Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

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Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by lomuamart » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:14 am

Quite a few years ago, I used a high speed train service to and from Phaya Thai to Swampy (no stops) but a friend told me recently that this service doesn't run any more. However, there is a slower train that does the route and I can pick up the BTS from Phaya Thai as before.
Does anyone know if this is the case?

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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by Big Boy » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:02 pm

On the floor where the buses leave from (Ground or 1 - not sure if English or American), at the (Hua Hin Bus) end, a shuttle mini-bus leaves quite regularly.
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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by J.J.B. » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:26 pm

lomuamart wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:14 am
Quite a few years ago, I used a high speed train service to and from Phaya Thai to Swampy (no stops) but a friend told me recently that this service doesn't run any more. However, there is a slower train that does the route and I can pick up the BTS from Phaya Thai as before.
Does anyone know if this is the case?
This was the case for me as recently as last month, and I’ve done it a few times prior to that in the last year. I wasn’t aware of any non-stop service, I’ve only ever taken the stopping train to Phaya Thai and taken the BTS from there. From memory it’s around 10 stops and takes no more than half an hour.
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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by lomuamart » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:07 pm

Thanks for the replies.
At a guess, JJB, I used that express service maybe 5 or 6 years ago. On the way out, at Phaya Thai, it was excellent with a large seating area with comfy armchairs and huge fans. Onto a modern train and whizzed to Swampy in 20 mins or so. I guess it didn't pay.
I remember I posted about it when I returned and raved about how long it had taken me from touchdown at Swampy to getting back to HH via this train, one stop BTS to Victory Monument and minibus from there. Can't be bothered to look for it now but it was quick.
Good to know that the current "slow" train takes only about 30 mins. I've got be be somewhere to see a man about a fitting for new golf clubs. The airport bus at 7am (booked this morning) gives us plenty of time to get to Asok/Phrom Phong.

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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by hhinner » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:19 pm

I think there are two main reasons that the express link was cancelled. The first is that they ran out of train spares and went to cannibalisation which reduced the available rolling stock. The second reason is that the line is run by a wholly owned subsidiary of State Railway of Thailand, hence the first reason.

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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by laphanphon » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:17 am

Took both a few times. The express wasn't a whole lot faster, overall time wise. Percentage of time, maybe a third less time, but it's a fast trip anyway.

The express train was rather empty, every time I used it, and something like 3X the price.

Yes, in all their wisdom, they never ordered extra or replacement carriage or parts. I guess keeping the contract as low as possible. :roll:

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Re: Getting into Central Bangkok from Swampy

Post by Pleng » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:24 pm

The problem with the express line train was that while the journey only took 20 minutes, the train ran once every 40 minutes. The city line train takes about 45 minutes but going once every 20 minutes. So, unless you happened to arrive at the train station at a time close to departure for an express line train, and you had any way of knowing that you had arrived close to departure time, the chance of you saving any sort on meaningful time was pretty low.

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