We travelled by train from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat).
Buses are available from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima, but we decided to take the train as it is cheaper and the hotel we were staying at in Nong Khai was very close to the railway station.
I will share our train journey from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima.
Getting from Nong Khai to Nakhon Rachasima
Nong Khai to Nakhon Rachasima is approximately 320 kms and whilst it is possible to travel by bus we decided to take the train. It was much cheaper, safer and possibly more comfortable.
Train from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima
There is a regular train from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima: 418 departing Nong Khai at 12:55pm once a day.
We purchased tickets an hour before taking the train and the price was only 64 baht per person to Nakhon Ratchasima. An amazing deal!
The expected arrival time at Nakhon Ratchasima was 6:35pm meaning the train journey should take about 5.5 hours.
Boarding the train to Nakhon Ratchasima
When we arrived at Nong Khai station, the train was already at the platform. The train starts from Nong Khai and terminates at Nakhon Ratchasima.
There was a uniformed staff member in the station lobby and when I told him where we were going, he told me it was this train. I could easily recognise the train as there was a placard in front of the carriage showing the destination and departure time.
The train only had third-class carriages with box seats and no air conditioning. I’d recommend sitting on the left hand side as you depart to avoid the afternoon sun streaming in.
The cars were four-car trains and had some priority seating as shown in the image above.
Train journey from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima
The Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima train stops at every station and moves quite slowly through the countryside.
We arrived at Nakhon Ratchasima at 6.30pm, almost on time. We got off at Thanon Chira Junction station, one station before the end of the line.
It was a rather long train journey, taking five and a half hours, but we were able to take our time and enjoy the Isan scenery.