Ready to leave the Capital City? The district of Surat Thani may not be as famous as Krabi or Phuket but there are still a few things to do and see here. If you’re interested in outdoor activities or hiking, there are numerous National Parks and a rainforest nearby that you can explore.
The distance from Bangkok to Surat Thani is 645 km (400 miles). In this post, we compare the 3 options to travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani: by bus (10 hours), by train (13-13.5 hours), or by flight (1 hr 15m). Ticket prices range from 500 THB ($13.50) to 730 THB ($20).
The bus is the cheapest and most practical option for travelling from Bangkok to Surat Thani. There are numerous bus schedules on this route and the fare starts at 500 THB ($13.50) for the 10-hour journey.
Taking the train is the slowest option which takes at least 13 hours. The advantage of this option is that you can travel more comfortably in an airconditioned sleeper berth. Tickets for 2nd class sleeper berth with AC start at 730 THB ($20).
Taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani. There are several flights offered daily and airfares start from 730 THB ($20).
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to help reduce your impact on the environment.
These two bus terminals are about 10 km from Bangkok city centre. The southern terminal (official name is Sai Tai Mai) comes with the advantage that you can get there via Bangkok’s metro system. If you take a taxi to get to any of these terminals, it will take around 20-30 minutes from Bangkok city centre.
All buses arrive at Surat Thani Bus Terminal in the centre of Sarut Thani. Fares start at 500 THB ($13.50). Below we have provided the schedules of the more credible bus companies for this route:
Most of the buses depart the terminal in the late afternoon. Be aware that fares are dependent on the type of bus you book. The VIP buses tend to cost a little more, but offer more space and often a blanket and drinking water for your comfort.
Bangkok to Surat Thani by Train
Duration: 13-13.5 hours
Cost: 730 THB ($20)
Duration: 13-13.5 hours
Cost: 730 THB ($20)
There are numerous trains available when travelling from Bangkok to Surat Thani. We suggest taking a night train to catch up on some sleep and be ready to explore your new destination upon arrival.
Departure and arrival station
Trains operating between Bangkok to Surat Thani depart from the Hua Lamphong Railway Station and arrive at the Surat Thani Railway Station, located east of the town centre. To get to the town centre, you can either take the public orange bus for 20 THB ($0.55) or a taxi for about 140 THB ($3.85).
You can find both the bus and the taxi services outside the train station, near the parking lot. The Surat Thani town is about 15 km east of the railway station. Going to the city centre takes about 20-30 minutes from the train station.
The quickest way to get from Bangkok to Surat Thani is taking a flight which takes only just a little over 1 hour. Fares already start from 730 THB ($20), but expect to pay more when booking short in advance or during peak seasons.
All flights arrive at Surat Thani International Airport (URT), which is about 32 km from the town centre. You will need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to the town centre or your hotel.
Looking for that true Thai culture and welcoming feeling? Garden Homestay is definitely the best choice for you! The hosts are known to be extremely friendly and enjoy spending time with guests, showing them around town and taking them to the sights. A wonderful Asian style breakfast is included each morning of your stay and the homestay is centrally located.
Set centrally in Surat Thani, the Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Suratthani is within walking distance of the night market. The hotel features an onsite restaurant, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is available every morning and the staff is happy to provide guests with directions and information about the area. This hotel is known for its extremely comfortable beds.
Enjoy the stunning river views from the terrace at this centrally located cottage in Surat Thani. The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to cool down after exploring the area and the cottage gardens. There is also a shared lounge, free wifi and free bike rentals for guests to enjoy. Delicious continental breakfast is included with your stay.