Sleeper Trains in Thailand

A convenient way to travel long distance by train in Thailand is by sleeper train. The longest journey is between Bangkok and Su-ngai Kolok on the Thai-Malaysian border. The journey time is around 22 hours. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) offer both 1st Class and 2nd Class sleeper carriages and also carriages built by different companies and imported to Thailand. This page is your complete guide to the different kinds of sleeper carriages and the routes they take.

1st CLASS SLEEPER CARRIAGE (AIR-CONDITIONED)

There are two types of 1st Class sleeper carriages operating on nine routes across Thailand. Both of them have 24 seats and 12 cabins. There are two seats per cabin. You have the choice of sharing a cabin with someone else or booking the cabin for single occupancy. The newer CNR carriages are used on routes to Chiang Mai (No.9/10), Hat Yai Junction (No.31/32), Ubon Ratchathani (No.23/24), and Nong Khai (No. 25/26). The other routes use the older Daewoo sleeper carriage and are slightly cheaper. Each train only has one 1st Class sleeper carriage and so cabins sell out quickly. Visit How to Book Train Tickets Online for more information.

TRAINROUTETYPEUPPERLOWERCABIN
9/10Bangkok-Chiang MaiCNR฿1,453฿1,653฿2,453
13/14Bangkok-Chiang MaiDaewoo1,253 baht1,453 baht1,953 baht
31/32Bangkok-Hat Yai JunctionCNR1,594 baht1,794 baht2,594 baht
37/38Bangkok-Su-ngai KolokDaewoo1,553 baht1,753 baht2,253 baht
23/24Bangkok-Ubon RatchathaniCNR1,320 baht1,520 baht2,320 baht
67/68Bangkok-Ubon RatchathaniDaewoo---
25/26Bangkok-Nong KhaiCNR1,357 baht1,557 baht2,357 baht
83/84Bangkok-TrangDaewoo1,280 baht1,480 baht1,980 baht
85/86Bangkok-Nakhon Si ThammaratDaewoo1,272 baht1,472 baht1,972 baht

2nd CLASS SLEEPER CARRIAGE (AIR-CONDITIONED)

There are two types of 2nd Class sleeper carriages operating on fourteen routes across Thailand. Both of them have 40 seats as standard (20 lower berths and 20 upper berths). However, the CNR sleeper trains have one special carriage with handicapped access that have only 36 seats (18 lower berths and 18 upper berths). The newer CNR carriages are used on routes to Chiang Mai (No.9/10), Hat Yai Junction (No.31/32), Ubon Ratchathani (No.23/24), and Nong Khai (No. 25/26). The other routes use the older Daewoo sleeper carriage and are slightly cheaper.

TRAINROUTETYPEUPPER BERTHLOWER BERTH
9/10Bangkok-Chiang MaiCNR941 baht1,041 baht
13/14Bangkok-Chiang MaiDaewoo771 baht841 baht
31/32Bangkok-Hat Yai JunctionCNR1,005 baht1,105 baht
37/38Bangkok-Su-ngai KolokDaewoo907 baht977 baht
51/52Bangkok-Chiang Mai40/36731/751 baht801/821 baht
23/24Bangkok-Ubon RatchathaniCNR881 baht981 baht
67/68Bangkok-Ubon RatchathaniDaewoo--
25/26Bangkok-Nong KhaiCNR898 baht998 baht
83/84Bangkok-TrangDaewoo761 baht831 baht
85/86Bangkok-Nakhon Si ThammaratDaewoo778 baht868 baht
107/108Bangkok-Denchai40/36 seats617/637 baht687/707 baht
109Bangkok-Chiang Mai40691 baht761 baht
139/140Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani40631 baht701 baht
167/168Bangkok-Kantang40730 baht800 baht
169/170Bangkok-Yala--
171/172Bangkok-Su-ngai Kolok827 baht897 baht
173/174Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat--

2nd CLASS SLEEPER CARRIAGE (FAN)

There is only one type of 2nd class sleeper carriage that has a fan instead of being air-conditioned. These are used on two routes across Thailand. They have 32 seats (16 upper berths and 16 lower berths).

TRAINROUTETYPEUPPER BERTHLOWER BERTH
167/168Bangkok-Kantang32530 baht580 baht
171/172Bangkok-Su-ngai Kolok32627 baht677 baht

NORTHERN LINE

There are four overnight trains on the Northern Line to Chiang Mai:

  • The first one to leave is Rapid No. 109 that leaves Bangkok at 1:45 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at the inconvenient time of 4:05 a.m. This train has 2nd Class and 3rd Class seating in carriages with a fan, and 2nd Class sleepers with air-conditioning.
  • The second train is Special Express No. 9 that leaves Bangkok at 6:10 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 7:15 p.m. There is one 1st Class sleeper carriages and nine 2nd Class sleeper carriages. All of them are air-conditioned and are the newer Chinese-built CNR carriages. The return journey is made by Special Express No. 10. This leaves Chiang Mai at 6:00 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 6:50 a.m.
  • The third train is Special Express No. 13 that leaves Bangkok at 7:35 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 8:40 a.m. This train has 1st and 2nd Class sleeper carriages and 3rd Class carriages with seats and fans only. The return journey is made by Special Express No. 14. This leaves Chiang Mai at 5:00 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 6:15 p.m.
  • The fourth train is Express No. 51 that leaves Bangkok at 10:00 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 12:10 p.m. Although you arrive late and miss half the day, this is a good train to enjoy the scenery as it passes through Northern Thailand as the sun is rising. This has 2nd and 3rd Class carriages with seating and fans, and 2nd Class sleeper carriages with air-conditioning. Sometimes this train also has 2nd Class sleeper carriages with fans. The return journey is made by Express No. 52 that leaves Chiang Mai at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 5:25 a.m.

Other overnight trains on the Northern Line:

  • Rapid No. 107 goes from Bangkok to Den Chai. It leaves at 8:10 p.m. and arrives at 5:15 a.m. This train has 2nd Class seating carriages with fan, 2nd Class sleeper carriage with fan, and 2nd Class sleeper carriage with air-conditioning. The return journey is made by Rapid No. 108 that leaves Den Chai at 7:05 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 5:10 a.m.
  • Rapid No. 105 goes from Bangkok to Sila At. It leaves at 9:00 p.m. and arrives at 4:40 a.m. The return journey is made during the day by Rapid No. 106 that leaves Sila At at 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 2:40 p.m. Please note, this train is not running at the moment.

NORTHEASTERN LINE

There are four overnight trains on the Northeastern Line to Ubon Ratchathani. The trains also stop in Buriram, Surin and Sisaket.

  • The first train is Rapid No. 139 that leaves Bangkok at 6:55 p.m. and arrives in Ubon Ratchathani at 6:15 a.m. This train has 2nd and 3rd Class carriages with seating and fans. There is also a 2nd Class sleeping carriage with air-conditioning. The return journey is made by Rapid No. 140 that leaves Ubon Ratchathani at 8:30 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 7:20 a.m.
  • The second train is Special Express No. 23 which is the more comfortable CNR sleeper train. This leaves Bangkok at 8:30 p.m. and arrives in Ubon Ratchathani at 6:35 a.m. There is one 1st Class sleeper carriage and nine 2nd Class sleeper carriages. All of them are air-conditioned. The return journey is made by Special Express No. 24 that leaves Ubon Ratchathani at 7:00 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 5:15 a.m.
  • The third train is Express No. 67 which is not in service at the moment. This leaves Bangkok at 9:30 p.m. and arrives in Ubon Ratchathani at 7:50 a.m. The return journey is made by Express No. 68 that leaves Ubon Ratchathani at 7:30 p.m. and arrives back in Bangkok at 6:40 a.m.
  • The fourth overnight train is Rapid No. 141 that leaves Bangkok at 10:45 p.m. and arrives in Ubon Ratchathani at 10:20 a.m. This train only has 2nd and 3rd Class carriages with seating and fans. There are no sleeper carriages. The return journey is made by Rapid No. 142 that leaves Ubon Ratchathani at 5:35 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 5:00 a.m.

There are three overnight trains on the Northeastern Line to Nong Khai. The trains also stop in Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

  • The first train is Express No. 77 which is not in service at the moment. This leaves Bangkok at 6:35 p.m. and arrives in Nong Khai at the early hour of 3:45 a.m. The return journey is made by Express No. 78 that leaves Nong Khai at 6:30 p.m. and arrives back in Bangkok at 4:45 a.m.
  • The second train is Special Express No. 25 which is the more comfortable CNR sleeper train. This leaves Bangkok at 8:00 p.m. and arrives in Nong Khai at 6:25 a.m. There is one 1st Class sleeper carriage and nine 2nd Class sleeper carriages. All of them are air-conditioned. The return journey is made by Special Express No. 26 that leaves Nong Khai at 7:40 p.m. and arrives back in Bangkok at 6:00 a.m.
  • The third overnight train is Rapid No. 133 that leaves Bangkok at 8:45 p.m. and arrives in Nong Khai at 7:55 a.m. This train only has 2nd and 3rd Class carriages with seating and fans. There are no sleeper carriages. The return journey is made by Rapid No. 134 that leaves Nong Khai at 6:50 p.m. and arrives back in Bangkok at 5:45 a.m.

SOUTHERN LINE