Hua Lamphong is the local name for Bangkok’s main train station. It serves as the main hub for intercity and international train services in Thailand.
Bangkok Train Station at night
All train lines, except for the line to Kanchanaburi, run from this station. This is where you need to come to catch a train to most of the popular destinations such as Chiang Mai, Surat Thani, Ayutthaya, Nong Khai or the border with Laos, Cambodia or Malaysia. If you want to go to Kanchanaburi you need to travel across the Chao Phraya (the main river in Bangkok) to Bangkok’s other train terminus,Thonburi train station.
Getting to and From Bangkok Train Station
Hua Lamphong MRT station
Hua Lamphong Station is on the Blue Line of the MRT (metro) system. The MRT Blue Line runs through the City up to Bang Sue train station with 15 stops along the way, including Silom and Sukhmvit. From the MRT Blue Line there are interchanges with the BTS (skytrain) overground train network at Silom, Sukhumvit and Chatchchak Park. There is also an interchange at Phetchaburi MRT station for the Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s main international airport.
The Khao San Road area is not on either the BTS or MRT network, so its either a taxi, bus, tuk-tuk, or the Chao Phraya Express Boat and a 16 minute walk to get to the station. The nearest Chao Phraya Express Boat pier to the Khao San Road is Phra Athit Pier on the Phra Athit Road. Boats depart every 15 to 20 minutes minutes going South and costs less than 20 THB per person one-way. For Hua Lamphong Station you need to alight at the Marine Department Pier and walk about 16 minutes to get to Hua Lamphong Station. Be warned there are some difficult roads to cross on the way from the pier to the station and you need timing and patience to do it safely.
If you find yourself confused and do not know where to go to buy a ticket or catch a train, do not panic there is lots of help available from helpful English speaking station staff.
Bangkok train station has a separate Ticket Office for Foreigners
Ticket Office for Foreigners: At the top left hand corner of the train station, to the left of the ticket counter and near the side exit, there is separate ticket office for foreigner passengers. The office is open everyday from 06.00 to 20.00. This office accepts payment by credit card.
Train Information Office: On the right hand side of the station of the station concourse there is a Train Information Office. This office can answer any questions you have about train travel from Bangkok, however, please note that you cannot book information here.
Display Boards: Above the ticket counters and on each train platform there are electronic display boards. These display boards provide information about the departure and arrival times of trains to and from Bangkok train station, arrival and departure platforms, and information about any delays. For more information see ourGuide to Display Boards at Hua Lamphong Train Station.
Facilities at Bangkok Train Station
Main station concourse at Hua Lamphong Railway Station
Left Luggage: at the front entrance of the station, to your left as you enter, there is aleft luggage office.
Toilets: there are toilets to the right of the tickets counter at the far end of the station from the main entrance.
Food: on the Ground Floor of the station there are food stalls on the left hand side selling a variety of take-away food including pies and pastries. There is also a branch of KFC and Dunkin Donuts. This is a good place to stock up for the journey. On the right hand side on the Ground Floor there is also a food hall selling inexpensive Thai food. On the first floor also on the left hand side there is a branch of Black Canyon Coffee with seating for customers. For more information see ourGuide to Food and Drink at Bangkok Train Station.
Shopping: On the left hand side of the station near the left luggage office and the main entrance there is small bookshop. On the right hand side of the station, by the main entrance, there is a supermarket.
Sending Things by Rail: There is a Freight and Parcels office and to the left hand side of the train platforms. You can send packages to most train stations in Thailand from the Freight and Parcels office in Hua Lamphong station. You pay by weight. You do not need to travel on the same train as the package you are sending, but you do need the receipt they issue at the cargo office from which the package is sent in order to collect it on arrival.
Shops and Restaurants Near Bangkok Train Station
7-Eleven: If you go out of the main entrance of the station and go left, there is a 7-Eleven convenience store. This is a lot cheaper than the supermarket inside the station. Remember if you want to buy alcoholic drinks for your journey (alcoholic drinks are no longer sold on Thai trains) the current rules are that the alcohol can only be sold by shops between 12:00 and 14:00 and then from 17:00 to 24:00.
Khao Man Gai is cheap, tasty and sold in the restaurants near Bangkok Train Station
Chicken and Rice Shops: For a cheap and tasty meal, and somewhere to sit down and have a beer (whatever the hour) go out the main entrance, turn left and cross the main road. There are three ‘chicken and rice’ shops located opposite the station with tables and chairs outside, as well as inside. The menus are in Thai but there are three basic options: ‘Khao Man Gai’ (Hainanese chicken and rice), ‘Khao Moo Dang’ (pork in a sweet red sauce with rice) and ‘Khao Ka Moo’ (pork leg in a light gravy with rice and a stewed cabbage like vegetable). Expect to pay 40 THB to 50 THB per dish and around 100 THB for a large beer.
Things to See and Do Whilst Waiting for a Train at Bangkok Train Station
If you have some time before your train departs we suggest that deposit your bags in the Left Luggage Office at the train station and take the time to see some of the local sights. Hua Lamphong Railway is located on the edge of Bangkok’s China Town and near to the river. There is plenty to keep you occupied for a few hours before your train departs, and below we list only a few of the things you might do and see before your train departs.
1. Visit Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit is best known for containing an 5,500 kg solid gold Buddha statue.
550 metres walk from the train station is Wat Traimit which is famous for its Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon statue: a solid gold Buddha weighing 5,500 kilograms making it the largest solid gold statue in the world with a value in excess of $250 million dollars. The amazing history of the large golden Buddha is that the statue had been covered in clay since the 1700s and it was not until they dropped the statue attempting to move it in 1955 that the monks discovered that it was made of solid gold. The temple has recently been rebuilt and is itself worth a visit.
Walking Distance:550 metres
Route Map from Bangkok Train Station to Wat Traimit:
2. Super Cheap River Cruise on the Chao Phraya Express Boat
1,200 metres walk from the train station is the Pier Number 4 (The Marine Pier) of theChao Praya Express BoatCompany. For between 8 and 40 THB you can travel to any pier along the Chao Phraya River, which runs the length of Bangkok, making this one of the cheapest river cruises in the World. The Chao Phraya Express Boat is one of the main commuter routes in Bangkok with stops at major river side destinations of importance. Alight at the Pier Number 8 (Tha Tien Pier) for the Grand Palace, Wat Po and the connecting cross river ferry to Wat Arun.
Walking Distance: 1.2kilometres
Walking time:16 minutes
Route Map from Bangkok Train Station to Chao Phraya Express Boat Pier 4:
3. Going shopping at Sampeng Lane Market
1,300 metres walk from the train station isSampeng Lane, one of the biggest markets is the Yaowarat (China Town) district. Sampeng Lane is also one of the most exciting markets in South East Asia and must do for many travellers. The market is long, narrow and split into sections and ending in Bangkok’s Little India area. Sampeng Lane is an intense experience and not for the faint hearted, although you can choose to do only short section of the market by enter and exiting via the many side streets leading off Sampeng Lane.
Route Map from Bangkok Train Station to Sampeng Lane (Soi Wanit 1):
4. See the exhibits at the Thai Railway Museum
Entrance to the Museum
And finally, if you do not have much time, or don’t fancy walking, at least check out theThe Railway Museum. This small museum is located inside the station building. The entrance is on the left of the grand entrance to the station but the doors onto the concourse.This is a very small museum and it will take you no more than 15 minutes for a good look at the exhibits. It is free and open every day from 10.00 to 18.00 (except Sundays, Mondays and public holidays).
At the far end of the station concourse there is row of ticket counters selling tickets for travel on the same day. For advance booking use counters 15 to 22 at the top right hand side of the station. Thailand Trains Tip: Tickets for intercity trains and sleeper trains in particular often sell out in advance and you should not rely on being able to turn up at the station and buy a ticket on the day of travel. For the route between Bangkok and Surat Thani (for ferries to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), especially during high season or the Full Moon Party period, you often need to book tickets more than a week in advance.
ADVANCE BOOKING: For advance tickets either visit any train station in Thailand up to 60 days before you intend to travel to purchase a ticket or book through Thailand Trains by clicking on the BOOK button above. For more information about booking train tickets from Bangkok through Thailand Trains see ourGuide to Ticket Collection in Bangkok. To buy an advance at train ticket at Hua Lamphong Train Station use counters 15 to 19 at the top right of the station.
Train Schedule from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Surat Thaniis the nearest train station to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. There is cheap and efficient transport direct from the train station toKoh SamuiandKoh Phangan, as well as to Koh Tao. This is one of the busiest routes on the train network particularly around the Full Moon Party period. Booking in advance is recommended.
Train Schedule from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
The journey toChiang Mai takes passengers through some of the most beautiful parts of Thailand. For this reason we recommend booking the very popular 08.30 departure, which is the only train service from Bangkok which travels through the hills South of Chiang Mai during the daylight hours.
Popular Train Journeys from Bangkok Train Station
Train at Bangkok Train Station ready to depart to Surat Thani
See below for more information about popular train journeys from Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
Transporting Bicycles from Bangkok Railway Station
Foreign visitor loading his bicycles into the Freight Carriage of a train departing from Bangkok Train Station
You can transport bicycles on trains from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Station if the train in question has a Freight Carriage. 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 the 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.
Lastest News on The Future of Bangkok Station
State Railways of Thailand has recently announced that the plan is to close Hua Lamphong as a functioning train station in 2019, and turn it into a museum. Hua Lamphong Railway will have been in use for 103 years by that time. A new station is currently being constructed near the existing Bang Sue station to the North of Hua Lamphong railway station. Concerns about traffic congestion around the station, which is in the busy Yaowarat (China Town) district, are the official reasons given for the move.
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Nearest Hotel to Bangkok Train Station
Krungkasem Srikung Hotel
From 980 THB
Walking distance from Station: 400metres by road or150metres (via canal bridge)
Star Rating: 2 stars
Walking Time: Only2minutesfrom Bangkok Train Station, if you take the route via the canal bridge then this is the closest hotel to the train station.
Getting to the Hotel: To get there you, turn right on coming out the main entrance of Bangkok train station, go across the car park and over the closest canal bridge. The hotel is directly in front of the over side of the canal bridge, across the road.
About the Hotel: This long established budget hotel has basic rooms with free WiFi, air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, balcony and satellite TV from 637 THB per night. For price it is great value for money and the views over the train station and the city are some of the best in any Bangkok hotel.
The Krungkasem Srikrung Hotel is close to the train station