How to get from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market and Amphawa floating market for $7!

by | Oct 1, 2014 | Bangkok, Thailand

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Updated for 2019 minivan departure location

Maeklong Railway market and the Amphawa floating market were high on our must see Bangkok list and it was just a matter of figuring out how to get there! The organised tours were coming in around US $60 per person but we reckoned we could do it ourselves for a little less. We were right!

We managed to travel from our hotel in Bangkok to Maeklong and Amphawa and back for less than $7 per person through a combination of the BTS (Bangkok Transit System), a minivan and a songthaew  (a pick up truck used as a shared taxi). What’s more we had an amazing day and here’s how you can do the same!

Be sure to check out our experiences at Maeklong and our video of the train passing through here! 

For an alternative day trip from Bangkok check out our Ayutthaya adventure here!

Tours to Maeklong

if you prefer to take a tour make sure to check out the options on the Klook App. We use it all over Asia and it’s prices are great – check Maeklong tours here

Click here for the best tour prices

 

Bangkok to Maeklong

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

 

1 | Get to Mo Chit or Southern Bus Terminal

Note: as of November 2016 minivans to Maeklong leave from Sai Tai Mai terminal, Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal and Mo Chit Bus Station.

  • Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai Bus station): buses depart approximately every 40 minutes from 6am to 8pm. The cost is 70 baht and the journey takes around 90 minutes
  • Mo Chit Bus Station: buses depart approximately every hour. The cost is 90THB and the journey takes around 90 minutes

Getting to 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.

Getting to the Southern Bus Terminal

  • 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 (136 and 145) to the bus terminal
  • Bus: buses depart from all over in Bangkok. Buses 19, 28, 25, 30, 40, 57, 79, 123, 124, 149, 159, 164, 170, 507, 511 all go to the Southern Bus Terminal

2 | Arrive in Maeklong

The minivan drop off is on the main street which runs alongside the market. The driver pointed us in the direction of the market.

Maeklong drop off:
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3| Check the Train Times at Maeklong Station

If you want to see the train pass through the market the timetable is displayed at Maeklong Railway station which is just up the street from the bus drop off. The timetable is subject to change (be sure to check a site like TripAdvisor for the latest timetable) but there are 6 scheduled trains per day between Ban Laem and Maeklong. We wanted to catch the train twice so we opted for the 13:45 train arriving in Maeklong and the 14:30 train leaving for Ban Laem.

2017 train timetable: The train departs Maeklong at 6:20am, 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:30pm and the train arrives at 8:30am, 11:10am, 2:30pm, 5:40 pm. Again be sure to check for the latest timetable.

 

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The trains can be delayed and the times of the next arrivals and departures are displayed in the station.how to get from bangkok to maeklong©thewholeworldisaplayground

4 | Take a songthaew to Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa is only a ten minute ride from Maeklong and we decided to check out the floating market on our day trip. The songthaews (local taxi-trucks) are located at the main junction in Maeklong and the journey costs 8 baht each way. They leave frequently and a songthaew ride is a fun experience! Grab a songthaew back to Maeklong after you’ve explored the floating market or look for a minivan going back to Bangkok directly from Amphawa. We hailed a passing Songthaew and it stopped for us to hop on!

Cost: 8 baht each way

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6| Take the minivan back to Bangkok

The minivans back to Bangkok are located in a parking garage off the main street. We checked with the minivan drivers parked on the main street and they pointed us in the right direction. Three buses left when we were there in the parking garage and we only waited around 10 minutes for our seat.

Cost: 70 baht per person each way
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We arrived back in Bangkok after an incredibly fun day at Maeklong and Amphawa where we managed to see the train pass through the market twice and hang out at the floating market. The total cost was 156 baht and our BTS fares to Victory monument so around US $7 in total. Not bad for a day’s work!

Be sure to check out what we got up to at Maeklong and our video of the train passing through here!

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53 Comments

  1. Shilpa Bala

    Wow. Only if I had come across this detailed post before I went on the trip to see Maeklong:D Love it!

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Shilpa!

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  2. sean

    Would love to see train ging through the market

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  3. Elaine

    Glad you liked it!

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  4. Jason

    Great information! Sounds as though you can be a bit more flexible as well without having to be on a ‘tour.’ What time did you plan to get to the Victory Monument to make it to the Railway Market in time for the times as noted?

    Also, what time did you leave Maeklong to get back to Bangkok? Can’t tell from the photo if there is a cutoff time for the return minivans.

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    • Elaine

      It’s a fab way to travel down and so flexible! We left Bangkok at 9am, checked out the train times in Maeklong and then jumped on a songthaew to Amphawa to explore the market. Our bus back to Bangkok was around 3pm, we left right after we saw the 2:30 train in Maeklong. The buses continue later than that but they become less frequent in the evening.

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  5. Tim

    Thank you for the great tips! We did this exact Trip today. Everything went fine. Definitively a must See. Also the combination with the train market in maeklong is nice.

    Two things I might add:
    1. The Bus Station at victory monument now also had an english sign making it easier to find.

    2. On the way back from Amphawa we did not have to take a songthaew, there was a Bus Station with direkt connection to Bangkok for 180 Bath. It was right at the Main Street where the songthaew had dropped us off on our way to the market. The people at the station were very friendly and waved at us, so it was also easy to find.
    The trip back thus was also even easier and faster.

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    • Elaine

      Thanks for the update Tim, the English sign is a big help! Hope you enjoyed the day!

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  6. Lukman

    Thanks Elaine for a very brief explanation, I’ve been looking for this guidance, since I thought that taking tours is somehow expensive.

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  7. OK

    Hi, just want to know if you take any boat ride at the floating market and i’m wondering if you know the cost.

    The mini van and the local taxi only per way and not per person ? cause i’ve 4 person and i’m thinking if the inbound tour would be better

    Thanks

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    • Elaine

      Hi, we didn’t take the boat ride as we didn’t have time unfortunately! The prices are per person. I’ve rented a taxi for a full day trip in Bangkok for around US $30.

      Hope that helps!

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  8. Mario

    Hi,

    Thanks for the useful information. I´m a bit worried because we would like to go on next Sunday to Maeklong Railway Market, but I don´t understand so much what you mean with the note:

    Please note: the State Railways of Thailand have announced that the route will be shut for maintenance from 13 May 2015 to 8 November 2015. The SRT have said that they will deploy a train at Maeklong for tourists but we have not read any reports on this since the closure.

    Could you give me any more information? I don´t know if it´s not possible to get to Maeklong, or the famous railway doesn´t cross the market or something like that..

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards

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    • Elaine

      Hi Mario – the train has stopped running as they are repairing the tracks. You can still see the market but you won’t be able to see the train coming through and the traders packing up the stalls. I had read there was supposed to be a tourist train that would do a loop between the market and the station but I didn’t see any reports of that yet.

      Hope that helps

      Elaine

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