Bangkok Busline

Company Information

Bangkok Busline is a sub-company of Sombat Tour which in its turn, is one of the most popular transportation companies in Thailand. It started its business in 1942 as Tek Chiang and in 1978 changed it for Thep Sombat Co., Ltd. simply as Sombat Tour. During the decades the company grew and strove to develop its services and by now serves about 29 bus routes to the oddest corners all over the country.

Routes served by Bangkok Busline

Bangkok Busline (BB) has their headquarters in Bangkok and provides transportation services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan and Suratthani with other minor destinations along the same routes. The company has a fleet of Express, VIP and VIP24 buses.

BB makes the top choice for both local and foreign passengers due to its high-class on-board service, great safety record and courtesy all for a budget-friendly price of THB550-850 depending on the type of the bus.

VIP24 are the most comfortable and expensive option with wider aisles, seats organised 3 per row and standard facilities and services including A/C, complementary bottled water and snacks, on-board rest room, neck rest and blankets and is highly recommended if you can invest some extra THB200 in your trip compared to an ordinary express ticket.

Bangkok–Chiang Mai

Most of departures heading from Bangkok to Chiang Mai namely four of five, are evening departures at 4pm, 6.50pm, 8pm and 8.35pm. All leave from the northern bus terminal in Bangkok, Morchit 2, and arrive to Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 (Arcade). The morning bus departs at 6.00am.

There are four daily return trips at 10am, 6.35pm, 7.15pm and 8pm.

Night departures are always first to sell out as they help you save precious daytime of your travel. Unlike in some of the neighbouring countries like Cambodia or Myanmar, roads in Thailand are in a much better condition and night travel remains a popular way to reach outlying destinations. Bangkok Busline has a great safety record, so we do recommend to consider taking a night bus whether you are heading north to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Nan or south to Suratthani.

Bangkok–Chiang Rai

Bangkok-Chiang Rai and return trips schedule fewer departures, in fact only two of them in each direction. The 6.10pm (overnight VIP) and 8.30pm (Express) bus both from Bangkok to Chiang Rai drop off the passengers at Chiang Rai Bus Station 2 while the departure is from Morchit 2 as well. Return tickets can be booked for 6am and 6.30am buses. Average ticket price shall not exceed THB750.

Bangkok–Nan

There is also one departure a day from Bangkok to Nan and vice versa with buses leaving Morchit at 8pm and leaving Nan Bus Station at 7.30pm. Expect to pay THB800 per seat.

Bangkok–Surat Thani

Additionally to its main itineraries Bangkok Busline makes it to Surat Thani southern province. There’s only one evening departure to this direction at 8.00pm for an affordable price of THB600 for an 11-hour ride. In Bangkok, buses depart from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal aka Sai Tai Mai, and end up at Surat Thani Transport Station at Phun Phin. The return service is at 7.30pm, same locations.

Pros

Availability of online booking: it’s very convenient if you want to pick a seat and to avoid long discussions at the ticket counter at the station.

Accommodating staff welcomes passengers on board of the bus equipped with comfortable reclining seats with enough leg space, complete with neck-pillows, blankets, snacks and drinks offered.

A meal is normally included into your ticket price: you will be either served a boxed lunch or have time for lunch/dinner as the bus stops en route at a large gas station with convenience stores and a food court.

Toilets on board kept in good order.

Cons

There have been reports on late arrival times due to heavy traffic during holiday periods but it is common for all operators.

Freezing temperatures inside the bus (usual Asian-style air-conditioning, so probably extra layer of clothes is a good idea).

Lights and TV on till midnight or even after; lights switching on on every stop – if it is an issue, bring sleep eye mask.

Slow Wi-Fi if available at all.

No English-speaking staff/ announcements in English.

Travellers reviews

Those who have used Bangkok Busline more than once strongly recommend to use VIP buses with red-colour seats as these ones normally have having more inside space, better general condition and a cleaner toilet.

Do take your valuables with you at the bathroom stops. Not that there have been reports on thefts, but it is always a good idea to use common sense – just in case you happen to miss your bus!

Always check with the bus attendant if you are getting off the right stop as buses can stop at different locations close to your destination before getting to their terminus plus they do practise stops on requests (e.g. the bus passes along Don Mueang airport, which can be very convenient for connecting trips). To be able to get off at a ‘on request’ stop, tell your bus attendant where you are heading when boarding the bus. Note that if on a return trip to Bangkok, the bus calls to Viphavadee Rd. Bus Station (Soi Vibhavadi 130) as well. It is a little closer to the underground though.

Buy Bangkok Busline Tickets

Bangkok - Chiang Mai
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Bus Express XL
06:00, 06:30, 18:50, 20:35
Bus VIP 24 24
20:00, 20:20, 20:30
Bus VIP 32
15:00, 16:00
Bangkok - Chiang Rai
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Bus Express XL
20:30
Bus VIP 32
17:30, 18:10
Chiang Mai - Bangkok
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Bus Express XL
10:00, 20:00
Bus VIP 24 24
20:00
Bus VIP 32
19:15
Chiang Rai - Bangkok
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Bus Express XL
18:30
Bus VIP 32
18:00

Bangkok Busline Company Reviews

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99.8% of 71,645 travelers were presumably happy with Bangkok Busline as they left good or no review
SM
4
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 18, 2019
USB adapters didn't work & bus was running an hour late. 3.5 is the most accurate review.
IM
4
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 18, 2019
Most of USB chargers did not work.
WA
5
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline, Nov 18, 2019
Fast and easy journey. Large and comfy seats. Don't forget your headphones. Reading is not possible, as they switch off the lights right from the start. Arrived in BKK one hour before schedule.
OP
4
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Nov 15, 2019
The bus is nice and comfy. There was a bus attendant who provide water and free snacks. The toilet wasn’t great though. And we arrived 1.5 hours earlier which is not cool because this was 4:30 in the morning instead of 6, so instead of sleeting on the bus we had to just sit on the bus station
SM
2
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 14, 2019
I came to Bangkok with my sisters and our bus trip was bound to Chiang Mai. The bus the driver and staff were okay, its not the first time we rode this bus but the morning trip had too many stop overs. Price was okay but not knowing why the bus had to stop out of nowhere was really annoying. The trip took longer than scheduled. Its better to travel at night.
HB
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 14, 2019
Amazing bus and the journey was great. The seats went right back and it was literally like sleeping in a bed.
JS
3
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 14, 2019
The stop for food was literally at midnight. The chairs were quite comfortable, but sitting in the row behind the stairs leaves anyone not Asian sitting at an askew angle for sleeping. Stewardess on board was friendly and the blanket was warm enough. 3/5
MH
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 14, 2019
Bus was comfortable and clean and the staff was very kind
SA
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 14, 2019
Honestly could not fault it. It’s the first journey I’ve been comfy enough to sleep the majority of the journey. Only thing they could have done is had vegan options for food but in south east Asia that’s difficult. We sat upstairs in front of the stairs which was perfect because we could recline completely back.
FM
5
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline, Nov 13, 2019
It was a surprisingly pleasant event, first time I travelled by bus from Bangkok to to Chiang Mai. The staff were wonderful, the ride itself very comfortable. The dinner provided on the stopover, buffet-style, was excellent! and of course most welcome chance to stretch our legs. Provisions inside the bus, pillow, blanket - reclining seats - made it as comfortable as you can be, given it is a long trip and partly through heavily forested mountain roads.
CS
4
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 12, 2019
Comfy and was on time. Had snacks , blamket and a rest stop.
DK
5
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Nov 12, 2019
A few days after this trip we used another operator for the way back. I would have said 4 stars for this operator but after our experience with the other, I have to rate this one 5 stars! 1.) Staff were polite. They didn't speak much English, but that wasn't a problem. They knew enough to say things like "20 minute" at the pit-stop. 2.) The toilet on the was not super, but usable and locked away. 3.) Screens on each seat etc and seats were comfy. After this journey, we thought that all bus operators would be similar. Our journey back using another made us realise that this wasn't the case! We can recommend this one!
CR
3
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 12, 2019
Seats are pretty small and the air condition is way too cold. Other than that everything was fine.
RL
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 12, 2019
Professional staff and comfortable service. Amazing value!
KL
4
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 10, 2019
Good trip, was late arriving but can’t fault anything else. Seats recline far so was able to sleep for a long time. Operators friendly and helpful.
CB
4
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 10, 2019
Plenty of room and comfortable journey. left on time and was about 45 mins late in Bangkok which was pretty good considering the traffic. They speak no English on the bus so we had no idea what stops people were getting off at between Chiang Mai and Bangkok but as we were going to the last stop this was no problem for us. Half way we stopped for food which was nice and was made clear to us that it was a food stop even with the lack of English. Overall very happy with this service!
MM
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 5, 2019
Really impressed, particularly as a person who has used long distance buses through quite a bit of Thailand and experienced a lot less attentive service! The on board attendants were professional and hospitable, seats were super comfy and clean!! Blankets sealed in packages and pretty much moved on time according to schedule both for departure and arrival! For the amazing price as the icing on the cake id certainly be looking at where bkk bus lines can take me again in the near future!! 5 stars!!
CB
5
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline, Nov 4, 2019
Got the 20:35 night bus from Morchit to Chiang Mai with Bangkok Busline. Super easy to book. Bus left relatively on time (give or take 5-10 mins, it was Friday and very busy at bus station). You were given water and snacks, plus a pillow and blanket. The seats almost fully reclined to a horizontal position so some sleep was had. We stopped for a quick toilet break and dinner around 12pm. I noticed that our ticket had a ‘meal ticket’ included, we wouldn’t have known this if I hadn’t noticed locals giving their ‘meal ticket’ to the cashiers. Food was good, buffet style Thai food. Announcements were not told in English so we guessed (which is totally fine with us)! We got to Chiang Mai on time. Would definitely do it again!
JM
3
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline, Nov 3, 2019
Good bus but enterteiment screen was no working and very short stop to have dinner
BS
5
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline, Nov 3, 2019
Great service! The blankets were nice and they had snacks and your tickets are used as a meal ticket which is so wonderful! Thank you for a smooth 12 hr bus ride!

Bangkok Busline Stations

Southern Terminal Surat Thani Morchit Nan Bus Terminal Chiang Mai Arcade Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai Chiang Khong Local Bus Mae Chan Truck Stop Thung Chang