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    Train Travel from Bangkok to Chumphon (for Koh Tao)

    The train journey from Bangkok to Chumphon is popular amongst foreign visitors because ferries to Koh Tao depart from ferry piers near to Chumphon train station. Chumphon is also closer to Bangkok than Surat Thani, which is the other place you can go to catch a ferry to Koh Tao.


    Train Times to Chumphon


    There are ten direct train services a day from Bangkok to Chumphon. Some train services from Bangkok to Chumphon are better than others and if you plan to travel overnight we suggest that you book a train with air-conditioned sleeper berths available.

    Train No. Bangkok Chumphon Service
    43 08:05 14:36 Special Express
    171 13:00 21:12 Rapid
    31 14:45 22:34 Special Express
    37/45 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
    39/41 22:50  05:49 Special Express

    • 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.

    Buy Tickets to Chumphon


    Use the Search Box below to find your tickets from Bangkok to Chumphon:

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    Simply enter your travel dates and click to Find Tickets. See below for information about the cost of booking train tickets online in Thailand. 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.


    Ticket Prices to Chumphon


    Train tickets purchased online are 250 THB to 270 THB more expensive than train tickets purchased at the train station.

     Seat Type  Online Price  Station Price
     1st Class A/C Sleeper   1,444 to 1,684 THB  1,194 to 1,424 THB
     2nd Class A/C Sleeper  920 to 1,180 THB  650 to 920 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

    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.


    Train Travel to Chumphon


    Chumphon is not a popular destination with foreign visitors and most who do come to Chumphon only do so either going to, or coming from, Koh Tao.

    City Pillar Shrine in Chumphon

    If you do need to spend the night in Chunphon then we recommend staying at the Euro Boutique Hotel on the Krumluang Chumphon Road. The Euro Boutique hotel is 850 metres walk away from Chumphon Train Station, you simply need to walk straight down the Krumluang Chumphon Road which leads onto the approach road to the railway station and it is on your left. The Krumluang Chumphon Road is one of the best places in Thailand to eat Southern Thai cuisine and we recommend that you eat at one of the many cheap road side food stall. The curries an other dishes are hygienic, very tasty and cost about 30 THB to 50 THB per dish. Bring your own alcoholic drinks.


    Connect with the Ferry


    Lomprayah ferries to Koh Tao leave from Tungmakham Noi Pier at 07:00 and 13:00. 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, 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 Bicycles by Train


    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 from Bangkok to Chumphon:
      • Train #171
      • Train #35
      • Train #37
      • Train #169
      • Train #83
      • Train #173
      • Train #167
    • Trains on which you cannot transport bicycles from Bangkok to Chumphon:
      • Train #43
      • Train #31
      • Train #39/41

    Travel to Bangkok Station


    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.


    Buy Tickets to Koh Tao


    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.


    Chumphon Railway Station


    Next read about How to get from Chumphon Train Station to Koh Tao