Phuket to Bangkok

Phuket to Bangkok

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Phuket to Bangkok Schedule

Phuket to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 Van 9pax Any time$ 438.59
Nok Air Economy #DD52107:45 - 09:00฿ 1,379
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD303008:30 - 09:50฿ 6,175
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ30310:20 - 11:50$ 29.73
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ230313:20 - 14:45฿ 1,839
Sombat Tour VIP 33 15:40 - 04:25฿ 1,223
Thai Airways Economy #TG227617:35 - 19:00$ 80.27
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ31119:55 - 21:20฿ 2,374
Nok Air Economy #DD52920:20 - 21:40฿ 2,479
Bangkok Air Economy #PG28022:15 - 23:45฿ 3,160

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

KC
Bus broke down, which made me miss another bus with no help from the staff.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Nov 29, 2022
AS
Trip was okay however in the Bus more snacks should be provided as only a packet of biscuit was not enough for snacking on 15 hours long tiring trip & the food stop had not enough good options to eat
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Nov 28, 2022
CL
On time for departure and actually arrived early to Bangkok. Quick stop for dinner which was OK.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Nov 24, 2022
JN
It was good the bus leaves on tume and reach bkk on time Love the experience
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 21, 2022
SS
Punctual, luxury seats, great service with water snacks and dinner. Can recommend it overall. 👌
Bus VIP 33, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Nov 14, 2022
PE
Was very disappointed. The Bus was like expected. The Sit's were comfortable, but i couldn't sleep. In the middle of the night (something around 23:30) they turned all the lights on in the Bus and we stopped for dinner after that. Was a little bit to late. But the sadest thing ... i booked this trip because it was written online it will arrive at 12:09 in Bangkok. We arrived there at 4:30am ... i booked this trip over the night that i don't have to book a hotel in Bangkok and can sleep in the Bus. So this wasn't possible then... I had to waste 9h in Bangkok in the middle of the night in Bangkok which wasn't nice. In all ... if you need a trip to bangkok, get it but keep in mind to be there at 4.30-5am not at 12:09.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 12, 2022
TJ
All though journey was perfect. But the seat numbers which i got from the 12go was exactly same as operator and as boarding started we got totally different seats. If you are Vegetarian then it is hardly recommended to manage your food during the journey. For vegetarian, the food they provide is not even up to the mark. Overall experience we got with 12go is fantastic. We got every details perfectly from 12go. Thank you.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Nov 5, 2022
P
Because of the flood I came 10min late for boarding and was still allowed to the plane 🙏
flight Economy, Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Oct 21, 2022
AA
No food or drink available but was a smooth flight with no delays
flight Economy, Thai Vietjet (ไทยเวียดเจ็ทแอร์), Oct 13, 2022
HE
The bus’s only stop for passengers to get off in a 12hr journey was 9hrs into the journey at 1.30am. It would have been better to have stopped around half way to allow people a chance to stretch their legs etc! The bus also stopped 3 times for 5/10 mins with the lights coming on (waking everyone up), twice for army personnel come on the bus and they checked passports once, no idea why! The bus was 1.5hrs late to the final destination but that didn’t bother us too much. ou got a free meal and water included at the stop and a little water, milk and biscuit on the bus which was good. Overall the bus was still good value for money.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Oct 13, 2022
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