Where to Go
As a province located at the heart of the nation, Phitsanulok is easily reached via private car or public bus. Once there, traveling around the city is easy, as the town is relatively compact and local transport available for visitors includes local busses and samlors (three wheeled, bicycle powered taxis). For visiting attractions around the province however, it may be easier to get from A to B with a rental car.
Trains leave Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station for Phitsanulok 14 times a day from 7.05 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. There are faster express trains (Sprinters) from Bangkok to Phitsanulok departing 5 times daily between 8.25 a.m. and 11.10 p.m.
Trains leave Phitsanulok for Bangkok 14 times a day, from 2.05 a.m. to 11.29 p.m. The daily express trains (Sprinters) return to Bangkok from Phitsanulok to Bangkok 4 times a day from 2.05 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
1: From Bangkok, use Highway No. 1 to Wang Noi, and then proceed to Nakhon Sawan Province along Highway No. 32 via Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Sing Buri Provinces. After that, take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok. The total distance is 337 kilometers.
2: Follow the above itinerary to Sing Buri Province and switch to Highway No. 11 (In Buri-Tak Fa route), then turn onto Highway No. 12 and proceed to Phitsanulok Province via Wang Thong District. The total distance is 450 kilometers.
Busses depart from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Phitsanulok daily. Contact Transport Co. Ltd. at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66; Phitsanulok Yan Yon Tour at Tel: 0 2936 2924-5; Choet Chai Tour at Tel: 0 2936 0199; or Win Tour at Tel: 0 2936 3753.
Thai Airways International operates daily flights between Bangkok and Phitsanulok. The trip takes 40-45 minutes. For more information, contact the Bangkok Office at tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000, Phitsanulok Office at tel. 0 5525 8020, or visit www.thaiairways.com
For getting around Phitsanulok town, a ride in a three wheeled bicycle taxi called a samlor will cost 30 baht upwards, depending on the number of passengers, the destination, and your negotiation skills. City buses are also available for more reasonable fees; the station is located on Thammabucha Road, near the train station.
For visitors interested in touring Phitsanulok independently, both Avis and Budget advertise rental car services. Be aware that only Commercial First Class Insurance provides full coverage on rental cars (as opposed to limited personal or third party only insurance). Most international car rental agencies will offer this insurance (some only for those with a valid international driver’s license) while local companies may or may not. You may wish to request a copy of their insurance policy and ensure that it states "For Commercial Use". Regardless, inspect rental vehicles prior to rental and drive with caution, particularly as traffic in Thailand can be quite confusing, especially the habit of Thai motorcycles drivers to drive on the wrong side of the road.