The next steam train trip that you can join departs Bangkok Station on Saturday 28th March 2015 for Ayutthaya. Tickets are limited and so it is advisable to book as soon as they go on sale this Sunday. The cost of the roundtrip by steam train is 250 Baht. Alternatively, you can book a tour package for 999 Baht per person. You can reserve tickets on the hotline 1690. But you would need to go to the train station to pay and pick up the tickets within a few days. You can do this at either Hua Lamphong station or any station along the route. I’m also told you can book tickets at any station in Thailand. So far there is no way to book this trip online.
The train is due to leave Hua Lamphong station at 8 a.m. There is no reason why you cannot go there early in the morning at say 7:30 a.m. to take pictures first. Alternatively, you can wait at one of the other stations in Bangkok. For example Samsen Station (8:13 a.m.), Bang Sue Station (8:21 a.m.), Bang Khen Station (8:33 a.m.), Laksi Station (8:43 a.m.), Don Mueang Station (8:53 a.m.), Bang Pa In (9:42 a.m.) and Ayutthaya (10:05 a.m.). The train will do the return trip at 4:30 p.m. and is expected to arrive at Hua Lamphong at 6:25 p.m. All times are of course subject to change. Click here to read a recent blog about a trip on the steam train to Ayutthaya.