Thai Bus Network
Bus lines in Thailand are very good and capillaries, with efficient vehicles, and are probably the transportation system preferred by Thais, thanks to its economic cost. Many tourists have started to use the buses recently, despite the duration of the trip, since when is available the VIP bus services. The VIP buses, with limited seating, air conditioning and comfortable seats, connect Bangkok to all destinations of tourist interest, and reconnect themselves to each other. The long-distance bus lines are managed by some good Private Companies that operates with governmental concessions. The Government Transport Company Ltd., also known by locals as Baw Kaw Saw or more simply 999, is partly state-owned and is the largest bus company on the national territory. The Transport Company reaches all city in Thailand, tourist destinations and not, connecting one to the other with a capillary bus service. The various private companies are specialized on some lines or tourist areas. The whole constitutes a large bus network available to tourists, with competive prices and quality of services better and better. We try to give to you as much information as possible, about lines and prices, to help you figure out which is the most suitable route for your destination and the indicative price to pay, this will save you the unpleasant surprise to pay a ticket more than is right. There are some official Web sites of various public bus companies, where you can buy the tickets, but many of those are in Thai language, and often they are not updated in real time. Private Web sites, unofficial but in English, which sell tickets are more than transport companies, it is not easy to disentangle between the various choices, and usually apply a higher price than the real one. You can buy tickets also in the many kiosks and tourist agencies, at every corner streets in Thailand, but also they offer inflated prices. The best solution to travel by bus in Thailand is definitely going directly to the Bus Terminals, check the schedule of lines and the official price. Often, depending on the season, prices are lowered or raised, the lines are reduced or deleted, the direct control prior to departure is a good idea. Often depending on the season prices are lowered or raised, and the routes are reduced or deleted, direct control prior to departure is a good idea. Below are listed the bus terminals in Bangkok and in the main tourist destinations, some available lines and timetables.
Please note: Bus lines shown on our web pages dedicated to respective bus terminals are just a small part of lines available, due to the extension and capillarity of Thai bus network it is really impossible to list all routes available. Schedules and fares are subject to change without prior notice, seasonally prices are lowered or raised, the lines are reduced or deleted. We hope that this few informations can give you a little help in your journey.
Tips: Make sure that your luggage is securely locked if you store it in the bus's luggage compartment, are not rare cases of luggage open to subtract notebooks, phones, tablets or other valuables, and often are not Thai but other dishonest tourists.