Ayutthaya Transportation, The best way to visit Ayutthaya from Bangkok by Car, Bus and Train

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Transportation
Getting There
By Boat
There are no scheduled or chartered boat services between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. However, several companies in Bangkok operate luxury cruises to Bang Pa-In with side trips by bus to Ayutthaya for approximately 1,500 bahts to 1,800 bahts per person, including a sumptuous luncheon. Longer two days trips in converted rice barges start at 4,800 baht. For further information please contact the following companies.
By Bus
Ordinary buses run between the Bangkoks Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) and Ayutthaya's main terminal on Naresuan Rd. every 20 minutes between 05:00 am. and 07:00 pm. The fare is 30 bahts and the trip takes around 2hours. Air-conditioned buses operate the same route every 20 minutes from 05:40 am. to 07:20 pm. (every 15 minutes between 07 am. and 05:00 pm.) at the rate of 47 bahts, the trip takes 1.5 hours when traffic to north of Bangkok is light, otherwise it will take two hours. Timetables
By Car
Getting to Ayutthaya by car
Getting to Ayutthaya by car
Route 1: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) then take Highway No. 32 and 309 to Ayutthaya.

Route 2: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or take Highway No. 302 (Ngamwongwan Road). turn righ to Highway No. 306 (Tiwanon Road), then take Highway No. 3111 (Pathum Thani - Samkhok - Sena Route). Then urn right at Sena district to Highway No. 3263 to Ayutthaya.

Route 3: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 306 (Bangkok - Nonthaburi - Pathum Thani Route) then take Highway No. 347 and 3309 via Bang Sai Royal Flok Arts and Craft Centre,and Bang Pa-in, to Ayutthaya.

Routes 4: From Bangkok, take Expressway 9 (Si Rat Expressway) via Nonthaburi - Pathum Thani and down to Highway 1 via Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Craft Centre. Then take Highway No. 3569 towards Bang Pahan and turn right at Worachae Intersection to Ayutthaya.
By Train
Trains to Ayutthaya leave Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station approximately every hour between 04:20 am. and 10:00 pm. The 3rd class fare is 15 bahts for the 1.5 hour trip. Train schedules are available from the information booth at Hua Lamphong Station, Bangkok. Timetables

For more information
Hua Lumphong Railway Station Tel. 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, or 1690.
Getting Around Ayutthaya
Songtaew and tuk-tuk will go anywhere around Ayutthaya. The price depends on the distance, destination. A tuk-tuk from the train station to any point in the old Ayutthaya zone.

To tour the ruins, the most economical and ecological option is to rent a bicycle from one of the guesthouses (40 to 50 baht/day). Walking is also an option, but not recommended during the hot or rainy seasons.

It is possible to charter a samlor, tuk tuk or songtaew by the hour or by the day to explore the ruins but the prices are relatively high by Thai standards.

Another interesting way to explore the area is to charter a boat from Tha Chan Kasem (Chan Kasem Pier, next to Hua Ro Market) for a semicircular tour of the island that allows visitors to see some of the less accessible ruins. A long tailed boat with a capacity of up to 8 people can be hired for 400 baht for a 2 to 3 hour trip with stopovers at Wat Phutthaisawan, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Chai Wattnaram.

Minibus services operating from the railway station into the city are also available. If you wish to travel between Ayutthaya and Bang Pa - In, minibuses regularly leave Chao Prom Market (on Chao Prom Road). Daily schedules start from 6:30 am. with a fare of 30 baht. The trip takes approximately 50 minutes.