How can I get from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, and how long does the journey take?
Kanchanaburi is approximately ~140km from central Bangkok.
The journey is made overland, with options including bus, minivan, train or taxi/car.
With a clear run it’s possible to get to Kanchanaburi in under two hours. However the highway 4/323 leading out to Kanchanaburi can be congested with traffic so it’s not uncommon for the journey to take 3 hours (or even longer on rare occasions).
Idea 1: Minibus from Victory Monument to Kanchanaburi
Victory Monument in Bangkok is very easy to get to, on the Suhkumvit line of the BTS (skytrain).
From Victory Monument, minibuses (minivans) depart regularly for Kanchanaburi. The cost is a little over 100 baht, with departures typically every 20-30 minutes (as soon as the minibus is full).
Idea 2: Public bus from Southern Bus terminal (Sai Tai Mai) to Kanchanaburi
If you prefer a bit more leg space, you might consider catching a public bus from Bangkok’s southern Sai Tai Mai bus terminal to Kanachanaburi instead.
However, Sai Tai Mai bus terminal is a bit of a mission to get to, way out on the west side of the city, across the river from where most people stay.
To get to Sai Tai Mai, you could jump in a meter taxi or catch a bus, but either way do allow yourself plenty time as traffic in BKK can be heavy.
Various classes of bus depart very regularly from Sai Tai Mai to Kanchanaburi, every 20 minutes or so from very early morning till late night. You can see timetable info on: http://www.kanchanaburi-info.com/en/bus.html
Idea 3: Get a private taxi from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
Taxis are very reasonably priced in Thailand, so for comfort and convenience, taking a private taxi might be be a more option. Especially if several people are traveling together / sharing.
A reasonable rate for the journey would be around 1,200 – 1,500 baht.
Idea 4: Train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
It is also possible to catch a train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.
However this is a pretty rough journey compared to the suggestions above.
Rather than the central Hualamphong station, trains to Kanchanaburi depart from Bangkok’s Wong Wian Yai station way out on the west side of the river. A bit of a mission to get to.
Plus the trains themselves aren’t great; journey times can be much longer than by road (sometimes as long as five hours), and the carriages are quite old (no air-con, old seats etc).
So probably best to stay away from the train and opt for minibus, bus or taxi instead.
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