Phuket to Bangkok

Phuket to Bangkok

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Phuket to Bangkok Schedule

Phuket to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
GB Limousine VIP Van 9pax Any time฿ 5,500
Transport Co Express 07:30 - 04:09฿ 784
Bangkok Air Economy 09:35 - 15:25฿ 9,130
Nok Air Economy #DD52310:25 - 11:50฿ 2,849
Bangkok Air Economy 13:00 - 18:40฿ 9,430
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD411114:25 - 16:05฿ 3,584
Transport Co Express 16:30 - 13:09฿ 1,219
Nok Air Economy #DD52918:45 - 20:10฿ 2,679
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD301020:55 - 22:20฿ 2,704
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL76522:05 - 23:30฿ 2,047

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

Facts about the transport from Phuket to Bangkok

Cheapest Transport$22
Fastest Transport1h 20m
Earliest Departure4:00 凌晨
Latest Departure10:50 晚上
Departures per day108
Distance1033 kilometers
Transport Companies465 Surat Thani Phuket Transport, Bangkok Air, BangkokTaxi24, GB Limousine, Glassflower, Jarinthon Tour, Nara Travel, Nok Air, Raja Ferry, Sombat Tour, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Vietjet, TransBaanTon, Transport Co

Phuket to Bangkok Destination Reviews

Firstly, the travel time is wrong which says 20h 21m actually it is around 14 hrs includes 30 mins stop at 9pm for dinner. The desination is Southern Terminal Bangkok and no worries it will go to Mochit Bus Terminal also which is very advantageous since it has lot of connectivity. Please check with the staff. Pick up point at Thalang is quite confusing since there is no bus terminal over there its just a pickup point, location is exact which is opp. to Thalang Police station.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Feb 20, 2024
Horrific was dirty felt gross and arrived 6 hours early at 5am, had to wait at the bus station for 2 hours alone as couldn’t get into my accommodation. And they were late to pick up, and the location for pick up was wrong very stressful
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jan 13, 2024
Bus went late around 2 hrs and there was no blankets, it was cold due to AC
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 30, 2023
The booking system is straight forward and easy to use. The bus was clean. The driver was polite. The journey was okay; although the seats recline far back, the seats are a little uncomfortable but loads of leg room!! The occasional squeak from thr bud as it hit a bump but overall the experience was good to excellent.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 30, 2023
It was very nice and comfortable trip. Good service. 👍
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 24, 2023
Confortable bus, clean, toilets are usable, a bit cold but they give you a blanket. I booked the front seats on website, but seat number didn't match so I was 2nd row. One stop at 2am where you can grab food. Overall good experience
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Oct 24, 2023
The ride was a little rocky. There were a lot of stops and the lights turned on regularly. You will need to be accustomed to this and wear an eye mask and earplugs as others have suggested. The lower seating area can be a little less congested. But there is no divider between your seat and the one next to you. That means that you will regularly be making physical contact with the person next to you and the seats are small. When they are trying to sleep, they will bump into you sometimes. There is also no leg rest in this bus. And the seats don't recline very much. Bring a neck pillow.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Aug 30, 2023
Try to not vomit is a challenge !
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Aug 14, 2023
Got the 16.30 express from Phuket to Bangkok. Left on time, the bus was clean and comfortable, a lot of people had said it was too cold but we found it too warm, so pack/be prepared. They do just randomly turn the lights on in the middle of night so pack a eye mask + earplugs. Only one stop at around 12.30am, bus attendant told us right time in English and told us whwre to exchange bus ticket for food token... the food was a bit questionable so pack snacks if you are fussy. Snack of water, milk and biscuits, along with blanket included st start of the journey. Toilet on bus was clean and average. In terms of where to sit... front seats on the upper deck has the most leg room and the seats behind the stairs. Seats 15/16 and the opposite ones 11/12? there was like this diagonal strip on the window so there was almost like something to lean your head on which was very useful. Ground floor of bus seemed quieter and more spacious but did have a load of random storage.. tons of bags of leaves. Bus doesn't stop at South terminal it stopped at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak aka Mochi 2) - well this is where they kicked all the forgeiners off.... there's not a bts/mrt near there. All in all not the worst but certainly not the best overnight transport in south east asia.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 11, 2023
left and arrived at the same time indicated on the site.but just a 20 minute break after an 8 hour drive??? there should be a break around 9 p.m to eat.It's not human to lock us up for so long
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 9, 2023
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