Suwannatee

Quick company intro:
Suwannatee Tour is a bus company that provides spacious 24 and 32 seat passenger double decker VIP and Express buses. With its headquarters in Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) on Borommaratchachonnani Road the company offers both online and real time booking.

Routes serviced by Suwannatee Tour
Suwannatee Tour offers the route between Bangkok and Chumphon, one of the most important transportation hubs in southern Thailand. Chumphon is the main starting point for your sea journey to neighbouring Koh Tao with further travel to other islands of the Gulf, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

Bangkok–Chumphon

There are at least five departures a day from Bangkok to Chumphon: one in the morning (9am), one in the afternoon (12pm) and three in the late evening (8pm, 9pm and 10pm). Travel time from Bangkok to Chumphon with Suwannatee Tour is under 7 hours. Expect to pay THB400 for an express bus and THB450 for a VIP which is normally the last bus of the day.

Schedule-wise the two most convenient buses are the morning bus which brings you to Chumphon by 3.30pm what leaves you with enough time to make an afternoon tour of the city and catch the slow (and cheap) night ferry to Koh Tao, or the last bus at 10pm which arrives early the next morning leaving you with the whole day ahead of you and plenty of choices on which ferry to catch.

Similarly heading back to Bangkok you have the same choice of morning, afternoon and evening departures with Suwannatee Tour. In Chumphon, all the buses leave from the company’s office just southwest of the train station in Nawamin Ruan Jai Road.

Pros
Suwannatee Tour provides a solid value. The onboard service is good and includes water and snacks with a meal at the stop already included into your ticket price.

Seats are soft and reclining and there is reasonable leg space even in the cheaper express buses, though Westerners may want to choose an aisle seating.

Blankets are provided for night trips and air-conditioning is normally not excessive.

Suwannatee Tour has a good safety record.

Suwannatee Tour bus tour company is by far one of the cheapest and therefore you get what you pay for so as long as you don’t expect too much from a budget friendly service you will be more than happy with your journey. The buses are reliable, convenient and take the fastest routes possible.

Cons
Do not expect bus attendants to speak much English. It can be an issue if you need to get off not at the terminus. Do let them know where you are heading at the very beginning of the trip.

There have been reports of double booking with passengers having to settle for a different class of the bus. Though if you are changed from VIP to express, the difference is normally reimbursed but the level of comfort will be different.

Some of the buses from Suwannatee Tour bus fleet are aged so do not expect charging ports and there may be issues with broken TVs but it can hardly be considered as a minus as you are saved from too loud entertainment programs in this case.

What travellers say
Generally, the majority of the reviews about Suwannatee Tour are good with most people satisfied with the cleanliness of the buses and on board toilets. The staff are welcoming and accommodating, and you can expect an easy and safe travel. Keep in mind, though, that it still be confusing at arrival both in Chumphon and Bangkok, if you are dropped off in random locations – either closer to the train station in Chumphon or at one of the BTS stations en route in Bangkok.

Buy Suwannatee Tickets

Bangkok - Chumphon
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Bus Express XL
09:00, 12:00, 20:00, 21:00
Bus VIP 24 24
22:00
Bus VIP 32
22:00
Chumphon - Bangkok
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Bus Express XL
07:50, 08:25, 10:00, 12:20, 14:00, 19:50, 20:25, 21:30, 22:00
Bus VIP 24 24
19:50, 20:25
Bus VIP 32
19:50, 20:25, 22:00

Suwannatee Company Reviews

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325 customer reviews
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99.7% of 11,348 travelers were presumably happy with Suwannatee as they left good or no review
EP
3
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Nov 25, 2019
The guy on the bus didn’t speak a word English. I got dropped off in the night on a empty street in Chumphon. But there was good airco and we stopped for a meal.
MA
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Oct 31, 2019
AmaZing hospitality, free snacks and meal and nice lady knew everyone’s names and destinations
MA
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Sep 16, 2019
Bus was comfortable, was able to catch some sleep.
AT
2
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Aug 23, 2019
Air condition non function for all trip. When i put the bag on the trunk i see the bugs. Not really good
BG
4
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Aug 3, 2019
Free drink and snack left on time allow for Bangkok traffic if arriving in the evening on week days
HH
5
Bus VIP, Suwannatee, Jul 18, 2019
Had to change the digital 12go Asia voucher to actual bus tickets at the bus stop counter. Bought the offered connecting boat tickets at same counter, which were not available through 12goA. Connection to ferry by next bus from railway station. Excellent service and comfort.
NJ
4
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Jul 13, 2019
Was an hour late in arriving, but the bus was comfortable!
LP
5
Bus VIP, Suwannatee, Jul 13, 2019
A very Nice, comfortable ride. A good value for the price
LS
4
Bus VIP, Suwannatee, Jun 3, 2019
Comfortable bus, with AC but not too cold, we also got blankets. Arrived around 2 hours earlier
NW
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Jun 2, 2019
Wonderful and comfortable journey with complimentary food!
CK
2
Bus Express, Suwannatee, May 6, 2019
Bad air conditioning and only one stop in 8 hours.
AM
3
Bus Express, Suwannatee, May 2, 2019
No English sign at the bus station. Staff in the bus did not understand english, complicated communication. Trip took 1,5 hours longer than expected. No Information was given on the delay. When asked, wrong Information was given about the remaining time. Bus was fine. Snack and juice were provided.
TJ
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Apr 22, 2019
Bus arrived early and left early with no problems, had food/toilet break half way. Got also give a cake snack & fruit drink by the bus attendant.
VK
4
Bus VIP, Suwannatee, Apr 18, 2019
The bus itself isn't the best. Didn't have charging stations nor were the seats the most comfortable. The service itself was great. Reached Chumphon by 4.40 AM giving us enough time to have breakfast etc.before the 6.00 AM bus leaves for the 7 AM ferry to Ko Tao
NG
4
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Apr 17, 2019
The service was great, but we were delayed 3 hours so that made the trip a little less comfortable.
LS
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Apr 9, 2019
Great value for money. Bus was modern and had a/c. There was one stop for 20 minutes at a modern service station so no horrible toilets! Our bus arrived in Bangkok approx 1 hour late due to traffic so do bare this in mind when booking. The bus also arrived 15 minutes early at suwannatee so make sure you get there early.
MH
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Apr 4, 2019
Arrived on time, bus was clean and tidy and they gave us snacks. Even stopped for free lunch!
TZ
5
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Apr 2, 2019
The trip was good. You have enough space in the Bus. At the middle of the trip the Bus stopped and we all got free lunch at a restaurant. This was unexpected but very good. In Bangkok the bus was delay because of the traffic in Bangkok (1 1/2 h). So always plan with enough time. At nigth the bus gets cold, but there were covers in the bus. Maybe take a jacket with you. To sum this up, this was the cheapest ticket in Thailand, but nevertheless very good!
JT
4
Bus Express, Suwannatee, Mar 31, 2019
Seats were comfortable, little snack was interesting but good. Arrived in Bangkok only half an hour late but probably due to rush hour. Unfortunately there were mosquitoes on the bus as well.
EB
2
Bus VIP, Suwannatee, Mar 13, 2019
They dropped us off 2 hours early so no taxis were running. Had to figure out the rest ourselves. Staff don’t speak English

Suwannatee Stations

Southern Terminal Lang Suan Lamae Chumphon Bus Suwannatee Chumphon