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Nakhon Ratchasima, Railway Station

Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4c, Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes and other routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province Nakhon Racthasima Province, Page 4ccc, Korat Railway Station from Bangkok.

Nakhon Ratchasima Railway Station ~ Mukkhamontri Rd, Nai Muang, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30000 Northeastern Line Platforms  12

Is the 1st class station and the main railway station in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. This station is located on the west side of the city of Nakhon Ratchasima. There are 18 daily trains that use this station. Also, there are 4 to 6 special train services in New Year, Songkran or other special festival events. In the 2008 census, Nakhon Ratchasima Station served nearly 800,000 passengers.

Nakhon Ratchasima station was opened for service as Khorat Station using Standard gauge rolling stock on 11 November 1900. The opening ceremony was performed by King Chulalongkorn on 21 December 1900 as the terminus for the Nakhon Ratchasima Line from Bangkok.

The station was the terminus for the Northeastern region for about 20 years until the opening of the Tha Chang section of the Ubon Ratchathani Line on 1 November 1922. The gauge had previously been changed from standard gauge ( 4 ft 81⁄2 in ) to one metre  gauge and this work was completed in July 1922. The station name was changed from Khorat station to Nakhon Ratchasima station in 1934. The station was bombed during WWII and the present station building replaced the wooden building on 24 June 1955 along with the construction of a new depot and maintenance centre.

Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station ( Hua Lamphong ) daily and can take anything from four to six hours depending on what type of train you catch. Twelve trains a day leave Bangkok for Korat. The times are 05:45, 06:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20, 18:30, 18:55, 20:00, 20:30, 21:50, 22:25 and 23:40. Fares are very reasonable for the 264 km journey. The cheapest ticket on the cheapest train is around 50 Baht. There are two stations in Nakhon Ratchasima. The main station is on Mukkhamontri Rd about 2 km from the city centre. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis at the front of the station will take you to the Yamo area for around 60 and 40 Baht respectively. Catch Songthaew's 1 or 14 opposite the station to go toward the city centre.

The other station - Thanon Chira - is more centrally located. Tickets from Bangkok are just a couple of Baht extra to go to Thanon Chira instead of the main station, and if you're heading for the city centre it is well worth getting off here.

The day I was here a drunken Thai man was pestering me and my friend. After half an hour of this annoyance I asked the Railway security to have a word with him when he started to pester a young woman and her child. He was removed immediately. It is best to use the security of the railway station staff in these matters in Thailand. They are dealt with much quicker than any foreign person getting involved.