If you are looking for a popular day trip from Bangkok. The distance from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is 80 kilometers. We will write our favorite option Bangkok to Ayutthaya by train. And also by bus, van, taxi and even organized tour.
Ayutthaya is the capital of Ayutthaya Province was a kingdom from 1351 to 1767. They had several wars against Burma and in The Burmese-Siamese War (1765-67) ended the Ayutthaya Kingdom on April 1767. This is why an Ayutthaya travel will always be filled with national parks and preserved ruins from the previous wars.
BEST TIME TO VISIT AYUTTHAYA
If you’re traveling to Ayutthaya, you might want to avoid the summer months of March to May. If the heat doesn’t bother you, just always make sure to stay hydrated, bring sunscreen and to wear light clothing during your travels.
For those thinking of going from June to September, this is Thailand’s rainy season. Sightseeing may not be as enjoyable during these months. So, the best time to visit Ayutthaya would be around November to February, when the rain has lifted but the cool weather remains.
Those thinking of attending a cultural event in Ayutthaya will have plenty of festivities to choose from. In November, for example, Ayutthaya celebrates the Loy Krathong festival on the full moon of the month. People gather by the city’s rivers and canals to float decorated baskets (or krathongs) and make a wish.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya
Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Train
We will start with our favorite option to get from Bangkok to Ayuttaya by train. One of the best experience we had is to ride the ordinary train from the Bangkok Train Station. The journey is around 2 hours to get to Ayutthaya.
We even chose to ride third class! It was Rachel’s first time to ride a third class ordinary train. It costs only 20 THB each which is less than $1 USD. The trains leave from Hualamphong Station MRT (Bangkok subway). It’s in Bangkok city center close to Khao San Road and walking distance from Chinatown.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya Train Schedule
The trains from Bangkok to Ayutthaya starts leaving at 4 20 am the first one. There are trains almost every hour and the last train is leaving from Bangkok to Ayutthaya at 10 45 pm. Click here to check the schedule!
Train systems in Thailand actually work well, although the trains don’t always come and go on time because of all its many stops. When you get a long distance train ride. You have the choice to get a first class seat which usually includes sleeping quarters and/or a proper resting area. It will costs you around 400 THB from Nangkok to Ayutthay for 2 hours train ride.
You see how monks travel with the locals and other things you don’t get to experience when you’re in a sleeper train.
Ayutthaya Train Station to Temples in Ayutthaya
From the train station in Ayutthaya you will have to get a tuk tuk to visit the temples 100 THB. If you decide going walking can be around one hour. If you go to downtown for the accommodation in Ayutthaya will be 30 minutes walking.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya By Bus
If you want to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by bus. You will have to get to Mo Chit Bus Station. The buses are leaving every 30 minutes during the day. The bus fare from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is 60 THB. There are a few buses 26, 77, 96, 104, 136, 145, or 509 going from Mo Chit to Ayutthaya.
The travel time from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is 1 hour and a half to get to Ayutthaya. Once in Ayutthaya you will have to commute a motorbike taxi 5 minutes to reach the temples. This option can be good if you are staying close to BTS Sky Train.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya By Minivan
If you want to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by minivan. The vans are elaving from Victory Monument. The van fare from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is 60-70 THB. The travel time will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. The vans are leaving every 15 minutes.
The van will drop you at Chao Phrom Market in Ayutthaya where you can get accommodation. You can also rent a tuk tuk, bicycle or walking around.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya By Taxi
If you prefer more comfort you can get a taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and it will cost 1000 THB for one way. There are also transfers from Bangkok airport to Ayutthaya.
The option is great if you are traveling with a few people or you are bringing a lot of luggage. It will take you 1 hour to get to Ayutthaya depending on the traffic leaving Bangkok.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Boat
If you want to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by boat. You will have to organize a day trip from Bangkok. They will offer you lunch in the boat and they will organize for you the visit to the temples in Ayutthaya.
Train Vs Bus, Van And Taxi
First thing is the most authentic and more affordable. We chose third class for it’s price mainly. We like spending our money more on other experiences we want like island hopping trips, new food you want to taste, or investing back in our selves.
Also, riding in this section of the train allows you to be exposed to this real and raw view of Thai people.
If you are staying close to Victoria Monument or Mo Chit Bus Station maybe your option can be bus or van. If you prefer comfort you will love the taxi. If you have the budget just treat yourself with a cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
TRANSPORTATION AROUND AYUTTHAYA
A thrilling and cost-efficient way to go around Ayutthaya is by riding a bicycle. The streets are paved and distances from one temple to another aren’t that big, so this is the ideal vehicle for those who love going around on their own.
You can rent a bike for 40-50 THB, or less than $2 a day, in Ayutthaya.
By tuk tuk
A famous way to travel around Thailand is by riding a tuk tuk, or an auto rickshaw. These 3-wheeled vehicles come larger in Ayutthaya than in Bangkok and can fit up to six people.
Tuk tuks can be found on the train station or can be flagged down on the street. You can spend around 100 to 200 THB on a tuk tuk depending on where you are picked up and how many you are riding with.
When you get off the railway station, you can take a mini-bus to the city. Hiring one costs 400-500 THB per day. Another passenger vehicle in the area is called a Songteow. These are pick-ups or other large trucks that have been converted for public transportation. Think of it as a shared taxi or a bus of sorts.
DAY TRIP IN AYUTTHAYA
The Wat Mahathat was registered as part of Ayutthaya World Heritage Historical Park in 1935 and is located in the center of Ayutthaya. It was a place for the relics of Buddha. The temple was burned during The Burmese War but the place has been conserved in a beautiful way for people to visit. The entrance fee is 50 THB ($1.5). During our days of visit, 17th-19th of March, it was free of charge!
One hour is enough to visit the temple, go around, and take pictures. The most touristic part is at the entrance where you can see the Buddha’s face in the middle of the roots of the tree. But there are more interesting parts around to take pictures of, and a lot more areas that are quieter than the first stop.
A quick reminder: during the summer months, it can get quite hot so better have water with you and have very comfortable clothes on! Visiting this temple is a must in the things to do in Ayutthaya.
LUNCH ON A RIVER BOAT
We’re so happy to have experienced dining on a river boat during our Ayyuthaya travel! We can easily see why anyone would choose to do this over a simple lunch. Well, at least once in a while for experience! We did a River Cruise with Raan Tha Luang. We had lunch on board while cruising. You have the option to do the river cruise at lunch or at dinner time. We chose lunch and the boat passed by The Pet Fortress, Wat Phananchoeng, Wat Putthalsawan, St Joseph Catholic Church, Wat Chai Watthanaram and The Memorial Stupa of Queen Suriyothai.
How was our river cruise experience?
Quite breathtaking, to sum it up in two words. The cruise was quite breezy even when it was during lunch time. It was absolutely amazing to cruise in the river, experience an Ayyutthaya travel in another way, and yes, dine with sumptuous Thai dishes while enjoying a good conversation and the scenic view.
For lunch, we had coconut soup, spring rolls and vegetables with rice–all cooked in authentic Thai style. The food and the service was great! The whole cruise lasted an hour and a half. That’s ample time where you can eat, take pictures and savor in the river’s atmosphere. Check out some our pictures below!
WHERE TO STAY IN AYUTTHAYA
BAAN THAI HOUSE AYUTTHAYA
We found our small paradise in a very quiet place just 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. Baan Thai House Ayutthaya is surrounded by a small lake. The area is very green, the staff is super friendly and we enjoyed taking a lot of pictures in this place. You can get a boat and spend a lazy morning around the lake with really nice views.
For breakfast at Baan Thai House, we loved the many Thai options and Western choices on their menu. A safe mix, especially if you’re not too accustomed with the Thai taste just yet. We loved the sweet coconut cake wrapped in banana leaf. The food was great and the view of the lake was magical and incredible! We loved our room so much, with the water seen from the inside.
We find that we love very, very peaceful places. The services offered in Baan Thai were amazing too: You can use bicycles for free and get free Tuk Tuk rides to the city two times a day. They have a lot of maps and information for visiting Ayutthaya and various places for your next destination.
Check out the images below to have an idea of how our little paradise in Ayutthaya felt like.
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