how to go from bangkok to ayutthaya

How to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya [Trains, Buses, Tours]

As one of the most visited sites in Thailand, Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siam kingdom in Thailand from 1350 to 1767.  The entire old city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and there are hundreds of temples and ruins to visit.  The Ayutthaya Historical Park, with the temples, palaces, monasteries, and statues is atmospheric and easy to navigate.      This guide covers you whether you’re going from Bangkok to Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya to Bangkok as you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  There are several options for transport between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, but what’s the best way to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya?  And what are the options for traveling to Ayutthaya from Bangkok?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

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Where is Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok, in the Central Plains of Thailand.  Ayutthaya is at the center of three rivers the Chao Phraya River, the Lopburi River, and the Pa Sak River.  The historical ruins are on an island at the center of where the rivers join.  Most of the ruins to visit are in the west of the island and places to stay, eat and drink are in the northeast of the island. If you arrive on the train, then you won’t be on the island, but it’s just a matter of walking to the bridge, or getting one of the small ferry boats over.  If you arrive on a minivan, then you will be on the island.

How to Go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya – Transport Options

In this guide on how to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the easiest way to go to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, and the cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok, as well as the most fun way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.  There are no large buses that travel this route, road transport is minivans and taxis.  Our guide on the best things to do in Ayutthaya is here.

How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

For transport from Ayutthaya to Bangkok, then you have several options.  You can take a minivan from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, you can take the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya or you can take a taxi to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.  The easiest way to go to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is to take a day trip from Bangkok.  Small group tours travel in a minivan and give you maximum time in Ayutthaya with minimum hassle.

Minivans from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

It’s about 80 kilometers (50 miles) by road from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and the minivans from Bangkok to Ayutthaya are one of the easiest ways to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.  It takes about 2 hours to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by van and there are LOTS that go backward and forwards each day.  Most vans have air conditioning and some have WiFi.  They depart throughout the day from various bus stations like Mo Chit, Khao San, and Makasan, so you will be able to find a van that is leaving from close to where you’re staying in Bangkok.  If you arrive at a bus station to take a van to Ayutthaya then you’ll need to confirm the price and pay in cash.

You can also prebook and prepay for minivan transport from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.    Pre-bookable vans start to leave Bangkok at 7:30 am and the last van leaves at 4 pm.  If you go to bus stations after this time, then you’ll likely be able to find a van leaving.

You don’t need to print a ticket for minivans from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, you can use an electronic ticket from your online booking from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

Online booking of buses to Ayutthaya from Bangkok lets you select which seats you want and that’s a good thing as some seats are better than others for leg room!!

Check availability, prices, and book seats on minivans from Bangkok to Ayutthaya here.

Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Taking the train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is a great way of traveling to Ayutthaya and this is the cheapest way to go to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. There are usually 48 trains a day from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

The train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya takes from 50 minutes to about 75 minutes.  There are a variety of different seat options and classes that you can take to Ayutthaya.  You also have options as to which train station you can depart from.  Check our map of the train and minivan stations to see which is easiest for you to get to if you’re planning on taking the train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.

You can take trains to Ayutthaya from Don Mueang Station, from Hua Lamphong Station and from Bang Sue Junction.

The first train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is at 5:45 am and the last train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is at 11:26 pm

Check availability and times on Bangkok to Ayutthaya trains here.

Taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Taking a private taxi to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is one of the fastest ways to go to Ayutthaya.  It is the most comfortable way to travel.  You can check prices for Bangkok to Ayutthaya taxis here.

Map of Bus Stops and Train Stations for going from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

map for how to go from bangkok to ayutthaya

You can also see the train station and bus stops from Bangkok to Ayutthaya here

The quickest way to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The time it will take you to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok depends on where you are staying in Bangkok.  If you are near Don Mueang station, then there is a train that takes 33 minutes!  (You can book it here) Normally the quickest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is to take a transfer.  It takes about 1 hour to drive to Ayutthaya from Bangkok and you can book a taxi here from Bangkok to Ayutthaya here.

The easiest way to go to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya again depends on where you are staying in Bangkok.  It is easiest to get a door-to-door transfer, but if you are near one of the train stations, then that is a great option.  If you don’t want to stay or travel independently, then a day trip to Ayutthaya is an easy way to travel.

The cheapest way to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is to take the train – reserve your seats here.

The best way to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Well, now this depends.  I love traveling on trains, and so always prefer trains to minivans, So I’d vote for the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and this is how we traveled there, we returned to Bangkok in a minivan.

Before you leave Bangkok, make sure you’ve explored some of Bangkok’s hidden gems.

Popular Routes in Thailand

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Thailand? Our guide to Thailand transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Thailand, your options, and how we did it.

Final Words on How to Go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Visiting Ayutthaya from Bangkok is an easy trip to take.  You’ll want to look at where minivans and trains go from and see how far it is from where you are staying in Bangkok, as it can take as long to travel across Bangkok as it does to get to Ayutthaya!

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