By train the journey from from Bangkok to Yala is scheduled to take from 16 to 17 hours depending upon which train you take. 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 from Bangkok to Yala
There are 3 direct train services a day from Bangkok to Yala, which is in the far South of Thailand.
- The fastest train from Bangkok to Yala is Train #37 departing from Bangkok at 16:10 and scheduled to arrive 16 hours 33 minutes later at 08:43.
- The slowest train from Bangkok to Yala is Train #171 departing at 15:10 and arriving in Yala at 08:10, 17 hours and 00 minutes after departing from Bangkok.
Buy Tickets from Bangkok 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 from Bangkok 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
- From the 19th January 2023 the main railway station in Bangkok is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).
Yala Train Station
- Yala Railway Station is 4 km away from Yala Bus Station.
About Travel to 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 been part of the Kingdom of Pattani, which was independent from Thailand.
Tourism in Yala
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.
Tourist Attractions in Yala
There are some interesting things to see in Yala Province, although the city itself will hold little interest to most foreign travellers. Among 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 8 km 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