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IMPORTANT: This post was last updated 1 June 2018. Always check how to buy tickets before you travel.
Where to catch the train
At the time of writing, this train departs from different stations depending on the day of the week (see below).
Saturdays & Sundays: The Tourist Train
Departure is from the main Hua Lumphong Station. This is a “tourist train”, (which often sells out well in advance) and stops off at a few interesting sites along the way that are well worth a visit. It is a full and exhausting day, and although the 6.30am departure time is accurate, the rest of the schedule is approximate, so don’t arrange a tight connection upon return.
- 6.30am: Depart from Hua Lumphong (not Thonburi)
- 7.40am: A 40 minute stop at Nakhon Pathom
- 9.00am: Possible stop at the Kanchanaburi war cemetery (via a pickup truck), you might instead visit on the way back.
- 9.30am: Stop at the River Kwai Bridge 30 minutes
- 11.00am: Cross the Whampo Viaduct (the train might stop)
- 11.30am: Arrive at Nam Tok (the end of the line) and head to the nearby Sai Yok Noi Waterfall
- 2.20pm: Departing Nam Tok
- 4.00pm: Possible stop at Kanchanaburi war cemetery, if you didn’t go on the way there
- 7.30pm: Back in Bangkok Hualamphong station (probably late)
Note: There won’t be any tour guide or even an English-speaking conductor provided as part of the ticket, but the Window Seater app will show you around for free.
Monday to Friday:
Departure is from Thonburi Station, on the Western side of the Chao Phraya river, behind Siraraj Hospital. From most of Bangkok, getting there can be tricky and you need to leave some time. Your options are:
- By train, you might be able to connect from Hua Lumphong Station (or Bang Sue Station) to Tailing Chan Station, which is on the Nam Tok and Southern Lines. Leave at least an hour for the ride as trains can be slow through the city, and be sure to confirm the departure time at Thonburi.
- By taxi from most of Bangkok will cost 150 to 200 THB. Its probably the best option if you’re pressed for time, but its still going to be at least 30 minutes, probably 45, +/- Bangkok’s notorious traffic fudge factor.
- River ferries plying the Chao Phraya stop at Thonburi Railway Station Pier. Its a small walk from there: You should be able to see the Old Thonburi Station building (now a medical museum), which is the old railhead. The new railhead is about 800 metres West (perpendicular from the main Chao Phraya river), and is much less grand. This is probably your best bet if you’re coming from along the river, or the Khao San and Grand Palace areas.