If you want to travel from and to Hua Lamphong Railway Station, you have 5 options: you can go by taxi, tuk-tuk, MRT, BTS or bus. The station is about 5km from the center and the journey takes between 15 minutes and 1 hour, depending on traffic. Fares range from $0.30 to $4.90.
5 ways to get from/to Hua Lamphong Railway Station
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We recommend taking a taxi which only costs about $2.30. This is a hassle-free way to travel from Hua Lamphong Railway Station to the city center in just 15 minutes.
A tuk-tuk ride is more traditional and costs almost the same as a taxi ride. But note that it offers limited space and can only comfortably fit 2 passengers with little luggage.
If you want to save some money or want to have a more local experience, you can also travel by BTS or MRT. The BTS (skytrain) and MRT (underground) are quick, affordable and stop in most popular tourist, shopping and sight-seeing areas, except for Khao San Road.
The public bus is the cheapest option at only $0.30. If you’re staying at Khao San Road, there is a public bus that can take you directly from Hua Lamphong Railway Station. However, this public bus takes a very long route and can take more than 30 minutes, especially during peak hours.
Want to travel to or from Hua Lamphong Railway station straight to your hotel? Taking a taxi is your best option.
It’s easy to spot taxis outside of Hua Lamphong Railway Station. Many taxi drivers will request a flat rate which may be much higher than using the meter. You will need to use or negotiating skills or wait for a driver willing to use the meter.
The roads in Bangkok can get extremely busy during peak hours. Some drivers will refuse a fare during these hours to avoid being stuck in traffic. Be patient and simply ask another driver.
The taxi ride to and from the city center shouldn’t cost much more than 100 THB ($3.30). An alternative is to book a Grab taxi which will provide you with a flat rate.
Tip: Always take a metered taxi so you don’t end up paying twice the actual fare!
Tuk-tuk drivers tend to charge around the same price as a taxi, especially in tourist areas. If you’re looking for a local Bangkok experience, choose a tuk-tuk. If not, stick with a taxi. Keep in mind that many tuk-tuk drivers will quote you a very high price and you will need to negotiate with them as tuk-tuks do not have meters.
Drivers might quote you anywhere from 100 THB – 150 THB ($3.30 – $4.90) or more for 2 persons to the city center. Always try to negotiate their quoted price and if you are not happy with it, move along to the next driver.
Some drivers may try to lead you to a restaurant or hotel that they are affiliated with to receive a commission. If they offer you a ride that is much cheaper or even free, you should be aware that they will likely try to sell you something. Be firm in your negotiations and tell the driver you do not want any stops on the way to your destination.
This does not apply to all drivers, but it’s certainly something to be aware of.
Bangkok is hot and sunny almost all year round, even in the rainy season. While the tuk-tuk may get hot, especially if stuck in traffic, it does provide a nice breeze which is very refreshing. Also, note that tuk-tuks do not provide a lot of space for your luggage so it could be quite cramped.
There are two main train networks that offer easy transport options to travellers within Bangkok. The Skytrain, also referred to as the BTS, and the underground train, also called the MRT.
Both the BTS and the MRT stop at nearly all tourist, shopping and sightseeing areas in Bangkok. But keep in mind that neither of them stops at the popular Khao San Road area.
The MRT is directly connected to Hua Lamphong and you can easily find it by following the signs. The MRT connects Hua Lamphong Railway Station to the northeastern part of Bangkok. These include Bang Rak, Thung Maha Mek, Lumphini, Khlong Toei, Din Daeng, Huwai Kwang, Samsen Nok, Chum Phon and Chatuchak. The MRT line is continuously expanding its network, so more destinations will follow when completed.
Fares range from 20 THB – 50 THB ($0.70 – $1.70), depending on the current location and desired destination. For a single journey, you can purchase tickets from the counter or vending machines in the train station. Children and senior citizens pay discounted rates.
The BTS is the most popular train line in Bangkok with trains running in all directions every few minutes.
The BTS is your best option if you are staying in the city center as it offers stops at all tourist, shopping and sightseeing areas in Bangkok, except Khao San Road.
There are 2 BTS lines – the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line.
To reach the BTS lines, you need to take a taxi or tuk-tuk from Hua Lamphong Station to National Stadium or Siam BTS Stations. This costs about 60 THB – 80 THB ($1.90 – $2.10), expect to pay more during peak hours.
It can take 20 minutes up to 1 hour to travel via BTS, depending on your destination. The sky trains operate from 06:00 to 00:00 every day. For more information, you can visit their website.
The Sukhumvit Line
The Sukhumvit route passes through Chatuchak, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Nana, Asoke, Thong Lo, Phra Khanong, Bang Na, and Bearing. This BTS line is projected to extend further north and south in the coming years.
Fares range from 20 THB – 60 THB ($0.70-$1.90).
The Silom Line
The Silom Line starts at the National Stadium and passes through Sala Daeng, Pathumwan, Bang Rak, Yan Nawa and Thon Buri.
Tickets are priced at 20 THB – 40 THB ($0.70-$1.30).
Hua Lamphong Station by Public Bus
Duration: 30min Cost: 10 THB ($0.30)
The cheapest way to get to the city center is to catch a public bus from Hua Lamphong Railway Station. Bus #53 is a non-aircon bus that travels throughout the city center. This is the only shared transport that makes a stop at Khao San Road and you can catch this bus just outside the train station.
A ticket costs 10 THB ($0.30) to the city center. The fare speaks for itself so don’t expect a very comfortable ride. The bus will likely be hot and crowded.
The bus circles around the downtown Bangkok area. For a complete list of the bus stops, you can check the official website.
These buses run almost every 20 minutes. Travel time is about 30 minutes but this depends entirely on traffic. Be prepared to spend up to 1 hour on the bus as Bangkok traffic can get quite congested during peak times.
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