When it comes to public transport in Thailand, it can be surprisingly good, and also excellent value for money. Although the nation’s bus service is the chosen mode of public transport for the masses, it’s rail network can be just as affordable and useful as the bus service. No matter where you want to travel in Thailand if you are in Bangkok and want to visit a train station that can connect you with the rest of the nation, Hua Lamphong, otherwise known as Bangkok Train Station, is a perfect choice.
Hua Lamphong connects many parts of the country with the capital. Whether you want to go to the north of Thailand, the east, northeast or even the south, this train station is the perfect hub to explore Thailand. If you are in the city and want to get to the train station easily, Hua Lamphong also connected to the MRT underground system.
Bangkok Railway Hub
The train station has been open since 1916 and initially designed by an Italian architect named Mario Tamagno and enjoys a neo-renaissance flair. The design is similar to what you will find on some official government buildings in Bangkok that also built during this period. The building’s design and layout are sometimes compared to the stunning Frankfurt Train Station in Germany, offering something unique in Thailand.
Making your way through the entrance of the train station, you are greeted by 26 ticket kiosks and massive arrival and departure board so you can keep track on your train times. On this level, you will find a vast choice of fast food outlets, shops and stores.
Types of Thai Train Tickets and Options
There are lots of options when it comes to booking train seats at Hua Lamphong. If you are looking for a more comfortable journey, most trains have First-Class seating with air-conditioned carriages and sleeping compartments. These are the more private seating options and are ideal if you are looking to take an overnight journey.
Second-Class seating also has air-conditioned and also has some sleeping berths. However, if you are looking for the cheapest possible options, Third-Class is the ideal choice, and although it doesn’t have air-conditioned, it’s immensely affordable.
If you are looking to travel over long distances by train from Hua Lamphong, we would suggest you take the Special Express. These long-distance trains connect with significant areas such as Chiang Mai in the north, Yala and Surathani in the south, and also Sukhothai in the central regions.
If you want to travel to regional hubs such as Chiang Mai, Nongkhai, Ubon Ratchathani, Trang and Udonthani, we would strongly recommend you book yourself a first or second class ticket on the Express service.
If you are looking to visit southern Thai regions such as Yala, Nakhon Si Thammarat or Sugnai Kolok, we would highly recommend you book tickets on the Rapid service.
The best part about catching trains at the Bangkok Train Station is it’s a hub to explore the majority of Thailand. If you are staying in Bangkok and want to explore Thailand via train excursion, this is the perfect train station.
Hua Lamphong works in conjunction with the State of Railway of Thailand (SRT) to offer excursions trips to explore the surrounding regions. By using the SRT’s special excursion options, you can visit places such as Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Kanchanaburi, Petchaburi, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and Amphawa Floating Market.
You can also take overnight train excursions to the Thai-Burmese border (Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi), northeastern regions along with the Mekong River and even international destinations in Laos and Vietnam. These train excursions offer sleeper packages and are something a little different.
Whether you are looking for a cheap and easy way to explore Thailand or something more exotic and high-end, Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok is the perfect hub to explore Thailand by railway.
Map & More
Hua Lamphong Train Station GPS: 13.735503, 100.519763