Bangkok is often referred to as “The City of Life”. As Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world. It is home to famous sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and over 400 other temples.
The distance from Surat Thani to Bangkok is 645 km (400 miles). In this post, we compare the 3 options to travel from Surat Thani to Bangkok: by bus (9-10.5 hours), by train (13-14.5 hours), or by flight (1hr 10m). Ticket prices range from 670 THB ($20) to 790 THB ($23.50).
The night bus is a cheap and comfortable option starting at 670 THB ($20). Travel time is 9-10.5 hours and you can choose from several trusted bus companies.
Night trains are also a good option for this route because you can get a good night of sleep and also save on accommodation. While you only get a declined seat with night buses, trains provide you with a good bed to get a decent night of sleep during the 13 to 14.5-hour ride to Bangkok. Prices start from 730 THB ($22).
A flight from Surat Thani to Bangkok takes a little over an hour and is the fastest option. It is also only slightly more expensive than taking the bus or train, just around 790 THB ($23.50).
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to help reduce your impact on the environment.
Note that if you opt to fly or take the train, you’ll need to arrange transportation to the airport or to the train station.
It takes approximately 9-10.5 hours to travel by bus from Surat Thani to Bangkok. We suggest taking the night bus to catch up on some sleep and save your day for seeing the sights of the capital city.
There are several bus companies that operate the Surat Thani to Bangkok route: Krung Siam Tour, Bangkok Buslines, Sri Suthep Tour, and Choke Anan Tour. The earliest bus departure is 07:30 with the last trip at 19:15.
Fares for VIP buses start at 670 THB ($20). VIP buses provide a little more space with a reclining seat and often a blanket and bottled water for your comfort.
Since this is a long-distance trip, the bus will make 2-3 stops along the way for bathroom and food breaks, and each stop will be approximately 10-20 minutes. You have the option to stay on the bus if you don’t want to explore the local market or restaurant.
Surat Thani to Bangkok by Train
Duration: 13-14.5 hours
Cost: 730 THB ($22)
Duration: 13-14.5 hours
Cost: 730 THB ($22)
Taking the train is the longest option when travelling from Surat Thani to Bangkok.
There are multiple trains to choose from that operate daily, all offering different seats and berths. There is a morning departure at 10:35, and the rest departs at night with the last trip at 22:27.
For this long journey, we recommend taking night trains with second-class berths and an air conditioning unit so that you don’t lose a day and for a more comfortable trip. The ticket price starts at 730 usd ($INF) and the journey takes 13-14.5 hours.
Departure and arrival station
Trains operating between Bangkok to Surat Thani depart from the Surat Thani Railway Station. You can reach the train station from Surat Thani town via taxi which takes 25 minutes.
The train arrives at Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok after a long journey. This train station is about 5 km from the centre or at least 15 minutes away from the city centre. You may check out more info on this station in our article Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
If you’re staying in the city centre, you need to travel the 30 km distance to Surat Thani Airport. You can ask your hotel if they offer airport drop-off services.
When booking your flight, you can also choose a flight that arrives at either Don Muang Airport in the north or Suvarnabhumi Airport on the western side of Bangkok. Both airports are around 30 km away from Bangkok city centre and are accessible by bus, train, and taxi.
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