How to get to Bangkok from Ranong

How to get from Bangkok to Ranong

By far the easiest way to get from Ranong to Bangkok is by bus. Night buses save you a night in a hotel and bring you to the capital early in the morning so you have the whole day ahead. Technically it is possible to get from Ranong to Chumphon by bus and then switch onto a train from Chumphon to Bangkok, but the only reason to do so is if you are planning a stopover in Chumphon or want to detour to the islands of the Gulf. Otherwise opt for a direct bus from Ranong to Bangkok.

From Ranong to Bangkok by bus

Buses cover the distance between Ranong and Bangkok in approximately eight hours. Niomit Tour has VIP and VIP24 night buses, both leaving Ranong at 8pm and arriving to the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Sai Tai Mai, at 4am. Price difference between VIP and VIP24 tickets is about THB180 (THB530 vs THB710), but it is definitely worth spending some extra baht to get more space. That said, VIPs are very comfortable, too, and besides the seats distribution in a coach you do not find any other difference in service between these two types of buses.

Tip: As with all long haul buses in Thailand, air-conditioning in Niomit Tour buses is an issue: it may get freezing cold on board, so have some warm clothes at hand – the blanket you will be given is not always enough!

In Bangkok, buses from Ranong arrive to Sai Tai Mai bus terminal which serves all the buses from southern destinations. The bus terminal is very busy even during the early hours and you will easily find where to load yourself with some caffeine.

Note that BMTA buses operate from 5am, so if you are planning to use public transport to get from the Southern Bus Terminal to the city, you will need to while away some time before they start operating. Otherwise use taxis which are widely available.

From Ranong to Bangkok by air

Low-cost airlines are an acceptable alternative to overland travel in Thailand. While regular budget carriers’ airfare still remains considerably higher than bus or train tickets prices, discounted prices are offered during certain periods making air-tickets very competitive.

Nok Air operates two direct flights a day from Ranong to Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. There is a morning flight at 7.55am and an evening one at 7pm. The flight lasts 1½ hour and ticket prices start from THB1150. Note though, that Ranong airport lies some 22km south, so you will need at least 40 minutes to get there from the city.

Tip: If you have an onward flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport, PGS offers private transfers from Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi. They have Toyota Camry for 3pax at THB990 and Toyota Commuter van for 9pax at THB1100 which is a great choice if you are travelling in a group of friends or have other passengers to share the expenses. The prices include luggage and tolls, and the whole trip from one airport to the other lasts not more than 1½ hour.

Ranong Connections

Rung Kit company operates Express buses from Ranong to Phuket. They reach the island in 5½ hours and cost about THB300. There are departures at 6.30am, 9.30am and 4pm. Please note that with the last departure you reach Phuket bus terminal by 9.30pm, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in Phuket in advance or opt for any guesthouse in Phuket Town rather than heading immediately to the beaches.

Other destinations from Ranong include Suratthani, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Hat Yai. Tickets are easily bought right on the spot at Ranong bus terminal which is just one km from the city centre and is reachable by blue songthaews.

Ranong to Bangkok @ bus, flight Aug 27, 2017

8 trips (THB 473 — 3,369)

From Ranong Bus Station to Bangkok by bus

08:00
Ranong Bus Station
18:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h
฿ 473
× 2 = ฿ 946
10 seats available
20:00
Ranong Bus Station
06:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h
฿ 473
× 2 = ฿ 946
10 seats available
20:00
Ranong Bus Station
06:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h
฿ 540
× 2 = ฿ 1,080
10 seats available
20:00
Ranong Bus Station
06:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h
฿ 697
× 2 = ฿ 1,394
10 seats available

From Ranong bus station to Bangkok by bus

20:00
Ranong bus station
06:45
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h 45m
Instant
฿ 687
× 2 = ฿ 1,374
? seats available
20:00
Ranong bus station
06:45
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
10h 45m
Instant
฿ 515
× 2 = ฿ 1,030
? seats available

From Ranong Airport to Don Mueang Airport by flight

#DD7313
08:00
Ranong Airport
09:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
฿ 2,162
× 2 = ฿ 4,324
  available
#DD7319
18:45
Ranong Airport
20:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 25m
Instant 15kg
฿ 3,369
× 2 = ฿ 6,738
  available

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Passenger reviews out of total 862 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Aug 8, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour)
★★★★★ May 26, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Excellent trip right to where we were going in Bangkok.
★★★★★ May 5, 2017 (bus VIP, Niomit Tour) :
+ It is really easy to sleep on this bus Always arrive at time
★★★☆☆ Apr 22, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Seats were nice, and overall the trip was very good, but the toilet was terrible! You could smell urine in seats behind the toilet. For 8-hour trips you must have a better toilet or customers will stay away.
★★★★☆ Apr 15, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour)
★★★★☆ Apr 14, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Everything fine and not complicated. Just the stops and waking up all the time is inconvinient. I was quite tired arriving earlier that expected in Bbk at 5 o clock and could not check in at hotel
★★★★☆ Mar 27, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Great trip, just if you're tall like me, the sleeping seats are really too short to sleep comfortably
★★★★☆ Mar 25, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
All super. Good service at the Busstation/Ranong. No oroblem during the drive, little confuse at the Arv. one stop more in Babgkok but no info.
★★★★★ Mar 3, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour)
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Comfortable VIP24 bus service with safe drivers. Plenty of opportunity to sleep (good temperature, no loud music/TV and lights off). Hostess on board didn't speak any English so some confusion when we got to Bangkok station, ended up staying on bus for another 15 minutes into more central Bangkok which wasn't much use to us as going straight to airport.
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
We took the VIP24 by Niomit Tour at 8pm. There are only 24 seats in the bus. Which means: lots of space! The seats are comfortable, you can lay down easily. You get a pillow, blanket, cake and drinks in the beginning of the trip. There's one stop after four hours. We were dropped at khaosan road at 5.30am.
★★★★☆ Jan 31, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Got there earlier than expected, close to Khao San and it was clean.
★★★★★ Jan 24, 2017 (bus VIP, Niomit Tour)
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2017 (bus VIP24, Niomit Tour) :
Great service, clean bus, lots of space - absolutely perfect!

News @ Bangkok

21 August 2017

Tickets for Bangkok’s very first craft beer festival have gone on sale. The three-day extravaganza for connoisseurs of fine beers will be staged at the city’s Oasis Creative Market on the first three evenings of September.

18 August 2017

Travelling in the State Railway of Thailand’s recently introduced VIP train carriages is going to cost more next week. The SRT’s deputy-governor, Thanongsak Pongprasert, said fares for travel in the state-of-the-art carriages would rise by up to 20 per cent effective on Monday 21 August.

18 August 2017

The commander of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau says retired foreign nationals can now apply for 10-year visas. Natthathorn Prohsunthorn told media resources earlier this week retirees could now apply for the new visas-visa extensions at in-country immigration offices.