Today, as a continuation from the previous article “[Between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Cambodia and Laos] How to get to the North Bus Terminal and map.“, I heard a rumor that the mini bus stop used to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is located in a rather difficult place to reach, so I tried to verify how to actually get there from the Northern Bus Terminal.
From Bangkok North Bus Terminal to Minibus Station
Go south along Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Here you will also find the third force of Bangkok coin lockers, the “mini box locker” ones.
I went further along what in daylight would be a small shopping street.
After a short walk, I arrived at my destination, a pedestrian bridge.
Near the pedestrian bridge, there is a bus terminal for buses coming from Bangkok, so you can catch a bus here and there. The photo shows bus 138.
Looking west from the pedestrian bridge, I saw a 7-Eleven and a local bus. 7-Eleven is really ubiquitous in Bangkok.
Go to the minibus station.
Get off the pedestrian bridge and go north. You can see a glimpse of the neon sign of the North Bus Terminal in the upper left corner. However, it’s quite unsettling because it doesn’t look like a minibus stop at all.
I check the map again. The direction must be right, but….
It was closed.
The details are told by other bloggers, so I hope you can refer to them (smiles).
A bus stop where no buses stop at midnight
Due to the painfully overdue closing time, I had to leave the details to the bloggers, but since there were no other blog posts on how to get to Bangkok city from the minibus station, I would like to share them here with you.
There was a bus stop right in front of the North Bus Terminal, so I tried to get on the bus from there, but no matter how hard I raised my hands or waved, the bus never stopped. The map shows it as Van Terminal, but it was just a bus stop.
Upon closer inspection, I found out that there is a bus that goes to the north direction in the opposite lane, but also a bus that makes a U-turn and goes to the south direction. I changed my mind, and the plan was that there was another bus stop on the other side, at the north terminal, and if I took it, I would be able to make a U-turn and reach Bangkok city, or at worst, Kam Phaeng Phet MRT station.
There was a bus stop, but again, like last time, the buses were passing us by, including the A1 bus, which was clearly ignoring us.
There were cabs hanging out at the bottom of the overpass, so I thought I’d take them home, but I wasn’t convinced. I thought I should solve the problem of why the buses don’t stop.
Bus Terminal for Bangkok City Routes
The mystery was solved. There was actually a terminal for city-bound buses next to the north terminal for long-distance buses. I took a little detour as shown in the map above, but it looks like you can get there by turning right before the 7-Eleven.
Bus #3 goes along Khao San Road and arrives at Klongsan. If you are staying in Khao San, take this bus.
Number 49 is for Hua Lamphong.
Bus No. 77 stops at Saphan Kwai Victory Monument Pratunam Lumbini Park – Bang Rak – PHARAM3-SATHUPRADIT.
Bus No. 136 stops at Chatuchak – BTS – Ratchadaw Criminal Court – Suthisarnphu – Woranporn – Asok – Klongtoy.
Bus No. 16 stops at PRACHANUKUL – WONSAWAN – BAMPU – DEVES-NANGLUANK-KIEGPHET-SIAM-SURAWONG.
Detailed destination information is posted inside the terminal, so you can choose the right bus for your destination. In my case, I was tired and sweaty from all the walking, and I wanted to get on an air-conditioned bus as soon as possible, so I jumped on the first bus that departed. This was because I didn’t know when I would be leaving on a bad bus.