Bangkok Busline

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About 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 30 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 the Thai capital and Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan and Surat Thani with other minor destinations along the same routes.

Bangkok Busline types of buses

The company has a fleet of Express, VIP and VIP24 buses.

Bangkok Busline VIP24 is the most comfortable and expensive option with

  • wider aisles
  • seats organised 3 per row
  • A/C
  • complimentary bottled water and snacks
  • on-board rest room
  • neck rest and blankets

It is highly recommended if you can invest some extra THB200 in your trip compared to an ordinary express ticket.

Bangkok–Chiang Mai

Bangkok Busline Chiang Mai route is the most popular route served by the company. It takes between 10 and 11 hours to travel in either direction.

Most departures heading to Chiang Mai are evening departures.

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 6.00 am.

Similarly, the majority of return trips are night buses, too.

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 considering night bus whether you are heading north to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Nan or south to Surat Thani.

Bangkok–Chiang Rai

Trips to Chiang Rai and back schedule fewer departures, dropping and picking up passengers at Chiang Rai Bus Station 2.

It is a slightly longer route compared to Bangkok–Chiang Mai, taking about 13 hours.


There is also one departure a day to Nan and vice versa. Travel time is 10 hours.

Bangkok –Surat Thani

Additionally to its main itineraries Bangkok Busline makes it to Surat Thani Southern province. There is only one evening departure to this direction at 8.00pm for an affordable price of THB600 for an 11-hour ride.

Note that this route originates from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal aka Sai Tai Mai, and ends up at Surat Thani Transport Station at Phun Phin. The return service uses the same locations.

Bangkok Busline Review

Bangkok Busline 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.

Those who have used BB more than once strongly recommend to use VIP buses with red-colour seats as these ones normally have 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.


  1. Availability of online booking.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Toilets on board kept in good order.


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

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

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

  4. Slow Wi-Fi if available at all.

  5. No English-speaking staff/ announcements in English.

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Bangkok Busline Stations

Surat Thani Train StationMochitSouthern TerminalChiang Mai Arcade 2Lampang Bus StationNan Bus TerminalThung ChangKhanomSurat Thani Bus TerminalTha Wang PhaSombat Tour Viphavadee 13Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3Hua Hin 51 AlleyChiang Rai Bus Terminal 2Sombat Tour Chiang KhongPuaWiang ThoengChiang Kham Bus Terminal

Bangkok Busline Company Reviews

It's quite a journey but it didn't feel so long since it's quite confortable.
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Aug 3, 2022
Die Fahrt war gut. Der Bus kam pünktlich. Es gab eine Flasche Wasser und eine Packung mit Snacks. Im Bus wird es durch die Klimaanlage ziemlich kalt, also dick anziehen! :) Nur die Toilette hinten im Bus war gewöhnungsbedürftig. Sie hätte sauberer sein können und der Geruch war sehr unangenehm und dieser Duft zog sich immer wieder hinten durch den Bus wo auch leider unsere Plätze waren. Beim nächsten Mal werden wir Plätze weiter vorne buchen.
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jun 18, 2022
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), May 31, 2022
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), May 10, 2022
Nobody spoke english
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 14, 2022
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Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 30, 2022
Alles so wie es sein sollte!
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 12, 2022
Globalement, très bon voyage. Le bus est confortable, la compagnie sérieuse et le départ s’est fait à l’heure. Le trajet de nuit (départ à 20h de l’Arcade 2 de Chiang Mai) est indéniablement un avantage pour celui où celle qui arrive à dormir dans un bus. Pour les autres… Points (légèrement) négatifs, quelle est cette idée de réveiller tout le monde à 1h30 du matin pour aller manger?? Et aussi, annoncer une arrivée à Bangkok Mo Chit à 6h30 alors qu’en fait ce sera 5h et des poussières… Bon voyage!
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Dec 2, 2021
Rất tuyệt, xe sạch sẽ, có cả đồ ăn nhẹ, và khăn đắt rất sạch sẽ. Trên cả sự kỳ vọng của tôi
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 22, 2020
L accoudoir du milieu qui se relève entièrement tout comme le repose pieds auraient permis un plus grand confort Manque cruellement d une connexion wi fi
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 19, 2020
El trayecto estuvo bien, solo que es un bus de noche y por lo tanto para dormir y cada 30 minutos sonaba una alarma. La cual no dejaba dormir. Fuera de eso, todo bien
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 16, 2020
Alles in allem war es super! Decken, Wasser und kleiner Snack wurden einem direkt am Anfang gegeben und die Sitze ließen sich in gute Schlafpositionen verschieben. Das Personal war nett, aber konnte leider kein Wort Englisch. Trotzdem war der Bus nicht überfüllt und vor allem pünktlich in Abfahrt und sogar etwas früher in der Ankunft :)
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 5, 2020
The best bus I've been in my life.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 3, 2020
Prise usb, couverture, coussin, repas et eau fournis Assez confortable et le trajet est passé relativement vite Je recommande
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 1, 2020
Der Bus hatte eine angenehme Temperatur durch die Klimaanlage. Am Anfang wurden wir mit einer Flasche Wasser, einem Muffin und einem Milchbrötchen versorgt, was echt super war. Zusätzlich hatten wir eine dünne Decke und ein Nackenkissen zur Verfügung. Einen weiteren Pluspunkt gibt es für den USB-Anschluss im Bus, an dem man sein Handy laden konnte! Einen Minuspunkt gibt es für die doch sehr unbequemen Sitze. Durch die voreingestellte Nackenhalterung war es schwer eine angenehme Position einzunehmen, um (da es sich um eine Nachtfahrt handelte) eine bequeme Position einzunehmen. Alles in allem bin ich aber zufrieden und würde es weiterempfehlen.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Mar 1, 2020
It's a good way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can make it comfortable so that sleeping is actually possible. But they announce everything just in Thai, so most of the travellers missed the chance to get a free meal after midnight. And it's getting cold in the bus, make sure you wear long clothes.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 29, 2020
Malgré les 12h de bus voyage impec Je trouve ce type de transport tres atypique étant française Entre le repas et le service à bord
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 25, 2020
Could sleep the whole trip, was comfortable. We got a blanket, water and Snacks. The staff couldnt speak englisch, so i dont know where the meal for free was. We arrived one 1 earlier.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 24, 2020
Really cold,loud and smelly
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 24, 2020
Très facile de s’y retrouver dans la station de bus.j’ai choisi un voyage de nuit. Le bus était très confortable. Un coupe faim et une bouteille d’eau. Horaire respecté: Très bon rapport qualité prix (17€).
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 24, 2020
Train nikel en 1er classe avec couchette. Avec service petit déjeuner sur place au petit matin. Et on nous a gentiment changer la destination au lieu de Chumpon pour Surat Thanit.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 23, 2020
War super!! Sehr professionell durchgeführt! Ansagen per Mikro zur Dauer der Fahrt, Pausenzeiten, sehr freundlich! Gab ne Decke, 2 kleine Sweets und Wasser.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 19, 2020
It was a great trip - I don’t know how the VIP busses look like but I can’t imagine a better bus + enough room for legs and bags + USB outlet to charge phones + pillows and blankets for everyone + water bottle and snacks (1 muffin & sweet bread) + punctual departure and arrival (felt safe during the trip too) + one staff member on board who gave us hand sanitizer at the beginning of our trip and a facial wipe to refresh in the morning + working toilet + quiet atmosphere We had a break around 1.30/2 AM for 15 minutes. I was 100% satisfied on this trip!
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 19, 2020
Great trip! Good comfy seas, AC, they gave us food and a blanket
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 14, 2020
Information insuffisante donnée par 12go, il donne la duree du voyage laquelle n'a pas ete respectee arrivee plus tard. Il ne mentionne pas le nombre d'arrets que le bus fait pour prendre des gens ou ceux qui descendent ni s'il y a un ou deux arrêts pour le voyageur aucune explication n'est fournie. Autrement beaucoup de place pour les jambes bon confort du siège.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 13, 2020
Everything was great except unhealthy snacks at the beginning and all the movies are only in thai language. Also was very cold, blanket is too thin to help, so have to bring more warm clothes. Service and bus itself were great. We were in bkk on time, even earlier.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 13, 2020
Wir rundherum zuffrieden
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 12, 2020
First time for me. I was pleasantly surprised of all the service. I absolutely will use it again
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 10, 2020
No wifi , no reading light
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 6, 2020
We have already driven a lot of night buses in Asia. This was one of the most enjoyable trips. Gladly again.
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 5, 2020
Okay, nur eine Pause mit einem ordentlichen Thaifood in 11 Stunden, aber einige Stops fürs Ein-und Aussteigen. Wir saßen unten vorne und hatten ausgiebig Platz. Kein Unterschied zum VIP festzustellen!
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 4, 2020
Clean bus, much space, good Snacks but regardless service.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 4, 2020
Die Fahrt war gut. Nur leider fuhr der Bus nicht zum gebuchten Zielort. Ich hatte Tour Viphavadee gebucht und musste Mo Chit aussteigen.
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 3, 2020
Much space, clean and good service
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 2, 2020
Todo muy bien, autobús Mercedes cómodo y te dan agua y unos dulces al empezar, sin provlemas
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 1, 2020
I was sitting in the rear, sometimes smelly from the toilet. The stewardesse was very nice, snacks and water served at seat. If there was a free meal, I missed it.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Feb 1, 2020
It would be grear ir you reduce the single conteiner
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 28, 2020
Tout s'est bien passé. Départ avec 15min de retard mais arrivé à Chiang Mai avec 35min d'avance. Le conducteur est un vrai pilote. Nous avons eu 2 poses et 1 petit panier repas car voyage de nuit.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 27, 2020
The ride was good, the staff was very friendly, but we had not much space
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 27, 2020
The time was not well planned at this trip. Although we were just allowed to go outside once, we arrived one hour to late. We had to leave the bus at another station to take a taxi and to catch the next bus.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 27, 2020
Free water and snacks and enough space for the feet.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 26, 2020
Air Conditioned too cold
Bus VIP, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 26, 2020
Bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 26, 2020
Good, but nobody told us that it was time to eat, the bus just stopped 20 minutes. Moreover we ate really late, they should have informed us about it because I would have bought a meal before.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 25, 2020
Malgré 1 petite heure de retard à l'arrivée, tout s'est super bien passé. Accueil, propreté, le petit déjeuner dès notre montée dans le bus et le repas du midi sur une aire de repos (tout est compris dans le prix). Ils distribuent également des bouteilles d'eau. Je conseille de voyager de journée c'est tout de même plus agréable on peut voir des jolis paysages.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 24, 2020
Nice trip. Comfortable bus. Food and snacks.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 23, 2020
Отличный автобус, место 4д над водителем. Удобные сидения, почти лежащие. После отправления выдали бутылочку воды и легкий ужин( два пирожных); прибыли во время; всё понравилось.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 22, 2020
Très bien le petit plus le ticket repas que l’on découvre. Dommage de ne pas être au courant avant. Sinon bus confortable et personnel au top.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 21, 2020
Guide and Driver Do Not speak English. Rest Good.
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 21, 2020
Très bien accueilli nous avon eu le droit à une bouteille d'eau et un goûter (voyage journée ) bis très confortable avec port USB pour charger son portable. Et une hôtesse souriante
Bus Express, Bangkok Busline (บางกอกบัสไลน์), Jan 20, 2020
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