Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya @ train Jan 26, 2017

6 trips (THB 831 — 1,648)

From Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train

#8
Thai Railways
08:50
Chiang Mai
18:05
Ayutthaya
9h 15m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 866
× 2 = ฿ 1,732
18 seats available
#52
Thai Railways
15:30
Chiang Mai
03:38
Ayutthaya
12h 8m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,046
× 2 = ฿ 2,092
30 seats available
#52
Thai Railways
15:30
Chiang Mai
03:38
Ayutthaya
12h 8m
food WC steward
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
18 seats available
#14
Thai Railways
17:00
Chiang Mai
04:23
Ayutthaya
11h 23m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,106
× 2 = ฿ 2,212
 
#10
Thai Railways
18:00
Chiang Mai
04:58
Ayutthaya
10h 58m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,648
× 2 = ฿ 3,296
 
#10
Thai Railways
18:00
Chiang Mai
04:58
Ayutthaya
10h 58m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,106
× 2 = ฿ 2,212
 

How to get to Ayutthaya from Chiang Mai

What about

If you believe that after having seen the ruins of Angkor you can easily skip Ayutthaya, you are totally wrong. There is virtually nothing in common between the two cities of the great Kingdoms of the past. Where the abandoned ancient cities of Angkor, Sukhothai or Si Satchcnalai impress with their monumentality, Ayutthaya wins with harmonious coexistence of the ruined temples of the past and the bustling modern city. Cosy stylish guesthouses dot the island and even a foreign enclave of Naresuan Road does not feel too tourist-trapy. Admire the grandeur of Wat Phra Mahathat where a famous Buddha’s face is hidden between the roots of the trees; soak up the atmosphere of solitude in a mysterious Wat Kudi Dao; enjoy historical reconstructions while savouring the best of Central Thai cuisine at Ayutthaya floating market or cruise Chao Phraya to take in the city from the water. Elegant chedis, shady alleys, busy temples or rooster fights – be sure that your visit to Ayutthaya will produce long-lasting memories.

Getting to Ayutthaya from Chiang Mai

The distance from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya is about 630 km. You can cover it by bus or by train. With buses you have more choices with departures throughout the day; travelling by train is normally much more convenient, especially if you opt for a night sleeper.

From Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by bus

All Bangkok-bound buses departing from the Arcade Bus Station in Chiang Mai pass through Ayutthaya. The Arcade Bus Station is located in Thanon Kaew Nawarat, some three km northeast from the Old City. Buses are frequent, and you can buy tickets right on the spot. It takes from eight to 9 hours to get to Ayutthaya. Tickets cost from THB500 to THB900, depending on the type of the bus. Normally some snacks are served on board or a meal at a cafe is included into the bus ticket price. In Ayutthaya buses call to the Northern bus terminal, 5 km east of the Old City.

From Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train

Travelling by train is a great way to explore Thailand. A bit slower than buses, trains are definitely more comfortable if you choose a sleeper cart. Both lower and upper berths are wide enough and are equipped with curtains which pull together and ensure a decent level of privacy for passengers even in the second class sleepers. The only drawback of travelling from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train – if we can put it like this – is that the night trains arrive to the destination too early in the morning. Well, but you can then witness the sun rising over centuries-old ruins; is it not a worthy compensation? Train #2 leaves Chiang Mai at 6pm and arrives to Ayutthaya at 4.58am. It has standard second class AC sleepers at THB1056 and the same class women only sleeper which is a great choice for women travellers, especially those who travel solo. There is a more expensive first class AC sleeper at THB1598 which accommodates two – as always, it is a great choice.
Train #14 leaves Chiang Mai an hour prior to the #2, at 5pm, and reaches Ayutthaya at 4.23am. There is also a second class AC sleeper (THB 1056) and a luxury first class single occupancy at whooping THB2098.
Then there is an afternoon #52, leaving at 3.30pm and arriving at 3.38am, which is also a second class AC sleeper at a more bargain price at THB996. It helps somehow to put up with quite an inconvenient schedule.
A day train #8 at 8.50am is the cheapest (THB816) and the fastest one and covers the distance between Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya in mere nine hours compared to 11-12 hours of the previously mentioned trains, but it has second class AC seats only so think twice before committing to this kind of journey.

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

The train station in Ayutthaya is located on the other side of the river, east of the island. To get to the main area of guesthouses in you need to cross Chao Phraya and walk westwards towards Naresuan Road.

Getting around

Ayutthaya is best explored on two wheels – whether it is a bicycle or a motorbike. You can rent your iron steed from guesthouses in Naresuan Road. Expect to pay THB30-50 for a bicycle and THB200-250 for a scooter.

Important! New and more severe rules and punishments towards drivers without a valid driver’s licence are being imposed all over Thailand at the moment. If you do not have an international or Thai driver’s permit, refrain from renting a motorbike. If caught red-handed, you may face a fine of THB10,000 or a one-month prison term.

Note: Even if drivers in Ayutthaya are generally friendly and cautious, riding a bicycle is not a 100% safe and comfortable experience. Ayutthaya is a large modern city with relatively busy roads both on the island and on the other side of the river. There is no such thing as a historical centre free from cars which is the case in Sukhothai. Still many visitors choose to cycle around Ayutthaya, but if you are not too much of a cyclist, hiring a tuk-tuk may prove a better idea.

Tuk-tuks in Ayutthaya are ubiquitous and quintessentially Thai. Red, yellow, green or whatever other colour you fancy, they glitter with polished metal mouldings and the rides are delightfully affordable. Trips over the island should cost about THB40-60. There are tailor-made tuk-tuk tours on offer – just ask in your guesthouse. If it is your first time in Ayutthaya, it is then not a bad idea to try one.

To get to the outlying districts from the island you do not necessarily need to go over a bridge. There are several ferries plying the waters of Chao Phraya, the most useful ones being the ferry close to the train station in the eastern part of the city and the one by a highly recommended Sai Thong restaurant in the northern part of the island. A ferry trip costs just a few baht and can make your way to some of the sights off the island considerably shorter (if nor quicker).

Where to stay

The main backpackers’ strip is Naresuan Road. There are plenty of cheap guesthouses and Western-type cafes and restaurants. Even if the area feels a bit too overpopulated with tourists, the vibe is friendly and the location is convenient as there is a night market on the riverfront some 10 minutes away; a bus station from where minibuses to Bangkok leave is just a couple of blocks away in the opposite direction; and some of the most famous temples, including Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratburana, are within a walking distance, too. You can rent bicycles and motorbikes right on the spot and all the operators speak English.
There are very atmospheric guesthouses which occupy old teak masons not far from Wat Phra Mahathat, but they are very popular with locals, so it is quite difficult to find a vacant room there during week-ends and Thai holidays.

Activities

There are plenty of things to keep you busy in Ayutthaya for at least three days; and if you prefer a slower pace, you will not get bored for more than a week of constant sightseeing. There are temples to every taste: large abandoned ruins; a combination of old stones and modern wiharns; bearing obvious Hindu influence prangs; cosy local wats bursting with bougainvillea blossom and bright colours of ceramic roosters. There are at least three floating markets, a water theatre, museums – including an unusual Million Toys museum, – a Foreigner Quarter or a Japanese Village. You can cruise the Chao Phraya river – or even get as far as Bangkok by boat – or cycle around the island or outskirts of the city exploring the less known temples which will be at your complete disposal with no other soul bothering your visit. Well, and you can ride an elephant, too.

Tip: In December, the city welcomes visitors of the annual Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair. It is a colourful, a weeklong festival held on the premises of Wat Phra Mahathat where a large-scale light and sound show takes place. Tickets cost THB200-THB500, but they are worth every satang of it. In the adjacent Wat Langka Khao a replica market of the Ayutthaya period is held with an abundance of stalls selling local delicacies and seashells used instead of coins. A smaller but similar Three Religions festival is held in September in Wat Chai Watthanaram with free of charge performances. If you do not manage to attend the bigger event, try not to miss at least the latter.

Passenger reviews out of total 931 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
I took the Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya 2nd Class day train. Everything worked perfectly with the ticket purchase and delivery. The rail company provided a fair service for the price and the Chiang Mai rail station is a present place. The change in the landscape during the trip gives a very good idea of the country. That was cool. My only observation is that the train was a little dirtier than I expected, but nothing I couldn't cope. And I underestimate the 10 hours inside the train.
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train service and its operators were excellent... the unique problem is that in this page you fill in your name, destination and sex and the ticket that you recieve has different information (destination and sex)
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I had a second class sleeper (upper bed). Bed fine, staff helpful, train very clean, free wifi in the restaurant car, train on time... Highly recommended!
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The new coaches are very comfortable and clean.
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Good price, good service, enjoyable and staff very pleasant
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was a good trip
★★★★★ Dec 13, 2016 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Tickets were ready and quick and easy to get
★★★☆☆ Dec 6, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Prós: - Train in very good conditions. - Very clean. - All personal is VERY professional. Cons: - AC is very cold. Bring trousers and jacket. - Light is always on which is dificult for upper berth sleep.
★★★★★ Nov 22, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
New and clean train, with security making round all night! We felt safe to sleep!
★★★★☆ Nov 20, 2016 (train #2 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Nice and friendly personnel, new train with possibility to charge the phone while sleeping. Upper berths are rather small and narrow, lower one's are better. However, we don't understand why the light was kept on all night. In the upper berths it was quite hard to sleep with that much light. We had a delay of 40 min but heard from a passenger that it was quite common due to one-way-railways (so we often had to wait for another train to pass). We would travel like this again.
★★★★★ Nov 19, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good service from 12GO. New carriages on their first run from Chiang Mai. Train #2 is now #10. We traveled first class sleeper. Staff went out of their way to assist. Flat screen display had GPS, showing our position and ETA. Almost on-time arrival at Ayutthaya with early morning call and fresh coffee.
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything went pretty well with my train experience from chiang mai to ayutthaya (or bangkok). The train n.2 (at least on first class level) was built on last december 2015, so, its newer than my personal car. The pick up ticket process at Bossotel in Chiang Mai was efficient and effective! I definetelly recomend 12go asia for anyone.
★★★★★ Nov 14, 2016 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Nov 13, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Excellent 12go staff! I got my tickets before my trip, everthing ok! And about Ayuthaya, we loved the experience.
★★★☆☆ Oct 28, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Booking with 12go.asia was fast and simple. On the day of departure we picked up our tickets from Bossotel, opposite the station. Well organized. I would give them 5 stars. First class sleeper was old, not everything worked and it was not so clean, so it didn't feel like traveling 'VIP'. Sleeping was hard due to the noise and many stops, but at least we were able to sleep a bit and we had room for our luggage. The bed-linen was clean and the service very friendly. Watch out with accepting drinks and fruit though, because it's hard to tell what's complimentary and what's not. We still don't know if we just paid for (expensive) coffee, or also paid for a 'welcome-juice'. We didn't eat on the train, so I can't judge the food. We did think it was weird, we were told not to eat in the restaurant, that it was better to eat in our cabin. As if we were kept away from there.
★★★★☆ Oct 11, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Oct 4, 2016 (train #2 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip in a confortable train and good employees but I received no information about the delay that we had so I was worried and woke up really early for nothing.
★★★★☆ Aug 16, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip
★★★★★ Aug 14, 2016 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Ticket pickup across the street was easy. The ride was comfortable. At night, the upper bunk seemed to get a bit too much AC - the lower bunk had a window, which was nice. The train staff woke us up when we arrived at Ayutthaya. Would do it again.
★★★★☆ Jul 11, 2016 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We booked a vip sleeper from chiang mai to ayuthayya. Everything was great, except for a little cockroach, so we tried to cover all the little holes we saw. The only trouble we had was knowing when our stop was, so be careful with that!
★★★★★ Jun 20, 2016 (train #2 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Train was good n clean, very good service
★★★★★ May 26, 2016 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service. Got a confirmation email straightaway with seat numbers and all. Pick up from hotel by train station was all good.
12Go response:

Thank you for your rating and review Lucia, truly appreciated! We are glad that you are happy with our service. We are looking forward to serve you once again in your future trips!

★★★★★ Feb 16, 2016 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Although a long time spent on a train the chairs were comfortable and spacious. The cabin was air conditioned (to the point of needing a light jumper), but there was never any problem with being overheated. The food served was just warmed up in a microwave but the rice and the curry were very nice, although be warned the curry was VERY hot!! The toilets were basic, but clean enough and always had toilet paper :) Awesome experience overall, lovely scenery, and was very beautiful watching the sun start setting from the train :)
★★★☆☆ Feb 6, 2016 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 5, 2016 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant trip. Quite comfortable. Meal service included in ticket. Good view of country side. Won't hesitate to travel by train again. Convenient ticket booking and delivery through 12go Asia.
★★★☆☆ Jan 23, 2016 (train #2 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
The train is old but clean (at least at first sight). In the ladies only car we felt safe. However on my lower berth there was a bug and I asked to change bed. I had to sleep on the upper one, very uncomfortable. I didn't sleep almost at all.
★★★★★ Dec 22, 2015 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
At first I was worried about collecting the ticket, but it turns out to be easy and convenient. I would use 12go Asia's service and would recommend to my friends.
★★★★★ Nov 27, 2015 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very smooth process.
★★★★★ Oct 28, 2015 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The trip was good! You get served a nice meal and the landscape is just stunning. I would recommend to take the day train, because it takes you right through the jungle by daylight for a couple of hours.
★★★☆☆ Sep 3, 2015 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Food was good, but quite expensive Confortable bed
★★★★☆ Jul 11, 2015 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Perfect way of travelling without losing time. Friendly and helpful staff. Might get cold at night.
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2015 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great way to travel in Thailand, beds comfortable unless you are very fussy about where you sleep. Only downsode is the food is pretty expensive. They even wake you up to make sure you get off for your stop if you are one of the early ones.
★★★★★ May 5, 2015 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was clean, and everything went very well. There is no free food nor drinks so you have to pay for that yourself.
★★★★☆ Mar 6, 2015 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
excellent industrial design in the train
12Go response:

Thank you very much for the comment and the 4 stars, Wudao Ling. We are glad you enjoyed the train and hope to see you again soon.

News @ Ayutthaya

17 January 2017

The State Railway of Thailand is running special excursion trains to one of the nation’s most famous dams and beauty spots this month. The special services are running on weekend days until the end of January on the route from Bangkok to Pasak Jolasid Dam Station.

19 December 2016

A number of elite Thai resorts and eateries are getting ready to serve special Christmas meals over the weekend. Visitors to the country can book themselves a festive meal in the main tourist hotspots of Koh Samui, Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai plus other locations.

30 November 2016

From now until the end of January is a great time to take a cultural voyage around the top historical and heritage sites in Thailand. The reason for this is that the Fine Arts Division of the national Ministry of Culture is offering free entry to one and all at 42 elite attractions until the 31 January 2017.