Phantip 1970

Quick company Intro
Phantip 1970 is a licensed transportation operator providing transfer services all over the South of Thailand. The company organises combo packages which allow you to move hassle-free between the destinations where no direct options are available, e.g. from Bangkok to Koh Phangan combining train or bus with a ferry or, say, from Krabi to Bangkok via Suratthani combining bus and train.

With over 800 vehicles at their disposal and constantly expanding, Phantip’s fleet is one of the largest in the country. All the vehicles are equipped with a package of amenities to make the journey safe and comfortable.

The company’s main headquarters is located in Suratthani and they also have Koh Samui and Phuket branches. Book tickets online or go directly to the office for detailed information. FYI the second way to get the ticket is cheaper.

Routes served by Phantip 1970

Suratthani–islands of the Gulf

For about 50 years Phantip 1970 has been doing connecting transfers from Suratthani to the islands of the Gulf, including Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

The company offers pick up from different locations around Suratthani what comes very handy no matter whether you arrive from Bangkok to Suratthani by plane, by train, by bus or have spent the night in the city.

In Suratthani, buses depart from Phantip 1970’s office in the city centre near Talad Kaset 1 Bus Station or from around the car park next to Suratthani Train Station.

Ticket prices for ferry transfers from Suratthani to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan vary depending of your pick up point and are THB280 for Suratthani Town, THB300 for Suratthani train station and THB450 for Suratthani airport if heading further to Koh Samui. Add THB100 if your final destination is Koh Phangan.

Suratthani–Andaman Coast destinations

Phantip 1970 operate reasonaby prices bus service between Suratthani and Phuket. With a handful of departures both from Suratthani town and Suratthani train station they are a solid budget choice. The ride lasts between 4 and 4 and a half hours and costs THB230-250.

Koh Samui–Phuket

Phantip 1970 offers a very convenient bus+ferry link from Phuket to Koh Samui. The whole journey from one coast to the other takes under 8 hours and in reasonably priced at THB500 what makes it an optimal solution if you are on a budget.

Other minor destinations

The company also offers transfers between minor towns within Suratthani province including Kanom, Baang Sawan and some others. These departures take off from Suratthani Talad Kaset 2 (minivan terminal).

Pros
If you are lucky you’ll be treated politely and reach destination safe and sound and in due time.

Another plus of Phantip 1970’s service is that it’s rather affordable.

Cons
Most of the bus fleet is rather old and require at least basic maintenance, some doesn’t host a toilet (or it can be simply locked).

As per reviews the number of passengers in need for Wi-Fi on board is increasing but Phantip does not offer this service at the moment.

Delays do happen, so if you are connecting onward, keep that in mind.

Keep in mind
Do check your destination before the ride. As the company has several stops within the same destination, e.g. Suratthani town, Suratthani train station or Suratthani airport, do remind the ride attendant where you are heading. Similarly, when buying your ticket, make sure you are going to be picked up at the destination you want to be picked up.

Make sure to get all tickets or receipts for all connecting trips when booking packaged solutions with advanced payment. If failing to produce a ferry ticket for your connecting ride e.g. from Bangkok to Koh Samui, you may be refused transportation.

What travellers say
There has been issues with indelicate and aggressive staff trying to make profit of disoriented tourists. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, keep calm and report to the company afterwards indicating the route, the date and departure time of your ride.

Some travellers complain of reckless driving and driving at extremely high speed – this is a common issue with many operators in Thailand though currently the authorities are trying to apply a stricter control over the operators.

Despite some negative reviews still there people who stay realistic and consider Phantip 1970 services as a fair deal for a fair price. You must clearly understand that it is not Europe with all its diligence, it’s a question of what you expect from Thai operators.

Schedule Phantip 1970

07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Bus Express L
09:30
Bus Standard AC
07:30, 09:30
06:30, 07:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:30
Bus Express L
09:00
Bus Standard AC
08:00, 08:45, 10:00, 10:45
Bus Express L
09:00
Bus Standard AC
08:00, 09:00, 10:00
08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00
08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
07:00, 08:15, 09:30, 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15
08:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 10:45, 11:15, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 14:50, 16:00, 16:30
07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 10:45, 11:15, 11:30, 12:30, 13:15, 13:30, 14:30, 14:50, 15:15, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
07:29, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 11:30
06:00, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:30, 17:00
07:00, 07:45, 08:00, 09:00, 09:45, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30
3.5
1,277 / 35,924
5 403
4 347
3 230
2 114
1 183
99.2% of 35,924 travelers were presumably happy with Phantip 1970 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.

Apr 23, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Good and friendly staff. Very comfortable trips
Apr 22, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Safe transfer. Just allow more time for your journey. The website said it would arrive 4 hours after departure. We arrived after a 6 hour journey, so our hotel pick up had been and gone.
Apr 19, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The bus seats were uncomfortable, and the communication was poor, we didn't know when was our turn to get off. It was very punctual which I really appreciate and the catamaran was ok.
Apr 19, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
Mini van driver made muiltiple personal stops making us 2 hours late. Spoke on his phone while driving to entire time. Drove crazy. Very unprofessional. Should be fired.
Apr 16, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
No water for drinks. And they stop just on Taxi Mafia stops. 2 People in the Bus asked me for Taxi service. They dropped me off on a taxi station and i had to leave the property after i wouldn’t take a taxi. MAFIA- USE GRAB TAXI!
Apr 16, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
As the train was late we missed our coach. We waited 3 hours for another, were sent to the main office in Surat Thani without instructions. The coach left late, the driver was poor and we were dropped before Phuket bus station and forced to take a mini bus belonging to Infinity Travel. This company (Infinity) were appalling, rude, unpleasant and inefficient. It cost us another 200Bht to be insulted and nearly driven off the road. The driver was shouting at passengers and nearly drove off the road. Apart from this company everyone in Thailand was polite and helpful and charming. Infinit let your country down and ruined that journey. This is particularly annoying as we did not expect or need to use them as we had no contract with them.
Apr 16, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very good service
Apr 13, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
Awful service. When I got to the pier in Krabi there was no bus to take us on the next leg of our journey. After much hastle, and people telling us that the service was not running and that we would have to pay 800 baht per person for another bus we eventually found out that we had to in fact be at the bus station in Krabi, this was never communicated to us in the travel itinerary or at all by 12go Asia. We managed to get to the bus station and eventually was picked up from there. The eta for our journey was 18:30 on the travel itinery and we didn’t arrive at our destination until 20:15 and had the man at the travel shop where we were dropped try to rip us off for a taxi. VERY UNHAPPY - STRONGLY DISCOURAGE USE OF THIS SERVICE.
Apr 13, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Nice bus a little loud but ez pz!
Apr 12, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
This driver was legit. He got us there in less time than we were expecting even after stopping many times for deliveries and such.
Apr 12, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
No proper signage saying Phantip Counter. Driver don't speak even simple english.
Apr 11, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Booked this transfer the day before at the office in Bangkok. Great service, and great value. Got to Suratthani 2hours early, without asking the staff arranged for as to join an earlier minibus ????
Apr 11, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The bus started later but we arrived to the ferry on time and with no stress at all.
Apr 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
Worst bus driver ever! Talking to his friends around the first row all the times. At times even turning back to talk while driving. His hands was not even on the wheel half of the time, holding the wheel with his elbows. Dangerous over takings, using the horn all the times and shouting to other drivers on the road. If all the drivers of the company like this, dont take this bus your life is in danger.
Apr 7, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The Van didn't have the AC on for the back seats. The ferry was late and took over 2 hours
Apr 7, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
I got there!
Apr 7, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Ff
Apr 3, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
They failed to pick me up at 06:00 on a Sunday morning. Hotline had an answering machine. Suddenly at 7:00 I was picked up. All others had a pick-up time of 7:00 plus. So obviously they corrected their mistake. It turned out that I was still on schedule. Not so bad after all but a nervous hour of waiting.
Apr 3, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Ferry late, not unusual
Apr 1, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Really nice transportation. Teo deck bus with good seats and the ferry ride was the most comfortable boat I've been on while traveling
Mar 30, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Van left early and arrived early which was good. Two of the seat belts were malfunctioning and could not be opened. One pair of passengers had paid extra money for a seat for their packs, but the driver did not seem to be aware of this and moved all their gear to allow roadside passengers to get a seat.
Mar 30, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
They put me in another service half before mine and it took 1 more hs.
Mar 29, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
They didn’t speak english..
Mar 28, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Everything went very smooth for my arrival into Koh Phangan. Travelled from Bangkok to Surat Thani on train. requested a lower bunk, ended up getting the upper, but it was comfortable, clean, bed was made by train staff. A/c blew from vent right above my head, so was cool the entire night. People at train stn in suratthani were helpful. It was their organised chaos, but they put me on the correct train with very clear instructions for which stop to get off at. Straight to pier, no stops.. which was great!! 2-ish hour ferry trip went as expected! Was a great experience. I could see if one of the modes of transport were late it could cause issues with catching the next transport... as timelines are a little tight! However, my experience was awesome!! The staff at 12Go were also very helpful, professonal and the service worked well for me. Read the fine print people... it’s not typical legal jargon, it is simple to read and gives valuable information that is straight forward and necessary. I was in their office for a bit and a lot of people had issues... because they didn’t read what they were buying. Great job Asia 12Go!!
Mar 27, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Staff very helpful, left on time and arrived early. Comfortable transport. Driver very friendly.
Mar 26, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
We went to the office of phantip but it only opened at 7.30 when our bus was supposed to leave at 7.00. When we asked several people from the office they said we have to wait. When the responsible person came she just said: “you missed your bus”....
Mar 20, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The ladies at the Phantip office were incredibly helpful. They helped me find the correct bus when I was totally lost
Mar 20, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Wonderfull
Mar 19, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Only 4 because of the toilets, but the sleep8ng compartments were clean, comfortable, and private. I would o ly get a bottom bu k tbough because the top is smaller with no window. Professional staff.
Mar 18, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
The bus was supposed to be ‘express’ but they stopped to pick up people all along the way. It was waaaay longer than any of us expected the trip to take. Most of the passengers were frustrated!
Mar 16, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Best
Mar 16, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
I gather people are grouped to location. Therefore don't be in a rush. You might need to wait for others collectively to fill up minivan. Showed driver address, 1st drop off for Koh Lanta - we had to backtrack and pay driver? Purchased ticket Go Asia. Not an amazing service but we got there.
Mar 13, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Aucun souci le transfert s'est bien passé comme prévu. Bravo
Mar 12, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Comfortable buses with Wifi & drops you right at the airport. Also they manage all the transfers to& fro from connecting ferry
Mar 12, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Loved the night train, and was really happy i had the (more spacious) lower berth!
Mar 11, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Pretty seamless. The bus ride was comfy, some nice views, had toilets. Made a couple stops for snacks and bathrooms. Bring a jacket for A/C. The ferry ride was beautiful. Got to port in Ko Samui at time expected. The bus takes your bigger luggage over for you, just make sure to remember what it looks like, and chase it down after to pick it up.
Mar 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
In the end it was fine. The bus was actually a van and while speedy it was at the expense of comfort (i.e lots of turns, big bumps/potholes taken at speed and the AC was pretty weak). I had selected the Phantip service over the Raja service because the times worked better (departed an hour earlier according to the info on this site) but at the Phantip office I was given Raja ferry tickets. Not sure why I paid the Phantip premium to end up on the Raja ferry (could have booked direct with Raja) so feel that was a little sneaky by the operator/this site, but hey that's the game in Thailand; good luck out there!
Mar 7, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Comfortable. Air-conditioned. Arrived an hour later than stated but as weren't in a rush.
Mar 5, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Good value for money, although the bus stopped once and people came on shouting taxi taxi! And it was some sort of dodgy airport transfer service. If you weren’t getting a taxi you had to take all your bags and transfer them to a different coach for the final 15 minutes of the journey.
Mar 4, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Nice driver, good stop, good Information.

Stations Phantip 1970

Phuket Bus Terminal (2) Suratthani Town Donsak Seatran Koh Samui Na Thon Koh Samui Suratthani Van Phantip office Krabi Van Terminal Krabi Bus Terminal Suratthani Train station Donsak Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi) Suratthani Krabi Town Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) Suratthani Airport Phangnga Khao Sok van station Hat Yai van terminal Samui Van Terminal Donsak Seatran Suratthani Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Krabi Sea Pearl Ao Nang Beach Krabi Ao Nam Mao pier Ratchaprapha Dam Suratthani Trainstation Suratthani Airport Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Suratthani Train Station Ao Nang Railay Seatran Donsak Raja Suratthani Town Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Koh Lanta (any Hotel)