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By Train

Getting Around

Thailand State Railway.

The state railway operates an Inter-province service that connects from Chiang Mai in the north to Bangkok and the southern connection points for buses and boats travelling to Phket, Koh Tao Koh Smaui and a number of other islands.

The state Railway also connects with the Singapore line which runs along the Malaysian pennisular.


The Trains do operate at a slower speed than is seen in Europe and the USA/Canada, however this is an excellent way of seeing Thailand. Chiang Mai to Bangkok can take up to 14 hours.

A national network map can be found here.

Train Classes


First Class are Private air conditioned compartment for two persons. Each cabin includes a sink and a stow away table. This class is available only on selected trains only and can have limited availablity. The compartment consists of two beds (One upper and one lower bunk)

Second Class are fan or air-conditioned coaches are available in either seat or sleeper form with around 40 seats. Fan cooled sections tend to get a little hot at night and air-conditioning coaches are the more comfortable.

Third Class are hard wooden bench seats suitable for only the more hardened traveller. Third class tickets are sold a few hours prior to departure. No pre-booking is possible in this class.

Bangkok Local services.

The state railway also operates a number of local services in the bangkok area. These are at ground level compared to the BTS network which is raised above streets.

Bangkok BTS Bangkok Trasport System.

Also known as the Skytrain, the BTS is a fairly new and easy to use raised railway syatem in Bangkok. The network has two routes currently with plans in the future to extend thiese. The two lines interchange at Siam. The is also an interchange at Phaya Thai for the stopping service to the airport.

Click here to open a
route map on the BTS website.

Tickets to use the BTS are simple and are based on Zones. Tickets are purchased at machines that have displayed Zone maps from which you can easily identify the type of ticket required. The are very cheap with a journey two stops down the line costing 20Btah (50pence)

BTS Information Centres - The BTS are always eger to assist toruists getting around Bangkok and have Tourist information centres at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations. The Centres are open daily from 08:00am until 08:00pm. As well as providing information, you are also able to purchase tickets for the Chao Praya River Tour and they are a good source of Internet Service credits that you may need to be able to go online in your hotel.

The Bangkok MRT (Mass Rapid Transport).

The MRT is Bangkoks new underground metro which opened in 2004. The MRT connects with the BTS (Skytrain) at Si Lom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak Park staions.

The Ticketing system is similar to that of the Skytrain but at the moment you cannot use one on the other, so a new ticket has to be purchased when transfering from the BTS to the MRT and vice versa. Childrens tickets can only be purchased from the ticket offices.

A Route map for the MRT can be found at the MRT website. Click here.


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