Lignite

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.

Bangkok–Krabi

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Buy Lignite Tickets

Bus VIP 24 24
19:05
Bus VIP 32
19:05
Bus Express XL
07:20, 17:30, 20:00, 20:40
Bus VIP 24 24
19:00
Bus Express XL
18:40
Bus VIP 24 24
19:05
Bus VIP 32
19:05
Bus VIP 24 24
19:05
Bus VIP 32
19:05
Bus Express XL
07:20, 17:30, 18:40, 20:40
Bus VIP 24 24
19:00
Bus Express XL
08:20
Bus VIP 24 24
17:20
Bus VIP 24 24
16:50
Bus VIP 32
16:50
Bus Express XL
17:00
Bus VIP 24 24
15:30, 17:15
Bus VIP 32
15:30, 17:15

Lignite Company Reviews

3.9
697 / 21,485
5 250
4 241
3 112
2 45
1 49
99.6% of 21,485 travelers were presumably happy with Lignite 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.

Nov 10, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
perfect!
Nov 10, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
the service are great! specifically the dinner and the girl that help us on the bus.She is very attentive and simpathic
Nov 4, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Great comfy reclinable seats. Lights go off as soon as you are out of Bangkok. Would have liked to read a bit but my phone torch was too strong and didn’t want to disturb the other passsangers. They provide you with a snack and various drinks. Toilets aren’t great but do the job. All in all recommend. Easier than the airport protocol. You just need to arrive 30 min before departure. Once in Krabi you have the local open buses to take you to places like Ao Nang for 60 baht (from Bangkok take the bus 511 to the southern terminal for 15 baht only!!)
Oct 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Friendly service. Safe ride. Provided blankets and water. Comfortable seat.
Oct 17, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Bus was comfortable and arrived on time, but stewardess was very bad. She delivered all the drinks and snacks before we departed from the bus station and since then never showed up for the whole duration of the journey, with one exception while she told us trought the intercom that we are allowed to leave the bus because we 're taking a break, but haven't even bothered to tell us how long time do we have until we will continue. And she spoke english, we k OW because she talked to us at the bus station before we boarded the bus.
Aug 31, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Air conditioning was really intense so had to ask for blankets. Toilet smell was very strong when the door was opened each time it was used. Journey took 1hr 30minutes more than scheduled. They provided water, soymilk and butter bread.
Aug 20, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
For once I had made a seat reservation and was implemented in the bus by the bus attendant although the bus was only half full I had to sit next to another passenger. Unfortunately, the man did not understand a word of English and could therefore give me no information why I had to implement. When I showed him my ticket with the seat number, he crossed out the number with a pen and wrote another one next to it. That annoyed me o lot.
Jul 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Delay in departure with no explanation and staff couldn’t speak any English at all to tell us what station we were at when we got to Bangkok or how long our mid journey stop was for etc. but the bus was very comfortable and easy to sleep in. Communication was the only real issue
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
I found out my friend only paid $800 but even with pick up from her hostel and I paid more without pick up for $200 more and need to pay my own taxi. :((
Jun 26, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Terrible customer service skills, I asked for a blanket and the hostess refused and then took one for herself.
Jun 18, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Very comfortable. Convenient way to travel between Krabi and Bangkok.
Jun 17, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
It was fine. Comfortable enough to sleep a little
Jun 10, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
The seats were really comfortable and the driver was smooth on turns and accelerations.
Jun 9, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
It was okay you get what you pay for. I didn't like the fact that they didn't announced the Northern Terminal in Bangkok, I am a foreigner and it's normal for me to don't understand Thai and not being familiar with the bus stations. They made quite a few stops so I was really confused. I ended up in the wrong Bus Terminal.
May 21, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Excellent and safe driving. We arrived early! Toilet on bus. The USB chargers were too slow to charge my phone. Fairly comfortable seats but I struggled feel comfortable on account of sunburn.
May 15, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Great, comfortable seats. Recline quite a bit so sleeping was easy. The air conditioning can be directed away or turned off if you're feeling too cold - wasn't a problem for me. Stopped for 20 mins for a free meal included!
May 8, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Overall, a good trip. You get some bread, soy milk and water at the start. I think we made one stop around midnight but there’s is a bathroom on the bus. The seats are relatively comfortable (I’ve been on worse and been on better), air con worked well and lots of leg room. Bus left and arrived in Krabi on time.
May 1, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
I traveled the VIP bus before and this one was not at all comfortable, the AC was on full blast and even though I had bundled myself up in many layers I was freezing and couldn't sleep. The bus driver was awful at driving, not at all smooth like my previous experience.
Apr 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Good and roomy. It would be nice if the foot rest came up higher
Apr 27, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Staff were helpful even though they didn’t speak any English. A small snack (water, soy milk, sweet crackers) was provided. There was also a free lunch stop just before 12pm, which was a nice surprise, but we almost missed it because there was no announcement (in Thai or English) and it didn’t look like a food place from outside. Toilet had no soap and was locked an hour or two before the end of the journey. Not sure if that was deliberate or done accidentally by one of the passengers. Seats were reasonably comfortable but no blankets were provided and the air con was a bit cold, you’ll want to dress up for the journey.
Apr 23, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
I would give it a 5 star review if they stopped for pee breaks. We had one 3 hours in. At my age i was unable to drink water for that reason. If im missing something let me know please. Shorly others need to pew.
Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
maybe next time charging port can be install
Apr 11, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Bus was very smelly. It was also 20 minutes late, so they put us on a different bus, but made our friends wait for the original bus. We arrived at a completely different station. Seat recline very far, which is good for sleeping, but there isn't enough space between them sot he person in from of you is touching your lap
Apr 8, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Express bus we took to Krabi was better than the VIP back. Tv's didn't work, lights for reading didn't work, couldn't recline seat because staff was sleeping behind it, guy in front reclined his so hard it broke and crashed into my leg, toilet stank and generally a bad experience. Don't waste your money.
Apr 4, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Tour was very comfortable. Seats great. Highly recomended.
Apr 3, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Good bus but air conditionnair too cold
Apr 2, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Overcrowded extra people sitting on the floor and sleeping on my arm rest. Couldn't wait to get off after 12.5hours!
Apr 1, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
The bus was quite comfy, large space and fast drivers. Some complimentary little cake and a bottle of water. Air condition is very strong, tho. Working toilet. Although I put here that I want to go to Ao Nang, we got to Krabi bus station, and then had to pay for mini bus to Ao Nang.
Mar 31, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
The ride was ok. The seats recline far on the lower deck and the aircon wasn't too too cold. There aren't any power sockets so beware and the toilet stank to high heaven but other than that it was a decent journey.
Mar 29, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Seats and space are first class:) as in an firsclass aircraft no problem to be above 1.9 meter in body length. Includes also some snacks and beverages. Arrived Bangkok (from Krabi) before the estimated time-schedule. Remember to have some additional clothing if you are sensitive of freesing due to the extensive air conditioning (one blankets per seat exist) .
Mar 29, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite
★★★★★
I got a seat in the first row and this was very comfortable as there was a lot of space for my legs. Would book again with the same company. Good value for money. Would also book again with 12GoAsia since it was very convenient!
Mar 28, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Everything provided as described - blankets, water, soya milk, coke and a small snack. A lot of space for legs, adjustable seats, all good. Staff didn't communicate in English, but was helpful when needed.
Mar 27, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Very comfortable journey - seats large and plenty of space to stretch out. We all slept which was a relief. Seats reclined a lot so great for sleeping. The staff were not so helpful but this may have been communication problems! The meal was adequate but kids would not eat it.
Mar 26, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Large reclining seats which are very comfy, a blanket and snacks are provided too! Well worth the money
Mar 25, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Comfortable trip: coach was clean, we were provided snacks and a blanket. I have enjoyed my trip
Mar 25, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
We took the same bus service lignite VIP that we had used to come from Bangkok to krabi. But the experience was different mostly because the bus was so vastly different. The seats did not have most of the functionalities that made the earlier journey so memorable. The footrest button did not work neither did the massage function. Again the attendant did not speak a word of English and she seemed almost proud of this fact. The food stop was a disaster like the last time. Do not expect any help as such. Plan your stop etc and be alert. Overall a decent ride. Reached on time like last time.
Mar 23, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
My only complaint is the bad smell from the toilet! Aside from that, everything was great.
Mar 23, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Very good service overall. Clean bus and comfortable seats. Back massage feature was really good. Snacks and drinks provided during the journey. Dinner stop could have been better. Reached on time. Very safe. Attendant was helpful but only spoke thai. Good option for Bangkok to krabi.
Mar 22, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Very long trip, staff doesn't speak english, many staff stops (we could go out the bus only once)
Mar 22, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
The bus was clean and snacks provided. Soya milk was warm, so did not drink, Bus colder than last trip. The seat in front of me was broken, so when the passenger moved it would slam down in to my legs waking both him and I up and hurting me! ????

Lignite Stations

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