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, 18:40, 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
763 / 22,727
5 281
4 256
3 126
2 50
1 50
99.6% of 22,727 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.

Jan 23, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
No light for reading during the night and many cockroaches on the floor
Jan 20, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Very comfortable and very kind hostess
Jan 19, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Overall, the trip was fine and the 11hours trip go pretty fast when you take a night bus because the seats offer confort but the smell each time someone was going to the toilet was litterally awful !
Jan 18, 2019
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Seats were average in comfort. There was no usb charging available. A/c worked well. Water, a snack and blankets were provided. Heard some kind of banging noise in the bus all night. Overall average journey from the point of comfort.
Jan 16, 2019
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Very comfortable & clean with a smooth ride
Jan 12, 2019
bus VIP, Lignite
★★★★☆
Great trip but it was hard to find the right bus. The check in instructions for the 3rd floor were wrong, we checked in at the bus gate
Jan 11, 2019
bus VIP, Lignite
★★★★★
Really comfortable. Not many stops.
Jan 10, 2019
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
nice and clean bus. got free water, soy milk and cracker. blanket provided. Unfortunately this bus takes the b-roads the last 4-5 hours so it isn't the fastest. But we had no rush so as long as you know it, its fine.
Jan 10, 2019
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
The trip was okey. The bus is comfortable enough, they give you free water soy milk and a bread, and the dinner included is quite fine.
Jan 7, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Surprisingly, not freezing cold with the AC this time. Bus lady spoke English. Extremely comfy seats for sleeping & meal included (only one vegetarian option though and it was proper thai-spicy). Bus arrived in Sai Tai Mai more than an hour early.
Jan 6, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
A bit too cold on the bus and the blanket provided is pretty small. TVs didn’t work in chairs. This being said it wasn’t exactly a bad trip. After all 12 hours on a night bus won’t get anyone too excited. Would probably take the bus again one day.
Jan 5, 2019
bus VIP, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Aircon was way too high, so it was super cold. Otherwise the trip went well, thanks!
Jan 3, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Really comfortable seats! Good service like food and drinks!
Jan 2, 2019
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Great service! Snacks, meal and water were provided. A very comfortable overnight trip.
Dec 27, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Bus was 40min late other than that was a good service and will use for return journey
Dec 27, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
The bus needs lot of improvement. Seats broken and old bus. Not too bad but you can improve it.
Dec 26, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Good service. Car goes around for a while but yeah still get to Koh Lanta as advertised
Dec 25, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Long journey but the bus was comfortable and I slept almost of time. Water, soda, milk and a snack were served on the road and as always the attendant was really nice.
Dec 23, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Bus went broken and we had to wait 2h for a replacement bus
Dec 23, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Left and arrived on time. The ride was smooth. Bus clean and well maintained. Blankets provided were clean. Seats recline quite a long way but have an irritating headrest which doesn't stay in position. Plenty of space to stretch out. Would definitely use this service again.
Dec 23, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
I booked a vip bus, and i choose my seat on the website, while booking. But the bus was a standard bus with 4 seats for each row.
Dec 22, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Comfy seat,air conditioning was okay, it’s good that you provide blacket! I have enjoyed this journey
Dec 22, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Comfortable + AC, blankets, water and snacks provided
Dec 22, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
No WiFi or charger port
Dec 21, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
We travelled with Lignite VIP24 from Krabi to Bangkok Mochit. The bus was very spacious, with sufficient leg room for a large person. Snacks, drinks and a blanket were provided. A TV screen per seat with several different movies was available as well. The bus left punctually at 5.20pm and arrived at 5.30am. Several stops on the way we’re made, included a stop for a late dinner, which was fully provided. The only negative aspect was that the driver was driving relatively rough at times. Besides that a great and comfortable trip.
Dec 16, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★☆
I had a bit of a scary feeling, because of the speed. Futhermore it was comfortable, good organized and on time schedule.
Dec 15, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Worked as expected. Plenty of leg space and blanket and video screen.
Nov 28, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite
★★★★★
Its an easy booking and convenient
Nov 24, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Seats ok but aircon so cold. Despite wearing a jacket and a blanket it was impossible to sleep
Nov 22, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Food was delicious
Nov 18, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Free water and ice tea Also some snacks. Aircondition inside works perfect. Best seats ever
Nov 17, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
No internet, stopped for inclusive food but as none of the staff spoke English we missed out. Lights went out at 9.30pm. and no individual lights worked. Bus stopped just the once for passengers (for the food we missed out on!) but about a dozen other times for the staff without explanation. Otherwise the bus was in food condition and reasonably comfortable.
Nov 16, 2018
bus VIP 24, Lignite
★★★★★
Totally worth the money!
Nov 15, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Good comfort at a low cost, arrived on time after a pleasant trip :)
Nov 15, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Absolutely fine, no problems. Snack a bit odd, small bottle of water & comfortable seats. Not really anything to complain about but nothing to rave about. Good service & gets you where you want safely
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.

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