Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai

Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai

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Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai Schedule

Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thailand Limo by Datum Comfort Any time$ 436.38
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 09:48 - 19:30$ 28.28
Thai Railway 2nd Class AC seats only 09:48 - 19:30$ 21.90
Thai Railway 2nd Class Fan seats only 15:19 - 04:05$ 26.16
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 19:44 - 07:15$ 40.97
Thai Railway 1st Class Sleeper 19:45 - 07:15$ 36.12
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 21:06 - 08:40$ 35.89
Thai Railway 1st Class Sleeper 20:51 - 08:05$ 36.12

How to get from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai

Wander through the ruins of the great Ayutthaya Kingdom which rest in harmony with the city of today and then jump onto a train to Chiang Mai to admire sublime beauty of the Lanna Kingdom. Temples glittering with golden mosaics and quaint forest monasteries, stylish cafes and haute cuisine restaurants, friendly homestays and designer boutique hotels; tribal villages, foggy mountains, chilly mornings and colourful paper parasols – you name it – Chiang Mai never fails to win the hearts of its visitors.

Getting to Chiang Mai from Ayutthaya

You can cover some 600+km from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai by bus or by train. Buses leave throughout the day and are convenient enough to make rather a longish 8-hour journey to the northern capital. Trains are slower but let you sleep with more comfort all night through.

From Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai by bus

There are frequent buses to Chiang Mai from Ayutthaya’s Northern bus terminal which is located 5 km east from the Old City. All the buses from Bangkok pass there and you can try to buy tickets right on the spot. Buses take from eight to 9 hours to reach Chiang Mai and cost from THB500 to THB900, depending on their category.

From Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai by train

There is something right about travelling to Chiang Mai by train. Even if with bus travel you may have more choices, boarding a railway carriage heading to the northern capital is a quintessential Thai experience. Ayutthaya sits on the northern railway line which links Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and all the trains leaving Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong train station inevitably pass through Ayutthaya.

There are three night trains which are the most convenient option to travel from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai as they save the precious daytime of your journey as well as some baht which you would have spent on a night in a hotel. Train #9 departs from Ayutthaya at 7.44pm and arrives to Chiang Mai at 7.15am. Schedule-wise it is one of the most convenient options, the second one being train #13 which leaves at 9.06pm and arrives at 8.40am. Both of them cover the distance in 11½ hours and have the most popular 2nd class air-conditioned sleepers (THB 1,106) which sell out really fast during the peak season and holidays. There is also a ladies only 2nd class sleeper at the same price in #9, which is a great choice for women travellers, especially those who prefer traveling solo. Besides, #9 offers a 1st class air-conditioned sleeper (sleeps two) at THB 1,648, and #13 has a private 1st class single sleeper at THB 2,148.

Note that even the second class sleepers give you enough privacy as each berth has curtains which can be pulled together forming a cosy little bedroom of your own. Thus investing in a more expensive ticket may prove unnecessary.

The third night train (#51) leaves Ayutthaya at 11.35pm reaching Chiang Mai at noon. It takes just an hour longer but note that if you do not have your accommodation booked during the peak season, you may have hard times trying to get one on the spot after midday, as the best rooms are sold out quickly early in the morning as the previous night’s guests check out.

The fastest train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai is a 9.47am #7. It brings you to the destination in less than 10 hours (arriving at 7.30pm), but it steals you the whole day and has the second class AC seats only. Before committing to such a long day journey, make sure you are really ready to do it. Tickets cost THB 866.

Finally there is a #109 train at 3.17pm arriving to Chiang Mai at 4.05am. It is the cheapest (THB 766 for a second class fan sleeper) but the less convenient option. We recommend considering it only if all the other departures are full.

Tip: There are food vendors constantly patrolling the carriages, so snacks and refreshments are never in short supply, but it is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on the train.

Getting around

The majority of Chiang Mai’s attractions lie within the walls of the Old City. Bicycles are the easiest way to get around and can be rented from nearly every guesthouse. Before setting off to explore the city, check the brakes though, as the city fleet leaves much to be desired. Expect to pay from THB50 to THB100 for an ordinary bike with fixed gear.

Motorcycle: Renting a scooter or a motorcycle (well, a car would also do) is a brilliant way to get around, and there are shops peppered everywhere that hire them out. Getting around this way gives you tons of freedom to approach your holiday however you would like and go exploring; and to stay in Chiang Mai and not go exploring should be a crime. Be prepared to leave your passport as a security deposit. Normally there are no problems with getting it back on returning your vehicle to the rental shop.

Tip: Take extra caution while riding a motorcycle or a scooter to Doi Suthep, the city’s picturesque peak. The combination of the winding road and breath-taking views can play bad tricks on inexperienced riders.

Songtaews: These are big trucks with benches in the back. The red and white ones are good for trips within the city (THB20-40 per ride), and the yellow ones will take you to some of the neighbouring Northern provinces. They are generally the cheapest way to get around, but sometimes require a little bit of negotiation.

Tuk-tuks: These are more expensive that songthaews (rot daeng). Consider chartering one if you are longing for new experience; otherwise use rot daeng. Prices, noise, pollution and safety record do not make tuk-tuks a viable option for every time you want to go somewhere.

Taxis: There are plenty of taxis everywhere. If you are used to the meter taxis of Bangkok, then you should probably know that even though the cabs look the same as they do in Bangkok, none of them use meters. Do negotiate before the ride.

Where to stay

Prices on accommodation in Chiang Mai have risen in the recent years, and it is now next to impossible to find a decent option for THB300; THB1000 being a more realistic figure for a budget room in a guesthouse within the walls. If you choose any of them, you have a convenience of being in the middle of the action close to many attractions; but there are other good options, too. You can look for some pleasant budget accommodation just east of the Old City in Thanon Tha Phae, close to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Thanon Nimmanhaemin with all its bars and restaurants is easily accessible from the western part of the Old City. Lodgings outside the city cater for the city veterans or those looking for relaxed countryside feel and are a great choice if your have your own wheels.

Activities

It is a good idea to try something different while you are in Chiang Mai. You will for sure visit a fair amount of temples, do some hiking and trekking, or even white-water rafting or rock climbing. Add a zest to your stay by enrolling to a massage class and learning the basics of the Thai massage; doing some volunteering in any of the elephant camps (ask in Elephant Nature Park, to begin with); seeing how those elegant Chiang Mai parasols are being produced; and cruising Thanon Ratchadamnoen on Sunday evening when it becomes an epicentre of local commerce, culture, cuisine and people-watching.

Tip: Chiang Mai is famous for its colourful festivals. Try to schedule your visit to see and participate in some of them if you can. During the first weekend of February the Flower Festival is held, and the city resembles a great blossoming garden. It is all wet for Songkran, which falls on April, 12–14, with revellers pouring water to each other (and passers-by) along the city moat. Loi Krathong, one of the most beautiful Thai festivals, is called Yi Peng in Chiang Mai. Thousands of illuminated lanterns float in the night skies over the city creating an unforgettable picture.

Transportation from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai

Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai destination reviews

LA
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 30, 2020
Muy buen viaje, recoges los billetes en papel en la misma estación, te los tienen preparados en un sobre. El tren llego con unos 20 minutos de retraso, dentro el espacio es pequeño pero camas cómodas. Hace bastante frío aunque te dejan una colcha para taparte pero tienes que dormir con una sudadera o chaqueta porque sino te congelas. Se mueve bastante el tren porque va rápido pero se puede dormir bien. Recomiendo ir al baño en la estación porque el del tren es un agujero en el suelo horrible. Llegada puntual a Chiang Mai, si estas durmiendo te despiertan una media hora antes de llegar los empleados del tren porque tienen que quitar las camas. Te ofrecen desayuno pero no es gratis, si consumes hay que pagarlo. Muy recomendable, lo único malo el frío, pero si llevas ropa de abrigo es genial.
GJ
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 14, 2020
Would be nice to have the possibility to buy extra food or drinks
AS
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 13, 2020
Very comfortable! Little cold inside the train :)
JS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 12, 2020
Next time I would book first class Do not order breakfast in the train
MA
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 11, 2020
nice experience
MP
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 7, 2020
Great experience!!
MV
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 5, 2020
All lights on during a night is totally unnecessary and quite disturbing.
WD
train #51 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 3, 2020
Very neat. Had a good sleep!
TL
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 1, 2020
The night train from Ayutthaya to Chaing Mai was comfortable and safe. We were able to get some rest and arrived early in the morning.
FA
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 15, 2020
I traveled with number 13. As I departed from Ayutthaya, the beds were already made. My wagon was quite quiet and it was possible to sleep good.
EF
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 29, 2020
Smooth ride and on time.
SS
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 26, 2020
Air conditioned 2nd class, even a bit of food and drink! Great value for the money.
LP
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 25, 2020
Beds were very comfortable, there were plugs, curtains, space was very wide. Toilets were clean. It was a bit cold though due to cold ac.
PM
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 25, 2020
air conditioning too cold!
SS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 21, 2020
It was a bit confusing to find the 12go office at Ayutthaya station. The trip was ok. The train departured 30 minutes later than schedule.
SE
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 8, 2020
The service was excellent, but maybe a good idea is to turn off the light, or maybe some of them during the night. Thank youu!!
SR
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 6, 2020
Great and comfortable way to get through Thailand. Sleeping train, can really recommend it! Bed was pretty comfortable, maybe a bit hard mattress, but i havent expected luxury and it was perfect
JH
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 21, 2019
Very comfortable and clean train!
SD
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 19, 2019
Train was great. Bathrooms were a mess. Beds were very clean. Staff was great.
SV
train #9 2nd Class Ladies Only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 18, 2019
Excellent, comfortable, well organized
JA
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 15, 2019
Everything was perfect, we sleept well and everything was perfectly organised, only next time we bring our own breakfast. It was wat too expensive and we didnot like it.
AS
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 14, 2019
All went smoothly. Picked up my ticket at the office in the train station, there's staff directing you for your train carriage and my lower berth was ready to sleep in. It's a little bit chilly in the AC carriages so despite they provide a blanket it's better to have warm clothes for the night. The train was 20 minutes delayed but nothing serious. You should do it at least once, but next time I'll just take the flight ;)
JO
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 11, 2019
The night train is simply awesome. We had a great night of sleep. As mentioned in other comments, the lower bert is more interesting because you don't have the light and the AC directly next to you.
WS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 11, 2019
Journey and train itself was fine, but we feel catfished because agency takes 600baht for booking a train... which is almost 20€ thrown away... one train ticket was around 800baht so we overpaid. We recommend to book directly at the station.
LM
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 10, 2019
Very good trop! Only the aircondition was too cold and the light was too bright .
AM
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 10, 2019
Well organized
CV
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 10, 2019
Was an excellent trip in a comfortable 2-persons cabine. Service was also excellent with helpfull staf.
HV
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 9, 2019
super, just the breakfast is very expensive en not so good
ER
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 9, 2019
Very very cold
CS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 8, 2019
Very confortable, the beds were done when we arrived at the train, it's possible to have a quick shower in the restroom, and order breakfast delivered to you in the morning. Just a little bit cold due to electric fans.
PD
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 7, 2019
Il servizio dell'agenzia di vendita è buono ma decisamente sovraprezzato, tra l'altro non è affatto chiaro quanto costa il servizio finché non si recupera il biglietto reale. Infine a fronte del prezzo reale del biglietto di circa 800 bath si paga all'agenzia circa 1100, ovvero più del 30% in più, oltre al dichiarato servizio di ulteriori 100 bath circa. Decisamente troppo! La prossima volta mi comporterò alla vecchia maniera comprando il biglietto o direttamente in stazione o in una qualunque agenzia non on line.
GC
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 6, 2019
We hawe very good time to travel with you.
J
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 5, 2019
Very efficient railway system. Our first class private sleeping cabin well organized and clean. Only complaints are hard sleeping pallet and we were very cold despite closing ceiling vent. Shower at end of our car was very good.
JS
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 5, 2019
Warnig, it's REALLY cold, especially in the upper beds. They are also smaller than the lower ones. And it's pretty loud. Anyway, it's a comfortable way to travel if you are prepared for it!
AJ
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 4, 2019
An awesome thing to check out and it was great traveling overnight and not missing a day in Thailand! The service was fantastic but the bed in the second class cabin was only so so. Not comfortable by any means but the hardest part was that they don’t dim the lights at all. We didn’t have eye masks so if you go make sure to take one! Overall fun to check out. Probably would fly next time!
EG
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 2, 2019
It was a pleasant experience,I enjoyed it.The train was clean and staff very efficient
PA
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 1, 2019
Best grappig 1 e klas gereisd De trein was schoon , wc en douches was klein maar prima Ontbijt was niet zo goed , Zal ik de volgende keer op het station van aankomst doen !
MN
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 1, 2019
The berth was very spacious and the bed surprisingly comfortable. I just wish they would dim the lights. It was extremely bright and the curtain does not block out any light.
JR
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 1, 2019
The train was on time, the beds were clean and confortable. Commun toilet was not clean. Still it was a night spend well.
MG
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 29, 2019
It was for a 2. class ok. The Bett was comfortable and clean!
RD
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 29, 2019
Perfect transport to Chiang Mai. The train has perfect conditions to sleep. Clean sheets and they even gave me a water. I loved it & recommend it!
VR
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 28, 2019
Uma viagem noturna bem confortável. Assim que amanheceu, foi possível observar belas paisagens. O pequeno-almoço "oferecido", é pago.
MA
train #7 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 25, 2019
Everything was well arranged. The tickets were neatly ready at the pick-up office
CC
train #9 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 25, 2019
Todo estupendo, el tren puntual, confortable y con mucha seguridad en la estación. Para poner algo malo en un país en que todo el mundo es muy simpático "la señora del carrito de comida" fue un poquito antipatica y con mala cara cuando le decimos que no queríamos desayunar...
DN
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 25, 2019
Very helpful staff at Ayuttaya and Lop Buri but the trip itself was disappointing. The carriage became very cold overnight and the berths are a little short for anyone 6ft/1.85m tall. Next morning the train staff offered us tea or coffee, which seemed a nice touch - but later presented us with an extremely excessive bill. No added sugar could remove that sour taste...
NJ
train #13 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 24, 2019
Sleeper train first class was comfortable and seeing the sunrise in the jungle was a particular treat.
RE
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 23, 2019
I get motion sick on many long journeys but I was completely fine on this train. The bottom bunk is far better than the top - much darker, roomier, and more temperate. I slept through most of the trip and was not disturbed by the movement of the train. Some people were less pleased and complained about the appearance of the train but just chill out and you’ll be fine.
CS
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 22, 2019
All ok!!!! Thanks!
AP
train #13 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 21, 2019
Very nice trip in excellent train. We should send Dutch railway company management to learn from Thai Railway system. perfect!!
SK
train #9 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 21, 2019
The only thing that bothered me was that the lights never go out on the train. They’re not even dimmed. Top bunk sleepers have a light shining right through the thin curtains which is why I didn’t get any sleep at all. Otherwise it was very clean and organized. I just wish they had turned down the lights at an appropriate time. (Like on an airplane)
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