Train 174 from Surat Thani to Bangkok is one of the cheap, Rapid sleeper services that departs in the afternoon, travelling overnight and arriving in the capital in the early hours of the morning.
3rd class fan cooled carriage - seat:
Adult Fare: 217 Baht
Child Fare: 164 Baht
2nd class fan cooled carriage - seat:
Adult Fare: 358 Baht
Child Fare: 234 Baht
Second class Day & Night fan cooled carriages:
Upper Berth: 488 Baht
Lower Berth: 558 Baht
Upper Berth: 364 Baht
Lower Berth: 434 Baht
Second class Day & Night air-conditioned carriages:
Upper Berth: 658 Baht
Lower Berth: 728 Baht
Upper Berth: 534 Baht
Lower Berth: 604 Baht
With a range of seating and sleeping options, these Rapid trains are popular for budget travellers.
3rd class seating is okay for short trips, but on this overnight journey we would not recommend them unless you are on a really tight budget.
The carriages are often crowded and noisy, so getting any sleep is quite difficult.
2nd class seats are more comfortable (as they recline) and the carriages are a little less crowded than in 3rd class.
If you want to sleep, the 2nd class berths are easily the best way to travel.
This service has both fan cooled and air-conditioned coaches, so you have a choice (the air-conditioning is often too cold for some people).
If you book in advance, you are usually able to get the more comfortable lower berths (which are much wider then the upper berths) and sell out quite quickly.
Advance booking is recommended for all classes except 3rd class where you can usually get a seat on the day of travel.
To book your advance train tickets in Thailand you can:
1) Visit any State Railway of Thailand train station and buy your tickets in person (you can buy tickets for any route from any station).
This service terminates at Hua Lamphong station >
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