A new air-conditioned train service to promote tourism, linking Bangkok to Pattaya and Sattahib, will kick off on Saturday.

Thanongsak Pongprasert, deputy governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Tuesday that the Bangkok-Pattaya-Plu Ta Luang train route will start running as a pilot tourism route for six months from March 17 to September 30. Ban Plu Ta Luang is a tambon in Chon Buri’s Sattahib district.

The new route will run only Saturdays and Sundays and will stop at six major tourist destinations – Sri Racha, North Pattaya, Pattaya Floating Market, Nongnuch Garden, Wat Yan Sangwararam and Ban Plu Ta Luang.

Thanongsak said the SRT expected that 80 to 90 per cent of seats would be sold.

The one-way trip would cost Bt170.

The train will leave Bangkok station at 6.45am and and will reach the Ban Plu Ta Luang station at 9.50am.

The return train will leave Ban Plu Ta Luang station at 3.50pm and will reach Bangkok at 6.55pm.

Public transport will be available at each station to take tourists to nearby attractions.