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Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

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Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

My girlfriend and I will be traveling from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok on a Tuesday morning at the beginning of June, with the plan to go to the airport for a flight.

Which is the safer bet with reliability between the train and the minivans?

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1. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

Which airport?

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2. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

Suvarnabhumi Airport. Our flight will most likely be around noon, so our goal is to get back into Bangkok by 9:30am so that we can take the Airport Link to BKK.

I've read that the trains coming through Ayutthaya to Bangkok can sometimes get delayed, so I'm nervous about whether or not it's a reliable option for someone needing to get to the airport.

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3. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

At that time of the morning, everything is delayed.

because we are talking expensive flights, I would have a taxi / private ride arranged in Ayutthaya. Public transportation has too many chance for failure.

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4. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

You could take a van to Victory Monument (around 1 hour) and then change to either another van to the airport from in front of the Fashion Mall at Victory Monument, or take the BTS one stop to Phaya Thai and then the ARL train.

This should be doable as long as you start out early enough. I would try to be at the airport three hours before your flight.

But there's a lot of wisdom (and certainly more convenience) in OctoberSix's solution.

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5. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

As mentioned by Octobersix I would have a private car / taxi booked.

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6. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

Oh, and the trains are NOT reliable. Don't even think of using one in this situation.

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7. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

Taxi for sure..You want to be in BKK at least 2 hours before departure..So if your fligth leaves at noon you should be at check in at 10..You should be leaving Ayutthaya at 7 at the latest me thinks. Do not take the train or even go into Bangkok just straight to the airport IMHO..

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8. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

Thanks for the advice, everyone!

The taxi option may win out, seeing as we'll have all our luggage, too.

I appreciate the feedback!

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9. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

How do you book a taxi in Ayutthaya?

When I asked the same question on here a few months ago I got told there weren't any based in Ayutthaya, and racking my shell-like I can't remember seeing any when we were there last month. Loads of tuk-tuks but no taxis!

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10. Re: Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Mini van or train?

You ask the desk at your hotel to book a private transfer. Or use the internet to book yourself (with Oriental Escapes for example).