Aranyaprathet is the last stop on Thailand’s Eastern Line. From Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station, trains depart at 05:55 and 13:05 and take roughly six hours. From Aranyaprathet, trains depart for Bangkok at 06:40 and 13:55. These are ordinary trains with hard third-class seats for around 60 baht. They stop at more than 40 other stations along the way, including Sa Kaeo, Prachinburi, Chachoengsao and Lat Krabang (near Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok).
From Bangkok, minibuses depart for Aranyaprathet from all three of the main bus terminals, generally on an hourly basis from around 08:00 to 16:00. Regular buses also make the trip but mainly from Ekkamai (Eastern) terminal, departing roughly every two hours from 07:00 to 12:00 and again at 16:00. Aranyaprathet can also be reached from all of the destinations listed below.
The Aranyaprathet area has two bus stations. Aranyaprathet station is located right in town, off the west side of Thanavithee Road. Rong Khlua station is found just west of the border crossing off the south side of Suwannason Road. We prefer using the one in town if possible.
From Aranyaprathet station, fares include:
Ayutthaya: Minibuses depart at 09:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for 270 baht and take around five hours.
Bangkok (Ekkamai): First-class buses depart at 07:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 16:30 for 195 baht and take around five hours.
Bangkok (Morchit): A first-class bus departs at 12:00 for 200 baht. Minibuses depart hourly from 05:30 to 17:30 for 200 baht.
Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai): Minibuses depart hourly from 08:00 to 18:00 for 250 baht.
Buriram: Departs roughly every two hours from 06:00 to 16:00 and takes four hours, with a stop in Nang Rong (closest town to Phanom Rung).
Chanthaburi: Minibuses depart every two hours from 08:30 to 14:30 for 200 baht and take three hours. If heading to Ko Chang, transfer to a Trat-bound bus in Chanthaburi.
Lopburi: Minibuses depart every one to two hours from 08:00 to 16:30 for 270 baht and take around five hours.
Pattaya: Minibuses depart hourly from 04:00 to 18:00 for 240 baht and take four to five hours.
Phnom Penh: A first-class international bus from Bangkok stops in Aranyaprathet at 08:30 if seats are available. The cost is 600 baht and the trip takes roughly 12 hours, including a stop at the border for passengers to clear immigration.
Rayong: Minibuses depart hourly from 04:30 to 16:30 and take four to five hours. If heading to Ko Samet, transfer to a Ban Phe-bound songthaew in Rayong.
Sa Kaeo: Most westbound minibuses stop in Sa Kaeo.
Siem Reap (Angkor): A first-class international bus from Bangkok stops in Aranyaprathet at 12:00 if seats are available. The cost is 300 baht and the trip takes roughly five hours, including a stop at the border for passengers to clear immigration.
From Rong Khlua station, fares include:
Ayutthaya and Lopburi: Minibuses depart roughly every two hours from 08:00 to 16:00 and cost 270 baht to either.
Bangkok (Ekkamai): Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 17:00 for 200 baht.
Bangkok (Morchit): Minibuses depart hourly from 04:00 to 18:00 for 230 baht.
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport): Minibuses depart at 10:00, 13:00 and 16:30 for 184 baht and take four to five hours.
Chachoengsao: Regular buses depart hourly from 09:00 to 16:00 for 150 baht and take four hours.
Nakhon Ratchasima: Minibuses depart every two hours from 06:00 to 18:00 for 150 baht and take four hours.
Rayong: Minibuses depart every two to three hours from 04:30 to 16:30.
Saraburi: Minibuses depart hourly from 03:00 to 17:00 for 200 baht and take four hours.
Private taxis are advertised at Rong Khlua Market—expect to pay 2,000 baht or more to Bangkok, Pattaya or the Ko Chang ferry piers.
Tuk tuks and motorbike taxis are readily available at both bus stations. Tuk tuk drivers will ask for a negotiable 100 baht (or more) for a lift from the in-town bus station to the border, while motorbike taxis cost less.
Large green songthaews run between the in-town bus station and the 7-eleven at the far southern rim of Rong Khlua Market (near the Thai immigration checkpoint) for 15 baht per person. These run back and forth frequently and can be flagged down anywhere on Suwannason Road.
Motorbike rental is available for 200 to 300 baht per day at a few stalls around the car park towards the southern side of Rong Khlua Market. We’d be weary about leaving our passport.