Train travel from Phuket to Bangkok

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 to Surat Thani Railway Station


  • Times of bus services from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Surat Thani Railway Station. Bus services to Surat Thani Railway Station depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2.
Phuket Bus Terminal 2Surat Thani StationTicketCompany
08:0012:30270 THBPhantip Travel
12:0016:30270 THBPhantip Travel
14:0018:30270 THBPhantip Travel

Click on the link in red to buy tickets for bus services from Phuket to Surat Thani Railway Station.

Part 2: Train to Bangkok


  • Train times from Surat Thani Railway Station to Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
Surat ThaniBangkokSleeper TrainTrain No.
10:4019:45No40
16:4705:10Yes174
17:3805:35Yes168
18:3706:30Yes86
20:1409:00Yes170
20:4105:55No42/44
21:0408:35Yes84
21:2609:15Yes172
23:2810:10Yes38/46
23:5710:30Yes32

Click on the link in red to buy train tickets from Surat Thani to Bangkok.

Location of Phuket Bus Terminal 2


Phuket Bus Terminal 2 is located 5 km north of Phuket Town.

Google Map of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

Location of Surat Thani Station


Surat Thani Railway Station is located 16 km to the west of Surat Thani city centre.

Google Map of Surat Thani Railway Station

Location of Bangkok Station


Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station is the final stop on Thailand’s Southern Railway Station and is located in Bangkok’s China Town District.

Google Map of Bangkok Railway Station

About Train Travel to Bangkok


To start the journey you need to get to Phuket Bus Terminal 2, which is an out of town long distance bus terminal. The cheapest way to get there is to first go to Phuket Bus Terminal 1 in Phuket Town centre. There are cheap minivans and shared taxis running frequently from popular beach towns, such as Phuket, to Phuket Town. From Phuket Bus Terminal 1 there is a pink shared taxi service to Phuket Bus Terminal 2 departing every 20 minutes from 06:00 to 20:00. The journey by shared taxi from from Phuket Bus Terminal 1 to Phuket Bus Terminal 2 takes about 15 minutes and costs 15 THB per person which pay on board the taxi. 

Bus-from-Phuket-to-Surat-Thani-Railway-Station
Bus from Phuket to Surat Thani Railway Station

By bus it takes about 4 hours 30 minutes to travel from Phuket to Surat Thani Railway Station, 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.

Air Conditioned Sleeper carriage on a Thai Train
Air Conditioned Sleeper carriage on a Thai Train

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.

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