Even with the advent of low-cost flights in this modern day and age, rail travel isn’t dead yet! An attraction in itself, Hua Lamphong train station is still very much a vital part of Thailand’s railway culture. It’s the beating heart of travelling by train throughout the country. From backpackers to Thais from all over, everyone still passes through the signature dome of Hua Lamphong train station.
Travelling by train can be as cheap or luxurious as your budget allows. At Hua Lamphong train station, there are over 20 platforms and 26 ticket booths where travellers can grab their tickets. Once the tickets are acquired, of course there are ample restaurants, fast food outlets and more plying their wares to the hungry masses.
First of all, train tickets can be bought on the same day or in advance. Standard payment rules of cash or credit card apply, with a limited range of tickets available for pre-purchase online. The ticket booths are open daily from 6 am – 8 pm. There is also a place to deposit your luggage.
There are different types and classes of trains to choose from. Which trains are available for which destination differs. But generally, there are three main classes:
If talking about the types of trains, this can range from special express trains that connect major distances over long distances, to the short and sweet Bangkok Commuter trains. It’s all about knowing which train is the right one for where you need to get to.
What’s next from Hua Lamphong train station? Well, the station itself connects to the city’s underground MRT line. From there it’s a quick trip into downtown Bangkok or wherever you need to go. The MRT intersects with the BTS Skytrain at Sukhumvit, Silom and Chatuchak Park stations. To get on the Airport link to Suvarnabhumi international airport, they will need to alight at BTS Phayathai station and switch over. For the more adventurous, city busses also stop at Hua Lamphong train station! If you’re heading to ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai, a quick taxi or tuk tuk ride is your best option! Tip: Insist in having the meter switched on for the former and fixing a price before getting in for the latter.