Long-distance buses leave from here to destinations throughout Western Thailand (including Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi) and Southern Thailand (including Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Hat Yai, and many others)
The new terminal is a fairly pleasant airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure monitors (in English), a few bank offices, and a KFC. Unlike the rip-off operators at Khao San Road, all buses from here are public, well-regulated, cheap, and reasonably safe. Just buy your tickets at the numbered desk with your destination posted on it (almost always in English).
There are different classes of Buses, but we recommend you to take an overnight bus since they are quite comfortable. It takes around 12 hour, so spend some extra money on a VIP Bus. Costs are between 600 and 1000 Baht.
Following a timetable of one of the many bus companies operating between Bangkok and Phuket. If you’re not in peak Season (Christmas Time / New year or Songkran 13-15 April) you can simply walk in without any prebloged ticket.
I was always able to get a Bus within less than one hour waiting time during all my trips within Thailand.
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