Phuket to Bangkok

Phuket to Bangkok

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Phuket to Bangkok Schedule

Phuket to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 VIP Van 9pax Any time$ 432.19
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD303607:45 - 09:00฿ 5,240
Thai Airways Economy #TG227409:25 - 10:50$ 73.88
Bangkok Air Economy #PG27210:25 - 11:55$ 54.60
Thai Airways Economy #TG228612:30 - 14:00฿ 4,546
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD411114:30 - 16:00฿ 1,790
Thai Smile Economy #WE28416:20 - 17:50฿ 3,919
Thai Airways Economy #TG221819:40 - 21:05฿ 4,513
Thai Airways Economy #TG221221:15 - 22:45฿ 2,475
Nok Air Economy #DD53522:20 - 23:40฿ 1,140

How to get from Phuket to Bangkok

Fly, take a bus or travel by bus and train – these are the options you have to get from Phuket to Bangkok. The cheapest way is to take a bus leaving from Phuket Bus Terminal in Phuket Town. A bus ticket will cost you between THB600 and THB1000 depending on the bus class, and the 850 km overland journey will take from 12 to 14 hours. Combination bus-and-train journeys via Suratthani are longer (16 hours) but allow you to take a sleeper from Suratthani. Such combination tickets cost from THB1000 up. Finally, the fastest way to get to Bangkok is to fly. Flying time is 1.5 hour only but consider the time you need to get to and from the airports. In Bangkok, flights from Phuket arrive to both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airport – do check carefully where you flight is going. Airfare starts from THB1000 with low-cost airlines.

From Phuket to Bangkok by bus

The fastest, easiest and most convenient way to get to Bangkok from Phuket is by bus. There are a lot of direct buses heading to the capital any time of the day. We have no idea why choose bus+train journey instead, but if you wish, you can do it, too. You will spend more time and efforts, but – oh, yes – have the benefits of arriving in the centre of the capital (to Hua Lamphong train station) and sleeping in the horizontal position. For some, this may compensate.

Buses from Phuket to Bangkok leave regularly throughout the day from the recently constructed Bus Station 2 Bo-Ko-So Terminal which is located some four km to the north of the Phuket Town’s centre. They take from 13 up to 15 hours to arrive to Bangkok, either to the Southern bus terminal, Sai Tai Mai, which is located on Phutthamonthon Sai Road in Thonburi district on the western side of the Chao Phraya River, or to the Northern bus terminal, Morchit. Check in advance to which one your bus goes. You have a wide choice of 2nd class, express and VIP buses. VIP24 are more expensive but let you travel with much more comfort: there are 3 seats per row which leave you with more space for your legs and elbows. All buses provide snacks, air-conditioning and blankets and make several pit-spots along the route at large gas stations with convenience stores, cafes and toilets. Example fares are THB 664 for the express and THB 1023 for VIP24 (with Phuket Travel). Note that the same terminal in Phuket serves many other destinations, including Suratthani, Krabi or Koh Samui.

Tip: During the peak season it is highly recommended to book tickets in advance.

From Phuket to Bangkok by train

Though there is no railway line anywhere near Phuket, you still can make a combined bus+train journey from Phuket to Bangkok. The Thai southern railway line goes from Bangkok to Suratthani, and the closest railway station to Phuket is the one of Suratthani. It is located in the town of Phun Phin, some 220 km from Phuket. To get there, you will need to make a 4½ hour bus journey, so in most cases this is not an option to consider unless you wish to savour a bit of local life in Suratthani itself. The majority of buses are standard AC ones with prices around THB 230 per person. Book your bus ticket from Phuket to Suratthani here.

Trains from Phun Phin (Suratthani) to Bangkok arrive to Hua Lamphong Station. There is a morning 2nd class AC seats only which is also the fastest one covering the distance between Bangkok and Suratthani in 9 hours (and for THB 808). The rest of the batch are slower (up to 12 hours) and depart in the afternoon and in the evening at 4.40pm, 5.35pm, 6.37pm, 8.35pm, and 9.05pm. Even if slower than buses, trains offer the most comfortable ride, depending on which ticket you book. The top choice is an AC 1st class sleeper (the most convenient of which is #84 and #86 at 9.05pm and 6.37pm (both THB 1539). Second class sleepers are also air-conditioned and provide beds that fold out of your seating upon request or in the evening. These tickets cost from THB 948 to THB 968, and while they may not be as private as 1st class, they are still very comfortable. The fan sleeper carriage works pretty much the same as a normal sleeper but excludes air conditioning and gives you an arguable opportunity to take in countryside smells along the trip. Fan sleepers cost 708 THB per person.

Tip: As Suratthani serves as a base for further travel to the islands of the Gulf, as well as cities of Deep South and Andaman Coast, tickets do sell quickly. If you travel during the high season, consider buying tickets as much in advance as possible.

Note that a combination bus+train journey from Phuket to Bangkok takes longer than a direct bus from the island to the capital (not less than 15 hrs compared to 13 hours), but you can sleep with more comfort while travelling by railway. Both 1st and 2nd class AC carriages give you enough privacy, so a longer journey may proof a better choice at the end of the day.

Have you forgotten anything?

Before you say good-bye to this truly cosmopolitan resort, make sure you have not missed the brilliant opportunity to get acquainted with a bunch of southern islands which are easily accessable from Phuket. Here are some ideas on island hopping from Phuket.

From Phuket to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao

Lomprayah offers combined bus+ high speed ferry service from Phuket to the islands of the Gulf. The whole journey takes 6½ hrs to Koh Samui, 7½ hrs to Koh Phangan and 8¾ hrs to Koh Tao.

From Phuket to Koh Phi-Phi

During the peak season there are between 5 and 6 ferries a day linking Phuket to the pristine island of Phi-Phi. Though it gets more and more developed nowadays, the scenery fortunately remains just breath-taking.

From Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe

Ferries going from Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe connect through Koh Phi-Phi. Get ready to jump from one boat to another which is sometimes a bit of a nervous experience.

**Tip: If your are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand.

Transportation from Phuket to Bangkok

Phuket to Bangkok Destination Reviews

Bus was quite old and not very comfertable, there was 1 stop over on a 14 hour trip. Overall the service was ok and reasonably priced but I would probably use another company next time that uses more comfortable buses.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Mar 17, 2023
The operator should be understanding and not act or implement cheap European airline like rules like. Example for the cargo hold baggage there was no option for me to do it at the time of checkin. Instead I had to pay more extra than the actual online price for the Check-in bag, That’s really bad !! It should be the same price as the online price. Maybe you should reconsider this policy. It’s a pity because next time I would prefer to travel with an airline which has that flexibility. Also there was no complimentary snack service for a 1Hr 30mins Flight. Not a good thing !
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์), Mar 5, 2023
Staff was good, the bus was not comfortable for 15 hours drive.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Mar 2, 2023
The driver was a great,support lady was great and fellow passangers was great.The speed for the bus was safe.There is only one area of improvements required, more English is required from the driver and support lady especially foreigners from English speaking countries.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Feb 20, 2023
Bus driver and conductor were both unprofessional and rude specially the bus driver who closed the bus door on a passenger. Poor guy was stuck at the door but luckily he didn’t get hurt. Then there was few passengers who were still outside at Bangkok bus terminal trying to figure out if it is the last stop or the bus is going to mochit bus terminal like it says on our ticket. I tried to ask the bus driver and the conductor multiple times if we are going to mochit but they kept ignoring me. Instead they were yelling at the passengers in his native language. I have been to many countries and I have taken many bus rides but I have never seen such a disgusting behavior which is condescending to others, may physically harm someone and even leave passengers on the platform. If you are really reading my comment then you should take serious action to against them. I wanted to write this so that no other tourists have to go through such experience which could have so much worse.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Feb 19, 2023
Had confusion over how to handle my oversized luggage- a bicycle
flight Economy, Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Feb 9, 2023
In the aircraft von ThaiViet was the seat before me noos broken and the backside from Seat 8b hung all the time short before my nose. The woman fromb staff can't do anything. Also was the deperture time fromnthe fly for 40 minutes delayed that I not can check in at the Hotel before 12 o'clock
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์), Jan 30, 2023
Seats are so uncomfortable. The trip was fine, except from the issue when the bus driver had to slam the brakes to prevent hitting another vehicle .
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jan 19, 2023
It was a bit cold cos of fan that u cant turn off. But we put plastic bag into it and it was ok. But it was stink sometimes if I wouldnt have had I cap that I breathe I would struggle so much. Weed made this trip overall great for me(not advice but)
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jan 12, 2023
i was injured by heavy breaking. The car does not posses real saftey belts, only belts to fix the hips
taxi Premium VIP Van, Glassflower (Glassflower), Jan 9, 2023
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