Train 38 / 46 from Surat Thani to Bangkok, Hua Lamphong station is an overnight sleeper, Special Express service operating with the older types of coaches, with 3rd, 2nd and 1st class options.
3rd class seat in a fan cooled carriage:
Adult Fare: 297 THB
Child Fare: 244 THB
2nd class seat in a fan cooled carriage:
Adult Fare: 438 THB
Child Fare: 314 THB
2nd class sleeping berth in an air-conditioned carriage:
Upper Berth: 738 or 758 THB
Lower Berth: 808 or 848 THB
Upper Berth: 614 or 634 THB
Lower Berth: 684 or 724 THB
1st class sleeping berth in an air-conditioned carriage:
Upper Berth: 1179 THB
Lower Berth: 1379 THB
Upper Berth: 920 THB
Lower Berth: 1120 THB
If you want the cheapest seats, 3rd class is the way to travel, but don't expect to get much sleep in these noisy, busy carriages.
For a little extra money, you can get a much more comforatble reclining seat in a quieter 2nd class seat carriage.
The best way to travel for most people, is to take a 2nd class sleeper (Day and Night carriage).
There are two different types of 2nd class sleeper on this service (hence the different prices).
Both types are air-conditioned and there is really not much difference apart from the age of the carriages (they are both old).
We would recommend you bring something warm to wear as the A/C if often too cold (blankets are provided but you still may need an extra layer to keep you comfortable).
The bottom bunks (lower berths) are by far the more comfortable berths as they are much wider - they are also the ones that sell out quickly - so book in advance if you want one!
1st class cabins are available on this train.
Each cabin accommodates two passengers, but if you really want to, you can pay extra and have the whole cabin to yourself.
Apart from those who want to travel in 3rd class, all tickets should be purchased in advance if you want to travel on this service.
This is especially true if you are travelling during the high season between November and April.
To book your advance train tickets in Thailand you can:
1) Take a trip to any State Railway of Thailand mainline railway station and book your tickets in person.
This service terminates at Hua Lamphong Railway Station in the centre of Bangkok city.