488 / 16,508
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99.6% of 16,508 travelers were presumably happy with Lignite as they left good or no review

Lignite Express outside

Company Information

When travelling for long distances by bus the good reputation of your operator is a big deal. Lignite Tour can boast one. With its headquarters in the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai) Lignite buses connect the capital with the southern Thai tourist hubs of Krabi, Phang Nga, Suratthani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ranong. The company also operates an unusual Krabi–Nakhon Ratchasima route making it possible to travel from the south directly to Isan without connection in Bangkok.

Lignite’s fleet consists of 3 types of buses: most expensive VIP24 buses (3-seats-in-a-line), VIP buses (high-decker with 4-seats-in-a-line, and budget-friendly Standard Express buses, also with 4-seats-in-a-row but with less leg room compared to their VIP version.

All the buses are equipped with air-con and reclining seats. Blankets are provided for all long haul rides and there is a toilet on board. Needless to say comfort gradation hinge on the ticket price.

Routes served by Lignite Tour

The most popular routes of Lignite are Bangkok–Krabi and Bangkok–Suratthani.


Lignite operates 3 daily departures from Bangkok to Krabi, all leaving the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok in the evening between 17.30 and 20.40, arriving to Krabi the next morning between 6.00 and 9.00/ The whole trip takes about 12 hours.

In the opposite direction there are both morning (8.00) and evening (17.00) departures with tickets priced between THB600 and THB900 depending on the class of the bus.

Bangkok–Phang Nga

There are two daily departures to Phang Nga, one at 18.40 and the other at 19.05, both from the Southern Bus terminal in Bangkok. Note that the latter departure is usually a double-decker bus which has both VIP and VIP24 options. Pricier seats are located on the lower deck with more budget option – on the upper deck. VIP24 seats are about 1,5 times more expensive than VIPs but they are worth investing in if you wish to survive through an 11-hour journey with all possible comfort.

Krabi–Nakhon Ratchasima

There is one daily departure from Krabi Bus Terminal to Nakhon Ratchasima at 16.50. It is a tiring 16-hour journey which passes via Bangkok but you do not need to change the bus there. There are both VIP and VIP24 options (THB950 and THB1250 respectively) within the same bus and we encourage you to opt for a more expensive one.


It is a great pro that Lignite tickets are available online – it is a good time option. Those really careful and picky travellers may want to visit Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal first to see how the things are at place. The terminal is integrated with a spacious mall and Lignite ticket counters are located on the 1st floor. It is also the place where you can easily exchange your e-ticket for the boarding pass (you do need that if you buy online through the main Thai booking sites) or handle the whole check-in procedure from the very beginning and proceed to the platform.

After boarding the passengers are offered complimentary snacks and bottled water. The ticket price also included a major meal. For this purpose the bus makes a stop about midnight at a food court where you can exchange your meal coupon for a bowl of rice with curry – do keep your ticket with the printed coupon in order not to miss this perk. The café staff will need your ticket, so make sure you have it at hand. Alternatively you can stock up on munchies at a mini-mart (not included into your ticket price).

Lignite staff are usually very accommodating and though limited English – or no English at all – can be spoken, you will be served well.


No English spoken by the crew can be rather distracting when you need to know how long the stop will last. The major meal stops usually are about 20 minutes – just follow your fellow passengers not to get lost.

It is a constant issue with many operators and Lignite is no exception: blankets on board are not washed before every departure.

No charging points onboard are available.

Keep in mind

Avoid booking seat right in front or directly behind the stairs to the upper level as there will be no leg room.

Lignite’s ‘express’ class is an economic option –do not expect much of it. VIP guarantees the most comfortable ride and it is worth investing some extra baht if your trip is going to last over 6 hours.

As it is the case with many other operator throughout Thailand, it can get freezing cold inside Lignite’s buses. An extra layer or a jacket will be very handy.

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January 2018

Cielo, Jan 11, 2018 - Bus was good and plenty of leg room. A bit old and used but still fine. Driver did well and got us to bangkok earlier than scheduled. We got snack and drinks. It was a little bit cold inside but we were prepared. I slept almost the entire journey.
Mitchell, Jan 10, 2018 - Fairly good driver, seats, comfort, but the food was insubstantial and just a sugar fix. However the meal we had at the restaurant was good
Tiago, Jan 7, 2018 - Water and biscuits provided, busses in slightly better conditions than some of the competitors.
Csillag, Jan 7, 2018 - Nice, clean bus with A/C and toilet. Blanket, water, snack was offered. Left on time, arrived on time. Thank you!
Cielo, Jan 7, 2018 - It was not the newest bus but it was comfy. I slept very well during the trip. Driver was on time and was driving very steadily. I felt totally safe. Water, snack and soy milk were provided. The southern Terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Service for the price was very good! I definitely recommend a ride!
Debbie, Jan 7, 2018 - Seats very comfortable but air conditioning too cold. We even closed the vents but the cold air still blew throygh. Next time i wear warm er clothing
Edith, Jan 3, 2018 - El bus superó nuestras expectativas, los asientos se reclinan mucho y son cómodos. Aparte te dan un pequeño refrigerio
Qing, Jan 3, 2018 - Super comfy bus ride with plenty leg rooms. Water snacks and soy milk were provided. Driver was super on time and was driving very steadily. The southern Terminal staff were friendly and helpful. The terminal was facilitated with many venders.
Tanner, Jan 3, 2018 - Staff was kind, bus was nice and cool. Only made one stop for a 13 hour trip, not sure if that's normal or not

December 2017

Gleison, Dec 29, 2017 - Bus got one hour late.
Maud, Dec 29, 2017 - Our VIP bus was really confortable. He left with 30min late but arrived in time. Even if at the beginning they give you (for free), water, soda and snacks, the bus stoped during 20min around 1 or 2hours before we left to offer to everyone to eat. We read a lot of comments on internet about stolen stuff, but this bus was really secure, do not worry. The only « bad » thing is the AC, really TOO cold. Even if they give you a blanket, you should put on your bag some hot clothes :)
Lena, Dec 28, 2017 - My saftybelt was out of function. And the neckpillow was not steady in the upper position, go down all time. Beside of that I was very satisfied ????
Supriya, Dec 27, 2017 - Very comfortable bus!
Natalie, Dec 26, 2017 - Too Cold. But otherwise, really great. Staff was super helpful.
Saffat, Dec 26, 2017 - Everything is good except smell from the toilet.
Alison, Dec 24, 2017 - On time, god friendly driver. But please fix the spotlights: I wanted to read after the main lights were turned off, and the spotlight wasn't working, so I couldn't. As I can never sleep on buses, this meant I was not able to do anything at all except sit awake for 12 hours
Reetta, Dec 19, 2017 - Comfortable seats, enough legroom and overall safe ride.
Chiara, Dec 18, 2017 - Good trip and good driver, air conditioner too much cold..
Dezi, Dec 16, 2017 - Pros: clean blankets, air con, a bottle of water and coconut biscuits provided, lots of legroom! Cons: no WiFi or ability to charge devices, arrived 2 hours late to destination, bathroom was not cleaned or maintained at all (15 hr journey Phangnga to Bangkok).
Ana, Dec 12, 2017 - Everything was very nice but no information are provided in english, nor the entertainment system provides anything in english. Otherwise great, very comfortable!
Yuta, Dec 11, 2017 - the seat was a little bit hard but the price was low so ok
Angelica, Dec 10, 2017 - I knew that it wasn't going to be dreamy because it was a long ride (about 12 hrs), but I was positively surprised by getting free food at a stop, and getting a mini lunch bag at the beginning of the trip. The only thing that was terrible was the smell of the toilet, but even on the classiest busses, that's always a problem.
Andre, Dec 8, 2017 - Não falam inglês. Difícil conseguir qualquer tipo de informação nestas condições. Viagem longa, sem noção nenhuma das paragens ou do trajecto. De qualquer forma permite descansar (os bancos permitem ficar quase deitados) e é uma opção muito econômica
Thomas, Dec 8, 2017 - Vip bus has comfortable seats, but the bus makes too many random stops, especially at the beginning of the journey. The free meal and snacks are not tasty.
Ryszard, Dec 3, 2017 - very convienient coach, time keeping good trip

November 2017

Valentina, Nov 30, 2017 - Comfortable seats (better than other Vip Buses) lot of space next and in front of you, tv, aircon, they will give you water,coke, milk and biscuits. Driver ok!
Philip, Nov 30, 2017 - Bus was good and plenty of leg room and good food at stop on the way. Just a little old and used but still fine. Driver did well and got us to bangkok dispite the flooding.
Kristian, Nov 25, 2017 - Great trip but the driver was a bit crazy on the road
Alma, Nov 23, 2017 - Everything went smooth. The bus was very comfortable and quiet after watching one movie. My only recommendation is to put some mosquito repellent before boarding, as I got some bites and be vigilant for your stop.
Michal, Nov 19, 2017 - IT was the worst VIP bus i have every Śrem. The bus was very old. Anything don't work. Donner was igły. I don't recommend.
Lisa, Nov 19, 2017 - Seats are very comfortable, can recline far back and still leaving leg room for the person behind you. Legs can go up, there was even a massage button for the chair! TVs on every seat, downfall is it was all in Thai and no English. Snacks were given, as well as multiple drinks and we even stopped for a served dinner. A lot of language barriers which was expected.
Magali, Nov 6, 2017 - Buses very comfortable, with blankets and snack. Only 3 stars because the meal stop for dinner was not very good and oly 15min to eat, go to bathroom and shop
Robert, Nov 4, 2017 - Vip bus was old,no the cleanest. Wc too. Another vip bus with free wifi,this havent. Free snack ,cola and.water and.milk. staff good. Drivers can be drive little safest,but here is normal. Next time I will fly.
Eleanor, Nov 3, 2017 - Had a small snack and juice provided which was good. Not quite enough leg room, the aircon was too strong, I needed more than one blanket to compensate and they played some very loud music over the speakers for parts of the journey that was not at all my taste - I seriously resented being forced to listen to it!! Staff were good, would probably take ear plugs next time.

October 2017

Jennifer, Oct 25, 2017 - Most horrible trip experience! The driver has been super unresponsible driving as crazy on small streets with a huge bus when it was raining all day. After only 2 hours the bus got out of control sliding from left to right over the highway - about 5 times until the driver was able to handle it. I was praying to arrive alive all drive. Even though he was much too fast, we arrived at our destination 3 hours later! Which made it extremely hard for us to get to our hostel - but don't expect help because no one is talking to you. Quite sure that the driver didn't really know the way cause he stopped a million times. But - we actually only had one break. Within 15 hours!!! Super super super disappointed. First and last time, better take a train!
Justin, Oct 23, 2017 - Snack was tea, water, and a bun, and there was a stop at a rest stop with food. Leg room was a bit on the cramped side, and it was somewhat hard to sleep. That being said, we got there a tad bit early, the staff was courteous, and it was cheap. Would recommend and ride again.
Thais, Oct 22, 2017 - Good bus!
Carly, Oct 5, 2017 - The staff did not speak any English and was very rude when stops to get off happened. Very uncomfortable and cold for a 12 hour bus ride

September 2017

Brent, Sep 23, 2017 - Relatively accommodating, but cabin steward was pretty rude. Getting rest was a chore. It was cheap though, so overall you get what you're willing to pay for.
Ewelina, Sep 16, 2017 - Everything was fine. Nice staff good bus.


Lignite Express Inside
Lignite Express Inside
Express Outside
Lignite Express Outside
Lignite VIP24 Inside
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VIP24 Outside
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Lignite VIP Inside
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VIP Outside
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Schedule Lignite

19:05; 19:05;
3.8 Bangkok - Krabi
07:00, 17:30, 18:50, 19:30, 20:40; 19:20;
18:40; 19:05; 19:05;
19:05; 19:05;
07:00, 17:30, 18:40, 18:50, 20:40; 19:20;
3.8 Krabi - Bangkok
08:00; 17:00;
16:50; 16:50;
16:50; 16:50;
17:00; 15:30; 15:30;

Stations Lignite

Southern Terminal, Khlong Thom, Plai Phraya, Lam Thap, Ao Luek, Khao Phanom, Nuea Khlong, Thung Yai, Thap Put, Phangnga, Ban Ta Khun, Phrasaeng, Kapong, Khura Buri, Takua Pa, Kapoe, Krabi Bus Terminal, Nakhon Ratchasima