426 / 15,090
5 147
4 136
3 83
2 28
1 32
99.6% of 15,090 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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September 3.5

November 2017

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.
Jessica, Sep 6, 2017 - The aircon was great. We were provided with a toro bun for a 12 hour journey which isn't sufficient enough to warrant the bus saying they provide food id have rather not been given anything. The seats were uncomfortable. The leg room was poor as soon as the person ahead of you puts there seat in recline you can barely move and I'm short!
Sylvia, Sep 2, 2017 - Seats were spacious, toilet quite ok for a coach, bus was in time, even a bit early. Unfortunately no vegetarian dish for dinner at 10pm, mainly pork and some fish, too spicy for my children.

August 2017

Maksim, Aug 16, 2017 - В автобусе стояла вонь, а Водитель собрал полный комплект неровностей на дороге..
Eduard, Aug 14, 2017 - not bad but a little bit dirty.

July 2017

Jimmy, Jul 20, 2017 - Pas de usb, heuresement que j'avait manger avent car la nouriture est limite pour un vip..
Jitendra, Jul 1, 2017 - Very good experience. Well maintained, clean bus. Pleasant and helpful hostess. Complementary snacks and Meal. Timely departure and arrival.

June 2017

Elliot, Jun 28, 2017 - Pleasant, wouldn't describe as first class/VIP though.
James, Jun 28, 2017 - Excellent in every respect - service, snacks and drinks, blankets, on board entertainment. Very happy
Wijnand, Jun 25, 2017 - Our 2nd trip with Lignite. Excellent again. Very comfortable seats. Only 3 chairs in a total row - 2 seats right / 1 on the left. Chairs recline to 270 degrees with huge legroom. Hostess on board with free snack, water and cola. Also included a 20 minute stop-over with free Thai food. Departure and arrival exactly on time. No TV on - No loud music. You can watch movies on private screen with headphone. In the bus only silence. :) Recommended !
Wijnand, Jun 17, 2017 - Luxurious VIP bus with huge leg room. Blanket, water , can of cola and a snack provided. Left at 19.20 - 20 minute stop at 22.30 with free Thai food. Arrived at 08.00 AM. Driver drove very calm and not too fast. Toilet on board. It does get a bit cold at night, so bring long sleeve T-shirt or jacket. Excellent trip. Only improvement option : provide a pillow.
Magali, Jun 15, 2017 - The bus was ok, I was late and they wait for me. However, I travelled alone and I was the only one foreigner and almost the only one girl , but it was ok.
David, Jun 5, 2017 - VIP24 Bus. Good Travel and price because i have problem with sleeping travel is not long for me approx. 11 hour long. Helpful staff and English speaking. Bus Arrive 20minut later it is adequately. Bus is clean. I have two free seat it is good. Located near Up to toalet it is near if i need go to toilet but somethimes smell toilet but this is life. Good conditions with use blanket. Got it Snack Cola, water, soya milk for eat and dring and one good stop in night market is enough but in bus description is one food included. TV FILMS ONLY in Thai in Present is multilanguage films. Interestingly, several buses that left earlier were met at a common stop ;-) It is may be for not traffic in stop.
Ebba, Jun 2, 2017 - Very comfortable. Good food, nice and quiet.

May 2017

Helene, May 16, 2017 - Besides the smelly toilet, it was an awesome trip!
Damien, May 11, 2017 - Good quality of service. The company can't do better than what have been provided
Agustin, May 11, 2017 - Todo bien, excelente servicio.
Sakiko, May 7, 2017 - We booked seats randomly and those were just behind toilet. Smelled lots and no leg space at all. We asked the guy but he just said no even back seats were empty. Weve got some snacks for free but no coffee like other review.
Rachel, May 6, 2017 - nice to have food and water but bus really smelly (toilet) and trip very long

April 2017

Inga, Apr 29, 2017 - 11pm dinner makes no sense to me
Jeff, Apr 23, 2017 - Very comfortable no problem reserving 1 day before. All on schedule arrive early at morchit.
Jefferson, Apr 20, 2017 - Quality the bus was abysmal. Both seats were broken. Our chosen seats were allocated incorrectly. Tour guide was unhelpful and really did not provide any service. Tour guide kept going for toilet breaks on the side of the road. We were dropped off in what seemed like the back streets of Krabi where we had to pay an extortionate fare to get to Ao Nang Beach. In comparison to the Bangkok busline, Lignite was shocking. Would not use again!!!
Ebba, Apr 18, 2017 - Krabi - Bangkok. Well worth the money. Everything okay, no information in English but I happened to be seated next to a very friendly man who spoke English so no problem for me. Lunch was included which I did not know but very good. The journey for me went very fast because I'm a good sleeper. The bus arrived 21 instead of 20.
Remy, Apr 17, 2017 - This trip was such a disappointment.. Compaired to the other ones I've booked with 12goasia. First of all the airco did not worked as it should on the first bus so we've waited more than 2 hours (!) for a new bus (without any explanation because the bus drivers couldn't speak English). In Bangkok we arrived at 01.00 am the next day - in stead of 20.00 pm the same day. Maybe you guys should adjust the estimated time of arrival to avoid such disappointments.. Probably never going to book a long bus trip again
Dirk, Apr 16, 2017 - Tickets goed geregeld, comfortabele bus.
Chu, Apr 15, 2017 - Very enjoy the service and reached Bangkok on time.
¨carolina, Apr 14, 2017 - We had a terrible trip, our monitors never worked, the food poor and the dinner a disgusting, full of flies around, no higene, never again would hire their services, overpay for a trip on a VIP bus that was not.
Tao, Apr 14, 2017 - Easy accommodation online makes traveling simple. Bus ride was good. No complaints here.
Charlotte, Apr 14, 2017 - I was severely upset at being forced off the bus at the wrong terminal. Even though I asked several times if it was the southern bus terminal. You left me stranded with no idea where I was and how to get to where I was going. I understand that there is a language barrier but the man on the bus was incredibly rude and wouldn't listen to me.
Caroline, Apr 13, 2017 - Very good bus, large space on the sit and for the foot. Screen with movies in Thai. Staff don't speak english y te really Nice and agreable. Great, we spend a good night. I strongly recommence it.
Luke, Apr 12, 2017 - Comfortable seats that reclined, 12go got the exact seats we wanted. Only issues were things out of their control, reading lights not working and no toilet paper.
Esther, Apr 10, 2017 - Great journey, comfortable, on time and good driver! Free blankets and water are a bonus.


Lignite Express Inside
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Express Outside
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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, 19:10, 20:00, 20:40; 19:20;
18:40; 19:05; 19:05;
19:05; 19:05;
07:00, 17:30, 18:40, 19:10, 20:40; 19:20;
3.8 Krabi - Bangkok
08:00; 17:00;
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

Comparison Lignite