Bangkok, nicknamed “The City of Life,” is the Capital City of Thailand. Bangkok is full of excitement and beautiful Thai culture. There are countless temples and historical sites to tour, as well as countless museums and art galleries.
The Khao San Road area offers everything from delicious street food to wild nightlife, while the Sukhumvit area is full of excellent shopping and dining options from around the world.
There are 3 ways to travel the 435km distance from Sukhothai to Bangkok: you can board a flight and arrive in 1.5 hours, hop on a bus for the 5.5-hour journey or you can board a train and take in the sights for 6.5 hours. Prices start at $11.
The bus is the cheapest option at only $13. You can catch a bus from either the bus terminal or the Historical Park.
When taking the train, you will first have to go to Phitsanulok, which is 1.5 hours away from Sukhothai. Total fare costs about $23.
The flight is the most expensive choice at $53. Travel time is 1.5 hours, excluding transfers. However, we don’t recommend flying on short distances like this as flight emissions are very harmful to the environment.
Taking the train is not the fastest way to travel this route, although it is a great opportunity to relax and take in the sights.
Step 1: Sukhothai to Phitsanulok by Bus
Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: 180 THB ($6)
First, you will need to take a tuk-tuk from the New Sukhothai city center to the Sukhothai bus terminal which will cost 60 THB ($2).
From the bus terminal, you will board a bus from Sukhothai to Phitsanulok, this will cost 60 THB ($2). You can also take a bus from the Historical Park to Phitsanulok, but bus tickets cost 30 THB ($1) more.
Upon arrival in Phitsanulok, you will need to take a tuk-tuk to the train station for 60 THB ($2).
Step 2: Phitsanulok to Bangkok by Train
Duration: 5 hours Cost: 510 THB ($17)
If you are arriving in Phitsanulok in the early afternoon, your best options are the RP102 or SP8 trains. The RP102 train is cheaper at just 300 THB ($10) but takes almost 8 hours. The SP8 train costs 510 THB ($17) and takes just 5 hours.
Below we provide more details about the two trains.
Flights depart at 08:50, 15:00 and 17:30, and ticket prices start at 1,500 THB ($50).
Sukhothai Airport is located 30km north of New Sukhothai, which means you will need to arrange a transfer from your hotel. Bangkok Airways provides a shuttle service for 120 THB ($4) per person, you can contact them directly to inquire about the schedule and availability. Another option is to arrange a transfer with your hotel.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can reach Bangkok between 40min to 1.5hrs, depending on your mode of transport.
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