Trains from Bangkok to Chumphon (for Koh Tao)

The train journey from Bangkok to Chumphon is popular among 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 from Bangkok to Chumphon

There are 9 direct train services a day from Bangkok to Chumphon.

4307:3013:50Special Express
37/4516:1023:16Special Express
3116:5023:55Special Express
39/4122:5005:22Special Express
  • The fastest train service between Bangkok and Chumphon is Train #43 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 6 hours 20 minutes.
  • The slowest service is Train #167 which is scheduled to arrive in Chumphon in 7 hours 50 minutes after departing from Bangkok.
  • Sleeper berths are available on all trains except Trains #43, #41 and #39.

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.

Buy Tickets from Bangkok to Chumphon

Use the Search Box below to buy 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 19:50 from Bangkok and arriving in Chumphon at 03:06. 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 from Bangkok to Chumphon

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

Seat TypeOnline PriceStation Price
1st Class A/C Sleeper1,444 to 1,684 THB1,194 to 1,424 THB
2nd Class A/C Sleeper920 to 1,180 THB650 to 920 THB
2nd Class A/C Seat760 THB510 THB
2nd Class Fan Sleeper700 THB450 THB
2nd Class Fan Seat550 THB300 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.

About Train Travel to Chumphon

Chumphon is not a popular destination in its own right 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
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 to Koh Tao

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 18:50 departure on Train #167, because the scheduled arrival time is 04:45 and this gives you 75 minutes leeway to allow for delays before the first 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 #167
  • Trains on which you cannot transport bicycles from Bangkok to Chumphon:
    • Train #43
    • Train #31
    • Train #39/41

Bangkok Railway Station

Google Map of Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station

Buy Ferry Tickets from Chumphon Train Station to Koh Tao

Tickets Chumphon to Koh Tao
Tickets Chumphon 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.

Chumphon Railway Station

Google Map of Chumphon Railway Station

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