Train Travel from Bangkok to Yala

There are four direct train services a day from Bangkok to Yala in the South of Thailand. By train it takes 16 to 20 hours to travel the 1,021.95 km from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Train Station to Yala. Yala Railway Station is in the centre of Yala city and a transport hub for travel across Yala Province including minivan services to Betong.

Trains Times to Yala

Train No.BangkokYalaService
3715:1009:26Special Express
4122:5014:30Special Express
  • The fastest train is Train #41 departing from Bangkok at 22:50 and scheduled to arrive 15 hours 40 minutes later at 14:30.
  • The slowest direct train from Bangkok to Yala is Train #171 departing at 13:00 and arriving in Yala at 08:46, 19 hours and 46 minutes after departing from Bangkok.

Train Tickets to Yala

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We recommend booking a 2nd Class A/C Sleeper Seat for this journey because its a long one. Sleeper berths are available on the first three trains of the day, but not on Train #41 which is a three-carriage sleeper train.

Ticket Prices to Yala

Train tickets from Bangkok to Yala purchased online cost 235 to 250 THB more than the same train tickets purchased at the train station. The benefit of paying an extra to book online is to guarantee the seat you want on the day you want to travel. Train tickets, particularly for sleeper berths, often sell out a few days before the day of travel.

 Seat Type Online Price Station Price
 2nd Class A/C Sleeper 1,112 to 1,192 THB 862 to 942 THB
 2nd Class Fan Sleeper 927 THB 692 THB

Generally, there is no need to book ahead if you want a 3rd class fan seat.

Bangkok Train Station

Yala Train Station

  • Yala Train Station is 4 km away from Yala Bus Station.

About Yala

Yala is the capital city of Yala province, which is one of four provinces in the South of Thailand bordering Malaysia. Yala has a large Muslim population and for some periods during the last few hundred years Yala had part of the Kingdom of Pattani, which has been independent from Thailand. Yala city is little visited by foreign tourists except as a transport hub on account of a separatist movement which has been engaged in a sporadic armed conflict with the Thai state. The separatist movement has no recent history of targeting foreign visitors and there are no specific risks for foreign travellers going there, although many Foreign Governments advise against travel to Yala.

Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phutthathammaprakat near Yala
Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phutthathammaprakat near Yala

There are some interesting things to see in Yala Province, although the city itself will hold little interest to most foreign travellers. Amongst the highlights of Yala Province are:

  • Betong: The district of Betong is the most popular area in Yala Province. The city has an interesting temple (Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phutthathammaprakat), a massive municipal park (Suan Sut Sayam), hot springs, and a 30 metre high waterfall (Namtok Chaloem Phra Kiat Ro Kao).
  • Bala-Hala Forest: A massive forest near the border with Malaysia which is a notable place for spotting rare birds. The border police run boat tours, and can arrange excursions to meet the Sakai people who are indigenous inhabitants of the remote parts of Thai-Malay peninsula living largely as they did several thousand years ago.
  • Wat Khuhaphimuk: Only 8km from Yala city this temple (also known as Wat Na Tham) features a statue of a fearsome giant guarding the entrance to a cave with a very old reclining Buddha statue. This is an important site for Thai Buddhists and it is believed that there has been a temple on the site since 757 AD.
  • Namtok Than To: A large waterfall with a series of pools located just off the road to Betong, in Tambon Tham Thalu some 55 km from Yala City

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