Bangkok, Thailand

Getting In


By Bus

When buying tickets for buses out of Bangkok, it's best to skip travel agents and their private buses and get tickets for public buses directly from the three public bus terminals in the city. These buses are cheaper, safer, faster and generally more comfortable. Each of these long haul bus terminals serve different directions between Bangkok. The terminals are located in off-central locations, so the buses avoid the heavily congested traffic in the centre of the city.

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Northern Bus Terminal
The Northern Bus Terminal (
also known as Mo Chit) is the largest, busiest and most modern bus terminal in Bangkok.

  • The upper floor of the terminal handles buses traveling between the Isaan region of Northeastern Thailand including Udon Thani, Sakhon Nakhon and Nakhon Ratchasima.
  • The ground floor handles services between Northern Thailand including Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and Southern Thailand including Pattaya, Rayong and Phuket.
The bus terminal is a considerable distance from the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BMTS) station Mo Chit and Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) station Chatuchak Park.
  • Motorbike taxis do the trip for a fixed 30 baht fare (bargaining is pointless).
  • Tuk-tuk drivers charge whatever they like (when bargaining, remember that a real taxi with air-conditioning will cost you around 45 baht.
  • You can also take Bus No. 77 (passes Victory Monument, Pratunam and Silom Roadand) and pay a flat fare of 7 baht.
If you have considerable luggage, the easiest and fastest option is to take a taxi from the terminal.

Northern Bus Terminal by Horiuchi

Southern Bus Terminal
The Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai) serves destinations between west and south of Bangkok. The terminal is located at Phutthamonthon Sai 1 Road in northern Thonburi. Destinations between the terminal and Western Thailand include Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi and Southern Thailand include Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Hat Yai. The terminal has an airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure monitors (in English), few bank offices and a KFC outlet.

Taxis are available from the Southern Bus Terminal (beware of touts) and getting to the city centre can take 30 minutes to a full hour depending on the traffic. Bus No. 515 goes to the Victory Monument BMTS station and the fare is 17 baht. There are also white minibuses (fare 30 baht) and shuttle buses (slightly more expensive) travelling between the terminal and various destinations in the city.

Southern Bus Terminal by Sry85

Eastern Bus Terminal
The Eastern Bus Terminal (also known as Ekamai) is a relatively compact terminal located next to the Ekkamai BMTS station in Sukhumvit. Ekkamai handles buses travelling between the terminal and Eastern Thailand including Pattaya, Rayong, Ban Phe (for Ko Samet), Chanthaburi and Trat.

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