Continuing with our mission to interconnect Southeast Asia by road, we are pleased to announce the integration of online ticket booking for buses in Thailand.
How to travel by bus in Thailand
We are rolling out bus booking in cooperation with the most reputable bus companies in Thailand. Travellers can book tickets for bus routes in Northern Thailand, Central Thailand, Eastern Thailand and Southern Thailand, as well as international bus routes from Thailand to Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia.
For domestic bus and minivan routes, we support advance ticket booking in partnership with Thai Sriram, Bell Travel Service and Tara Tour and Travel, long-established bus operators providing premium low-cost travel services from Bangkok to the major tourist destinations: Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai and Mae Sot in Northern Thailand, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin in Central Thailand, Pattaya in Eastern Thailand, Surat Thani, the national parks of Khao Sok and Khao Lak, Krabi, Phuket and Hat Yai in Southern Thailand.
Passenger experience travelling by road in Thailand
Road passenger transportation in Thailand is traditionally carried out with two kinds of vehicles: buses and minivans.
The most common models of seating bus in Thailand are single-deck and double-deck Scania coaches equipped with reclining seats. Sleeper buses allow travellers to cover the distance between two cities overnight, sleeping during the most part of the trip.
Most bus vehicles have an air-conditioning system and the staff on-board usually provides water and refreshing towels.
The most common model of the minivan in Thailand is the Toyota Hiace, having the interior refurbished with three rows of seats accommodating 12 passengers. Additionally, there is space for 1 extra passenger in the front of the van, seating next to the driver.
Van vehicles are equipped with air conditioning and seatbelts to ensure a comfortable and safe trip.
Reaching the main destinations in Thailand by road
Northern Thailand comprises the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani.
Connecting Chiang Mai
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
– Thai Sriram operates regular bus services from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the main tourism hub in Northern Thailand, praised for its mountainous topography, its cool climate, and its cultural and historical background
Connecting Mae Hong Son
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate joint bus + minivan services from Bangkok to Pai via Chiang Mai.
Pai is a picturesque town lying in a valley at the foot of the mountains offering visitors a relaxed atmosphere. Many tourists use it as a base for trekking and visiting the hill tribes in Northern Thailand.
Connecting Chiang Rai
– Tara Tour and Travel operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai is the gateway to the Golden Triangle, a region where different ethnic tribes have settled in the intersection of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
Connecting the Northern River Valleys
– Tara Tour and Travel operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Lampang.
Connecting Sukhothai Historical Park
– Tara Tour and Travel operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Sukhothai.
Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam. Designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city contains numerous temples and monuments of historical interest.
Connecting Mae Sot
– Tara Tour and Travel operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Mae Sot.
The border town of Mae Sot is an important point of trade and a popular stop for travellers crossing from Thailand to Myanmar.
Central Thailand comprises the provinces of Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
– Thai Sriram operates regular bus services from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
– Thai Sriram operates regular bus services from Surat Thani to Bangkok.
Bangkok is the main transportation hub in Central Thailand and concentrates bus and minivan companies connecting the capital to the rest of the country.
Connecting the Ancient Capital of Ayutthaya
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular minivan services from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya was the second capital of the former kingdom in Siam. The historical site boasts ruins of magnificent palaces and temples. Due to its proximity to Bangkok, it is a popular destination for a day trip.
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular minivan services from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.
Most visitors come to Kanchanaburi to visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma built during World War II, but there are also beautiful national parks filled with waterfalls and caves worth to explore.
Connecting the Northern Gulf Coast
– Bell Travel Service, Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus and minivan services from Bangkok to Hua Hin.
– Bell Travel Service operates regular bus services from Pattaya to Hua Hin.
For those who seek the sun and the sea, Hua Hin is a popular coastal town few hours away from Bangkok perfect for a weekend escape.
Eastern Thailand comprises the provinces of Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo and Trat.
Connecting the Eastern Gulf Coast
– Bell Travel Service, Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus services from Bangkok to Pattaya.
– Bell Travel Service operates regular bus services from Hua Hin to Pattaya.
Pattaya is a seaside resort city on the Gulf of Thailand. Easily accessible from the capital, it is a popular getaway for beachgoers.
Southern Thailand comprises the provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Yala, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Ranong, Satun and Trang.
Connecting the Central Gulf Coast
Surat Thani is the gateway to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Connecting the Andaman Coast
– Tara Tour and Travel operates joint bus + ferry services from Bangkok to Koh Phayam in Ranong province.
– Thai Sriram operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani province.
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus services from Bangkok to Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park in Phang Nga Province.
Khao Sok and Khao Lak comprise the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand. The natural parks are crossed by limestone ranges while the coast encompasses beautiful beaches and tropical evergreen forest.
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus services from Bangkok to Krabi.
Krabi province is filled with beaches, coastal karst formations and incredible islands.
– Thai Sriram, Tara Tour and Travel operate regular bus services from Bangkok to Phuket.
Phuket island is the country’s most developed tourist hot spot, frequented by millions of visitors captivated by the amazing sandy beaches.
Connecting the Southern Gulf Coast
– Tara Tour and Travel operates regular bus services from Bangkok to Hat Yai.
For those travellers who wish to exit Thailand by road, there are international bus services to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Vientiane in Laos, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Thailand is connected by road with Cambodia through two main border checkpoints, namely Aranyaprathet–Poipet in Sa Kaeo province, and Hat Lek–Koh Kong in Trat province.
From Thailand to Cambodia
Travellers bound to Cambodia can bring stamped Visa or apply for e-visa or Visa on-arrival at Poipet port of entry.
From Cambodia to Thailand
Thailand is connected by road with Laos through eight border checkpoints, namely Chong Mek–Vang Tao in Ubon Ratchathani province, Mukdahan–Savannakhet in Mukdahan province, Nakhon Phanom–Thakhek in Nakhon Phanom province, Bueng Kan–Pakxan in Bueng Kan province, Nong Khai–Thanaleng in Nong Khai province, Tha Li–Nam Hueng in Loei province, Huay Kon–Muang Ngeun in Nan province, and Chiang Khong–Huay Xai in Chiang Rai province.
From Thailand to Laos
Travellers bound to Laos are required visa exemption or else stamped Visa for Laos or apply for Visa on-arrival.
From Laos to Thailand
– Naluang Station operates regular bus services from Luang Prabang to Loei through the Tha Li–Nam Hueng international border gate and Luang Prabang to Nan through the Huay Kon–Muang Ngeun international border gate, both in Sainyabuli province.
Thailand is connected by road with Malaysia through four border checkpoints, namely Padang Besar, Sadao–Changlun, Betong–Pengkalan Hulu and Sungai Kolok–Rantau Panjang in Songkhla province.
From Thailand to Malaysia
From Malaysia to Thailand
How to book bus tickets in Thailand
Baolau cooperates with multiple bus companies to facilitate advance online ticket booking in Thailand. You can search your itinerary between any two cities for your planned travel dates.
We will list the results available, which depending on the itinerary would be covered by bus or minivan. Compare the travel times and prices, and select the most convenient transport option for you.
Once your reservation is confirmed, you will receive your e-tickets by email, ready to travel. Follow the instructions contained in the confirmation email and present a printed copy or a digital copy of your e-ticket at the departure point.
Updated on Jul 6, 2019.