as a foreigner you need to to show your passport. You can turn up and buy a ticket on the day for 3rd class seats or the slower standard trains, however, if you want a sleeper (advisable for the long journey up to Chiang Mai or Nongkhai) or a 2nd class seat for one of the faster sprinter or express, you should book in advance. If your onward journey is to trip to Pak Chong or Nakhon Ratchasima advance ticket purchase is not always possible on the normal trains, however, because the journey is only short 3rd class seats are sufficiently comfortable.
Facilities at Ayutthaya Train Station
The ticket hall at Ayutthaya Train Station retains many of its original features
Toilets: There are toilets to the left hand side as you enter onto Platform 1
Food: A coffee and drinks stand at the right hand side far end of Platform 1. If you go out of the station on the other side of the road is small road with lots of food stalls and cheap small restaurants. If you turn left from the station and cross the road there is a 7Eleven convenience store about 80 metres down the road. The food stalls outside the 7Eleven serve a fairly good plate of chicken and rice or bowl of noodle soup.
Cargo Services: As you enter the station the Freight & Parcels Office is about half way up the left hand side of Platform 1. There is no requirement to travel with cargo on the same train or any train in Thailand and you simply pick it up from the train station of your choice the same day or the next day depending on when the train arrives.
Transporting Bicycles from Ayutthaya train station: You can transport bicycles on trains from Ayutthaya train station if the train has a cargo car. Some trains do, others do not. Unlike other forms of cargo, in Thailand you need to load and unload bicycles yourself which means you need to travel on the same train. To purchase a ticket for a bicycle go to the Freight & Parcel Office at Ayutthaya train station after you have purchased your own train ticket. Keep the ticket for the bicycle safe as you will need to show the ticket at your destination in order to collect your bicycle. For more information see ourGuide to Carrying Bicycles on Thailand Trains.
Video of Ayutthaya Train Station
HOTELS NEAR AYUTTHAYA TRAIN STATION
The Krungsri River Hotel is one of the best hotels in Ayutthaya
Krungsri River Hotel
Distance from Station:400metres
From 1,695 THB
Located on the same road as the train station its about a 1.3 km walk away, although if you walk down the stairs at the side of the main road this cuts about 50% off the length of the walk. This is probably the best large hotel in Ayutthaya. The hotel has been built on a grand scale and it is popular with corporate customers. It has a swimming pool, fitness centre, bar, coffee shop and large restaurant. The rooms are big at 30 sqm and well appointed with the facilities you would expect from a 4 star hotel. The view over the river is good and the bar can become lively in the evening (the guests are often here at the expense of their companies) although the sound insulation is good at this hotel so you can sleep well.
Route Map from Krungsri River Hotel to Ayutthaya Train Station