Lengthy distance trains to and from Bangkok are actually utilizing a brand new railway station. On 19 January 2023, companies moved away from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to the Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal within the Bang Sue district of the Thai capital. Travellers heading to locations together with Chiang Mai, Udon Thani or Surat Thani will now journey from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal. In the meantime, the previous station at Bangkok Hua Lamphong will stay operational for some routes.
What’s in a reputation?
The brand new station was initially referred to as Bang Sue Grand Terminal. In September 2022, the Thai king bestowed a royal title on the station: Krung Thep Aphiwat (interprets as “Bangkok’s prosperity”). Nevertheless, as of January 2023 the unique title of Bang Sue Grand Station continues to be writ massive on the terminal constructing. The contract to vary the signage on the station is mired in controversy. Though the official title of the station is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, it’s possible that many individuals (together with taxi drivers) could take some time to get used to the brand new title and can nonetheless realize it by the unique title.
Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Station)
Krung Thep Aphiwat is Bangkok’s gleaming new railway hub. The ultra-modern constructing is a definite distinction to the traditional previous station at Hua Lamphong. Whereas the brand new station is getting used for long-distance routes, some trains will proceed to run from Hua Lamphong.
Anybody who has travelled from Hua Lamphong shall be conversant in the sight of visitors build up on the floor stage railway crossings. Transport officers say this congestion shall be eased as a result of trains from Krung Thep Aphiwat will use elevated rails close to the terminal.
Trains to the north and north-east
Trains departing to the north (e.g. Chiang Mai) and north-east (e.g. Udon Thani) will depart from platforms 1 and a pair of at Krung Thep Aphiwat. Trains arriving will use platforms 5 and 6.
Trains to the south
Trains departing to the south of Thailand (e.g. Hat Yai, Surat Thani) will depart from platforms 7 and eight. Trains arriving will use platforms 11 and 12.
Necessary notice for passengers
Krung Thep Aphiwat makes use of a ‘closed platform’ service. This implies solely passengers with legitimate tickets can enter the platform space. The platform shall be open 20 minutes earlier than departure time. There’s a massive and spacious ready space and departure boards together with station bulletins (in Thai and English) will advise passengers when the platform is open and trains may be boarded.
Bangkok Hua Lamphong prepare station
The previous Bangkok prepare station at Hua Lamphong will stay open for atypical trains, suburban routes, and a few particular vacationer trains. Trains to and from Hua Lamphong are scheduled to name at Sam Sen station and the brand new Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal. Ultimately, the plan is that the previous station shall be became a museum.
Find out how to get to Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal
Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal is situated within the north of Bangkok not removed from Chatuchak Market and the northern bus terminal. The closest MRT metro station is Bang Sue (station BL11 on the Blue Line).
Earlier than being formally renamed as Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, the station was referred to as Bang Sue Grand Station and taxi drivers should know the station higher by its unique title. Reverse the central terminal there’s a smaller suburban station referred to as Bang Sue Junction. However even when for any cause you find yourself at Bang Sue Junction by mistake, you may’t miss the hulking Central Terminal throughout the highway.
Within the changeover interval, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is permitting passengers holding legitimate tickets for trains out of the previous station to make use of connecting suburban prepare companies freed from cost.
Holders of a sound prepare ticket may use the free shuttle buses between Bangkok Hua Lamphong station and Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Junction). Buses run at frequent intervals between 04:30 to 23:00. Common journey time is round half-hour.
Don Mueang prepare station
Passengers utilizing Don Mueang airport can connect with trains to and from Krung Thep Aphiwat at Don Mueang prepare station.
Services at Krung Thep Aphiwat
Amongst the services to be discovered inside the station constructing are a meals courtroom, disabled entry, bathrooms (some with showers), ATMs. Indicators on the station are in Thai and English.
Shopping for prepare tickets in Thailand
Practice tickets may be bought in individual at SRT stations or on-line through the official SRT web site. Tickets may also be conveniently booked on-line utilizing 12Go Asia:
Purchase prepare tickets to or from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal