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Travelling from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Travelling from Bangkok to AyutthayaIf you are planning a trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya there are 4 main options available to you;

All of which have there advantages an disadvantages. Here we try to provide you with the pros and cons of each, and give our opinion on which option offers the best value for money.


Where is Ayutthaya?

If you look at a map of central Thailand and Bangkok, locate the Chao Phraya River which runs straight through the centre of Bangkok. Follow the river north from Bangkok, Ayutthaya lies directly in the path of the river, approximately 80km north of central Bangkok.


Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Car

Depending on where your hotel or apartment is in Bangkok, there are a number of routes out of the city. However the fastest and most direct route is to take the Don Meaung toll road, which runs directly past the old Don Meaung Airport and meets up with Highway 1 close to Bangkok University. From there you can follow Highway 1 north and turn off at Highway 32 which will take you directly past Ayutthaya’s main turn off into the city.

Pros:

  • Car is the fastest way to get to Ayutthaya
  • Approx. 1:00-1:30 depending on the time of day.
  • It’s the most direct route to the city from Bangkok.
  • The toll road is normally much quieter than other routes.

Cons:

  • The toll road will cost you around 120 THB for a small car and more for large vehicles.
  • If you come from the USA or Australia, Thai’s drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • Most importantly, can you read Thai road signs?

Another consideration is whether you will need to hire a car or flag down a taxi, which are the 2 most expensive forms of transport in Thailand. To book a taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya will cost you around 2,000 THB. But this all depending on how generous the taxi driver is feeling and whether you look like a millionaire or a gap year student. The alternative to rent a car and drive there yourself. Renting a small hatchback from the airport for the day will cost around 1,500 THB, depending on the dealership.


Travelling by Public Bus

Bus StationYou can catch a public bus to Ayutthaya from Moh Chit Bus Station in the North of Bangkok. The best way to get to Moh Chit Bus Station is to take the BTS (Skytrain) North to Moh Chit Terminal and take a 5 minute taxi ride to the Bus Station. There are always lines and lines of taxi’s waiting outside the terminal for the many foreigners who have to renew there visa’s at the immigration office in Moh Chit, so you shouldn’t have to wait. The Taxi fair to the station is around 50 THB.

Buses to Ayutthaya leave approximately every 20 minutes or so from the station. The bus fair is around 50 THB and will take around 1:30 to 2:00 to reach Ayutthaya, depending on the traffic and time of day.

Pros:

  • This is one of the cheapest ways of getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.
  • The buses are comfortable and have air-conditioning.
  • The bus schedule is fixed, so you know exactly when it will leave.

Cons:

  • The bus station is in the North of Bangkok, and can be a pain to get to.
  • The station itself is quite chaotic, and can be difficult to understand the first time you go.
  • You know when the bus will leave, but when it arrives; No-one knows.
  • One you add taxi and BTS fares to the price, it doesn’t seem so cheap anymore.

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Minibus

Minibus StationAs an editor I have to be honest here. This is personally my favour way to travel between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. A lot of this has to do with the the minibuses leaving from Victory Monument, which is about 5 mins walk from my apartment, but I’ll try to give you my unbiased opinion.

As mentioned, the minibuses leave from Victory Monument in the centre of Bangkok, and is easily reachable by BTS (Skytrain), MTS (Metro Line), taxi, or from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The actual location of the minibuses can be a little difficult to find the first time, but if you ask any of the locals they will happily point you in the right direction.

If you arrive by BTS, leave the station on the side facing the Victory Monument roundabout. As you walk towards the roundabout make sure that you work your way to the right-hand side of the roundabout following the overpass. Then come down the first set of stairs on your right and walk towards the McDonalds at Centre One. The minibuses are located on the small road inbetween the main roundabout and Centre One.

Pros:

  • The minibus fare is 60 THB.
  • It runs from 7am to 9pm.
  • It’s fast and reasonable comfortable.
  • In rush hour they will take the Toll Road at no extra cost.
  • They only stop to let people off.

Cons:

  • For first timers, it might take to 10 minutes of searching to find the right minibus.
  • The minibus leaves when it’s full. Normally it will only take 15 to 20 mins to fill up.
  • Minibus driver are crazy, but so is every other driver in Bangkok.
  • Central Bangkok at rush hour is unpredictable at best.

Boat Cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Bangkok to Ayutthaya Boat CruiseThis may not be the fastest way to travel to Ayutthaya, but it certainly is the most beautiful. If you have the time and would like to spend your day quietly cruising up the Chao Phraya River. Then we would definitely recommend this method of travel. No noisy cars, no chaotic bus stations, and no Bangkok traffic. Just a fun, photo-filled scenic tour up the river to the famous island city.

There are a few tour companies in Bangkok that offer boat cruises up the Chao Phraya river. However the majority of these tours will only take you half way to Ayutthaya as it is no longer possible to travel the entire distance by boat. Most tour companies will stop at Wat Chong Lom Pier about 30km outside the city and leave you to it.

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