A good way to visit the ruins of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, is on a Bangkok Ayutthaya train.
The trip by train takes from around one and a quarter hours to two hours (depending on the type of train) to cover the 71 km distance by rail and you could decide to spend the night in the old capital, or just make a day trip out of it and return back to Bangkok.
The train is the cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya - it may be slower than the many minibus and buses on this route, but this way you miss all the traffic jams and get a view out of the window on the journey.
For travel in the opposite direction see the timetable below here >
If you want to check the departure times shown below:
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Train tickets to Ayutthaya vary quite considerably depending on the type of train you choose to travel on.
Ordinary trains are the cheapest, as they are the slowest and cost just 15 Baht (THB) for a 3rd class seat.
Rapid trains are the next step up in speed and cost 45 THB for 3rd class and 65 THB for 2nd class.
Express trains come with air-conditioning and a 2nd class seat costs 245 THB - a 3rd class fan cooled seat is 165 THB
Special Express DRC (Diesel Railcars) are the fastest and most expensive and a seats in a 2nd class air-conditioned carriage will cost you 345 THB.
Some of the other Special Express trains are all night trains and only sell sleeping berths.
There is usually no need to make an advance booking for tickets for most of these services, so just turn up at the station and buy a ticket for the next train to Ayutthaya.
If however you want to use one of the faster Express / Special Express trains, you may want to book in advance to make sure you can get a seat.
For more information on how to book train tickets to Ayutthaya from Bangkok:
The railway station is just off "the island" where most of the the old capitals ruins are located.
All you have to do is walk straight ahead as you come out of the station and after a few minutes walk there is a small boat that will take you across the klong (canal) to the old city area for just 5 Baht.
Once on the island, you will find plenty of places to stay, with the main backpacking area just 5 - 10 minutes walk away (Turn right, then left down the main road).
Here, you will also find plenty of places that rent bicycles out and this is a great way to travel around all the old city ruins.
Alternatively, if your not staying long, hire a Tuk Tuk to take you around.
You will have to negotiate hard to get a good price, but they are a good way of seeing most of the sights in a short space of time.
For more information about the railway station in Ayutthaya, click on the picture link below:
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For information about the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok, click on the picture link below: