How to get from Bangkok to Sukhothai

From Bangkok to Sukhothai

Sukhothai is located 427km north of Bangkok and there are many ways you can travel to the region whether it be by bus, van, taxi, train or plane. Take the scenic route, with a 6-7 hour drive, or hop on a plane and be there in less than 75 minutes.

Home to the ancient ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom it is a timeless piece of Thai history and architecture. Travelling to Sukhothai is a great stop over if you are heading to the northern provinces of Thailand. Embrace the culture and experience the beauty of these historical ancient ruins.

Flights from Bangkok to Sukhothai

A quick one-hour flight from Bangkok, Sukhothai is served by direct flights by Bangkok Airways, but there is at least half a dozen daily flights from Don Mueang airport to Phutsanulok.

Bangkok Airways offers a direct flight out of Suvarnabhumi three times a day for around THB2000 leaving early morning, midday and late afternoon. Suvarnabhumi is easily accessible by train from Hua Lamphong train station, by airport bus or by taxi.

Thailand also offers a wide variety of budget airline options out of Don Mueang airport. Nok Air and AirAsia fly to Phitsanulok and then offer a bus service to Sukhothai. This option will cost you anywhere from THB1000 and up but will take longer to travel the extra hour from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai.

Sukhothai airport is located 35km north of Sukhothai town or 40km from the historical park. Outside the airport you will find multiple transport options to take you to the 20-30 minute ride to the New or Old city. There is a shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel and you can expect this to cost about THB180 to the New city or THB300 to the Old city.

Note Flying makes it possible to travel from Bangkok straight to the Historical pPrk and return to the capital city in the same day.

From Bangkok to Sukhothai by train

While there is no train station in Sukhothai proper, you still can cover the major part of the route from Bangkok to Sukhothai by train. The nearest train station is Phitsanulok, 60 km east of Sukhothai. On arrival catch a tuk-tuk to the bus station and transfer to a Sukhothai bound bus or minibus.

The train journey from Bangkok to Phitsanulok takes under 7 hours and covers Thailand’s flat central region. There are multiple trains servicing this route throughout the day departing from Bangkok from 8.30am till 10pm. The overnight train #51 (10pm) would be a good option for those looking to save on a night of accommodation whilst travelling. Trains offer a variety of tickets, from the cheapest 3 class hard seats to first and second class sleepers with the option of a lower or upper berth (THb800-THB1000).

If you are travelling by train make sure you book in advance as tickets can sell quickly. Food is never in short supply with vendors often patrolling the train with snacks and refreshments. Travel by train is great if you’re looking for a true authentic South East Asian experience!

In Phitsanulok take a bus or taxi to get to Sukhothai – the trip is about one-hour long with buses leaving every hour both to New Sukhothai and Old Sukhothai.

From Bangkok to Sukhothai by bus

For the budget-conscious traveller, bussing is one of the cheapest transport choices, with tickets ranging between THB350-THB550 (USD10-USD15). Buses leave from Morchit bus terminal in Bangkok and take you direct to Sukhothai. In Bangkok, Morchit is easily accessible by catching the Skytrain to Morchit station, followed by a quick 10-minute taxi ride.

Tip Make sure you arrive at the bus station at least 30 minutes before your departure to give yourself enough time to exchange your online reservation for a ticket.

You can expect the journey to take between 7 and 8 hours by bus, depending on the bus company and the bus station in Sukhothai you are heading to. Basically, there is only one main bus station in Sukhothai which is located in New Sukhothai – the newer part of the city which grew next to the Historical part east on route 12. All the buses ‘to Sukhothai’ will bring you there. As at every bus station in Thailand, you’ll find there vendors selling food and drink, bathrooms and ticket booths in the main waiting area.

Note To get directly from Bangkok to the Old Sukhothai, you need to catch a bus which says ‘Historical Park Sukhothai’. To get to the Old Sukhothai from New Sukhothai, you can hail a songthaew (the old blue buses) for about THB20. Alternatively for a faster option catch a tuk-tuk which will cost you around THB200.

It is one-and-a-half kilometre from the bus station to the main tourist area in New Sukhothai and about 12 km to the Historical park area. It is recommended to catch a songthaew (the old blue looking buses) to the city centre or to the park for around THB40. Alternatively, take a trishaw – do inquire about the price before the trip! – for a little more.

Phitsanulok Tours offer multiple bus trips across the day direct from Morchit to Sukhothai and offer comfortable buses with air conditioning. The Transport Co Intl also offers a daily service to Sukhothai departing at 5pm for THB550. Many buses heading further north call to Sukhothai or Phitsanulok, too. Depending on the bus provider some water and snacks may be provided but is recommended you pack your own. Be prepared for limited stops on the way.

From Bangkok to Sukhothai by taxi

Create your own Thai road trip by leaving at anytime from Bangkok in a private taxi. This could be an excellent option for those travelling in a group. It takes up to 6 hours to travel the 420 km north, but in a comfortable car you can still expect a bumpy journey with average road conditions in Thailand.

When travelling by taxi agree on a set price (before entering the car. If paying by cash, make this payment upfront. Watch out for being charged more when you arrive or being taken in the wrong direction from where you want to go. If in doubt get out and hire a new taxi.

Tip Don’t bother trying to dispute issues with drivers in Thailand as you will most likely end up in a worse position that when you started. It is always better to pay the money and walk away rather than trying to reason – this is often a mistake many tourists make in Thailand. It’s a perfectly safe mode of transport to Sukhothai, just keep an open mind for (in case) when things don’t seem right.

Book through PGS to get a reputable driver and avoid any hassle. If possible ask for a driver who speaks English to help guide you along the way. PGS provide the option to travel in a van or car and share with your fellow travellers to keep costs down as it can cost around THB7000 for the entire journey.

Onward travel from Sukhothai

Sukhothai opens up a myriad of opportunities of other Thai destinations to visit. It is common for travellers to continue north to the mountainous cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to see the beautiful scenery, temples and elephant sanctuaries. Chiang Mai and the northern suburbs offer a different style of Thai food that is delicious!

Travelling back to Bangkok, it is a good idea to check the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, 60 km north of the capital.

Surrounding Sukhothai you will also find more historical parks and ruins with Phitsanulok to the east, Kamphaeng Phet to the south and Si Satchanalai to the north. All of these destinations provide their own unique historical experience and are easily reached by bus from Sukhothai – no need to book in advance, just show up at the bus station (from one to 1½ hour, THB60).

Bangkok to Sukhothai @ bus, flight Aug 22, 2017

11 trips (THB 346 — 7,300)

From Morchit to Sukhothai by bus

07:00
Morchit, Bangkok
15:10
Sukhothai
8h 10m
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฿ 346
× 2 = ฿ 692
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10:00
Morchit, Bangkok
18:10
Sukhothai
8h 10m
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฿ 406
× 2 = ฿ 812
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12:30
Morchit, Bangkok
20:40
Sukhothai
8h 10m
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฿ 346
× 2 = ฿ 692
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17:00
Morchit, Bangkok
00:30
Sukhothai
7h 30m
฿ 550
× 2 = ฿ 1,100
10 seats available
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
04:10
Sukhothai
8h 10m
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฿ 406
× 2 = ฿ 812
? seats available
21:30
Morchit, Bangkok
05:40
Sukhothai
8h 10m
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฿ 346
× 2 = ฿ 692
? seats available

From Bangkok any hotel to Sukhothai by taxi

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Sukhothai
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฿ 6,300
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Bangkok any hotel
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Sukhothai
6h
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฿ 7,300
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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sukhothai by flight

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Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:15
Sukhothai Airport
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฿ 2,439
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Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:15
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฿ 2,439
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Passenger reviews out of total 2,079 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Jul 29, 2017 (bus VIP, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Jul 15, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ Jul 12, 2017 (charter Van 9pax, Glassflower)
★★★★★ Jun 27, 2017 (bus VIP, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Jun 27, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Bus arrived to destination 30 min early and that was great for us!
★★★★☆ Jun 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ May 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★☆☆ Apr 18, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
bus was on time. however, 12go ticket did not tell me which of 3-4 sukhothai bus booths i needed to go to at bus station, I had to discover by trial/error, since booths are not labeled other than destination. bus conductor did not speak any english, impossible to ask questions about final stop. bus was on time though. seats on bus were not high enough to rest head against, which I was disappointed by.
★★★★★ Apr 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Without exaggeration i can say that it was the best trip i have ever had on a bus! Great service and very good value for money
★★★★☆ Apr 15, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★☆☆ Apr 13, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ Mar 21, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Mar 18, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
We took the 7:00 bus from Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok to Sukhothai. Though we had an online reservation we had to take our actual tickets from a counter. We left the station on time. Service was great. They served us a breakfast (rise with meat and cookies) and gave us a bottle of water. AC was working fine - not too warm, not too cold. I would recomend it. P.S. give ourself at least 30 min before departure and be on the station.
★★★★☆ Feb 28, 2017 (bus VIP36, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Feb 22, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Left and arrived perfect on time and had a comfortabel ride! Was surprised by getting a free bottle of water and some food. Good job
★★★★☆ Jan 30, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Good and quite ride. Blankets for everyone, you'll get a bottle of water and some cookies. But you will arrive around 3 hours earlier when youngo in the night.
★★★★☆ Jan 29, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Nice ride, water bottle + snack included, and a blanket on disposal ++ Got there 2 hours 40 minutes before time written on website though!
★★☆☆☆ Jan 22, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
How is it possible that the arrival time differs so much...we arrived at 3.30 in the morning and thought to arrive at 5.40 (according to times displayed in the internet). So we had to search a hostel in the middle of the night! Not cool...
★★★★★ Jan 21, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★☆☆☆ Jan 20, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
It wad good. Received my ticket without problems.
★★★☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
OK trip but I think there are better busses, only cookies as snake and water. It was way too cold. I had to wear a winter jacket to endure the cold and wear long pants and socks. Still doesn't make sense why the AC is on so strong even though the do mention it and warn u that it's for the condensation, doesn't make too much sense
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Comfortable bus ride, got water, Snack and a sheet, aircon is really cold - wear enough clothes. Seats have lots of legroom and recline
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Great and clean bus. Takes a bit longer as told, but hé, this is Thailand. ( we did Bangkok-Shukothai) Meal and cookies for free.
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
very good, on time
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ Dec 18, 2016 (bus VIP36, Transport Co Intl) :
Simple to utilize. Freezing cold bus as expected.
★★★★★ Dec 15, 2016 (bus VIP36, Transport Co Intl) :
Great. No problem or worries at all.
★★★☆☆ Dec 13, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
The bus took more than one hour in Phitsanulok dropping people in many places while I was waiting on my seat
★★★★★ Dec 11, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
It was very pleasant. The attendant gave us food, water, and sweets and she was very nice. The bus was clean and the driver was smooth and timely.
★★★★★ Nov 28, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Great reception, good comfort, the trip went well ! Thanks again
★★★☆☆ Nov 12, 2016 (bus VIP36, Transport Co Intl) :
Not so bad
★★★★☆ Nov 6, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Bus left on time and was clean. Water, chocolate biscuit, and meal of rice and pork provided. It was driven safely. Leg room adequate, seat backs themselves a little too short if you're tall. Good price/quality ratio, I would book again.
★★★★☆ Oct 21, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Arrivée 1h40 plus tôt que prévu donc compliqué de se retrouver avec des enfants en gare à 4h du matin sinon rien a dire.
★★★★☆ Oct 14, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Great clean and air conditioned bus. Free water and a meal was provided, excellent! A little bit more leg room would be nice but other than that, perfect.
★★★★☆ Sep 27, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Sep 4, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Verte good tryp drive safe and on time
★★★★★ Aug 29, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
A super experience! -We arrived at 2.30 PM so before schedule! -You get a bottle of water, rice with chicken and chocolate cookies. -You can grab a blanket in the bus because in the beginning it's a little chilly from the airco. -Friendly staff.
★★★★☆ Aug 25, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★★ Aug 12, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour)
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
It would be good if you introduced wi fi and recharge points like many other bus companies
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2016 (bus Express, Phitsanulok Tour) :
Las personas del bus super amable, te dan una cobija pequeña por el frio del aire, y te dan una botella de agua y galletas

News @ Sukhothai

01 August 2017

Authorities in the northern Thai town of Sukhothai have ordered 50,000 sandbags to help reinforce floodwalls. Workers and volunteers have been using them to plug holes in the floodwall alongside the River Yom.

01 June 2017

A Thai government spokesperson told reporters yesterday that heavy rainfall in the north of the country will not result in major flooding. Minister Chutima Bunyaprapatsorn said the current rains were unlikely to cause floods on the same scale as those the central areas of the country endured in 2011.

08 February 2017

Thailand’s Meteorological Department says cooler weather and rainstorms are set to sweep across the north half of the country. In a bulletin released earlier today, the department said the bad weather is likely to kick in tomorrow and will affect all regions from Bangkok upwards.