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

Bus Express XL
06:00, 06:30, 18:50, 20:35
Bus VIP 24 24
20:00, 20:30
Bus VIP 32
15:00, 16:00
Bus Express XL
10:00, 18:35, 20:00
Bus VIP 24 24
20:00
Bus VIP 32
19:15
Bus Express XL
18:30
Bus VIP 24 24
15:30
Bus VIP 32
18:00

Bangkok Busline Company Reviews

4.4
2,171 / 50,506
5 1201
4 695
3 178
2 60
1 37
99.8% of 50,506 travelers were presumably happy with Bangkok Busline as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Nov 13, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very comfortable seats.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Travelled save and comfortable. Staff is very nice and helpful.
Nov 10, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
excellent service
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Clean, comfortable, fast, good price, meals included!
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Journey was great, the free meal was not so good
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Smooth journey, comfortable reclining seats with foot rest. Blanket, pillow, water and snacks provided. Only reason it’s a 4* and not a 5* is because all of the announcements were done in Thai with no English translation which was an issue at pit stops etc when at least half of the bus were not Thai.
Nov 8, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Air conditioning set to a freezing temperature. More than half of the trip it was 15 degrees (with 31 degrees outside).
Nov 8, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
No one speaks English... but comfort was awesome, gave us some water, 2 little pies and a small free meal at a bigger bus stop. Big plus is that is so cheap for an 11h ride
Nov 3, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Attentive staff, comfortable seats, overall comfortable experience.
Nov 2, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Although we need to change the bus in between, it's still a pleasant trip. The semi-sleeper bus is very comfortable & have lots of leg room.
Oct 29, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Leg space was great, staff was friendly and overall quality was over our expectations. However, the snack was really old and dry and we had no idea about the free meal so a bit more information on English would be really helpful.
Oct 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
What a nice bus! Only complaints are the armrests and the harsh lighting.
Oct 28, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Staff was nice, and the bus was very comfy. Although we coudn’g sleep much as it was sooooo freezing cold! Also it would be great if the staff could say it in English too - how long the stop is supposed to be.
Oct 27, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very comfortable seats, great air conditioning, great staff.
Oct 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Good travel for the price ! Aircon a bit too strong and seats are not very soft but you can completely lay down and service in the bus was very good.
Oct 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
They did every comment in Thai. Also the lights went on the whole time and the bus was full of mosquitos because they leave the doors open for half an hour. Note for 12 go Asia. Couldn’t find the connecting bus point to Koh Kood because it said street hostel but changed to just boonsiri boats.
Oct 22, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Good trip
Oct 22, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Staff is Good. Smooth drive along the way though traffic is there but we have enjoyed the trip. Snacks are free & Dinner, first we thought we'll pay but when we ask the restaurant staff said it's free that's amazed us with my wife and even laughed about it. I give my 5 star to then coz it's goooood. And by the way we already booked again going back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai. Nice ????
Oct 19, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Bus was on time Good food Clean Great bus station in Bangkok compared to mochit
Oct 19, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Comfortable bus, good service, clean blanket, snack. Only improvement I suggest make announcements with English recording explaining that we should get off at the stop with our bus ticket to get a free meal. I missed my meal because I had no idea this was available until the attendant at the eatery told me and then it was too late :( There are many tourists on the bus who could benefit from the announcements in English. Thank you
Oct 18, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
My return trip with Sombat Tour was also good. The staff, drivers and assistant were all helpful. My only concern was the air con in the lower decker which I think need little adjustment. I will surely take Sombat Tour for my next trip. Thank u
Oct 18, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
It was my wife who took the trip. Said it was OK. No complaints except for the passenger who had not showered. YIKES!
Oct 16, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Service was great. I was very impressed until the bus broke down 1 hr from destination. Another bus picked us up with in the hour. Would have given a 5 star.
Oct 15, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The bus was really confortable and quiet
Oct 14, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
This was my first time travelling with Sombat Tour. It was a lovely ride, the staff were accommodating and kind. I strongly recommend them your travelling
Oct 13, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Service was great, seats were comfortable and had plenty of leg room. My only suggestion would be to have the announcements in English also. Thank you for an enjoyable trip.
Oct 11, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Perfect bus trip
Oct 8, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Bus left on time and arrived Almost two Hours before expected Arrival time. A lot of (same) music in the bus and why must the lights and music go on one hour before arrival (4AM)? The temperature was also very cold (16-18 degrees).
Oct 7, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very good service for that price
Oct 5, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great travel. Carring hospitable service.
Oct 2, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
comfy seats but the bus stopped so often to pick up people on the road and even turned around and drove 1 hour longer just to pick up even more.
Sep 30, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
No problems, clean bus, friendly staff and good air conditioning.
Sep 25, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Really comfortable ride, nice seats, Clean toilet and really helpful staff. the stewards looked like on an airplane. We would recommend to travel between chiang mai and bangkok by bus.
Sep 24, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Bus is newish bus attendant was very friendly and welcoming. Few stops for toilet and stretch, weird stop for food at 1 am, arrived 30 mins early. BUT aircon was SOOOOOOOOO cold, I was shivering all night, even wrapped around in the blanket that their provide it was still FREEZING. Would recommend but only if you have a few layers to wear.
Sep 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
+ The bus station was easy to find and the bus departed and arrived on time. The film's on the bus were nice. - It wasn't a sleeping bus, so sleeping was rather uncomfortable. I didn't have dinner because the online ticket and the lady in the ticket office told me that there was a meal included. I didn't have a meal so I was hungry on the bus.
Sep 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Arrival on time to Morchit.
Sep 21, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great value trip! Got food, snacks and water on the way, and also a blanket and a comfy pillow. Relaxing trip.
Sep 20, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
High standard for reasonalble prize, we were positively suprised
Sep 20, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very comfortable!
Sep 19, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Everything was on the time, very comfortable, I can fully recommend.

Bangkok Busline Stations

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