Bus Travel in Thailand


Utilising buses is a great way to travel if you have the time. There are both private and government run buses – both are very cheap based on a price per kilometre.

The cheapest and slowest are the orange coloured government buses with no air-conditioning. They stop at every town as well as pick up and drop off people anywhere along the route. This is a great way to see some local colour but it is neither speedy nor comfortable.

The blue buses are run by private companies as well as the government. They are air-conditioned, don’t stop as often and are more comfortable.  First class blue buses have toilets while the others normally don’t.

Finally, there are the VIP buses. They are recommended for longer trips and have more legroom.  Rates are 20% to 50% higher.

Thai VIP Bus

VIP buses are best for long distance travel


NOTE: Although blankets are usually provided, the air conditioning in overnight buses can be fairly cold so long pants and socks are recommended.

Bangkok Bus Terminals

Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal is on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, not far from Chatuchak Market. Destinations are for all places in the North and Northeast of Thailand.

This includes. Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Korat, Khon Kaen, Udorn Thani, Si Saket and Ubon Rachathani. Telephone: 02 936 2852-66, 02 936 3666.

Eastern Bus Terminal is located on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 40 opposite Soi 63 (Ekamai). Destinations in the East include Pattaya and Rayong. Telephone: 02 391 2504, 02 391 8097.

Southern Bus Terminal is located on Borommarat Chonnani Road, approximately 2 km. from the Pinklao Bridge. In addition to the Southern buses (Hua Hin, Phuket), buses bound for Western provinces like Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi leave from here. Telephone: Call 02 391 2504, 02 391 8097.

Lomprayah Thailand operate good bus and ferry services from Bangkok and Hua Hin to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan

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