There are two ways to travel by public transport from Chumphon from Kanchanaburi without first having to travel into Bangkok to change bus or train. The first, and quickest option is to take direct minivan service from Chumphon to Bangkok. The other other option is take a train from Chumphon to Sala Ya. Sala Ya is railway junction connecting the Southern Line to the Kanchanaburi Railway Line. You catch also catch the train to Kanchanaburi in Bangkok, but changing at Sala Ya you save yourself the journey between Hua Lamphong Railway Station, where trains from Chumphon terminate, and Thonburi Railway Station, where the two daily train services to Kanchanaburi originate.
Minivan Times to Kanchanaburi
There is a single minivan service a day from Chumphon to Kanchanaburi.
- Minivans services to Kanchanaburi depart from Fame Tours in Chumphon town.
- The journey by minivan from Chumphon to Kanchanaburi takes 8 hours 30 minutes.
Train Times to Kanchanaburi
There are 11 trains a day from Chumphon to Sala Ya, but only two trains per day from Sala Ya to Kanchanaburi. The train below are the best connection times from Chumphon to catch the train from Sala Ya to Kanchanaburi. Unfortunately, trains from Chumphon are all scheduled to arrive before 10:00 so you have a few hours to wait before you can get the afternoon train from Sala Ya to Kanchanaburi.
- Train tickets from Chumphon to Sala Ya from cost betweeen 77 THB to 1,398 THB depending on the train you book and the seat type.
- Train tickets from Sala Ya to Kanchanaburi cost 100 THB per person and are currently free for Thai citizens.
Tickets to Kanchanaburi
Use the Search Box below to book minivan tickets from Chumphon to Kanchanburi.
You can only buy train tickets from Sala Ya to Kanchanaburi on the day of travel at Sala Ya train station. You can, however, book a train ticket from Chumphon to Sala Ya in advance at any train station in Thailand up to 60 days before you plan to travel but not unfortunately through the Search Box above.
Chumphon Minivan Stop
Mininvan services to Kanchanaburi depart from the Fame Tour office on the Saladang Road in Chumphon.
Chumphon Train station
Chumphon railway station is located in Chumphon town centre.
Kanchanaburi Bus Station
Kanchanaburi Bus Station is located off the Sangchuto Road 5.1 km by road from the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi Train Station
Kanchanaburi Railway Station is also located on the Sangchuto Road but much closer to the Maenamkwai Road (where most of the guesthouses and resorts are located) than the bus station. If you are arriving by train you may be able to simply walk to your hotel or resort, otherwise a ride in tuk-tuk should cost you between 60 and 100 THB to most local destinations.
Kanchanaburi is a small town with a population slightly over 30,000 permanent residents located on the beautiful Khwae Yai river. The area around the famous Bridge over the River Kwai gets a lot of visitors during the day, but in the evening and away from the main tourist centres Kanchanaburi is a lovely relaxed place to visit. The riverside resorts and guesthouses are great value for money and we recommend the Good Times Resort, which is a mid-range riverside resort with a large swimming pool and friendly atmosphere.
Other than bridge itself we recommend taking the time to explore the nearby World War 11 & JEARTH War Museum on the Maenamkwai Road. This small and slightly disorganised private museum is a treasure of artefacts relating the time of the Japanese Occupation and the forced labour of Allied POWs and much greater numbers of less well remembered Asian people drafted in to assist in the railway construction against their will. The museum is built in a temple and there are interesting Buddhist sculptures, statues and buildings incongruously located alongside the World War II era displays. You should also visit some of the war cemeteries in Kanchanaburi commemorating the Allied POW who died constructing the Death Railway. The most easily accessible of these war cemeteries is Chung Kai War Cemetery which is on the opposite side of the Sangchuto Road to Kanchanaburi Railway Station.