While Hualamphong Station is the best known of Bangkok’s train stations, it is far from the only one. Here is a run down of some of the other train stations in Bangkok which might come in handy during your travels.
If you’re on a trip to Kanchanaburi, that necessitates using Thonburi Station and you might use Wongwian Yai Station on an excursion to the markets in Mahachai and Samut Songkhram. Those transferring from Don Muang Airport or Morchit Bus Terminal to a north- or northeastern-bound train may find Don Muang and Bang Sue stations convenient.
This small station is found a kilometre west of the Chao Phraya River, just west of Arun Ammarin Road, and is also known as Bangkok Noi Station. It serves daily trains on the “Death Railway” to Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi, departing at 07:50 and 13:55. To get here you could take a river ferry and get off at Wang Lang Pier or Thonburi Railway Pier, and then walk or take a taxi to the station. Tell the driver you’re heading to Kanchanaburi or you might end up at Krung Thonburi BTS Station. You might stock up on snacks at nearby Wang Lang Market before your trip.
Located west of the river in Thonburi, near Wongwian Yai traffic circle and a short walk north of the same-named BTS Station, this station is used for commuter trains to Mahachai Market, where you can take a ferry across the Tha Jeen River and continue west by train to the thrilling Mae Khlong Market in Samut Songkhram province. The few travellers who use this little-known rail line are usually taking day trips to these and the floating markets found around Amphawa. Trains depart for Mahachai roughly every hour from 05:00 to early evening and three trains continue on to Mae Khlong from 07:00 to 14:00, with the last one returning to Mahachai at around 15:00.
Located in North Bangkok and connected to Don Muang Airport by an elevated footbridge, this station is handy if you want to cruise up to Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and other points in Central, Northern and Northeastern Thailand without going down into central Bangkok. All northbound trains from Hualamphong stop at Don Muang so there are plenty of choices from here.
This station stands next to Bang Sue MRT Station in North Bangkok, a couple of kilometres southwest of Morchit (Northern) Bus Terminal. As with Don Muang, all northbound trains originating at Hualamphong make a stop at Bang Sue. While it’s an obvious choice if you want to jump straight from bus to train, the station may also be more convenient than heading to Hualamphong if you’re staying in North Bangkok. Do remember the name, as Bang Sue is expected to become Bangkok’s main long-distance train station when Hualamphong is retired around 2020.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.