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Phantip Travel, Surat Thani

Established in 1970, Phantip Travel is the largest and most successful operator of bus and minivan services between Surat Thani and other destinations in Southern Thailand. Phantip Travel started out providing local transport services within Surat Thani Province, connecting the city, its train station and its airport with the ferry ports for travel to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui and has now expanded to intercity routes and connections to ferry ports in other provinces. 


About Phantip Travel


Phantip Travel currently operates services connecting Surat Thani with Khao Sok National Park. Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Ao Nang, Phuket, Phang Nha, Railay Beach, Ratchaprapha Dam, Donsak, Hat Yai and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Phantip Travel Bus

Phantip Travel Bus

There are three reasons Phantip Travel why has been so successful:

  • Value for money: Phantip Travel provides cheap travel services. Some of the vehicles they use are a little bit old, and far from luxurious, but they do the job that they are intended for, which is to take passengers from one location to another.
  • Punctuality: Phantip Travel is a reliable travel operator whose services run to schedule most of the time. Like all transport operators in Thailand they have to deal with unforeseen circumstances but on the whole passengers depart and arrive on time.
  • Partnerships with ferry companies: Phantip Travel don’t operate any ferry services, but they have good working relationships with companies that do. Phantip Travel has focused on connecting passengers with the cheaper ferry services which allows Phantip Travel to offer the cheapest ‘joint tickets’ for travel to and from the islands in Southern Thailand of any of the travel operators in the area.
Phantip Travel Minivan

Phantip Travel Minivan

Recently Phantip Travel has also started to improve its customers services. Staff now all wear uniforms and more of them now speak English. Phantip Travel is starting to look and feel like a major transport operator, rather than a small provincial bus company and we expect this transformation to continue.


Location of Phantip Travel


Phantip Travel has its head office in Surat Thani town centre at 293 / 6-8 Talat Mai Road, Talat Market, Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani 84000.


Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani Town to Donsak


Phantip Travel operates bus services from Surat Thani to Donsak. There are two major car ferry ports in Donsak. The Seatran Ferry Company operates car ferry services to Koh Samui from it port in Donsak. The Raja Ferry Company operates car ferries to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan from its port in Donsak.  Phantip Travel bus services go to both of these ferry terminals. 

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Train Station to Donsak: 08:00
  • Surat Thani Town to Donsak: 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani to Donsak.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani to Koh Samui.

Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani Town to Surat Thani Airport


Phantip Travel operates frequent minivan services from outside its office in Surat Thani Town centre direct to Surat Thani Airport, which is 27 km away. The price of a minivan ticket (140 THB) is much less than the cost of a taxi or tuk tuk to the airport (500 to 800 THB). By minivan the journey time is 50 minutes.

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Town to Surat Thani Airport: 06:00, 7:30, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00, 19:00.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Town to Surat Thani Airport.

Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani Town to Khao Sok


Phantip Travel operates frequent minivan services from various locations in Surat Thani to near to the western entrance to Khao Sok National Park. The drop off point is close to a range of hotels where you can stay whilst visiting the national park. The journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your departure point.

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Train Station to Khao Sok: 07:00, 09:30.
  • Surat Thani Town to Khao Sok: 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.
  • Surat Thani Airport to Khao Sok: 08:15, 10:15. 12:15, 14:15, 16:15.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Train Station to Khao Sok.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Town to Khao Sok.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Airport to Khao Sok.

Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani to Koh Phi Phi


Phantip Travel operates joint bus and ferry services from Surat Thani to Koh Phi Phi. The service takes passengers all the way to Tonsai Pier on Koh Phi Phi in about 5 hours, travelling via Klong Jilard Pier in Krabi Province where passenger board a ferry operated by partner travel company for the sea crossing which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Phi Phi: 07:30.
  • Surat Thani Town to Koh Phi Phi: 07:00, 11:30.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Phi Phi.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Town to Koh Phi Phi.

Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani to Krabi


Phantip Travel operates both minivan and bus services to Krabi. Bus services travel to Krabi Bus Terminal and minivan services travel direct into Krabi Town. Heading direct into Krabi Town is a better option if are planning to then travel by ferry onto one of the island as it is closer to the ferry piers.

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Train Station to Krabi: 07:30.
  • Surat Thani Town to Krabi: 07:00, 11:30.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Train Station to Krabi.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Town to Krabi.

Phantip Timetable: Surat Thani to Koh Lanta


Phantip Travel bus services travel to Koh Lanta via the car ferry which arrives on Koh Lanta at Klong Mak Pier. The drop off point is Saladan Pier on Koh Lanta, which the main town on the island.

Travel Times:

  • Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Lanta: 07:45.
  • Surat Thani Town to Koh Lanta: 08:30, 11:30.

Booking:

  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Lanta.
  • Buy tickets from Surat Thani Town to Koh Lanta.

Next see Train times from Bangkok to Surat Thani