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.

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Phantip 1970 Company Reviews

3.6
1,362 / 38,708
5 451
4 368
3 241
2 116
1 186
99.2% of 38,708 travelers were presumably happy with Phantip 1970 as they left good or no review

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Jun 19, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Good
Jun 10, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
On time - as expected. Accommodated by getting me on an earlier departure than originally scheduled.
Jun 10, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
excellent service. tickets all well arranged. Thank you !!!
Jun 5, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
Would not recommend this route. It seemed a little chaotic,but fair for the money we paid.
Jun 1, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Trip was nice and good food along the trip :)
May 19, 2018
bus Minivan, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Really quick and a cheerfull driver
May 16, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Super efficient. Traffic meant we missed our scheduled boat but were able to be put on the next one. Very friendly staff
May 14, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very good service.
May 13, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Prima vlucht en fantastische afsluiting met bus en boot naar Koh Samui. We arriveerden vroeger op Suratthani en naar vertrektijd van de bus en boot werd niet gekeken. Instappen en wegwezen ... TOP !!
May 11, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Everything worked very smoothly, we were able to get on an earlier bus and subsequently and earlier boat which was great.
May 10, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Bus was a bit tired but AC worked and was only half an hour late on arrival, which is pretty good from my experience of Thai public transport.
May 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
travel on boat is very pleasant and beautiful view
May 8, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Personnel at the airport we’re confused as to which of the two counters we needed to check in at so sent us back and forth 3 times.
May 8, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Bardzo dobre warunki w busie.
May 6, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Zgodnie z planem, bez opoznien. Mila obsluga.
May 6, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Bus was comfortable and not crowded. I have no complaints.
May 5, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very Good trip, fast and safe. For even better service we could have been dropped off at our sccommodation, only 1km from the van station. Now we had to take another taxi for that short distance
May 4, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Was good
May 3, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
Horrible. Arrived as required half an hour before departure time. Office was still closed at that time (9am). After 15 min manager arrived. Man was very rude and asked for my booking confirmation. Then he said that the bus of 9:30 was cancelled. The next one (10:00) was full and next one had only 2 seats left. First next opportunity was bus of 11am. But seats where sure. Only option he said was to take the luxury Aircondioned touring car of 9:30 am. Since we had no other option we agreed. When the bus arrived It was a 40 years old dented and filthy public transport vehicle. Drive was with lots smelly poor locals and horrible. I’ll make a direct complaint as well but first let others know about this horrible experience.
May 3, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The trip went well although the people at the Phantip office seemed a little unstructured. The van driver dropped everyone at their hostels, we arrived almost on time.
May 2, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
we were too early. the employee put us on a bus to a meeting point and 60min later we were picked up. We arrived much earlier on our destination!
May 1, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
An easy trip from Koh Phangan to Phuket. I wish I would have known the ferry to bus change times so that I could plan snacks in advance accordingly. The bathroom on the bus is superrrrr tiny... hold your bladder until the pit stop.
Apr 30, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Perfect on time and 30 minutes quicker!
Apr 30, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Customers wait for Operators convenience , don't run on time , buses old and run down with many defects. Fees charged too high for the service when compared to distances and standard of service. From a Thai Island traveller with 35 years experience.
Apr 29, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Bus had wifi the whole trip (I was even able to stream YouTube on the trip). The bus stopped once for food. The seats reclined back so I was able to sleep. Ferry had Air conditioning and a large minimart on board.
Apr 26, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
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Apr 24, 2018
van VIP, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
There is a transfer to a Toyota van (as the image) right after leaving the airport, the van was already waiting. We stopped a 5 times to pick and leave people but really fast. The trip as an overall was smooth.
Apr 24, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
I was worrying a lot before my first trip from Bangkok to Pangan. But for nothing. Guys are very responsible, helpful, friendly and speak good English:). Responding quite fast. I left my bag in a night bus, realized it in airport already, I contacted 12go and Lomprayah, being in airport. 12go helped me a lot to find it the next day! I'm super grateful to the team of 12.go! Highly recommend
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 ????

Phantip 1970 Stations

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 Samui van terminal 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)