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Hua Lamphong Train Station

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.

The basic details

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.

Trains, trains, trains!

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:

  • First class: There is air-conditioning and sleeping berths that can be converted from normal seats.
  • Second class: Sometimes air-conditioned. Some can also be converted from normal seats into sleeping berths.
  • Third class: Only seats available. Sometimes with fan only or air-conditioning.

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.

Fun (historical) facts:

  • Hua Lamphong train station has been operational since June 25th 1916!
  • Its characteristic half-dome embodies the Italian neo-renaissance style and was designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno. Tamagno was also head of design for the Neilson Hays Library and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
  • Did you know? Over 130 trains and around 60,000 passengers pass through daily.
  • Chinatown and Sampeng market as well as Wat Traimit are the notable attractions only a brisk walk away.

Further connectivity

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.

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