How to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Public Transport Minivan

by | Feb 2, 2015 | Bangkok, Thailand

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Updated for 2017 minivan departure location

The ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just an hour away from Bangkok and the incredible old city ruins make it a Thailand must visit. It’s an easy and inexpensive trip to Ayutthaya by minivan from Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok and a fun adventure!

Here’s our step by step guide to getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. If you prefer an organised tour there are some great options from Bangkok which you can check out some great tours here.

1 | Get to Mo Chit Bus Station

Note: as of November 2016 minivans to Maeklong leave from Mo Chit Bus Station.

  • BTS: Take the BTS Skytrain to Mochit BTS. The bus and BTS station are around a 20 minute walk apart so either get a taxi (less than 50 bhat) or a local bus: buses 26, 77, 96, 104, 136, 145, 509 go to the bus terminal
  • Bus: buses depart from different places in Bangkok. Buses 3,16, 26,49, 77,96, 104, 134, 136, 138, 145, 170, 509, 517, 529, 536 all go to Mo Chit.
  • Finding the minivan: ask around for directions or head to one of the counters and ask where to wait.
How to get to Ayutthaya Bangkok minivan ©thehwholeworldisaplayground

The minivans

2 | Arrive in Ayutthaya

The minivan makes stops along the route to Ayutthaya so make sure you continue to the end of the route at Naresuan Alley, the main street which runs parallel to the Chao Phrom market and is close to Wat Mahathat.

 

Ayutthaya Minivan drop off 
 

Where to stay in Bangkok

We’ve spent over two months in Bangkok and have had the opportunity to sample some amazing hotels across the city. Our favourites include:

  • Cubic Hostel: is an awesome choice and the perfect option for travelers who love the social side of travel – Check prices here
  • Aldephi forty nine: is fab value and perfectly located to hop on off the BTS Skytrain – Check prices here

Click here for the best Bangkok hotel prices

 

3| Getting Around Ayutthaya

The historical park Ayutthaya is quite spread out and, while it’s possible to walk to some of the central temples, the outer ones will require some form of transport. It’s also likely to be very hot and, I don’t know about you, but I like to conserve my energy and not walk too far in high temperatures! Tuk tuks and bicycles are the most popular transport options.

Tuk tuk:

Tuk tuk drivers park around the bus and train stations waiting for passengers and it’s possible to negotiate a fare of around 200 baht per hour for a tour of the temples. There were lots of six seater tuks tuks available for groups.

How to get to Ayutthaya Bangkok minivan ©thehwholeworldisaplayground

Bicycle:

Bicycles rent for between 50 and 100 baht per day. We spotted a place called Tour with Thai close to the minivan stop which had bicycles to rent. Just bring water!

4 | Enjoy the temples!

The tuk tuk drivers didn’t speak much English but they had postcard pictures of the temples to understand where to drive to. We had a map of Ayutthaya marked with the temples we wanted to visit and this worked for us!

How to get to Ayutthaya Bangkok minivan ©thehwholeworldisaplayground

Our Route in Ayutthaya:

After arriving in Ayutthaya our first stop was Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon with its towering stupas and reclining Buddha. From there we went to Wat Phra Mahathat to see the Buddha head in the tree roots. We continued on to Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the Phra Mongkhon Bophit chapel and finished up at Wat Chaiwattanarm.

Our route in Ayutthaya

5 | Take the minivan back to Bangkok

The minivans back to Bangkok leave from the drop off point at the minivan terminal close to the market. The journey back to Bangkok was slightly longer with traffic.

Cost: 60 to 70 baht per person each way

We arrived back in Bangkok after an incredibly fun day at Ayutthaya where we managed to see all the temples on our list. The total cost was around 500 baht plus our BTS fares to Mo Chit.

Be sure to check out our day at Ayutthaya and our pictures of the incredible ruins! 

29 Comments

  1. A great way to get there and very cheap too

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    • Or take train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya (15 baht), cross road to ferry (5 baht) and hire bike (50 baht).
      Total $3, and more comfy than a minibus.

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  2. Hi! Thanks for the post, this is really useful! We’re trying to do a day trip to Ayutthaya by ourselves as well, and most people just keep saying it’s hard to do it by yourself with limited time, blabla.

    I have a question though, you said you took the minivan to the last stop near Wat mahathat, but your itinerary shows you first visited the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, which is pretty far from the drop-off point. How did you do this, or can you please explain more?

    Our wishlish is similar to yours, including maybe a 1h boat around the river. Do you know if these boats can stop wherever you ask them to? It would be a good way to visit the further Wat Chai Watthanaram!

    TIA

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    • Hi mimiyu, glad you liked the post! We got a tuk tuk after getting off the minibus. The sights are quite spread out across the city so it’s not really walkable but bikes would work. We didn’t get the boats so not sure on that one.

      We did Ayutthaya and the Maeklong umbrella market by ourselves and both worked out great. The minibuses go straight to both from Bangkok so you don’t have any more transport time!

      Hope you have fun!

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      • Thanks for answering 🙂 I have one more question then, regarding the tuktuks. Did you rent one for several hours (at 200 baht/h rate) or do you rather recommend getting it for the far temples like Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Chaiwattanarm?

        If weather allows, we will rent bikes, but otherwise I prefer tuktuks too, seem inexpensive and a better option for hot and humid days. Going at the end of September this year!

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        • Hi Mimi! We got them for the whole day but it would be possible to walk to Wat Mahathat (the Buddha head in the tree) in about 10 – 15 minutes and save the tuk tuk for those further out. It was quite busy the day we were there so lots of tuk tuks around!

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  3. hi! may i know if it’s good to visit ayutthaya on a sunday? we are planning to visit on a sunday. are there minivans available and are the temples open?
    thank you!

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    • Hi Camille! I think Sunday is fine to visit Ayutthaya but we went on a weekday as far as I remember. The traffic is a little quieter in and out of Bangkok at the weekend as well. Do double check to be sure!

      Elaine

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  4. Hi-

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I think my husband and I will follow a similar plan. However, we were wondering at what time you recommend we arrive at Victory Monument to get to Ayuthaya at a good time? Also, how about the ride back, how late are the minivans available? Or other types of transportation.

    Last, I read that most temples close by 4pm, but how about the markets? Do they stay open later?

    Thanks for the help!

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  5. Hi! Very helpful post! I just have a question about the time(approx.) of your whole trip, beginning from departure from Victory Monument and back in Bangkok? We don;t have much time in Bangkok and i am wondering if we can make it…

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    • Hi Kate, we left Bangkok at 7:30am and got back around 3. Have fun in Thailand!

      Elaine

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      • dear ms elaine,

        really, 15 usd for the whole day at ayutthaya?

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        • Hi Sue,

          Yep that was all it cost although we did pick up some food and souvenirs on the day which were a little extra!
          Elaine

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  6. Great tips! I searched for “Bangkok to Ayutthaya” on Google and yours was one of the first results to appear.
    It’s going to be extremely useful for me in just a couple of weeks. Thanks!! 🙂

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  7. how long did you spend to visit around ayuthaya? when the van stops at naruesan alley, did you walk to the nearby temples?

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    • Hi Rosros, we spent about 3/4 of the day visiting the temples in Ayutthaya. The bus dropped us off near Wat Mahathat and it was a short walk to that temple. Enjoy your visit!

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  8. Well worth blog. It is going to be a cost effective trip than I expected. Thank you Elaine.

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  9. Hi guys great blog with very useful tips! Do you need to pre book the minivan or are there enough there that you can pretty much juat turn up?

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    • Hi Stella,

      no need to book the minivan. Just turn up at the location and you can catch the next bus

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  10. Great article! Thank you for the info 🙂

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  11. THANK YOU FOR ALL INFO I WILL DEF TAKE THIS TRIP NOW , THANKS TO ALL BLOGS MY TRIP WILL BE BETTER THAN I EXPECTED, XX

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  12. Hey guys I don’t know when you went but to this date 1000 baht are more 30 dollars than 15…

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  13. Hey! I think you have to update your post.
    The minivans don’t depart from the Voctory monument any longer.They moved to Mo Chit 2. Which means you have to take the BTS to Mo Chit, then a free ride to Mo Chit 2 and from there you can get the minivan to Ayutthaya. It is quite complicated for a tourist as I lost half a day to find it.
    I am in the minivan atm,going to Ayutthaya. The tickets indeed are 60 baht/1 way. Thanks and I hope this is a usefull comment. Cheers!

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    • Hey Adelin

      Thanks so much for the update, I’m going to update the article right now! Hope you found your way and had a good time in Ayutthaya!

      Elaine

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      • Hi! This is a great post! I’m wondering if the minivan is comfortable if the passenger is tall? Im worried I wont have enough legroom. Would you suggest I just take the train instead? Thank you!

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        • It’s quite tight for sure! I think if you got on first there might be a seat with a bit of extra legroom but I can’t remember how the bus was laid out. I took my mum for a trip and we were quite squished so just jumped off and waited for the next one so we could get a bit more space!

          Elaine

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  14. Hello Elaine!

    I would want to ask if the return trip to BKK from Ayutthaya ends at Mo Chit 2 as well? I saw online that Mo Chit 2 is incredibly near the Chatuchak Weekend Market, and it could be a great place to go to after seeing Ayutthaya.

    Hope to hear from you! Great blog!

    Regards,
    Fitz

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    • Hi Fitz

      They are to and from Mo Chit and the market is about a 15 minute walk away – you’d probably have to leave early to make Ayutthaya and Chatuchak in one day. There are minibuses to and from Mo Chit from Victory Monument as well but not sure if that is just in the transition period moving the minivans to the bus stations.

      Let me know how you get on!

      Elaine

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  15. Thank you for this userful information. it is so clear and helpful

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