Bangkok's New Thonburi Train Station is mainly used by foreigners to travel to and from Kanchanaburi for the Bridge over the River Kwai and to visit the "Death Railway".
There are also however, lesser known departures to the beaches to the South of Bangkok to places like Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Cha Am, Hua Hin, Pranburi and Chumphon.
The new station is located in Bangkok Noi District on the west side of the Chaopraya river and is most easily accessible by boat.
Do not confuse the New Thonburi Station for the Old Thonburi train station สถานีรถไฟธนบุรีเก่า also known as Bangkok Noi สถานีรถไฟบางกอกน้อย which was recently renovated and stands majestically near the river bank.
Some Thai people also called the new station, Bangkok Noi.
Indeed like the Old Thonburi Railway Station it is also located in Bangkok Noi District making it a bit more confusing!
The old building which used to be the Terminus of the Southern line is now part of the Siriraj Hospital and it has been turned among other things into a parking lot and a Museum known as the Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum.
The new station is located around 1 km away from the old railway station (pictured above).
There are four trains a day heading South down to Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi and the coast of the Gulf of Thailand and two departures a day to Kanchanaburi and Nam Tok along the "Death Railway". There is also an inexpensive Commuter Train service going towards Salaya, Nakhon Pathom or Ratchaburi.
Please also view some of the following destination pages with details and fares on all trains from both Bangkok railway stations to :
From the ticket counter at the station, you can also purchase train tickets for any destinations in Thailand.
The contact telephone number for Thonburi Train Station is : 02 418 4310
One of the easiest ways to get to the New Thonburi Train Station is by boat.
OPTION 1 Crossing the river by boat:
Step 1 – Go to Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) or Thonburi Railway pier – West bank of the Chaopraya river
To go to Wang Lang pier or Thonburi Railway pier you will first have to go to the Chaopraya river to take an Express Boat or a Ferry Boat.
Indeed you will most likely be coming from the east side of the river so you need to cross to the other bank.
Go to any Express Boat piers on the Chaopraya river and take a boat to Wang Lang (Siriraj) Express Boat pier also known as Phran Nok pier or Thonburi Railway pier.
Wang Lang pier is the pier #10 and Thonburi Railway pier is pier #11 as shown on the following link (printable map easy to carry with you): www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/services/map-print.asp
All the Express Boats stop at Wang Lang pier: the Green Flag boat, the Orange Flag boat, the Yellow Flag boat, the No Flag boat as well as the Blue Flag Chaopraya Tourist boat (CTB) whereas only the Orange, Yellow and No-Flag boats stop at Thonburi Railway pier.
For extensive information about the Express Boat Service in Bangkok, to find the closest pier from your hotel, to know the fares or the links with the BTS Sky Train and the city buses see: www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/services/
If you are in Khaosan Road, in Samsen Road or in Sanam Luang area you can just walk to the Amulet market near Tha Phra Chan market and Thammasat University
that is located along the bank of the Chaopraya river opposite the Old
Thonburi Train Station and Siriraj Hospital on Maharat road near Wat
For people interested in walks along the Chaopraya river in Old Bangkok see: walk.tourismthailand.org/downloads/Rattanakosin_Walking_Tour_Map.pdf
You can also take local buses such as the bus 53 from Phra Athit Road or Samsen Road and ask to be let off at Tha Phra Chan.
From Tha Phra Chan Ferry Boat pier you can cross the river to Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) or Thonburi Railway pier.
If you follow the river for another 800 meters and go past the Amulet market near Tha Phra Chan market you will find Maharaj pier also known as Wat Mahatat pier.
From the Maharaj pier (Wat Mahatat pier) you can also cross the river to Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) in Thonburi.
This pier is also a stop for the Blue Flag Chaopraya Tourist boat (CTB) .
It costs 3THB to cross the river by Ferry Boat.
The Ferry Boat crossing service is open from 5 AM to 9 PM. It just takes a few minutes to cross the river.
There are also Ferry Boats that cross the river from Tha Chang pier to Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) in Thonburi. The Tha Chang Pier is close to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.
It also costs 3THB to cross the river and the service is open from 5 AM to 11 PM. It just takes a few minutes to get to the other side.
To know all about the Ferry Boat Crossing Service see:
Step 2 – Go to the New Station from Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) in Thonburi
Now that you are at Wang Lang pier (Siriraj) or Thonburi Railway pier you have to go to the new Train Station which is around 1 / 1.5 km away from the two piers.
From the Railway pier it is very easy: just go straight for around 1km. You can either walk to the station or take a motorbike taxi (15THB).
From Wang Lang pier you can take a Motorbike taxi to the station for 20-30THB.
If you are carrying many things you might prefer using a Tuk-Tuk - 40-60TH depending on your bargaining skills or a Metered Taxi - around 40-60THB.
You can also walk to the station (around 15 minutes):
Exit the pier on Wang Lang road.
Go straight passing by the many Pharmacies on your left and the Siriraj Hospital on your right up to the first intersection and then turn right on Arun Amarin road.
Go straight up the first intersection where is located Wat Amarinthraram Worawiharn – วัดอมรินทรารามารวิหาร
Turn left under the bridge and go straight for around 500 meters passing the Thonburi Railway Police Station and the Golden Place Building on your left and the local market on your right.
On your right is the Thonburi Train Station.
OPTION 2 Crossing the river by Phra Pinklao bridge :
If you want to go to the Train Station in Thonburi by Phra Pinklao bridge.
From Nana, Asoke, Thong Lo, Phrom Phong, Ekkamai on Sukhumvit road or Democracy Monument take the Orange air-con bus number 511 or the Red non air-con bus number 2 and ask to be let off at Phra Pinklao bridge in Thonburi.
From Mo Chit North Bus Terminal, Victory Monument, Democracy Monument take the Orange air-con bus number 509 and ask to be let off at Phra Pinklao bridge.
From Phra Pinklao bridge you have a few choices of buses: Blue air-con bus number 91, non air-con bus 169, air-con bus number 177... Ask to be let off at the Thonburi Train Station.
The buses don’t stop right by the station. You will have to walk for around 500 meters.
You can also take a Motorbike Taxi from Phra Pinklao bridge to the station – around 40THB.
If you are carrying many things you might prefer using a Tuk-Tuk – around 60THB depending on your bargaining skills or a Metered Taxi –around 60THB.
There are many other ways to go to the the station depending where you are staying in Bangkok.
To find your way and your bus in Bangkok go to: www.transitbangkok.com/bangkok_buses.html
The area of the Thonburi is not a tourist area and so you won’t find hotels in its vicinity.
However, if you cross the Chaopraya river to the east bank, you find yourself in Rattanakosin Island which is the historic area of Bangkok and is home to some of the main tourist attractions of Bangkok: the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Keaw, Wat Poh, Sanam Luang, Golden Mount, Chinatown known as Yaowarat.
Once you have crossed the river Phra Athit Road, Khaosan Road, Soi Rambutri and Samsen Road are not that far and you will be able to find a hotel within your budget in these different touristic areas.
Close to Sanam Luang on Ratchadamoen Avenue is the Royal Hotel.
The Royal Hotel is a bit old and modest but it is also legendary.
Indeed due to its location the hotel has witnessed most of the main historical events that have taken place in Thailand over the last 50 years.
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