Updates on free public transport, road and river closures during the royal cremation ceremonies

Announcement on how to get to Sanam Luang to witness the royal funeral ceremonies of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and getting around town
By Gail Piyanan |

Although the five-day royal funeral will strictly be for royal family members and their guests, government officials and staffers, you can still witness parts of the ceremonies from designated areas around the funeral grounds. These are the public transports that offer you a ride from a stop near you to Sanam Luang.


Road closures

From 23 October, 22:00 to 27 October, 05:00  

  • Ratchadamnoen Nai Road
  • Sanam Chai Road
  • Lak Muang Road
  • Kanlayanamaitri Road
  • Charoen Krung Road
  • Phra Phiphit Road
  • Thai Wang Road
  • Maha Rat Road (next to the Grand Palace)
  • Maha Rat Road (next to Wat Phra That)
  • Phra Chan Road
  • Setthakan Road
  • Chetuphon Road
  • Phraya Phet Road
  • Na Phra Lan Road
  • Na Phra That Road
  • Rajini Road
  • Phra Athit Road and Soi Saranrom


From 25 October, 05:00 to 27 October, 05:00  

  • Somdet Phra Pinklao Road
  • Chao Fa Road
  • Chakrabongse Road
  • Atsadang Road-Phra Ratchawang Police Station
  • Ratchadamnoen Klang Road - Maha Chai Road
  • Tanao Road
  • Dinso Road
  • Phra Sumen Road
  • Maha Chai Road
  • Phan Fa Lilat Intersection



From 26 October, 05:00 to 27 October, 05:00

  • Chakkraphatdi Phong Road
  • Nakhon Sawan Road
  • Lan Luang Road
  • Krung Kasem Road
  • Ratchadamnoen Nok Road
  • Luk Luang Road - Pracha Kasem Intersection
  • Phitsanulok Road-Wangdang Junction
  • Si Ayutthaya Road
  • Chak Phet Road- Fueang Nakhon Road
  • Tri Phet Road
  • Bamrung Mueang Road - Sao Chingcha Intersection - Samran Rat Intersection





Chao Phraya River and pier closures

25 October, 12:00-21:00

The Taksin Bridge - Krung Thon Bridge (Sang Hee)

26 October, 06:00-23:00

The Taksin Bridge - Krung Thon Bridge (Sang Hee), as well as piers around Sanam Luang area

27 October, 08:00-14:00

The Taksin Bridge - Krung Thon Bridge (Sang Hee)






Accessible areas to witness the ceremony

The public is permitted to witness the royal funeral ceremonies from these five areas. Registration opens on 25 Oct, 05:00

  1. In front of the City Pillar Shrine
  2. Maha Rat Road
  3. Thai Wang Road
  4. Ratchadamnoen Nai Road
  5. Sanam Chai Road

Security checkpoints

Those looking to witness the ceremonies must be present at one of the security checkpoints with your proof of identification. Checkpoints open at 05:00, 25 Oct. 

  1. Saphan Mon Intersection
  2. Chang pier
  3. Thammasat University (Tha Phra Chan)
  4. Mae Phra Thoranee shrine
  5. Kalayana Maitri Road
  6. Saphan Chang Rongsi intersection
  7. Wat Pho intersection
  8. Phra Chan pier
  9. Under Phra Pinklao Bridge

Shuttle bus

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority also provides free shuttle service to Sanam Luang on 11 routes 

  •           Victory Monument

Ko Phaya Thai bus stop - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (06:00-22:00)

  •           Pathum Wan

Bus stop opposite of Hua Lamphong Central Station - Territorial Defence Command (05:00-23:00)

  •           Wongwian Yai

In front of Robinson Ladya - Territorial Defence Command (06:00-21:00)

  •           Taling Chan

Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (05:00-21:00)

  •           Bang Yai

In front of CentralPlaza Westgate - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (06:00-22:00)

  •           Mo Chit

Mo Chit 2, bus parking garage - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (08:00-22:00)

  •           Dusit

Nang Leang Racecourse, at the entry by the main road - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (06:00-22:00)

  •           Rattanakosin

The shuttle buses passes by Sanam Luang and go around in circles (04:00 and so on)

  •           Rama II

In front of Central Plaza Rama II - Territorial Defence Command (05:30-21:00)

  •           Salaya

Buddhamonthon Sai 4, in Suan Poot, next to Marnwichai Buddha statue - Sky High Restaurant (06:00-22:00)

  •           Rangsit

In front of Future Park Rangsit - Royal Rattanakosin Hotel (05:00-21:00)



Free service on 26 October, and free service for the extension stations (Pho Nimit - Bang Wa, and Bang Chak - Samrong stations) on 25-27 October.



Free service on 26 October, and free service only for Purple Line on 25-27 October



Free service between 25-27 October


Chao Phraya Express Boat

Express boat


25-29 October

Sathorn pier - Tah Tien pier (06:00-24:00 hourly)


26 October

Nonthaburi pier - Thewet Express Boat Pier (06:00-14:00, orange flag)

Wat Ratcha Singkhorn pier - Yodpiman Pier (06:00-14:00, orange flag)



Ferry boat service

25-29 October

Royal Thai Naval Institute pier - Niwet Woradit Pier (06:00-24:00 hourly)

Yai Pueak Pier (Wat Arun) - Tah Tien pier (06:00-24:00 hourly)


Coaches (by Bor Khor Sor)

Passengers traveling from cities located further than 300 kilometers from Bangkok are offered a 20 percent discount (from 00:01 on 25 October to 24:00 on 28 October only).

Passengers traveling from Sara Buri and Ayutthaya get a 20 percent discount only on 26 October.



Free service between 22-31 October for roundtrip travels on these following routes:  

22, 24, 27 October

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Chiang Mai (16:00 -06:50)

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (16:10-03:45)

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Nong Khai (16:20-05:05)

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Hat Yai (12:00-04:55)


23, 25, 28 October

Chiang Mai - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (16:00-07:00)

Ubon Ratchathani - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (16:00-03:40)

Nong Khai - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (16:30-03:55)

Hat Yai - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (13:10-06:00)

23-31 October

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Chachoengsao (21:00-22:25, 11:00-12:25 and 16:35-18:00)

Hualamphong station, Bangkok - Ayutthaya (06:05-07:45, 12:00-13:40, 19:00-20:40)

Thonburi station, Bangkok - Nakhon Pathom (04:20-05:25, 12:45-13:50, 16:50-17:55)

Chachoengsao - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (09:05-10:30, 13:30-14:55, 18:30-19:55)

Ayutthaya - Hualamphong station, Bangkok (08:00-09:40, 14:10-15:30, 21:00-22:40)

Nakhon Pathom - Thonburi station, Bangkok (05:45-06:55, 14:00-15:05, 19:00-20:05)


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