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.
- The fastest train service between Bangkok and Chumphon is Train #43 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 8 hours 36 minutes.
- The slowest service is Train #173 which is scheduled to arrive in Chumphon in 10 hours 35 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:
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 05:52. 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 A/C 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.
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 04:10 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 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.