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Train Travel from Bangkok to Chumphon (for Koh Tao)

There ten direct train services a day from Bangkok to Chumphon. Some train services from Bangkok to Chumphon are better than others

  • The fastest train service between Bangkok and Chumphon is Train #43 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 6 hours 21 minutes.
  • The slowest service is Train #173 which is scheduled to arrive in Chumphon in 9 hours 13 minutes after departing from Bangkok.
  • Sleeper berths are available on all trains except Trains #43, #41 and #39.
Train times from Bangkok to Chumphon

Train No. Dept Arr Service
43 08:05 14:36 Special Express
171 13:00 21:12 Rapid
31 14:45 22:34 Special Express
37 15:10 23:15 Special Express
169 15:35 00:42 Rapid
83 17:05  01:16 Express
173 17:35  02:48 Rapid
167 18:30  03:18 Rapid
85 19:30  04:13 Express
41 22:50  05:49 Special Express
39 22:50  05:49 Special Express

Bangkok to Chumphon

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The best daytime train to take is Train #43 which is a Sprinter train and food is included in the ticket price. For overnight travel the most comfortable train is Train #85 departing at 19:30 from Bangkok and arriving in Chumphon at 04:13. 1st and 2nd class air-conditioned sleeper berths are available on Train #85 if you book in advance of the day of travel.

Guide to Online Train Ticket Prices from Bangkok to Chumphon

Seat Type Online Price Station Price
1st Class A/C Sleeper  1,594 to 1,634 THB 1,194 to 1,234 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper 990 to 1,090 THB 650 to 770 THB
2nd Class A/C Seat 760 THB 510 THB
2nd Class Fan Sleeper
700 THB 450 THB
2nd Class Fan Seat 550 THB 300 THB

Train tickets purchased online are 250 THB to 400 THB more expensive than train tickets purchased at the train station. As a general guide, please be aware that for the Bangkok to Chumphon route you can normally buy 2nd and 3rd Class Fan Seats on the day of travel but not 1st and 2nd Class Sleeper seats and 2nd Class AC Seats. At busy times of the year, including the week before and after Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party, sleeper berths are fully booked up to a week in advance.

About Train Travel from Bangkok to Chumphon

City Pillar Shrine in Chumphon

Chumphon is the most convenient place from which to catch a ferry to Koh Tao. Many travellers take the train to Chumphon (rather than Surat Thani) to connect with a joint bus and boat service to Koh Tao. The ferry pier is about 30 minutes from Chumphon train station. Chumphon is not popular with foreign visitors and most who come to Chumphon only do so either going to, or coming from, Koh Tao.

Best Train to Take from Bangkok to Chumphon

Entrance to Chumphon Train Station

Lomprayah ferries to Koh Tao leave from Tungmakham Noi Pier at 07:30 and 09:30. Tung Makham is 17 km from Chumphon Railway Station. This means that to travel to Koh Tao you need either an early arrival in Chumphon (before 05:00), or travel down the day before you plan to take the ferry to Koh Tao.

The best train in order to catch the ferry to Koh Tao is therefore the 17:35 departure on Train #173, because the scheduled arrival time is 02.50 and this gives you 2 hours leeway to allow for delays before the Lomprayah bus to the ferry pier is scheduled to depart from Chumphon train station. Some sections of the Southern Train Line are single track and trains are frequently late arriving in Chumphon because they had to stop several times on route to allow other trains going in the other direction to pass.

Transporting Motorbikes and Bicycles by Train from Bangkok to Chumphon

Most, but not all, of the trains from Bangkok to Chumphon will transport motorbikes and bicycles in the freight carriage if there is room. For more information see our Guide to Carrying bicycles on Thailand Trains.

  • Trains on which you can transport bicycles:
    • Train #171
    • Train #35
    • Train #37
    • Train #169
    • Train #83
    • Train #173
    • Train #167
  • Trains on which you cannot transport bicycles:
    • Train #43
    • Train #31
    • Train #39/41
How to get to Hua Lamphong Train Station (Bangkok)

You can get to Hua Lamphong Station in a number of ways: by metro (MRT), bus, tuk-tuk, taxi and by walking 10 minutes from the Marine Department Pier on the Chao Phraya Express Boat line. Hua Lamphong Station is very near to some of the most interesting temples and markets in Bangkok. If you have some time between checking out of your hotel and boarding a train we suggest you leave your luggage at Hua Lamphong railway station and take the opportunity to explore China Town.

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Chumphon to Koh Tao by bus and boat

Chumphon to Koh Tao by bus and boat

Chumphon railway station is located near the centre of Chumphon city and the excellent Papa Seafood Restaurant. If you are staying in Chumphon your hotel is likely to be within walking distance. For onward travel to Koh Tao book a ticket on the Lomprayah bus and boat service which will take you direct from the Train Station all the way to Koh Tao.

Location of Chumphon Railway Station