Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya

Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya

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Chiang Mai
10h 58m ride in train #10
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11h 24m ride in train #14
Chiang Mai
11h 23m ride in train #14

From Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train

Chiang Mai
11h 24m ride in train #14
Chiang Mai
11h 23m ride in train #14
Chiang Mai
10h 58m ride in train #10

Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya Schedule

Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Railway 2nd Class Fan seats only 06:30 - 19:14฿ 410
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 08:50 - 18:05฿ 866
Thai Railway 2nd Class AC seats only 08:50 - 18:05฿ 690
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 15:30 - 03:38฿ 1,046
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 17:00 - 04:24฿ 1,698
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 18:00 - 04:58฿ 1,848
Thai Railway 1st Class Sleeper 18:00 - 04:58฿ 1,790

How to get from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya

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 #10 leaves Chiang Mai at 6pm and arrives to Ayutthaya at 4.58am. It has standard second class AC sleepers at THB 1,106 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 THB 1,648 which accommodates two – as always, it is a great choice.
Train #14 leaves Chiang Mai an hour prior to the #10, at 5pm, and reaches Ayutthaya at 4.23am. There is also a second class AC sleeper (THB 1,106) and a luxury first class single occupancy at whooping THB 1,648
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 THB 1,046. It helps somehow to put up with quite an inconvenient schedule.
A day train #8 at 8.50am is the cheapest (THB 866) 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 THB 600 - 1,000. 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.


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.

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya

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Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya destination reviews

train #14 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 2, 2021
Diese Fahrt war besser als meine letzte habe auch Kaffe bekommen und was zum Essen gut geschlafen 😴 war diesesmal zufrieden �
train #14 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 25, 2020
Some confusion over where we were getting off, our tickets were booked through to the terminal station not the one we had booked online. They didn't wake us up for our stop as a result of this
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 9, 2020
Good trip on time. The chsirs need or a new stuffing or deeper seats
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 31, 2020
Despite being comfortable seats and beds, bathrooms could be cleaner and staff disappeared in the middle of the night with no explanation on why we were stopping in many other non scheduled train stations. The system on TVs were not updated leaving us concern on not missing our stop. In the end, the train before ours had derailed and instead of 10 hours, it took me nearly 15h from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. Sheets despite being cleared washed, did smell like cigarette smoke. AC was ok but once you close curtains on 2class, it gets a bit hot. Do not recommend
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 19, 2020
The train was getting old but it was okay, considering that the air conditioning worked well. The food was also okay - nothing special but like an airplane food (rice, egg, curry). For others that are complaining about the food- what do you expect from that kind of transportation anyway? An a la carte restaurant? :) The thing that bothered me, was that the train left 20 minutes late and was also late in the destination for over 1.5 hours. Like, how? Does it depend on how long smoke-breaks the train-driver needs? (The same thing was when I drove from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the train departued over an hour later than scheduled!! And was late to the arrival point also offcpurse) Otherwise a good and comfy way for such a lonh ride. But as 12go asia online booking tells you - do not believe the arrival times and consider for at least 3 hour later arrival time.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 19, 2020
Very good, kind and friendly staff really lovely Especialy the woman that comes to take your order for the food and brings it to you at the time you have agreed on. Just the info on the screen is not very accurate so we nearly missed our stop but a lady and a guy that work there stopped the train so we can get out. Five stars for the crew.
train #10 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 5, 2019
Took the sleepertrain #10 in a first class cabin. Worked really smooth. We were told that the train would run late, so that our early arrival in Ayutthaya would be later than estimated time of 5am. "Unfortunately" our train was perfectly on time. It was a great experience.
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 30, 2019
Most comfortable and pleasant and rather punctual
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 26, 2019
Did not feel like a 9hour journey. Easy to pick up tickets and comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. Wouldnt hesitate to book again.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 26, 2019
The train was overall a great experience. The meal was affordable and good. The beds were roomy and comfortable (lower). The only downside is the fact in 2nd class the lights stay on full all night, which can make it difficult to sleep. Bring an eye mask!
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 8, 2019
Everything great, thank you for amazing experience. Very clean train.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Oct 12, 2019
Our family of four very much enjoyed our overnight trip in 2nd Class sleepers on the #10 train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. The beds were surprisingly comfortable. The only thing that would have helped us sleep better would be if the lights could be dimmed from about 9pm or 10pm. But on the whole we would definitely recommend travelling this way. :-)
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Oct 7, 2019
All is perfect!!
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Oct 5, 2019
Train left on time. Bed was comfortable. Staff woke me up when we're near my station. Overall, a great and comfortable trip!
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 9, 2019
Porter not nice, new train experience for me but he was rude
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 9, 2019
Great service
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 21, 2019
Very nice experience. Pick up tickets at Bossotel across train station was easy. Train seats/beds were comfortabel. We’ve really slept some hours. Train started on time but we arrived in Ayuttaya 20 minutes later than expected, which was no problem for us. Airco is on so it can be a bit cold and light is also on all night.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 17, 2019
The train left on time and was spotlessly clean. Three toilets in each carriage were plentiful and the screen - saying which was the last station and which was the next - told you when they were free. The ticket collection was literally over the road from the station and was quick and effortless. There is a food carriage on board which had a limited but acceptable menu. Lots of people took their own pot noodles to eat on the train and just got hot water from the dining carriage. We are a party of 5 so had 3 lower and 2 upper bunks. The lower bunks were far better. The top ones were too cold with the air con and the lights didn't dim when people went to sleep. I'm 6'2" so couldn't lie flat out on my back but everyone else was fine and the beds were fairly comfortable. The conductor was really helpful and woke us up before our stop. Unfortunately we thought he said it'd be 15 minutes. He said 50! So we were super ready by the time we got to Ayuttayha! Overall a very enjoyable overnight train! Book early for 1st class as 4 weeks wasn't early enough!
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Aug 2, 2019
Nice clean AC Seats and beds. Train left on time, arrival was 1/2 hour late.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jul 24, 2019
Excellent ..everything was ok. Train was on time. Staff was friendly. Will is this train again.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jul 20, 2019
Sheets could have been cleaner, otherwise ok.
train #10 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jul 8, 2019
Very comfortable, but a pity that the light wasn't switched of so it was difficult to sleep. They didn't alert us ahead of time in the station. We only had 5 minutes to take our luggage and get of the train.
train #8 2nd Class AC seats only, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), May 24, 2019
Todo muy bien y hasta la hora de llegada y salida
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