Although I like to think of myself as adventurous, I also like having a plan. I always Google directions before I travel (knowing I won’t have data once I’m abroad).
Realizing that there isn’t a ton written on this subject, I hope this helps!
I actually travelled to Ayutthaya immediately after landing in Bangkok, although the second part of this will be helpful if you’re already in the city centre.
From the airport (the easy part)
1. Take the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai Station
- Location: The train can be accessed from the very lower level of the airport terminal. Just keep following the escalators down.
- Cost: 35B for the slower service, which only takes 30 minutes. Payment can be made in Bhat by cash or card.
- Destination: Phaya Thai, the very last station.
- Notes: Although very busy, you should be able to get a seat as the airport is the beginning stop. There is not a lot of room for luggage, however, so keep this in mind. There are places in the train for you to stand with your luggage, or you may just want to take a taxi if you’re travelling with more than a carry-on.
2. Transfer to the BST and take the line one stop to Victoria Monument station (towards Mo Chit).
- Location: from the Airport Rail, go down one level and then follow the crowds into the main terminal. From there you will have the option to get on the BST.
- Cost: 15B. Payment can be made in Bhat by cash or card.
- Destination: Victoria Monument. Take the (light green) Sukhumvit line one stop towards Mo Chit.
Victoria Monument to Ayutthaya (the trickier part)
Although not THAT complicated, this was the part where I needed to ask strangers for directions.
1. Once at Victoria Monument, take exit 4 and go down the stairs.
2. At the bottom of the stairs, make a U-turn and walk until you see a large-ish market on your right-hand side. The below map shows the exact location of the mini bus pick ups.
There are multiple stalls selling tickets for minibuses, but each stall only sells for one destination. All of the signs are in Thai, so you will need to ask for a little help, but the Ayutthaya tickets are sold at one of the furthest stalls.
3. Once you get in the bus, it’s smooth sailing from there. Although the bus will make some minor stops, the main “station” is the final stop. I say “station” because it’s really just a drop off at the side of the road.
There are ladies as soon as you exit the bus who will try to offer you tours or transportation to your hotel. They will overcharge you. Know where your hotel is and the best way to get there before you start your journey.
The mini bus really doesn’t have much space for full suitcases. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to consider taking the train.
Have fun and let me know how your trip goes!
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