Trains In Thailand - Below are the quoted rates for
non air-conditioned and air-conditioned trains with sleeping
berth. At night pillows and blankets are provided. Sprinter
trains are Special Express Trains without berth, but with
reclining chair and air-conditioned. Trains in Thailand are
clean and mostly punctual.
There are three
different types of service.
contains one small compartment for two persons. This class
is not available on most trains and tends to get booked out
first. The compartment is a private air-conditioning
compartment consisting of two sleeping berths, a washing
basin. The berth is a cushion, pillow and blanket which are
comfortable. Only common toilet is available (no private
To own a private compartment of your own while
then two first-class tickets must be purchased.
is the most preferred choice. It is only a common
compartment. Private compartment is not available.
Each berth has its own curtain, cushion, pillow and blanket
as that of the first class. Fan or air-conditioning are
available in either seat or sleeper form. Fan cooled
sections tend to get a little hot at night and
air-conditioning is the more comfortable of the two. The price
is higher for the lower berth than the upper berth.
Third Class not
quite as hectic as perhaps India but suitable for only the
more hardened traveller. No pre-booking is possible in this
- is a special Express train with air-conditioning and comfortable
seats of reclining chairs, similar to that of the coach. There is no
All classes of
train have refreshment facilities and most have full
catering cars with cooked meals at reasonable rates. At
practically every station food vendors offer local delights
from fried chicken to more exotic local delicacies.
sleepers consist of two full size bunk beds whilst second
class sleepers are assembled from two facing seats to form
the bottom or lower bunk. The upper bunk is a
"stow-a-way" bed which is unlocked when the beds are
made up. All beds use fresh cotton sheets, pillow with cases
and laundered towel-like blankets.
arranged by the train staff at around 9:00 pm and they are
stored away again at 08:00 am when travelling.
In both classes
the beds are around 2m (6.5 ft) in length.
actively patrol every train and the incidents of robberies
etc is extremely rate. The service generally has a good
safety record throughout the kingdom and the "train
people" of Thailand are generally very professional
about their given tasks. Bags are stored beside the seat in
second class which is illuminated throughout the night.
different rates for different classes, services and train
types. The most expensive ticket will be "Special Express"
1st class sleeper. Actual ticket rates are displayed as below.