Catching the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani is the best way for those travelling overland to the islands as you can catch a night / sleeper train from the capital, then connect to a bus from the railway station to the ferry ports for your boat to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.
Surat Thani railway station is also the place to go if you want to travel by train from Bangkok to Phuket and Krabi as you can transfer to a waiting bus from the station to the west coast of Thailand.
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All trains depart from Hua Lamhong Railway Station in Bangkok :
Train numbers 43 and 39/41 are sprinter diesel rail-cars (DRC) made up of usually just two or three carriages with only second class air-conditioned seating available. Airline type meals and soft drinks are also provided.
Sleeper Trains : All trains except the DRC trains above have sleeping beds available.
The distance from Bangkok to Surat Thani is 651 km by train.
To view the full timetables and learn more about each individual train, click on a train number below :
If you are thinking of travelling from Bangkok to Koh Samui by bus, you can easily buy combination tickets, which include the bus fare and ferry over to the island :
You can buy advance train tickets to Surat Thani from any main SRT station in the country or for a small fee, you can book tickets online using the SRT booking website or an online agent.
Surat Thani railway station is not actually in Surat Thani city but is located in Phun Phin some 15 km from the city.
Buses and minibuses run from the railway station to the ferry terminals as well as to Phuket, Krabi and many other destinations in southern Thailand.
Alternatively you can buy combination train and ferry or train and bus tickets from travel agents in Bangkok. You can not however, buy combo tickets directly from SRT at the railway station in Bangkok.
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