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

3.7
2,092 / 57,345
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4 565
3 328
2 168
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99.3% of 57,345 travelers were presumably happy with Phantip 1970 as they left good or no review

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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)
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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 17, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Downside is that there is very little legroom, my husband is very long and could barely put his legs down, unpleasant ......... advice seat choice. We were very satisfied with the driver, he drove safely and well.
Jan 17, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Great service and well organized! I would recommend Phantip for transfers and ferries
Jan 17, 2019
bus Minivan, Phantip 1970
★☆☆☆☆
Bought and extra luggage seat (for luggage and our long legs), after waiting and being transfered to another minivan we were put in the back of the van with NO space at all. And our luggage was put on top of the rest of the luggage which was already in the van, other people did not even have to pay for that! Never again.
Jan 17, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Everything went on schedule. No problem. Thanks!
Jan 16, 2019
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
It was a cronky bus we had to change bus n that wasnt in the itinery and there was a two hour wait in an office if tbis wss laid out i wouldnt of booked it
Jan 15, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
We had the trip from kao-sok to kho Phangan. İt went well till Surat Thani where we had to wait 1,5 hours. Than another 22 min at the gas station. We could reach the ferry at the last moment actually. Otherwise we would have wait for another two hours. We wonder if the waiting time could be shortened by slightly eliminating the unnecessary pauze from suratthani on. All together it was a long but a nice trip to the island kho Phangan.
Jan 15, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very good
Jan 12, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
В общем неплохо, если бы нам не пришлось доказывать на бас терминал 2 на Пхукете, куда нас привезли, что у нас оплаченный трансфер до отеля. Решили достаточно быстро и отвезли приватно на минивене, но осадочек остался.
Jan 12, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very good
Jan 9, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Well orginazed!
Jan 9, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
very good organizing at the phantip office in Surat Thani and very friendly driver. It was a nice and uncomplicated trip
Jan 8, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Positiv: Die kurzfristige Umbuchung aufgrund des Ausfalls meiner eigentlichen Buchung klappte reibungslos, der Voucher wurde mir sogar im Büro in Bangkok ausgedruckt. Zur Verbindung (Phantip) selbst: Es lief alles pünktlich ab. Empfang und Einweisung am Bahnhof klappte. Bus war auch okay und angenehm klimatisiert. Der Übergang zur Fähre war weniger gut. Es wurde zwar Pier 3 genannt , aber es erfolgte keine klare Aussage, wo genau Pier 3 ist. Wir mussten uns selbst durchfragen und erreichten die Fähre gerade noch so. Der Aufstieg auf das Passagierdeck ist mit Koffer äußerst beschwerlich. Hilfe gibt es keine. Das äußere Passagierdeck war extrem verschmutzt und auf vielen Sitzen schwamm eine schwarze Brühe. Zu den Sitzen innen kann ich nichts sagen, aber der Zustand der Toiletten war unter aller Würde. Die Pissoires waren beide außer Betrieb, die beiden Toiletten extrem verschmutzt und natürlich auch ohne Klopapier. Seife und Papierhandtücher o.ä. gab es auch nicht. Aufgrund der Pünktlichkeit und des ordentlichen Zustandes des Busses gebe ich mit Ach und Krach noch 3 Sterne.
Jan 8, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Super easy!
Jan 8, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Great trio, well organised
Jan 8, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Great, cheap way to travel, we went first class this time and we had our own room. Both first and second class were ok. Definitely an experience and well worth a go. 12go Asia have been really easy to deal with. Would recommend this way to travel
Jan 7, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Hard to find Phantip office in Samui Nathon.
Jan 7, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Correct and fast
Jan 7, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
In general, everything worked fine. At 8.30 a AC Van picked us up from our hotel in Lanta and then brought us to Krabi. Here we changed to a bigger bus going to the ferry port Donsek and managed to take the boat going to Samui at 15.00. At Samui Port you have to walk outside the harbour to find the Pantip associated Minivans that bring you to the Hotel. Sometimes we were a little bit confused what is going on, why we have to change bus now and so on... But you can trust the stuff, they know what they are doing. Make sure you always stay with some kind of a ticket...
Jan 6, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
Departure 1 hour delayed
Jan 4, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
All of it worked well. Both, departure and arrival were on time. We were orientated well on the transfer points. Good job.
Jan 4, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The boat left on time. Everything ok
Jan 4, 2019
bus Minivan, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Went very smooth and according to plan!
Jan 3, 2019
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
We konden niet op tijd zijn omdat onze boot vertraging had en moesten nieuwe tickets betalen.
Jan 3, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Ride from Phuket to Surat Thani went without trouble, just many stops on the way
Jan 3, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
It was very nice
Jan 3, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
On ferry there is not enough seat. Too many people sit in the ground. Other things was ok.
Jan 2, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Little delayed but comfortable journey
Jan 2, 2019
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
I was disappointed by minibus ride between donsak and Hat Yai. The driver was unfriendly (throwing bags around even one that contained a chicken, calling us angrily during lunch break despite announcing 10 min lunch break earlier), driving reckless beyond typical standards in Southeast Asia (squeezing through queue at red light and passing the crossing despite all cars waiting, driving double speed of other cars, abrupt breaking as we crashed almost twice). I am aware of driving standards in SEA but compared to other road trips in Thailand this was below average.
Dec 30, 2018
bus Minivan, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
No space for bags Our driver fainted and crashed the van when arriving to Khao Sok.
Dec 30, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
evryrhing ok just small one minus 1 hour too late
Dec 30, 2018
ferry Local, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Good travel by sea and the chance to buy on board the transfer to our hostel in Surin Beach
Dec 29, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Great organization!
Dec 29, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
Our bus didn’t have proper aircondition. It was bit hard to find Phantip office in Suratthani to get ride to the railway station.
Dec 29, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The arrangements and all the transport services were just superb !!!!
Dec 29, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
2hr trip in a tired minibus with noisy A.C. and a slightly scary driver. Its not the best customer experience as the place is tricky to find and it all feels 'a bit iffy' as communication isnt brilliant, but they did exactly what we needed and all on time . Even dropped us to the door of our hotel as opposed to the general drop point which at night in a strange place was very welcome.... and all for £5 each. It's sort of great once you've don't it but odd whilst it's happening... hence dropping a star.
Dec 29, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Eerst was er een wanorde toen we van de veerboot op het vasteland land aankwamen. Niemand wist precies in welke bus we moesten. Na een paar maal heen en weer gestuurd te zijn kwamen we in een klein busje terecht, eindelijk. Toen de chauffeur ging rijden begon een irritant luid gepiep. Iedereen dacht - wat Is dit nu? Dit ging de hele tijd door. Halverwege hadden we een korte stop en vroeg de chauffeur wat het was en - of hij verstond mij niet - deed het af met een gebaar van - niet belangrijk. Ook Is dit de meest onvriendelijke chauffeur tot nu toe, niet Thais.
Dec 28, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Leg room was minimal for a 6’2” tall guy.
Dec 28, 2018
van Regional, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Good connection from Kao Sok to the island.
Dec 27, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Exellent
Dec 27, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★☆☆☆
Extremely bumpy and midway a smell of urine infested the whole bus. People with sketchy looks kept looking at our bags and phones. Recommend if you have no other option really.

Phantip 1970 Stations

Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Surat Thani Town Koh Samui any hotel Na Thon Koh Samui Krabi Van Terminal Surat Thani Train Station Krabi Sea Pearl Travel Donsak Seatran Donsak Surat Thani Train station Samui van terminal Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi Thong Sala Koh Phangan Khao Sok van station Surat Thani Airport Phang Nga Bus Station Donsak Seatran Hat Yai Bus Station Koh Samui Donsak Raja Krabi Town Saladan Pier Surat Thani Ao Nang any hotel Ao Nam Mao pier Ratchaprapha Dam Railay Krabi Bus Terminal Ao Nang Donsak Raja Ko Lanta any hotel Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Tapee Pier Lomprayah Patong Kata Karon any hotel Phangnga Khao Lak Rassada Pier Mae Haad Koh Tao Khanom