Phuket to Bangkok by Bus

Phuket to Bangkok.

The journey is a rather long one of about 12 hours and usually is an overnight trip where the bus leaves Phuket City in the late afternoon and arrives in the early morning in Bangkok partly driving along the Andaman Sea waterfront.

Phuket is a very popular travel and vacation destination in Asia.
Usually people come to Phuket either from abroad by flights or road travels from Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand. Bus travel from Bangkok to Phuket or vice versa is popular and cheap. One way bus ticket from Phuket to Bangkok is about Baht 600,-.


There are so called VIP buses from Phuket to Bangkok and vice versa, a ticket for the VIP bus is about Baht 800,-. The difference is, the VIP bus has less seats installed, just about half of the normal.

Travel time from Phuket to Bangkok is about 12 hours for both and they leave Phuket or Bangkok bus terminal almost every 2-3 hours. Phuket to Krabi is by ferry via Phi Phi.

Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport in Thailand. Direct international flights connect Phuket to Malaysia, means Phuket to Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Phuket to Singapore and plenty of other air flights destinations in Asia are available, it varies with the season.

Direct charter flights come in from many other destinations. Air travel to other parts in Thailand always needs a flight from Phuket to Bangkok first and a transfer there. The only exception is Bangkok Air, they offer flights directly from Phuket to Samui and Phuket to U-Tapao near Pattaya south of Bangkok. This could also be a interesting destination to proceed southwards on a trip from Phuket to Cambodia. Bangkok road at Thailand Bangkok.

The coach finally ends up either at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal in the north of Bangkok or the Southern Terminal. Use arrival at the south terminal only when your destination is the south such as Kanchanaburi. All the way up to Hua Hin it just needs to tell the driver to stop when needed.

Waiting for departure to Bangkok
Waiting for departure to Bangkok at the Phuket Bus terminal 2

There is no train to Phuket Island which is probably because the bus operators have the better lobby actually the train has no lobby. The tracks are along the coast via Chumphon and Krabi plus Trang and Hat Yai further to Padang Besar which is already Malaysia. 

Bus travel is popular and low priced a one-way bus ticket from Phuket to Bangkok is about Baht 680, - for the normal version. There are so called VIP buses for almost Baht 1000,-. per seat and the difference is they have fewer seats installed in a one left two right configuration. 

There are two long distance coach terminals in Bangkok where buses to the south are leaving one is at Mor Chit about 15 minutes by scooter taxi from the BTS station. 

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The other is the "southern bus terminal" beyond the end of the BTS station in the southwest of the capital after it takes a taxi (about Baht 200,-)

Mor Chit bus terminal counters

The Mor Chit Bus Terminal Counters in BangkokWhere is the Mor Chit or Chatuchak terminal? 

This bus station serves the north and east half of Thailand but sometimes also the south and west but nobody knows the context and nobody tells because when telling anything maybe a business opportunity is lost, traveler? Who cares about a traveler? To tell the true > Mor Chit is an awful mess of totally chaos people are very unfriendly and not qualified for the job they don't know anything the only stuff they know if playing games on the mobile phone and chattering around. Every 12 year old boy in Europe is better qualified.

Now, when moving from the terminals to Bangkok City you have to stand in the wagons (which is the normality because they don't employ enough rolling stock) the head will be just close to the icy outlets of the air-condition and you will be sick the next day. 


from Phuket to Bangkok over the Chao Phraya River

These useless BTS amateurs who never care about others are making thousands of people's ill every day. In the beginning to operate the BTS they had some German helper (Siemens built the whole) but after handing over to the local crew the disaster moved in. 

A very interesting story is how the boss of this BTS got his job he bought it. It is very common in Thailand that people buy lucrative jobs and use it afterward via corruption to squeeze money out of it nobody is asking for qualification only money count.

Over the Bangkok Mega Bridge. 

Bangkok Mega Bridge is a gigantic road monument over the Chao Praya River


Bangkok Megabridge

Driving time is about 12 hours and to leave the city two gigantic bridges has to be crossed.
The Phuket bus leaves the south Bangkok terminal in the afternoon between 4.30 pm and around 7 pm every half hour on both ends. There is one possibility in the early afternoon via Ranong and the coast which takes around 16 hours.

Rest stop from Bangkok to Phuket.

There are many rest stops on the Phetkasem Road this is the main highway into southern Thailand also known as A4. The routing is from the capital to Hua Hin passing via the bypass and down to Chumphon and Surat Thani where the ferries to Ko Samui and Phangan and to Hat Yai. The road continues to Danok at the border to Malaysia.

Rest stop near Chumphonbus rest stop at Chumphon

Highway rest station at Chumphon

























Passengers in the bus to the south

Below is the best beach site between Bangkok and Chumphon.

Here are pretty beaches on the Gulf of Thailand with Koh Tao a couple of km out in the Andaman Sea and several good resorts about 40 km before Chumphon when coming from Bangkok.


About half way before Chumphon

Between Phuket and Ranong

Ranong is the "greenest Province" in Thailand and also has a high level of Muslim population but there are no problems as in the very south of the border to Malaysia were an almost civil war is going on with people being killed every day.

road between Chumphon and Ranong

South of Ranong


South of Ranong


pretty places between phuket and bangkok

Beach at Khao Lak

Beach at Khao Lak

Pretty scenes at Takuapa


Pretty scenes at Takuapa

Airfare from Bangkok to Phuket is relatively low.

It is around Baht 1500,- for one way by Air Asia, Nok Air is somehow similar but Bangkok Air and Thai Airways are in the Baht 3000,- to 6000,- region but its fluctuating quite heavily. If you are on international travel it might be useful to try Tiger Air via Singapore Airlines it's often cheaper than the domestic flight in Thailand.
After moving into Phuket the airport is on the right side.




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