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How to Get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

There are five ways to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok:

  1. Train from Thonburi Train Station
  2. Minivan from Morchit Bus Station
  3. Minivan from Sai Tai Kao minivan station
  4. Minivan from the Burana Sat Road, near to the Khao San Road
  5. Minivan from the Chakkapong Road, near to the Khao San Road

The famous Bridge over the River Kwai is located in Kanchanaburi

All travel options take about the same time: 3 hours. The train is the most pleasant (and cheapest) way to do the journey although there are only 2 departures a day from a train station on the other side of the river to the main part of Bangkok.


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Tickets are available to book online for minivan services to Kanchanaburi, but not train tickets. Train tickets must be purchased at Thonburi station on the day of travel and they cost 100 THB per person one way. The ticket price is the same if you go to Kanchanaburi or all the way to the end of the line at Nam Tok.

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Option 1: Train


This service departs from Thonburi Railway Station, which is on the other side of the Chao Phraya river from Bangkok’s main train Station, Hualamphong. You can also reach Thonburi train station very cheaply from the Khao San Road area by taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat service.

Train Times from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi:
Train No. Depart Arrive Journey Time
257 07.50 10.25 2 hr 35 m
259 13.55 16.24 2 hr 29 m

Location of Thonburi Train Station


Option 2: Minivan from Morchit


Morchit Bus Station is located in North of Bangkok, near the site of the famous Chatuchak weekend market. To get to Morchit Bus Station by public transport go to Mo Chit BTS (skytrain station). From there take a 10 minute taxi ride direct to the station, or alternatively it is about a 1.5 km walk across Chatuchak Park to get to the bus station.

  • Cost: 150 THB
  • Departure Point: Morchit Bus Station
  • Arrival Point: Kanchanaburi Bus Station – 5.1 km from The River Kwai Bridge
Minivan Times from Morchit Bus Station in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
04.00 07.00 05.00 08.00 06.00 09.00
07.00 10.00 08.00 11.00 09.00 12.00
10.00 13.00 11.00 14.00 12.00 15.00
13.00 16.00 14.00 17.00 15.00 18.00
16.00 19.00 17.00 20.00 18.00 21.00

Location of Morchit Bus Station


Option 3: Minivan from Sai Tai Kao


Sai Tai Kao minivan station is located on the west side of the Chao Phraya River some distance from the areas of Bangkok popular with foreign visitors such as Sukhumvit, Silom or Khao San. The nearest mass public transport station station to Sai Tai Kao Minivan Station is Phaya Thai BTS station. Phaya Thai BTS Station is 10.0 km away from Sai Tai Kao Minivan Station and the journey should take approximately 21 minutes to travel by taxi.

  • Cost: 160 THB
  • Departure Point: Sai Tai Kao Mininvan Station
  • Arrival Point: Kanchanaburi (North) Minivan Station – 13.7 km from The River Kwai Bridge
Minivan Times from the Sai Tai Kao in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
05.00 08.00 05.40 08.40 06.20 09.20
07.00 10.00 07.40 10.40 08.20 11.20
09.00 12.00 09.40 12.40 10.20 13.20
11.00 14.00 11.40 14.40 12.20 15.20
13.00 16.00 13.40 16.40 14.20 17.20
15.00 18.00 15.40 18.40 16.20 19.20
17.00 20.00 17.40 20.40 18.20 21.20

Location of the Sai Tai Kao Minivan Station


Option 4: Minivan from Burana Sat Rd


This service has regular departures from location very near to the Khao San Road. This service is convenient choice is you are staying on the Khao San Road or one of the nearby streets such as Soi Rambutri. If you staying on the Sukhumvit Road or coming from Don Mueang Airport you may find it more convenient to travel via Morchit Bus Station.

  • Cost: 160 THB
  • Departure Point: Burana Sat Road
  • Arrival Point: Kanchanaburi (North) Minivan Station – 13.7 km from The River Kwai Bridge
Minivan Times from the Burana Sat Road in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
05.00 08.00 05.40 08.40 06.20 09.20
07.00 10.00 07.40 10.40 08.20 11.20
09.00 12.00 09.40 12.40 10.20 13.20
11.00 14.00 11.40 14.40 12.20 15.20
13.00 16.00 13.40 16.40 14.20 17.20
15.00 18.00 15.40 18.40 16.20 19.20
17.00 20.00 17.40 20.40 18.20 21.20

Route Map from the Burana Sat Road to the Khao San Road


Option 5: Minivan from Chakkapong Rd


This service departs from the Khao San Thai Sriram office on the Chakkapong Road. The Chakkapong Road is the main road at the Western end of the Khao San Road. At the Western end of the Khao San Road turn left and it is a 200 metre walk away. The office is located near the Sawasdee Khaosan Inn.

  • Cost: 250 THB
  • Departure Point: Chakkapong Road
  • Arrival Point: Kanchanaburi Bus Station – 5.1 km from The River Kwai Bridge
Minivan Times from the Chakkapong Road in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Dept Arr Dept Arr
08.30 11.30 11.00 14.00
14.00 17.00 18.30 21.30

Route Map from the Chakkapong Road to the Khao San Road

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