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RITTAL 2017

Thailand relaunches online ticketing service

Ticket office at Hua Lumphong station. Photo: renegadetravels.com

Bangkok, Thailand February 8 2017 – Four years after Thailand’s first online ticketing service shut down, the SRT has brought it back.

Starting on February 1, passengers can book and buy train tickets online from 60 days to 2 hours before departure.

Revitalising the system is part of the government’s Thailand 4.0 plan which aims to turn the country towards ‘smart industry’ and encourage ‘smart cities’ to pull the populace out of the middle income trap.

SRT carries about 80,000 passengers daily on weekdays and 90,000 a day on weekends, SRT deputy governor Thanongsak Pongprasert said. Seat occupancy was about 80 per cent on the northern line to Chiang Mai province.

Tickets will still need to be printed out, however, as screenshots on passengers phones will not be accepted.

The service is available in Thai or English at www.thairailwayticket.com or www.railway.co.th. Users can buy four tickets per booking.