Phantip 1970

Phantip 1970
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99.1% of 28,853 travelers were presumably happy with Phantip 1970 as they left good or no review


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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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January 2018

Ronald, Jan 19, 2018 - Quiet busy but overall a fast trip. At the end easy arrangement booked to my hotel.
Aki, Jan 19, 2018 - Bussi lähti puolituntia myöhässä. Ja selvisi vasta lipun oston jälkeen, että on bussin vaihto. Mutta kaikki sujui kuitenkin todella hyvin vaikka sähellykseltä monessa kohti vaikuttikin. Välillä pysähdyttiin ostamaan vettä ja välillä tupakalle. Ja lyhyeen matkaan meni paljon aikaa. Mutta lopputulos oli kuitenkin positiivinen. Olimme ajoissa perillä.
Mykhailo, Jan 15, 2018 - Great.
Ase, Jan 14, 2018 - Very Good driver.
Kelly, Jan 14, 2018 - The bus left on time, and it was a very comfortable trip. The only problem was the crazy driving. I just decided to close my eyes and not worry about a head on collision. You can’t eat on the bus and there are no toilets.
Magdalena, Jan 13, 2018 - Staff were nice. But arriving 2 hours later than scheduled and missed one of my tours.
Jean, Jan 12, 2018 - We encountered a minor 10-15 minutes delay during that trip, which is very acceptable whenever a ferry is involved. Would travel with them again!
Alexis, Jan 12, 2018 - The process of getting on the bus from the Surat Thani airport to the van pickup is confusing and hectic, but once we got on the van to Khao Sok it was very quick and easy.
Leonie, Jan 12, 2018 - Busy at phantin office in surat thani. minibus left 10min later than planned. Comfortabel bus. Not full. At least 1 stop but after i fell asleep. 15min before time in krabi. I think it was pretty good
Sean, Jan 11, 2018 - Fast, comfortable and cheap. All three combined.
Rob, Jan 10, 2018 - Very well organized , with 1 change of buses at the airport. We drove 2 hours to kao sok although the driver stopped 6 times for fuel , buying water and things and picking up and dropping several locals along the road. The van is really smallish for a long drive when fully booked. But we got there so OK
Flavia, Jan 10, 2018 - Como cheguei cedo, anteciparam a minha viagem. Foi muito bom.
Vadim, Jan 9, 2018 - The bus arrived late for the ferry at 16:30!!! We are waiting for the next ferry till 18:00.
Pasi, Jan 8, 2018 - Easy and cheap
Andrea, Jan 8, 2018 - Like hitchhiking. Arrived two hours late. Driver made about two dozen stops, mixed between picking up friends and dropping off errands. He was getting handed money for all these stops, too, while inxonciniencing the actual original paying customers. Then he wouldn’t even drive us two blocks to our hotel. I mean, if you’re going to make that many stops and delay your customers it would be nice to offer them a ride to their hotel!
Rodrigo, Jan 7, 2018 - No A/C in the first ferry, so we were fried inside with 40 *C and no breeze. The bus was ok but a little old. The second ferry was slow and old and no A/C.
Mark, Jan 7, 2018 - The bus transfer from the overnight train from Bangkok to Suratthani was confusing though the phantip staff were quite helpful. The bus ride itself was pleasant, modern bus with air-conditioning and it was clean, The only real issue I had was on the ticket it mentioned the destination was Krabi Bus Terminal but the driver dropped us off at Krabi Town and he was quite angry when people were asking him about the confusion. If I had only taken a photo of the bus driver I would have definitely posted it up and sent the photo of the driver to the staff. Absolutely inappropriate behaviour from and him and I wonder how he even got a job related to dealing with people.
Niklas, Jan 7, 2018 - Khao sok -> surat thani, really quick and they let us of at loprayah bus station instead of the train station so we didn't have to take a taxi, they picked up and dropped off some Thai a few times during the trip
Justin, Jan 6, 2018 - Trip went smooth and comfortable.
Konstantinos, Jan 5, 2018 - Took 3 hours longer to arrive at destination.
Karin, Jan 5, 2018 - Bus driver & "Conductor" EXTREMELY unfriendly, unpleasant and bad mannered. This was the case in both directions. Apart from the fact that they cannot speak English (I can except that) they do not greet and the ONLY other word they know is "Go"!!! They ONLY allowed us a 1-minute Toilet break and a 10 minute Lunch stop. This involved a lot of screaming and shouting from their side - they also pretend to drive away when those arriving late from the toilets approached the bus. On our trip from Suratthani Train station to Phuket Bus Terminal (2) we were dropped off at "INFINITY Tour Thai 198" - We were told that this is where the bus stops and that Infinity can take us to Patong beach at 200THB per person. It was almost as if we had no choice in the matter - I am convinced that the Bus Driver & Conductor were paid by Infinity to drop us there. This should be investigated and followed up by 12Go as I am convinced it is "Standard Practice" with these bus drivers.
Antoine, Jan 5, 2018 - We travelled previously with 12go and like the organisation. Only this time the kind bus driver sold taxi tickets during the trip to Phuket to the passengers which we thaught was a Nice service. We were surprised that we had to get out not at terminal 2 Phuket but somewhere in between with a bunch of other passengers at infinity travel Agency. At this company they try to sell all kind of travel tours plus tickets.... like the same scame they do in Bangkok with the tuk tuk drivers. Finally a van driver drove a full bus of passengers to Pat tong beach and dropped our family of 5 persons us 200 meters from our hotel at a very busy main road. We have learned from this experience but we Will use 12go again in the future but Will be carefull for these kind of situations. Warm regards
Jerry, Jan 4, 2018 - The location was quite far from train station (around 10mins walk)
Flavius, Jan 3, 2018 - Dirty and overpopulated ferry, which was late, but an excellent bus driver though. At the end of the day it got me where I needed to be.
Jan, Jan 3, 2018 - More than 1 hour too late departure, more than 1.5 hours too late arrival. Handluggage completely wet
Emily, Jan 3, 2018 - The Ferry from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani was over an hour and a half late and then the connecting bus was late, so I missed 2 flights to get home. I like the 12Go company, but am incredibly frustrated by the Raja Ferry Company as well as Phantip. No one was willing to help us change our flights and they have been very difficult to work with to receive a refund for our new flights and troubles.
Vladislav, Jan 3, 2018 - The bus was ok. But the boat terrible... no place for seating..
Ann, Jan 3, 2018 - Very comfortable bus, good helpful bus conductor. We stopped twice on the way which was very useful for use of toilets. I arrived at Phuket bus station early to try to get the front seat on the bus. I was told I could only sit in row 2 . Then as soon as we set off a woman boarded the bus at next stop (still in terminal 2) and she sat in the front seat. This was very annoying as I was not allowed to sit there. What could be the reason to refuse me the front seat then 5 minutes after departure allow another young woman to occupy it? Otherwise journey was very good and comfortable. Thank you
Kristo, Jan 3, 2018 - we got there, but it took a really long time
Miss, Jan 3, 2018 - A 6 hour journey ended up being 13 hours, had to change 4 times in the end and got to our hotel close to midnight, advice is to fly everywhere if possible
Florian, Jan 2, 2018 - Great service and well organized! Will book again with 12
Nigel, Jan 2, 2018 - Poor service, would never use phantip ever again. Blamed a late train for delays in setting off late but they delay was due to phantip concentrating on selling further travel tickets to final destinations. They dropped us at another location that wasn’t stated and charged us 100baht on top of our already purchased ticket price to get to Krabi within 3 hours (this was already stated on tickets). Upon arriving in Krabi they dropped us at a travel agency as opposed to the bus station, this was pre planned as taxi drivers were already there waiting and trying to force us into expensive rides to Krabi town and Ao Nang etc. I walked away and paid a fraction of their quoted price! It felt like they really tried take advantage of innocent holiday makers. Just for the record, I have previously used loomphraya and we never had a problem, if you have a choice then use loomphraya.. Avoid phantip at all costs ????
Margus, Jan 2, 2018 - Delay. Bad service for find the buss
Valeria, Jan 2, 2018 - Ferry was in late (30 min)
Nick, Jan 2, 2018 - Ferry was cancelled had to wait 2.5 hours for the next one
Adam, Jan 1, 2018 - Awful. Total scam. We got dropped off the bus in a random location. No clue where we were. The bus drivers and ferry employees are in on a scam. Do not buy a taxi ride to your hotel. Do it once you arrive at the final destination. The bus drivers left us in the middle of nowhere. We had to pay twice, wait 2 hours, and had no clue whether or not we would make it to our hotel safely. I called the U.S. Embassy to let them know my location in case anything happened. After telling the employees I called the embassy and calling the local tourist police, the van we were supposed to take magically appeared. Right when we showed them the local police number. I would use samuiferry. No problems like this. It’s one big scam that they drop you off unaware of where you are, you’re stuck at a random travel agency pushing to sell packages. If you don’t buy they tel you that you don’t have the right place that you paid for and charge you again. Then you wait hours. If you buy a package, you get to have a bus show up in no time. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. We felt threatened and endangered for over two hours

December 2017

Lilah, Dec 31, 2017 - There was no one to pick me up from the pier when the ferry arrived. The employees at the pier told me the van already came earlier that day and I would have to stay in Krabi overnight. I had to call the office to make sure I would get picked up.
Palmar, Dec 30, 2017 - Will not travel with phantip again. The ticket said to go to the phantip office, but we could have stayed at the connecting bus terminal. 100baht wasted
Harald, Dec 30, 2017 - Chaotic set up at Surat T. Train station - no proper guidance. Old, dirty and slow ferry - too many people on the Ferry In additio, ferry was 1 1/2 hours late
Audrey, Dec 28, 2017 - Everything was perfect except the service they offer for 150 baht per person for a transfer from the pier of Koh Samui to your hotel (the service is offered in the bus from Surat Thani airport). The taxi had to drop people in Chaweng first and it took us 1.5 hours to get to our hotel in Lamai.

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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;
09:00;
07:00, 09:00, 13:00;
09:30; 07:30, 09:30;
06:30, 07:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:30;
09:00; 08:00, 08:45, 10:00, 10:45;
09:00; 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;
07:00, 07:29, 07:30, 08:00, 11:30;
06:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30;
07:00, 07:45, 08:00, 09:00, 09:45, 11:00, 13:30, 15:30;

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, Suratthani Train Station, Ao Nang, Railay Seatran, Donsak Raja, Surat Thani Town, Koh Lanta (any Hotel)