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, 20:20, 20:30
Bus VIP 32
15:00, 16:00
Bus Express XL
20:30
Bus VIP 32
17:30, 18:10
Bus Express XL
10:00, 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
2,401 / 54,565
5 1319
4 777
3 194
2 66
1 45
99.8% of 54,565 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.

Jan 17, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Super clean bus, on time and profesional staff.
Jan 17, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
It was just excellent.
Jan 16, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Very good! Maybe a canned message in English to know what happens around and how long the stop for dinner? Thank you
Jan 15, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Thank you so much for the great experience with your Company. It all worked out perfect and I would always book with you again. The bus was just the way other traveller described it. Very comfy seats, good movies, a Little Snack and if you wear warm clothes you can even handle the cold Aircondition. I would always book again
Jan 15, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Nice seats with a lot of space for the legs. The pillow was very comfortable as well. I liked the snacks.
Jan 15, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Really good value! Spacious seating (better than the domestic plane I got which was more expensive) and I was able to sleep like a baby! They also provide a free bottle of water and snacks. Highly recommend Bangkok Busline and will definitely catch again :)
Jan 14, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Perfecto! Llegamos y en boletería estaban los pasajes. Confiable.
Jan 14, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
excellent experience, very spacious
Jan 14, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Trip went smooth and bus was comfortable
Jan 13, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
We pre booked quite far in advance, all went smoothly better than I expected, but still a ten hour bus ride isn’t going to be dreamy
Jan 13, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The ride with the bus was okay, did not get much sleep but for the price absolutely fine.
Jan 12, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Great ride but I wish they had better seats so you don't recline into someone else's lap and vise versa
Jan 11, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Good: comfortable Seats. Drive in time, arrive on point. Bad: the girl who worked in the bus was not friendly. The whole bus smells like the toilet.
Jan 10, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
It was ok! Worth it & good service!
Jan 8, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Fairly comfortable seats when compared with the price. Two snacks, a water bottle and a meal was provided. Punctual. Good journey.
Jan 8, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
The bus was fairly comfortable when compared with the price of the ticket. A snack and a water bottle was provided at the start of the journey. Mid way you get a decent free dinner. Another small snack was provided at the end. I got a little late to arrive at the bus station but they waited for us and even had tried calling. The journey was good all in all.
Jan 7, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very comfortable seats, blanket and snacks&water given. Lovely staff
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Pleasent experience
Jan 7, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Viagem excelente.
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very comfortable ride.
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★☆☆☆
Dear Bangkok Busline, I am writing to you to inform you of our recent journey with you from Surat Thani to Bangkok (Booking ID 1180587223). It had been estimated that the bus would arrive at Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 at 06:25. My boyfriend and I were abruptly woken up at 05:15 telling us we were to get off. Realising we were at least an hour earlier than what we originally thought, I checked the maps. We were not at Sombat Tour Viphavadee but at the Southern Bus Terminal, 18km away. We had booked a taxi to pick us up at Sombat Tour Viphavadee at 06:45 which we had already paid for. The staff on the bus were not very helpful in explaining why we had to get off, but just kept insisting we left the bus and join our bags that had been dumped on the floor. From the Southern Bus terminal we had to pay for a taxi to our hostel which cost more than the previously booked taxi due to the distance being greater. When booking the bus to Bangkok there were many options available to us, most of which were cheaper than what we paid. However, one of the only reasons we decided to book with Bangkok Busline was due to the later arrival time compared to other companies. Due to arriving early, we were forced to wait outside our hostel for well over an hour and a half to wait for it to open. We are very disappointed with our experience, which caused us a great deal of stress, inconvenience and expenditure. We had enjoyed the bus journey up until the arrival and we both commented how good the service was. Our opinion changed when we arrived. We had both paid for a service which we believe was not fully delivered. This was our first trip to Bangkok, which we both were greatly looking forward to, however it has now not started in the best way. I hope this message finds you well and you can make it clear to customers in the future that the end destination is not what is on the ticket. Regards, Zara Wingate
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Quiet bus, free water and snacks. Lights are too bright and we arrived 2 hours early.
Jan 6, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Chiang Mai to Bangkok, definitely the best service we’ve had on a bus. Snacks and a drink when you get on, free dinner at a service station and snacks and coffee in the afternoon. Toilet on board and nice staff, definitely recommend.
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Really good experience. Bus arrived on time. Free buffet dinner was great!
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Fast, clean, lot of space for legs super 5 star
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Comfy seats, a lot of leg space
Jan 5, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The bus is was good, have everything: water, snacks, food, aircon, etc The two problems for me was: arrive a little late at chiang mai and the television with the sound speaking in thai all the time. But it is ok.
Jan 4, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Easy to locate terminal in Chiang Mai. The stewardess didn't speak any English and perhaps could of smiled a little, or maybe I've become accustomed to the friendly Thai people. Snacks were served on the bus and bottled water. The get off stop we had a tear off part of the ticket which could be handed in at the canteen/restaurant for a free meal. I wasn't aware of this until I saw the locals doing it. We arrived about an hour earlier than scheduled. Travelling by day was far better than a night journey unless you sleep through talking and snoring and can get comfortable sleeping. Otherwise a very pleasant easy journey.
Jan 4, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Express bus. Cozy trip. No complaints.
Jan 4, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
No English speaking persons
Jan 3, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Comfortable seats and friendly staff but it was freezing (even with blankets) and I couldn’t switch the air conditioner off.
Jan 2, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Easy going and relitavly comfortable. Cheap as well. For the price it’s amazing the people and so nice and you get snacks and water. Only thing is the toilet sticks out the whole bus near the end of the journey. It was an awful smell but luckily only for the last hour. Thanks!
Jan 1, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Superb chairs but not convenient for people taller than 170cm
Dec 31, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Dear 12Go  Good morning????, i wish you are fine,i just want to inform that i miss the car to surat thani under the reseevation number 1180559810,it my responsability my mistake,i want to ask a favor, i want to go today in surat thani if i can have any special discount or any help please and happy new year to all your professionnal stuff,waitaing for a quik answer please,because im upset please help???? Have a happy day  Regards  Mohamed 
Dec 30, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
The trip was comfortable and arrived only a little bit late. Snack and free lunch was fine. Would travel with them again
Dec 29, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
I occupied the right before seat of the toilet but it was not bothersome. Guider gave snacks for passenger and especially I enjoyed the free meal. It was supposed to arrive at 4:00 but actually 6:00. Considering the end of the year, it was quite good. Thank you BBL!
Dec 29, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The trip it was good. I sleeped almost all the time. the Chairs is good, we had a blanket and one pillow. The air its not strong like i read at other reviews, it’s was ok. They serve a small snack and water. I just don’t liked a weird music, they put this music when the bus stops or they will serve something.
Dec 28, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★☆☆☆
The trip was fine but the music was too loud, there was no free meal as the ticket said and the most stupid thing is making a stop at 1am when you are sleeping. I recommend not to use this company if you want to travel at night
Dec 27, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Super nice ride. Comfy seats, lots of snacks, drinks and coffee in the morning!
Dec 27, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Hôtesse vraiment antipathique et sans sourire. Par contre, transport efficace et à l’jeure.

Bangkok Busline Stations

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