How to get from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya by public bus
In this post, I want to cover how to get from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya by public bus. When we first drew up our plans for touring Thailand I wanted to visit Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. But I didn’t want to return to Bangkok several times. Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai was easy because there’s an overnight train. However, from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya there is no railway line.
Of course, we could just take a taxi but it was pretty expensive and I was sure there had to be a public transport way of doing it. Then I discovered that we could make the journey from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya by bus. It’s an easy and cheap way to do it so I’m going to share the details with you.
Kanchanaburi to Suphanburi
Apparently, there is a direct minibus from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya available at some times of the year. If this appeals to you then your hotel may have more details. On the other hand, the public bus system runs all year and is cheap and reliable. It involves changing buses at Suphanburi but it’s all really easy so don’t be put off.
Firstly, head to Kanchanaburi Bus Station and take bus 411 to Suphanburi. When you arrive at the bus station find stand B5 where the bus departs from. You will find a bus conductor selling tickets at a small table right by the pillar with the B5 sign on it. If the bus is in the stand then there will be someone there at the desk but if they do not just wait a while.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Suphanburi takes about 2 hours and cost around 100 Bhat each. About £2. The bus is not air-conditioned but the windows open and it was pretty comfortable even though it was hot outside. A lot of us had luggage and the conductor and driver stacked it all up in the space at the back of the bus so you don’t need to worry about finding room for your suitcases.
Suphanburi to Ayutthaya
When we arrived at Suphanburi bus station the conductor pointed us towards the ticket kiosk to buy our onward bus tickets. You can’t book any of these buses in advance but don’t worry as there is plenty of time. In fact, we found several people waiting to direct people to the correct kiosk and we purchased our tickets.
The trip from Suphanburi to Ayutthaya is a little bit more expensive. I think we paid about £3 each but it is on an air-conditioned minibus so I suppose you’d say that is slightly more luxurious.
If you need drinks and snacks then there is a small shop at the bus station. There are also clean toilets. We didn’t have long to wait as most people were heading on to Ayutthaya and the minibuses leave as soon as they fill up.
The journey is another 1 1/2 hours to Ayutthaya and we arrived pretty much on time. The driver took two short detours to punch his timecard which seems strange but I assume he has to do that. Otherwise, the journey was uneventful and we arrived on time. We were dropped off in the main town area near Naresuan Rd although round the corner from where I expected. So we were a bit confused as to where we were for a few minutes but we had GPS so we soon realised where we were.
We stayed near the historical centre which was about 15 minutes walk from where the minibus dropped us off. However, we travel light so if you’ve got heavy suitcases you’ll want to grab a local taxi.