Bangkok Busline

Bangkok Busline
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Bangkok Busline VIP outside
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.


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.


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.


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.

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August 4.5

October 2017

Paige, Oct 19, 2017 - Great service ! Definitely be using again.
Frances, Oct 18, 2017 - The pillow attached on the seat of the sleeper bus is hard, it is not user friendly for 13 hours of travels. Only one stop over for the whole duration. There's coupon for the meal which was used in the stop over & the choice of food is noodle or porridge. They don't announce the name of the stop in English.
Andrei, Oct 17, 2017 - Amazing service - won't ever be buying tickets the "classic" way anymore - this service is beyond convenient and I will be highly recommending it to my friends
Mehdi, Oct 16, 2017 - It was nice ride highly recommended
Joshua, Oct 15, 2017 - Too cold, A/C was on the whole way. Also music and lights kept coming on all night, no sleep.
George, Oct 14, 2017 - Wonderful staff. The young man also ran one of my bags to a taxi as I had a problem with my hand. Excellent!
Adam, Oct 12, 2017 - Comfortable bus, you get snacks and water, bags tagged, well run operation. Adam, uk.
Samantha, Oct 11, 2017 - Comfortable bus ride. Movies, massage chair, snacks and a stop te grab something to eat. Bathroom on the bus is filthy.
Megan, Oct 9, 2017 - Nice bus but far too cold, I understand this is to try and stop condensation on the windows but even with the blanket provided I was freezing. Few films in English but not many. Snacks provided and stopped for a meal about half way. As i had been asleep and announcements were in Thai, the stewardess kindly came and notified me we were at my stop. Would use and Bangkok busline again. Always a good idea to go to 12go's partners page and look at the company you will be traveling with.
Linda, Oct 9, 2017 - A lot of space, very comfortable, AC not as cold as i expected, could catch some sleep. Definitely recommended!
Luca, Oct 8, 2017 - Way better than expected. Even in Express Class we got Snacks, Water, Blankets and Head Rest. Air condition was cool but not as cold as we thought. Great value!
Olivia, Oct 4, 2017 - Would have rates this 5 star as aircon was good, toilet was clean, snacks were great and had access to a film/gaming device but the problem was that the bus driver wouldn't drop us off a Sombat Tour and told us we had to get off at Morchit . Very annoyed.
Hannah, Oct 4, 2017 - Smooth ride but very cold. Overall it was an easy and pretty comfortable ride for a long trip! Great value.
Anna, Oct 3, 2017 - Plenty of leg room, the chairs lean back all the way, and there are snacks and water!

September 2017

Tanika, Sep 30, 2017 - More luxery than we expected :)
Ishan, Sep 30, 2017 - Good seats, usb chargers and food included.
Burcin, Sep 27, 2017 - The Bus company Bus Line was perfect. It was on time, the seats was super comfortable, the service was great
Jorge, Sep 26, 2017 - Top bus, very comfortable and nice service!
Isabel, Sep 24, 2017 - Easy to book, soo much more comfortable than expected :) we were able to catch some sleep, nice and comfortable reclining chairs, snacks and blanket(!) provided. We definitely recommend this and would book it again anytime!
Scarlett, Sep 23, 2017 - Great to have power, comfy seats and lots of food included. The toilets however smelt extremely bad!
Radairis, Sep 20, 2017 - Such a comfortable ride!
Johanna, Sep 15, 2017 - Staff was very nice, seats are very good for sleeping. Food and water included. WiFi is limited only :( All in all you cannot travel much more comfortable overnight.
Aaron, Sep 15, 2017 - Great for money! Snacks, water, blanket and head rest supplied. very happy!
Sharif, Sep 15, 2017 - Bus seats were comfy, liked the free USB charging plug, did not like the fact that they served pork bread on the bus as I don't eat pork, the restaurant where they stop for free food also mostly had pork items so I didn't have much to eat, the blanket was comfortable. They completed the 13 hours trip in only 11.5 hours which is good.
William, Sep 14, 2017 - As a Farang who is 2 meters 12 centimeters it was a difficult journey with the space provided. I realize tho majority of passengers are less in stature. Although there were language options like Dutch or English the movies offered were all in Thai, not even English sub titles which I thought was odd. I don't speak Thai so when we were all shuffled out to eat I did not have my ticket, it was in my bag on the bus so I was laughed at and made to pay 25 baht. I paid an extra 50 baht before purchasing my ticket for extra service but received nothing out of the ordinary. And also the charger I was provided in seat 1D did not charge my phone adequately while others had no problem. The driver was very cordial although I don't think based on this experience that I would return or recommend this institution.
Faina, Sep 13, 2017 - Very smooth and comfortable ride. Toilet, water and snacks!
Nguyen, Sep 11, 2017 - Its so great. Bangkok bus line service and quality is so nice, professional staff, bus cleaned and too many kinds of food from beginning to end of trip. Highly recommend for those who wanna travel to Chiangmai and back from Bangkok by bus.
Kelly, Sep 11, 2017 - Super comfortable (even got a blanket) and lots of snacks!
Loren, Sep 10, 2017 - Lots of leg space on the lower deck, especially the seats in the back. Bus was not so full, which made it a very comfortable ride. Easy to book and helful staff.
Elia, Sep 6, 2017 - Very comfortable journey. Don't know why people complain about night buses!
Luca, Sep 5, 2017 - Short leg sustain
Jennifer, Sep 4, 2017 - The seats are uncomfortable and did not recline properly. They played loud Thai music ALL NIGHT so it was impossible to sleep and the attendant seemed to think it was a good idea to wake us up with snacks at every hour. Not a great service to be honest.

August 2017

James, Aug 30, 2017 - Easy to book an excellent bus and journey. I'm 6 foot 4 but had plenty of leg room and the adjustable reclining chairs are easy to sleep on (neck rest and blanket provided as well as a meal, snacks and water). WiFi wasn't good enough for an internet connection, but there was free film, music and books to download/stream on the local network. If the WiFi internet worked it would have been close to perfect. Best inter-city coach journey I have ever taken.
Olivia, Aug 29, 2017 - This bus was outstanding. Almost fully reclinable chairs, blankets, television and lots of leg room. Hostess on board, free snack box and water bottle. Very clean, new and comfortable. Got us there 2 hours earlier too.
Narella, Aug 29, 2017 - Colectivo cómodo y barato. Salió y llegó a destino con un poco de demora
Carmelo, Aug 29, 2017 - Comfy bus, free snacks and water. A/C perfect, not too cold as often happens. Good experience
Amani, Aug 26, 2017 - Really comfortable seats. Only point is very cold air conditioning
Marta, Aug 25, 2017 - Fast, snacks, lot of space
Bahman, Aug 23, 2017 - it is good and comfortable
Arantza, Aug 23, 2017 - very good service, nice bus, water and food!!!

Bangkok Busline

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VIP Outside
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Bangkok Busline VIP24 Inside
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VIP24 Outside
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Bangkok Busline Express Inside
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Express Outside
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Schedule Bangkok Busline

06:00, 06:30, 18:50, 20:35; 15:00, 16:00; 20:00, 20:30;
20:30; 17:30, 18:10;
0.0 Bangkok - Nan
20:00, 20:30;
10:00, 18:35, 20:00; 19:15; 20:00, 20:30;
18:30; 18:00; 15:30;
4.0 Nan - Bangkok

Stations Bangkok Busline

Southern Terminal, Suratthani, Morchit, Nan, Chiang Mai, Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong, Mae Chan

Comparison Bangkok Busline