Train from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market

When we have traveled out of Bangkok to places like Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak, we have taken a minibus as it was the fastest option. But the drivers are pretty crazy, and after reading news about a horrible accident on the highway involving a minibus, we decided to go by train to Maeklong Railway Market. The journey, including a short ferry ride, takes about 2½ hours and cost only 23 baht.

Wongwian Yai Railway Station 8:35

From Wongwian Yai Railway Station in Bangkok, we took the 8:35 a.m. train to Mahachai Railway Station, which takes about 50 minutes.

The ticket cost only 10 baht for me and zero for my wife. Yep, the train is free for Thais.

In the beginning, it was a bit bumpy ride, but once we got out of Bangkok, it was a nice scenic train ride passing through lush greenery, mangroves, swamps with water birds flying above them, and sea salt farms.

Mahachai Pier 09:40

When we arrived at Mahachai Station around 09:30, we had to walk a few hundred meters to the Mahachai Pier where we took a short ferry ride for 3 baht across the river. Once across, we had to do a 5-minute walk to Ban Laem Railway Station where we bought tickets for the 10:10 a.m. train.

Ban Laem Railway Station 10:10

Same story; 10 baht for me and zero, zip, zilch, nada for my wife.

The ticket inspector clips the tickets even though the train is free for Thais.

Whizzing past a sea salt farm in Samut Sakhon, the leading province in sea salt farming in Thailand. You will see several fields so you will have time to take pictures.

A little girl watching the scenery go by with the wind blowing through her hair.

Monk on train

A monk looking out the window as the train passing through Maeklong Railway Market.

Vegetables at the market as viewed from inside the train.

A visitor taking pictures of the passing train.

Maeklong Station 11:10

At 11:10 a.m. we arrived at Maeklong Station which is the last stop. From here, we walked back to the market and watched the 11.30 train passing through the market. After spending some time here, we took a tuk-tuk to Amphawa floating market.

Accodomation near Maeklong Railway Market.

8 thoughts on “Train from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market

  1. Stephanie Tan September 4, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Hi, thanks for your sharing and information provided above.

    After reading the above, feel it’s quite interesting to go the maeklong railway market by train and ferry as well. Most of the people is standing over there to wait for the train to come. But you chose to come with train, GREAT!!

    I have some queries, appreciate if you can assist to advise:-

    1. From Mahachai station to Mahachai Pier. We have to walk few hundred meters. Is there any sign to show us where we should walk to?

    2. Same for from Mahachai Pier to Ban Laem Railway Station. Is there any sign to show us which road we should follow. As from the above photo, after 10.10hrs the next trip have to wait until 13.30hrs.

    Hope you can advise on the above. Thank you very much.

    • Anders September 4, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Hi, Stephanie! There is no sign telling you how to go.

      If you zoom in the map I embed you’ll see how to go, and you can always ask your way. People will understand where you want to go 🙂 Bring the map with you.

      Yes, after 10.10 you’ll have to wait until 13.30. Good luck!

  2. Stephanie Tan September 4, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Hi Anders, thanks for your fast response. Appreciated!!

  3. oscar lee December 2, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Hi Anders,
    thanks for sharing… the itinerary is an interesting one… i am assuming that getting the train tickets if you do not speak Thai is not too difficult as well.

    What about the return journey? I am thinking of visiting the floating market as well… do you think that’s too ambitious?

    thanks in advance!

    • Anders December 2, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Hi Oscar,

      We also visited the floating market, but we stayed one night at a lovely guesthouse by the canal, which you can read about here:

      And then we returned in the morning (08.30 I believe) with the same train.

      I don’t think it would be any problem speaking English, but it was my Thai-speaking wife taking care of the tickets.

      Good luck! Please get back to me and let me know if everything went fine!

  4. John August 24, 2019 / 1:00 am

    Very interesting and helpful article..thanks for sharing!

    I have a question: How often do the ferries at Mahachai pier arrive?

    • Anders August 24, 2019 / 7:53 am

      Hey John! I’m not sure but I guess all the time. For sure in time with trains.

  5. Amy September 19, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    Hi anders,
    Your itinerary is really helpfull.
    May i know if i take bts to wongwian yai, from there how far the railway station to mahachai station?

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