It’s a two part journey to travel from Phuket to Bangkok by train. The first part of the journey is to take a bus to the nearest train station which is in Surat Thani. The second part of the journey is then by train from Surat Thani direct to Bangkok.
Part 1: Bus services from Phuket to Surat Thani Railway Station
Times of bus services from Phuket to Surat Thani.
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Part 2: Train services from Surat Thani to Bangkok
Train times from Surat Thani Railway Station to Bangkok.
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Location of Phuket Bus Terminal 1
Phuket Bus Terminal 1 is located in the centre of Phuket Town.
Location of Surat Thani Railway Station
Surat Thani Railway Station is located 16 km to the West of Surat Thani City Centre.
Location of Bangkok Railway Station
From the 19th January 2023 the main railway station in Bangkok is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).
About Train Travel from Surat Thani to Bangkok
To start the journey you need to get to Phuket Bus Terminal in Phuket Town centre.
Travel to Phuket Bus Terminal 1
There are frequent shared taxi and minivan services from popular beach resorts, including Patong, which travel direct to Phuket Bus Terminal 1.
Travel by Road to Surat Thani
By bus it takes about 4 hours 30 minutes to travel from Phuket to Surat Thani, which includes a 30 minute stop about halfway at a roadside restaurant with free toilets. It’s a pleasant journey from Phuket to Surat Thani most of which is along newly constructed two lane roads with good scenery on the way.
Booking a Sleeper Berth
We recommend that you book a sleeper berth on the train up to Bangkok. The best sleeper berths are in 1st Class where you have a separate compartment with two beds and a door you can lock from the inside. The next best sleeper berths are those in the 2nd Class air-conditioned carriages which have 40 sleeper berths arranged bunk bed style in each carriage with a passage through the centre of the carriage. Each bed has its own privacy curtain, along with sheets and pillow. The cheapest type of sleeper berth on a Thai train is a 2nd Class fan cooled carriage.
- Thailand Trains Tip: If you travel in a 2nd Class fan cooled sleeper carriage make sure you book the lower bunk because you can open the window to keep cool. The upper bed in a fan cooled carriage can be uncomfortably hot.