Located about 1.5 hours drive from Kanchanaburi, Hellfire Pass is a famous railway cutting in the former Burma-Siam Railway. The construction was built by forced labored during WWII and cost several lives of Allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers.
How to travel to Hellfire pass?
This article is a detailed transportation guide to get from Kanchanaburi to Hellfire pass by bus and train, including ticket prices, schedules, and tips.
The distance between Kanchanaburi city center to Hellfire pass is about 80 km. Currently, the most common options to travel between these locations are bus and train.
The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours by bus or 2.5 hours by train.
Please note that Hellfire Pass is located inside a military center, but you can enter there. After crossing the gate, turn right and walk until you see the museum.
Kanchanaburi to Hellfire Pass train and public bus
Experiencing a historical train ride is a must-do on your trip to Kanchanaburi. However, there’s no direct train to Hellfire pass, and the furthest station you can get off is Namtok train station.
The ticket price for the Kanchanaburi-Namtok route is 100 baht. It applies for all train tickets departing from Kanchanaburi on this route, no matter the distance.
After arriving at Namtok train station, you can take a tuk-tuk, taxi or songthaew to Hellfire pass.
It costs about 300-500 baht depending on your bargain skill.
Another cheaper option is that you can walk or take a songthaew to Sai Yok Noi waterfall. The distance is about 1.5 km, 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes by tuk-tuk (20 baht).
You can explore the area and then take a public bus to Hellfire pass. The bus stop is opposite the waterfall, next to 7-eleven and under the big tree.
It costs 20 baht to Hellfire pass.
Train time table
Daily trains depart in Kanchanaburi train station at 6:07 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 am. The train arrives in Namtok station at 8:20 am, 12:30 am and 2:30 am.