Transporting Motorcycle On Thailand Train

Introduction

Transporting Motorcycle or a Bicycle on a Thailand Train – Thailand is one of the best countries in Asia that offers exciting motorcycling roads but sometimes the long journey on highways can become a little bit monotonous. The good news is that you can actually transport your big/small motorcycle or bicycle on a Thailand train to skip riding the long-distance journey. No need to spend 12 hours on a highway. Enjoy a sleeper train and arrive the next morning relaxed in the mountains of Chiang Mai or the beautiful coastlines in the South.

I did quite bit of search on the Internet and I must say the information on how one can transport their motorcycle on trains are lacking or incomplete. I have gone through the process and compiled all the details you need in this article and hopefully it will be beneficial for you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that starting from the 1st of February 2019, you can no longer transport your motorcycle if it’s above 125CC. See the notice as per below and it has been confirmed by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).

Motocycle Above 125CC Not Allowed
Motocycle Above 125CC Not Allowed

Trains With Cargo

First of all, you can only transport your motorcycle on a train that has cargo compartment. For your convenience, below is a list of trains which have a cargo compartment: (Updated 9th Feb 2019)

North route

No cargo train – Train no: 9 & 10.
1 cargo carriage train no: 13, 14, 108, 111, 201, 202, 212.
2 cargo carriage train no: 51, 52, 109, 102, 107, 112, 115, 116.
3 cargo carriage train – Not available for this route.

North East Route

No cargo train – Train no: 23 & 25.
1 cargo carriage train no: 67, 68, 70, 135, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145.
2 cargo carriage train no: 136 & 146.
3 cargo carriage train no: 133 & 134.

South Route

No cargo train – Train no: 31 & 32.
1 cargo carriage train no: 83, 84, 85, 86, 177, 178, 255.
2 cargo carriage train no: 37, 38, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174.
3 cargo carriage train – Not available for this route.

* There is no cargo for Thailand’s Kanchanaburi & Eastern route due to short distance. If you’re in Malaysia, you will need to take it from either Hatyai or Padang Besar (Thai side) as there are no longer direct trains from Malaysia to Thailand.

thailand-railway-route-train
Credit: Map from thailandtrains.com

Getting Started

First of all, you MUST book your train ticket for a train that has the cargo capacity to transport your motorcycle. Tell the ticket guy you need to travel with a motorcycle. You may refer to the list above on which train no. has cargo carriages or ask at the ticketing counter.

You can either purchase your train ticket in person at their counter or book it online. For the ticket price, you can check via State Railway of Thailand (SRT) website as per the link below:

Thailand Train time table and ticket price from SRT’s Website.

Note: Please ensure you book based on the train no. that can carry cargo.

You can now purchase Thailand Train Ticket online directly from SRT Thailand website. More details can be found at the link below:

SRT Thailand Train E-Ticket Booking

Note: If you’re thinking of which class you should travel, you can check on Thailand Train Classes Type.

An example of an original Thailand first class train ticket can be found below.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

Transporting Into Train

Few hours before the train is scheduled to leave, proceed to the weigh station or the cargo counter (depending on which station you go to) and you will be asked to wheel your motorcycle. Do not start your motorcycle’s engine.

At this point they might ask you to pay the handler’s tip. Tell them that you will pay the handler(s) yourself later, usually tip the handler(s) THB50-100 each. DO NOT tip at the weigh station. You might also be asked to purchase tie-down straps for your motorcycle which will cost you about THB 60 or just bring yours. Some bubble wraps will help to avoid scratches on your fuel tank.

The fee for transporting the bike is calculated by weight and not by train distance. You may want to show the train station guy your Motorcycle’s registration document, which lists the dry weight to speed up the process. Below are the estimated figures:

  • Between 100KG to 125KG = THB 900
  • Between 126KGto 150KG = THB 1100
  • Between 151KG and above = THB 1500

Note: At some stations, the staff could be trying to overcharge you for your cargo. Since you’ve already know the charges, you can try to negotiate based on the estimated prices.

As for documentations, you will need to provide your motorcycle registration document and your passport or Thai ID Card. After paperwork is settled, money is paid, you’d be asked to stick a transport slip on the motorbike.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

You will also be handed a luggage ticket, which you must pass to the staff at your destination in exchange for your bike. Keep it safe!

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

Once the paperwork is done. You can just wait for the train or go for coffee etc but do keep an eye on your luggage / boxes.

When the train arrived, the cargo men will take your bike to the cargo carriage for loading. Follow them. Handler’s tips (THB50-100 each person) are expected here and they might get sulky if it is not forthcoming. Please note they will not allow you to put your luggage or boxes into the cargo but you can carry them with you and put it at the passenger’s luggage compartment.

Transporting Motorcycle On Thailand Train
*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

Once the bike is loaded and secured identify who on the train is in charge of the cargo carriage and if you want to ensure your bike is looked after, tip him too. You may need to check how they have tied the bike. Sometimes, they may ruin your front brake by tying it back too tightly. It is recommended to be present at the loading and to supervise the securing of the bike. The handlers will be happy if you offer to give them a hand and in the same time you can make sure that everything goes smoothly.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

Once you’re happy with your motorcycle in the cargo compartment, just take your seat in the train and enjoy the ride.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

Getting Off Train

Once you’ve arrived at your destination and under normal circumstances, you will find your bike unloaded by the time you are off the train. Check your bike for scratches, tip the handlers again (it is totally up to you, since everything has been paid already), pass them your luggage ticket and then wheel the bike out of the station.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

If your motorcycle is on another train/cargo, go to the cargo area of the station and get the phone number of the person who deals with cargo arrival. You can then give them your number (if you speak Thai) to notify you when your motorcycle has arrived. In most cases, your motorcycle will be on the same train and once they have unloaded it, provide them the slip and your motorcycle is ready for collection.

*Image credit to Sukhvinder SG

*The biggest problem you may encounter is when loading the bike at stations that are not the final stations of the route, such as Chumphon or Nakhon Sawan. There is sometimes friction between the train staff and the station staff, especially on night trains. The motorcycle might get refused or they simply can not load it in the short time the train stops there. This is a fraught experience. The procedure is that they will then put it on a later train. If you find this is the case go to see the main guard for your train, show him your paperwork and find out what has happened and when the bike will arrive. He can call the station and find out when it will be sent.

*Info credited to Dan White. Some information may change from time to time by State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and if you need confirmation, you may contact SRT over the phone as per below or refer to Thailand SRT Train Contact Information.


SRT Thailand Contact

SRT Call Center: 1690 (within Thailand)

Bangkok Station (Hua Lampong): 0-2223-3762, 0-2224-7788, 0-2225-0300 Ext. 5100

International Contact Number: + 66 2 223 3762


FAQ

Any other questions? Try the link below:

Thailand Train Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any questions, drop them at the comment box below and feel free to share this article via the social buttons.


25 Responses

  1. Auston Awesome says:

    Hi chris, do you know if I’m allowed to transport my bike from Malaysia and pick it up in Thailand? Then continue my journey on Thailand. If it’s possible, how?

  2. adam says:

    hi chris . im just wondering is there any cargo transport direct service from bangkok to golok station

  3. Terary Chambers says:

    Thai people are awesome (for making this kinda thing available). Thanks for taking the time to post this article. I am recently made my first trip with my motorcycle. I will be doing many more..

  4. Asa Indran says:

    Hi Chris, very informative. Thanks for your efforts. If I choose to purchase my ticket online way in advance of my travel date, how do I also secure a cargo spot for my motorcycle?
    Yes, I’ll use your guide to ensure that the train I’m travelling on has cargo carriage. Other than that, can I book a cargo spot or do I just turn up with the bike 2 hours before departure? Thanks.

    • Hi Asa, you can’t book for a cargo spot. It is based on first come first server basis. I would highly recommend that you go the train stations at least 2 hours (or earlier) before departure. I’ve seen motorcycle being rejected because the cargo is full so the motorcycle has to be on different train than the owner. i.e. owner on the booked train, and motorcycle on the later train.

  5. L says:

    Hi Chris, may I know where did you get the information on which trains has cargo compartments? When I try to book the train tickets in advance, I have train #42 but it is not in your list above. Thanks!

    • Hi, all my information are obtained directly from Thailand SRT (train company). My list above only contains the train number which has cargo. I don’t list all the train# because it will be useless for this article. i.e. Only trains which has cargo compartment are listed above.

  6. Robert says:

    Great piece of article Chris! Very informative.

  7. Lamorn Malone says:

    Greeting Chris,
    I am planning to buy a motorbike upon arriving in BKK and transporting it to Chiang Mai. Do you think there will be some issues with transporting the bike by train if the Green book is not in my name. I intend to transfer the bike when I arrive in Chiang Mai after I rent a Condo there.

    • Hi, transporting the bike from BKK to CM would be no problem but I am not sure if they would have accept since it is not on your name. I would recommend that you get a permission letter from the owner as a supporting document and try your luck. Update me here on how you get on?

    • Peter says:

      Hi together
      I’m right now in Trang and brought the motorbike (125cc) to the cargo (cost 831bth until bangkok).
      I had to show them my passport and the greenbook. In the greenbook is also not my name, the owner is still a friend (a girl). Was no problem, they didn’t ask anything and were very helpfull and nice to me 🙂
      So it works, also if it’s not your name in the greenbook:)
      PS: really good article Chris, thank you very much! It helped me a lot today 😀

      Cheers Peter

  8. Manojkrishna says:

    Hi Chris,
    I m planning to travel along with my rented motorcycle from suratthani to bkk on Feb 18. It’s cb500x bike. Can I travel along with with as Cargo?
    Do I have to advance book the ticket?

    • Hi, yes you can travel on train with the numbers below which has cargo train. You don’t have to book the ticket in advance, you can purchase it at the train station itself but it will be also a risk that you will not get a ticket if it is sold out.

      1 cargo carriage train no: 83, 84, 85, 86, 177, 178, 255.

      2 cargo carriage train no: 37, 38, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174.

  9. Hi Hoelwill,

    I have just updated this article with a notes as per below about the new changes and hopefully it answer your questions. As for new timing, 31/32 operates only between Bangkok and Hat Yai following the 35/36 timetable.

    *NOTES – State Railway of Thailand (SRT) have upgraded some of their trains with new Chinese trains. Therefore, the Trains below have been replaced with new China’s CRRC manufactured coaches. These trains DO NOT have cargo carriage and only the older train does.

    Train no: 1 and 2 have been replaced with Train No 9 & 10.
    Train no: 35 and 36 have been replaced with Train no: 31 & 32.

    The
    last departure of 35 & 36 will be on 1 December 2016, thereafter
    services to Padang Besar will be on the 45/46 attached to the 37/38. You
    might want to call SRT and ask them directly on this.

  10. hoelwill says:

    Hi Rider Chris,
    Do you know after Thailand upgraded the train with Chinese train on train 9/10, is it still correct that you mean train 9/10 will still have 1 cargo car?(or this is old information before the train upgrade?)
    Also, do you know train 35 is no longer there, but a new train #31 took over the same timing? does #31 have cargo car just like #35? thank you.

    • Hi Hoelwill,

      I have just updated this article with a notes as per below about the new changes and hopefully it answer your questions. As for new timing, 31/32 operates only between Bangkok and Hat Yai following the 35/36 timetable.

      *NOTES – State Railway of Thailand (SRT) have upgraded some of their trains with new Chinese trains. Therefore, the Trains below have been replaced with new China’s CRRC manufactured coaches. These trains DO NOT have cargo carriage and only the older train does.

      Train no: 1 and 2 have been replaced with Train No 9 & 10.
      Train no: 35 and 36 have been replaced with Train no: 31 & 32.

      The
      last departure of 35 & 36 will be on 1 December 2016, thereafter
      services to Padang Besar will be on the 45/46 attached to the 37/38. You
      might want to call SRT and ask them directly on this.

      • hoelwill says:

        Thanks for the update. So these statements, are they still accurate?

        “”Bangkok to Chiang Mai – Train no: 9 and 13 with 1 cargo waggon””

      • I’m not quite sure about 9 but 13 should be with 1 cargo. I’ve emailed SRT to seek for details but I am not sure If I am going to get a reply. You may contact SRT over the phone as per below or refer to https://goo.gl/YzkKHB

        1690 (within Thailand) or Bangkok Station (Hua Lampong)

        Tel. 0-2223-3762, 0-2224-7788, 0-2225-0300 Ext. 5100

        International Calls: + 66 2 223 3762

      • hoelwill says:

        Thank you. I also got confirmation from 12go that train #9 indeed does not have cargo waggon, same too to the soon-to-launch train#31 that will replace train#35.

      • You’re most welcome. Have a nice day.

      • Hi, I’ve just updated my blog with the latest train which has cargo compartments. Have a look. Cheers

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