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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Khao Sok - Surat Thani
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Koh Phangan - Koh Phi Phi
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Koh Phangan - Krabi
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Koh Phangan - Phuket
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Koh Phangan - Surat Thani
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Koh Phi Phi - Phuket
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Koh Samui - Phuket
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Koh Samui - Surat Thani
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Krabi - Surat Thani
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08:30, 11:30, 13:00
Krabi - Surat Thani
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10:30, 11:30, 15:30, 16:30
Phuket - Koh Phangan
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Bus Express L
08:00
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07:30, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00
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Phuket - Surat Thani
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Surat Thani - Khao Sok
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Surat Thani - Khao Sok
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Surat Thani - Koh Phangan
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Surat Thani - Koh Phangan
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Surat Thani - Koh Samui
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Surat Thani - Koh Samui
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Van Regional 14pax 14
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Van VIP 8
08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
Surat Thani - Krabi
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Bus Minivan 15
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Surat Thani - Phuket
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Bus AC Seater
11:30, 13:30, 15:30
Bus Standard AC
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Surat Thani - Phuket
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Phantip 1970 Company Reviews

3.8
3362 customer reviews
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99.3% of 90,334 travelers were presumably happy with Phantip 1970 as they left good or no review
BK
1
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 18, 2019
One of the worst journeys that i have made in my life. The ferry had no air conditioning and bus ride was longer than what was told as well as bumpy.
VD
5
Bus Minivan, Phantip 1970, Nov 17, 2019
Very well organized
PB
5
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 17, 2019
Perfectly organized! Friendly people and everything on schedule! Thanks!
JA
1
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 16, 2019
En el barco un calor infernal. No se lo deseo a nadie. El autobus lo cogi por el horario de llegada incluso aceptando la demora de 1.5 horas. Pero lo que no te dicen es que te paran a 40 minutos de la estacion y casi te obligan a pagar 400 bth a un taxista para que te lleve a patong. Llegue al hotel cerca de las 9 de la noche. Todo un dia perdido y el enfado correspondiente.
EB
1
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 16, 2019
Driver from Donsak Pier to Surat Thank Airport was not nice and rather rude. I had my window open for some fresh air and after like 10 minutes he started yelling in words. I had no clue what he meant till he said something like airco. He also said 2000 baht etc, i assume he meant 2000 baht fine?? For having a window open? Actually ridicilous. I then closed my window, he kept mumbling for a bit and then was ok. I find it insane that the driver couldnt ask me to close my window normally and threatened with 2000 baht fine
PW
5
Bus Minivan, Phantip 1970, Nov 15, 2019
Very good we departe on time , the driver did the trip correct we book a extra Seat for the luggage , not necesary ??? There were only 6 people in bus . We were at ower desination 1 hour earlyer
EK
3
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 14, 2019
The driver used his phone while driving during the whole trip, did'nt feel safe. The mini van was quite small and hardly any legroom. The car beeped everytime the driver exeeded the speed limit, which was a lot. Hard to get any rest because of that. We had to wait 45 mins to change cars in krabi which we didnt expected to do. Other than that it was a OK trip. We arrived exactly on time on Koh samui.
AM
3
van VIP, Phantip 1970, Nov 12, 2019
Great transfer to the pier. But the boat was veruit old and the toilets were awefull.
JS
5
Bus Minivan, Phantip 1970, Nov 11, 2019
Delay of train from Bangkok 2 hours; still waiting for us!
SA
5
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 11, 2019
Very smooth and perfect transfer... Precisely on time.
SR
4
van VIP, Phantip 1970, Nov 11, 2019
The Bus that took us to port, a piece of the ceiling fell down while moving. Other than that, got there on time and made it so ????????
JI
4
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Nov 9, 2019
Great, affordable ride. It seemee miraculous that we left on time, given the mild chaos in Surat Thani, but we did. Lucky to be only two and not the maximum 14 in the van.
WF
4
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Nov 7, 2019
The driver was on time at the pickup location, drove nicely and was on time at the destination. The only thing I noticed is that they consistently miscount the number of seats. Somehow the drivers don't know how many seats have been taken and therefore start counting people's heads. This never worked in our case as we had to buy an additional seat for the extra luggage (it says so on the booking page). Which is my next concern! We never actually needed the extra seat as all the vans we've been in had enough space for the luggage. We wasted over 1200 baht for seats we didn't need and that quite upsets me.
JT
5
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 6, 2019
Je recommande. Très bonne organisation. Je repartirai avec le même voyagiste GOTravel.
WF
3
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Nov 5, 2019
Firstly it came as a shocking surprise that we stopped at their meeting point in Krabi. Especially because we had to wait a full hour before leaving to Khao Sok. Secondly, the second driver was racing to make up for the time lost. Driving with high speed through corners and breaking heavily. Very unpleasant ride.
MM
5
Bus Minivan, Phantip 1970, Nov 4, 2019
Safe, great trip with a very nice and kind driver.
RC
3
Bus Minivan, Phantip 1970, Nov 3, 2019
Van was ok, quick and driver was ok but a bit chaotic to get to the van
RK
3
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 1, 2019
Bad toilet on boat; people not wearing earpluggs so everyone has to hear their games/music/movies.... not good
KP
5
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Oct 20, 2019
Great service, I would like recommend every who travel from different country.
KC
4
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Oct 20, 2019
Quite a good trip Around about 45 min wait in Krabi for connecting bus

Phantip 1970 Stations

Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Surat Thani Town Koh Samui any hotel Na Thon Koh Samui Pier 3 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 Donsak Raja Krabi Town Na Thon Koh Samui Saladan Pier Surat Thani Ao Nang any hotel Ao Nam Mao pier Ratchaprapha Dam Railay Krabi Bus Terminal Ao Nang Donsak Raja Koh Lanta any hotel Lipa Noi Koh Samui Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Tapee Pier Lomprayah Patong Kata Karon any hotel Phangnga Khao Lak Rassada Pier Mae Haad Koh Tao Khanom Surat Thani Town hotels Donsak Seatran