Hua Lamphong, or Bangkok Train Station, is the main terminal to northern, eastern, northeastern and southern Thailand. It connects with the MRT underground system and features a distinct half-dome structure, designed by an Italian architect Mario Tamagno in an Italian neo-renaissance style.
Bangkok Train Station has a simple layout. The entrance leads directly to the ticketing and waiting area. On the left-hand side are the 26 ticketing booths and two giant English/Thai electronic information display boards featuring real-time departures and arrivals. To the right of the ticketing booths is the waiting area, filled with rows of chairs. There are also a handful of fast food outlets and shops on the ground floor as well as on the mezzanine level.
Ticketing and Fares at Bangkok Train Station
Train tickets can be purchased on the same day or in advance, and fares vary according to the type of seat and train. Select your seat and train from the plan displayed on the screen. Make sure you don’t make any mistake, as there are no refunds for purchased tickets (although you might be able to change seat, train, or departure time – but only once).
E-tickets are also available, although seats are limited, and you can only purchase first and second class air-conditioned sleeper tickets.
Apart from the destination trains, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) operates a handful of one-day train excursions to major regional attractions, such as Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Petchaburi, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Cha-Am, Amphawa Floating Market, and more.
Overnight excursions are also available, to these destinations: Kanchanaburi, Thai-Burmese border at the three pagodas pass (Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi), four northeastern regions along the Mekong, Bangkok-Nongkhai-Vientiane-Luang Prabang, Bangkok-Nonkhai-Vientiane-Hanoi-Halong Bay-Hue-Danang-Hoi An, Bangkok-Angkor Wat-Angkor Thom, and more.