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 32
15:00, 16:00
Bus VIP24 24
20:00, 20:20, 20:30
Bus Express XL
10:00, 18:35, 20:00
Bus VIP 32
19:15
Bus VIP24 24
20:00
Bus Express XL
18:30
Bus VIP 32
18:00
Bus VIP24 24
15:30

Bangkok Busline Company Reviews

4.4
1,900 / 43,718
5 1052
4 607
3 155
2 55
1 31
99.8% of 43,718 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.

May 24, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
No tablet to charge my gadget. So far everything's good!
May 23, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Clean. Comfortable. Thanks to the food!
May 22, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Spacious, blanket, snacks and water provided. Pretty comfortable for the price.
May 22, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
We had our booking confirmation printed and had our tickets at the terminal. Everything went on smoothly from the time we arrived to the terminal up to our 10-hour ride to Chiang Mai. The entire ride is good. They provided us with free bottled water and snacks too! Was a good experience and it didn’t disappoint. :)
May 21, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
My trip from Chiang Mai to Morchit station on May 20, 2018 @6:35 PM with Bangkok Busline was really pleasant as I was able to sleep throughout the trip. Also, our attendant was very thoughtful and nice he even opened and put the blanket on me when I fell asleep. We weren't using it cause we thought we'll have to pay a fee but it was actually free. The leg space and the seat was also comfortable as it could be adjusted to fit the comfort of the user. Also, they provided snacks and drinks twice during the trip. Overall, it was a comfortable experience and I'll surely ride it again. Kudos!
May 13, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The buses are way too cold. Hot country like Thailand. I always forget that you need a wollen sweater when in the bus. I always wake up freezing.
May 10, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very smooth and actually arrived 40 mins earlier.
May 8, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Everything was in Thai but the bus was comfortable, departed on time and arrived without delay.
May 7, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Service was great! Departed on time, got lunch and snacks along the way. The only thing is that when the bus arrived to Bangkok, the area wasn't centric enough to get an affordable transportation to my hotel.
May 7, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great and Easy
May 5, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai! The process to obtain my ticket with the emailed voucher was simple, and the journey was fantastic. The bus was very spacious and comfortable - had USB charging ports at seats - provided blankets, and snacks. Very smooth trip and great value for the price. Thank you!
May 5, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
no wifi
May 3, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Seats were very comfortable but the bus was so cold. They provided you with pillows and blankets but nothing could keep you warm on that bus!
May 3, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The head pillow of the chair was not soft enough. The bus was cold Overal experience: Good services, quality refreshment, great bus!
Apr 26, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Pretty simple and easy bus ride. Cold so bring some warmer clothes. Bring snacks as the food given is not good and the random food stop at 1 am isn’t good either. Other than that we arrived an hour early and staff was friendly.
Apr 25, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Perfect as described
Apr 21, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
It was a relatively comfortable trip. They provided a blanket and 2 sets of snacks for the 10 hour trip. I had a lot of leg room (i'm 5'2), and there was a separator between seats. However, the waiting area in chiang mai was crowded, and did not have enough seats for the waiting passengers. The bus was late for a couple of minutes but managed to arrive on time at the destination.
Apr 20, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
We got a vip bus with a different company a week before but it was nowhere near as good. We got a box of snacks and water as soon as we got on. A tv screen in the seat in front with games and movies. Lots of leg room, reclining chairs and a blanket. They stopped and we had an all you can eat buffet dinner included, and then crisps, milk and a Swiss roll later on. Would definitely recommend as a cheap option traveling round Thailand.
Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Goede stoelen, maar reis duurde 2 uur langer dan vooraf was gezegd. Geen extreme drukte op de weg. De verzorging onderweg is redelijk, lekkere maaltijd, flesje water, zakje chips en een broodje bij de prijs inbegrepen. Aan het einde nog een koek en pakje melk. Helaas maar 1 stop, hadden graag nog 1 of 2 korte stops gehad om even de benen te strekken
Apr 18, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★☆☆☆
The wifi didnt work, nether the light of the toilet (without paper).
Apr 18, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very good
Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★☆☆☆☆
More than 1 hour and 30min of delay that make us lose the plane for Krabi where we have a boat already pay to Koh Phi Phi where we have a hotel already pay. It was inadmissible
Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
4 stars because they stopped in the middle of the night for the 'free meal'. This was a bit silly to me as it disturbed the majority of us who had already settled and were asleep. They had already provided heaps of snacks and water at the beginning of the trip which was excellent. But the stop was unnecessary at that hour. Legroom and recline excellent, and I'm tall. Far more convenient then flying. Don't buy your ticket through this website though. Buy at the counters and ask for next available bus. 12goasia charge a hidden commission on top. The actual price of the trip, as printed on the ticket issued was 200baht cheaper.
Apr 15, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Travelled on Buddhist new year and was worried I would miss my connection. Bus got to Bangkok exactly when it was supposed to!
Apr 15, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
real cosy
Apr 15, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★☆☆☆
Someone stole my chargable battery, and the funniest part that you guys dont know his name... How is it possible? Ask yourself. Maybe if you knew his name I could find my expensive battery that walks with me for years. But he didn'g write his name on the ticket! How you know my name and not his?! the servent tried to help me which was cool so your service is ok and comfortable but your data managing his a shit. because of the bus itself and the nice servent I gave you two. But never taking you bus again! Happy new year, Ron
Apr 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very good service, responsable, but really noisi television all the trip, that most people dont see
Apr 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Comfortable, on time, and very easy journey
Apr 7, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Cozy, try to take upper front seat. It’s pretty awesome!! Snacks were good, food wasn’t. But it’s ok.
Apr 6, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
The toure are nice an the stuff frandly but they know really not much English and the bus would have 1 1/2 hours delay despite little traffic which was bad because we almost could not check in to our hostel
Apr 6, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Very good leg space, we were even served some snacks and we were almost on time. I slept the whole way through! And the bus driver was polite and smiling. Easiest trip in Asia so far!
Apr 5, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
Very late arrival and very smelly bathroom.
Apr 3, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Lots of drinks and snacks. Polite staff.
Apr 2, 2018
bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
It would be pleasant if the drivers could say how long the stops will take. Now there was for the not Thail speaking passenger much uncertaincy about timescedule. Time to eat or not, visit the restroom. For sure, all the other points very good!!!
Apr 1, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★☆☆☆☆
Terrible! When I did this same trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, it was such a good experience!! This time around they played loud eccentric music at 1am and 5am to “gently “ wake us up for the pit stop and destination drop off. I cannot explain how upsetting this was to hear on loud blast when you’re tired and exhausted. TERRIBLE
Mar 31, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great. Would absolutely take it again. Better than a flight. Charging station, not that cold, comfortable seats that recline a lot, snacks and water provided, lots of bathroom breaks.
Mar 28, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★☆☆☆☆
Awful. Do not use 12go
Mar 28, 2018
bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great bus experience. Would definitely do it again comfortable, snacks provided and arrived early!
Mar 28, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The ride was comfortable. There was air conditioning but it did not get too cold. I used a blanket and towel to cover up on the 10 hour night journey. There were people speaking in German quite loudly in the middle of the night but other than that I enjoyed the trip. They offer several snacks and water at no additional cost. If you are gluten intolerant, bring your own snacks. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Mar 27, 2018
bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
VIP24 buses are comfortable and luxurious. The seats massage your muscles. You are provided with a pillow and blanket, snacks and a meal. There is a little screen at each seat but unfortunately no English movies, series or music on offer. Booking online is simple and quick. Payment options are varied - I find paying at 7/11 most convenient.

Bangkok Busline Stations

Southern Terminal Suratthani Morchit Nan Chiang Mai Arcade Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai Chiang Khong Chiang Khong