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Guide to Train Travel from Hat Yai to Bangkok

There are 5 direct train services a day from Hat Yai to Bangkok.

Train times from Hat Yai to Bangkok

Train No. Dept Arr Service
170 14.45 09.00 Rapid
172 15.39 09.15 Rapid
42 16.23 05.55 Special Express
38 18.10 10.10 Special Express
36 18.45 10.30 Special Express
  • The fastest train is Train #42 departing at 16.23 which is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok 13 hours 32 minutes later.
  • The slowest service is Train #170, which is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok 18 hours 15 minutes after departing from Hat Yai.

Tickets: Hat Yai to Bangkok

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The fastest train, the 16.23 departure, is not necessarily the best one to book because this is a seat only train with no sleeper berths available, although the ticket price does include meals and drinks. Trains #36 and #38 provide passengers with a more comfortable journey as both have 1st and 2nd class air-conditioned sleeper berths available.

Online Train Ticket Prices from Hat Yai to Bangkok

Seat Type Online Price Station Price
1st Class A/C Sleeper  1,844 THB 1,594 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper 1,065 to 1,195 THB 825 to 945 THB
2nd Class Fan Sleeper 855 to 1,075 THB 605 THB

Booking in advance, although more expensive than purchasing a ticket at the train station, is recommended for the Hat Yai to Bangkok train route because 1st and 2nd Class AC Sleeper seats tend to be booked out days or weeks before the date of travel. Few people would opt to complete a 13 to 18 hour train journey in Thailand in a 3rd Class fan cooled seat unless they were on a very tight budget, or that was the only ticket available because they did not book in advance.

About Travel from Hat Yai to Bangkok

There are three public transport options for the journey from Hat Yai to Bangkok: bus, train and plane. The bus is the cheapest option and takes 14 hours, about the same time as the fastest train service, but 2 hours quicker than trains with sleeper berths. You can also fly to Bangkok from Hat Yai for approximately the same price as a sleeper berth on a train, although if your budget is important you need to factor in the cost of getting to and from both airport and the cost of a stay in a hotel room for a night both of which mean that flying becomes more more expensive than train travel. 

Getting to Hat Yai Train Station

Trains departing from Bangkok Train Station

Hat Yai train station is right in the centre of Hat Yai city at the eastern end of the Thumnoon Vithi Road, which is the main road running though the centre of the city. It is a short walk to many of the major hotels in the city. The bus station, however, is about 2 km outside the centre of Hat Yai. To get from Hat Yai bus station to Hat Yai station you need to take either a motorbike taxi or a taxi. The charge to foreign visitors is currently around 100 THB for the journey from the bus station to the train station.

Location of Hat Yai Railway Station

Public Transport from Bangkok Train Station

Restaurant in Bangkok China Town

Bangkok’s main train station, Hua Lamphong Railway Station, is in the Yaowarat (China Town) district of the city not far from the Chao Phraya river. Aside from taxis and tuk-tuks, there are two easy public transport options from this railway station. Adjacent to the train station is an MRT (Metro) station. The MRT has stops in many areas of ‘New’ Bangkok, including Silom and Sukhumvit Road, and continues to Bang Sue railway station in the north of Bangkok. There are connections from the MRT to the BTS (Skytrain) and the Airport Link. It is also an easy 400 metre walk to the Harbour Department Pier on the Chao Phraya river where you can take the Chao Phraya Express boat northwards to the Khao San Road area or southwards to the Silom Road area. For more information see our Guide to Local transport from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Train Station.

Location of Bangkok Railway Station

Hotels in Bangkok

Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel

Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel near Bangkok train station

Bangkok’s main train station, Hua Lamphong, is in Bangkok’s Yaowarat (China Town) district. Visitors to Bangkok have lots of good reasons for choosing to stay near the train station. The local markets are temples are amongst the best in Thailand. The transport links to other parts of Bangkok are also very good. Bangkok train station is walking distance from some great and unique hotels.

Next read our guide to Hotels near Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station