How to Get from Bangkok To Surat Thani? Train, Bus & Flight

Bangkok is the beating heart of Thailand, providing the lifeblood to every nook and cranny of the country. The bustling atmosphere and lively crowds draw many eyes towards itself. The historical landmarks offer a peek into the country’s rich past, which is how it has managed to become one of the most beloved cities and largest tourist attractions in the world. But for those not used to such unrest, or to those who prefer a simpler, quieter time, it can become a bit too much at times, which is where Thailand’s many islands come into play.

Surat Thani is a city in the Southern province of Surat Thani. It is the capital of the Surat Thani province, situated near the Tapi river’s mouth on the Gulf of Thailand. The city doesn’t offer any major tourist attractions and is known mainly as a midpoint for Koh Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, and Koh Samui; the tourists who end up staying there recommend it to others. The city attracts many for its cosy, homely atmosphere, like a home away from home. You can experience a simple Thai citizen’s daily life, which is something that many look forward to.

Thankfully, getting to Surat Thani from Bangkok isn’t a harrowing experience; the city is connected to the capital through many means. Let us explore them.

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 By Train:

Ten trains travel from the Hua Lamphong, or Bangkok Railway Station, and end up at the Surat Thani Train Station. The following are the schedules and services that offer a complete journey from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

Train No. Bangkok Surat Thani Service
43 08:05 16:45 Special Express
171 13:00 00:22 Rapid
31 14:45 01:23 Special Express
37/45 15:10 02:00 Special Express
169 15:35 03:45 Rapid
83 17:05 04:24 Express
173 17:35 05:48 Rapid
167 18:30 06:23 Rapid
85 19:30 07:06 Express
39/41 22:50 08:05 Special Express
  • Train number 43, offered by Special Express, departs from the Hua Lamphong Station at 8:30 and arrives at Surat Thani at 16:45.
  • Train number 171, offered by Rapid, departs from the Bangkok Railway Station at 13:00 and arrives at Surat Thani at 00:22.
  • Train number 31, provided by Special Express, departs from the Bangkok Railway Station at 14:45 and arrives at the Surat Thani Train Station at 01:23.
  • Train number 37/45 leaves the Bangkok Railway station at 15:10 and arrives at Surat Thani Train Station at 02:00, offered by Special Express.
  • Train number 169, offered by Rapid, leaves the Hua Lamphong Station at 15:35 and arrives at Surat Thani at 03:45.
  • Train number 83 leaves the Bangkok Railway Station at 17:05 and comes at Surat Thani at 04:24, offered by Express.
  • Train number 173, offered by Rapid, departs from the Hua Lamphong Station at 17:35 and reaches Surat Thani at 05:48.
  • Train number 167, offered by Rapid, departs from the Bangkok Railway Station at 18:30 and comes Surat Thani by 06:23.
  • In number 85, Express departs from the Bangkok Railway Station at 09:23 and arrives at Surat Thani by 07:06.
  • Train number 39/41, offered by Special Express, leaves the Bangkok Railway Station at 22:50 and arrives at Surat Thani at 08:05.

Train number 43 is the quickest to reach the Surat Thani Train Station, completing its journey in 08 hours and 40 minutes, wherein the average time is 11 hours. Still, the most recommended train is train number 85, departing at 19:30. It arrives at a time where you can easily move to another train to your second destination, such as Koh Pha Ngan, and has air-conditioned second class sleeper cars. If you’re looking to save money on tickets to spend later on, sleeper tickets are the best idea, as they cost less than the average price. Book Bangkok to Surat Thani ticket online over here

By Air: 

Grabbing a flight to Surat Thani is the priciest but quickest way to get there, so if you’re in a hurry, here are your options.

  • Flight #FD3237 by Thai AirAsia takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 09:30 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 10:50, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes the journey.
  • Flight #WE251 by Thai Smile takes off from the BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport at 07:30 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 08:55, taking 1 hour and 25 minutes for the journey.
  • Flight #VZ350 by Thai VietJet takes off from the BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport at 09:30 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 10:45, taking 1 hour and 15 minutes for the journey.
  • Flight #VZ352 by Thai VietJet takes off from the BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport at 17:05 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 18:20, taking 1 hour and 15 minutes for the journey.
  • Flight #WE257 by Thai Smile takes off from the BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport at 17:55 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 19:15, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes for the journey.
  • Flight #FD3235 by Thai AirAsia takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 07:15 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 08:30, taking 1 hour and 15 minutes the journey.
  • Flight #SL734 by Thai Lion Air takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 08:50 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 10:00, taking 1 hour and 10 minutes the journey.
  • Flight #FD3239 by Thai AirAsia Takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 12:10 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 13:25, taking 1 hour and 15 minutes for the journey.
  • Flight #FD3331 by Thai AirAsia takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 15:40 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 17:00, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes journey.
  • Flight #FD8331 by Thai AirAsia takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 15:50 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 17:00, taking 1 hour and 10 minutes the journey.
  • Flight #FD3233 by Thai AirAsia takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 18:00 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 19:25, taking 1 hour and 25 minutes the journey.
  • Flight #SL746 by Thai Lion Air takes off from the DMK Don Mueang Airport at 18:55 and lands at the URT Surat Thani Airport at 20:10, taking 1 hour and 15 minutes the journey.

If you know in advance about when you’re going to be needing to make the trip from Bangkok to Surat Thani, you can book the tickets in advance, which will significantly cut down the flight’s cost.

By Bus:

If you’re going to be travelling by road, then you’ll have quite a few options to choose from, such as:

  • 10-hour bus rides in Express, departing from the Southern Terminal in Bangkok at 17:00, 18:30, 19:00 and 19:15, and arriving at the Surat Thani Bus Terminal at 03:10, 04:30, 05:00 and 05:15 respectively.
  • 10-hour bus rides in VIP 24, departing from the Southern Terminal in Bangkok at 19:30 and 20:20 and arriving at the Surat Thani Bus Terminal at 05:30 and 06:20, respectively.
  • 10-hour bus rides in VIP, departing from the Southern Terminal in Bangkok at 20:00 and 20:20 and arriving at the Surat Thani Bus Terminal at 06:00 and 06:20, respectively.
  • A 6 hour and 40 minutes long bus ride in VIP, departing from the Bangkok Bus Terminal at 20:00 and arriving at the Surat Thani Bus Terminal at 02:40.
  • A 12 hour and 50 minutes long bus ride in VIP 31 departed from Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 in Bangkok and arrived at the Surat Thani Bus Terminal at 05:50.

In the end, each way of travel gas its benefits and drawbacks. If you want luxury, you need to sacrifice money, and if you wish for affordability, you need to offer time. But to each his own, and each choice suits the person’s needs best by their standards, so be sure to consider the pros and cons before you pick. So, if an unforgettable vacation is your intention, check out Surat Thani. And if you are going there from Bangkok, then these easy tips will help you on the way.

 

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Hey, Myself Kim Aroon, a fresh travel blogger in Bangkok who has recently graduated in computer science and working as a remote computer technician. I'm expert in exploring Bangkok and you can find Bangkok travel guide on my blog.

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