Trains from Bangkok to Phuket

The best way to travel overland from Bangkok to Phuket is to take an overnight sleeper train to Surat Thani and then a direct bus service to Phuket. Bus services to Phuket depart in the morning from outside the front of Surat Thani Railway Station.

Stage 1: Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani

Train times from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

BangkokSurat ThaniTrain No.Sleeper Berths

Stage 2: Bus from Surat Thani to Phuket

Bus times from Surat Thani Train Station to Phuket.

Train StationPhuketTicketCompany
07:2013:20฿ 370465 Surat Thani Phuket Transport
08:0012:00฿ 370Phantip
09:2015:30฿ 370465 Surat Thani Phuket Transport
10:2016:20฿ 370465 Surat Thani Phuket Transport

Location of Bangkok Train Station

The main railway station in Bangkok is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).

Google Map of Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station

Location of Surat Thani Train Station

Read more about Surat Thani Railway Station.

Google Map of Surat Thani Railway Station

Location of the Phuket Bus Stop

465 Surat Thani Phuket Transport bus services from Surat Thani Train Station terminate at Phuket Bus Terminal 2.

Google Map of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

About Travel to Phuket

There are 9 trains a day from Bangkok to Surat Thani, which is the first stage of the journey to Phuket.

Selecting the Best Train

See below for the information you need about train travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani:

  • Choosing a Train: 7 out of the 9 trains to Surat Thani have sleeper berths. The 07:30 and 22:50 departures do not have sleeper berths.
  • Sleeper berths: The are three kinds of sleeper berth on Thai Trains – 1st Class (private cabin), 2nd Class A/C (shared carriage with bunk beds), 2nd Class Fan (same as 2nd Class A/C minus the air-conditioning, although on the lower bunk you can open the window).
  • Train Station: Trains to Surat Thani depart from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station.
2nd Class sleeper carriage on the train to Surat Thani
2nd Class sleeper carriage on the train to Surat Thani
Boarding the Bus in Surat Thani

When you arrive in Surat Thani you need to go to the car park in front of the station. The car park is located to the left hand side of the ticket hall as you leave the train. There are several cafes (such as Wut Travel) on this car park. Wait there and a Phantip Travel representative will be there to guide you to the bus.

Phantip Travel Bus to Phuket
Phantip Travel Bus to Phuket
Bus Journey from Surat Thani to Phuket

The bus trip from Surat Thani Railway Station to Phuket takes 4 hours 30 minutes. For most of the journey you travel along a well maintained two lane highway with pleasant views on route, with a 30 minute rest stop halfway through the journey at a roadside restaurant.

Arrival in Phuket

The point of arrival in Phuket is either Phuket Bus Terminal 2 or Phuket Bus Terminal 1, which is in the centre of Phuket Town. Phuket Town is an interesting place with lots of historical buildings and some very good cheap hotels, such as the excellent Rome Place. There are also inexpensive shared taxi and minivans from Phuket Bus Terminal 1 to local destinations, such as Patong Beach, running frequently throughout the day.

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