Transportation in Thailand

Transportation in Thailand – Travel Thailand

Traveling around Thailand can be tricky because of the many islands scattered around the southern Gulf. It also doesn’t help that Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is located in the middle of the country, giving you a dozen ways to get around, making it even harder to decide where to start your trip. However, in general, the modes of transportation in Thailand are pretty comfortable and flexible both for citizens and foreign visitors. One key piece of advice, though is to know when the public holidays in Thailand are. This is because when the locals travel during public holidays, the buses, planes, ferries, and train tickets are sold out months in advance.  So here’s our guide on Thailand transportation and what to expect when you’re getting around Thailand.

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There are various ways to get around Thailand. You can choose from traveling by bus, motorbike, train, ferry, plane, and the famous tuk-tuks. Depending on where you’re planning to go, you might have to combine two modes of transportation to reach your destination.  Thailand is a really easy country to travel around, even on a budget.  Your biggest challenge in a lot of cases will be picking which mode of transport you’re going to use!

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Transportation in Thailand

Thailand has an area of 513,120 km² (198,117 mi²) and has more than 1,400 islands. Although it’s a relatively flat country, traveling up in the northern area versus the southern region can still be challenging. An overnight bus can still take more than 10 hours. Booking a flight is often the most convenient and fastest way to get around Thailand. And then you have the islands. If there’s no airport on that island – like Koh Tao for instance – that means you will have to travel on a ferry that runs at a reduced schedule during the offseason.  Our guide on getting to Koh Tao from Bangkok is here.

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High Season and Low Season in Thailand & Transport

The busy seasons in Thailand are scattered throughout the year. The most celebrated public holiday is Songkran, aka Thai New Year. It runs from April 9 to April 16, but the main day is April 13. During this time, locals travel home while foreign visitors tend to participate in the “splashing water on the street” party. This symbolizes hoping for good rain and harvest for the coming year. If you’re traveling to Thailand during this time, make sure to book your hotels and transportation seat at least 2 months in advance, and when you come out on the street, put your valuables in a waterproof bag.

Another high season time in Thailand is Loy Krathong, also known as the “Festival of Lights”. This is when locals make paper lanterns and then place a candle or light on them. These lanterns are then sent on their way on waterways such as rivers, lakes, and even oceans. While it’s not a public holiday, transportation around Thailand gets booked up since many travel to different parts of the country for the best Loy Krathong holiday. Some foreign visitors come to Thailand just to celebrate this event. Loy Krathong usually lands between the third and fourth week of November.

Western New Year and even Christmas are highly celebrated in Thailand, and many foreign travelers come here to party. Hence, arranging your transportation ticket is vital if you plan to travel during this time.

At the other end of the scale, the low season can also mean problems with transportation, although water travel is mostly affected. During the off-season, many boats and ferries make their operating schedule less frequent. In some cases, many boats even stop services altogether. The places affected by the low season are from Trat to Koh Chang and also to Ko Mak and Koh Kood. This could affect your trip if you plan to go to these places to discover that the ferry is not sailing.

The Types of Transport in Thailand

There are various modes of transportation in Thailand. This includes buses, planes, ferries, trains, motorbikes, minivans, songthaews (I’ll cover what they are shortly), and bicycles.

Flights Around Thailand

There are nearly 40 airports all around Thailand, with Bangkok alone having 2 international airports – Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Luckily, flying around Thailand is usually quite affordable. If you need to check in your luggage, it also shouldn’t cost a fortune, and most flights have direct routes from major cities to various popular places within the country.

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Thailand is what many people think of as the gateway to Southeast Asia.  It’s certainly been our hub for many of our visits to Asia.  This is because many direct flights from Europe, Asia, and Oceania land in Thailand. The country’s flagship airline is Thai Airways, the most affordable domestic airlines are Thai Smile (under Thai Airways), Airasia, Nok Air, Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air. The foreign airlines available here are Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Finnair, KLM, British Airways, and UAE, to name a few.

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Trains in Thailand

Traveling by train in Thailand can be an exciting way to traverse many places in the country. It’s also the preferred way to travel if you want to skip air travel but don’t want to sit on a bumpy bus for 10+ hours. The trains have a few classes for you to choose from depending on your budget, the comfort level you’re looking for, and the distance you have to travel.

AC train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

The most affordable seat is the 3rd Class Seat, a carriage installed with hard-foam seats. This class is usually packed and without AC. It can be an okay choice if your route is not too far and you are okay with the lack of AC.  Other than that I’d avoid it.

The next one is the 2nd Class Fan Seat. The seats are similar to a bus, a bit more comfortable than the previous class, and it has overhead racks where you can put your luggage. There’s also a 2nd Class A/C Seat where you can enjoy a better temperature inside the carriage and a curtain to shut the bright sun. Complimentary food and drink will be served to you just like on planes.

A 2nd Class Fan Sleeper is a lower grade than A/C Seat, but you can lie down and pull a curtain for privacy. Although it seems to be an upgrade since there’s a pillow and blanket, I’ve always found them to be clean on routes that we’ve taken, but you might want to bring a sheet sleeping bag.

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Then there’s also a 2nd Class Sleeper A/C, which is a lot more comfortable. Each side of the aisle is set up with an upper and lower bunk. The lower bunk can be turned into seats during the day. It’s also more expensive than the upper bunk because you don’t need to climb the steep stairs. You can enjoy AC, privacy curtains, a pillow, and a blanket.  It’s usual practice if you’re traveling as a couple to book a lower and an upper so that you have control of your own seating area.

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Finally, the fanciest class is 1st Class Sleeper, with beds inside a lockable closed door for complete privacy. There’s also a sink, window, AC, a small shelf, pillows, blankets, a light switch, an electronic plug, and an overhead storage space so you get to keep all your belongings close to you. There are limited 1st Class Sleepers though, so you must book your ticket in advance, especially if you plan to go during busy seasons.

If your destination is Chiang Mai, or down south to the Gulf Islands, paying for an AC sleeper is worth every penny. Book train tickets to Chiang Mai here.  

If you still want to experience Thai trains but don’t want to do it for more than a few hours, go to the historic city of Kanchanaburi. The train travels along part of the infamous “Death Railway” and the travel time is only around 2 hours and 30 minutes.  For me there’s no better way to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok – you can’t prebook this train, and it’s also dirt cheap.

Buses in Thailand

Buses are the number one choice for locals and foreign travelers on a budget. Not only are these affordable, but also because it goes to many areas where trains and planes are not an option.

Although taking the bus is a great choice, if the travel time is over 7 hours, it’s best to travel by air, especially if you have limited time in Thailand.  Although you can save both time and money by opting for overnight buses, sleep doesn’t always come easy on them though!

If you still prefer the bus, you can choose from different kinds of buses. The most budget-friendly ones are your regular bus, with standard seats that barely recline. There are also First Class buses where the chairs are more spacious and comfortable, give a good recline, and have a toilet on board.

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Thailand has some central bus stations, but they are usually a good distance from the popular areas and require you to get in a taxi to reach them. However, many bus companies will offer to pick you up from your hotel or instruct you to go to their designated bus station, usually where their main offices are.

You can book your seats online through websites such as 12go.asia and Bookaway, where you can pay by card. You can also walk into a travel agency, and they’ll arrange it for you – 99% of the time you’ll need to pay cash for these tickets. Your accommodation should also be able to buy you a ticket by calling the bus company on your behalf.  Again you’ll need to pay cash for this.

Minivans in Thailand

Minivans, also called VIP vans are another way to get around Thailand. But since they only seat up to 14 people, they usually travel the shorter distances routes such as Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, and also between airports to city centers or from island ports to resorts.

Don’t assume that minivans are automatically more comfortable than larger buses.  Some of these minivans are comfortable in some ways but they often have small spaces, making it hard to sit properly if you have long legs or are prone to feeling claustrophobic. There’s also minimal space for luggage, so if you have lots, it might not be an option unless you pay for an extra seat.  Luggage often gets piled onto one of the seats and your bag might have a better seat than you!

In terms of speed, minivans are only slightly faster than the big tourist buses since it doesn’t have to pick up and drop off too many people. The cost is often higher in minivans than a bus, but in some cases, it’s the only way to get from point A to B. You can book your seats at 12go.asia, which often has its own minivan painted with 12go.asia logo (available in selected cities). Another option is Bookaway if you want to book and pay online or seek help from travel agencies or your hotel.

Taxis and private transfers in Thailand

Taxis and private transfers are often the highest cost of transportation, but they offer a more comfortable and fast way to travel, especially if you’re not going too far. This is often the best way of getting to or leaving the airport, bus stations, and ferry ports.

It’s also a common choice for those visiting Pattaya City from Bangkok or traveling between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. If you hail a taxi – then before you get in the taxi, agree on the price or run the meter. In comparison, private transfers can often be booked via a travel agency or from a tour site such as Viator, Klook, and GetYourGuide.

Rental Cars in Thailand

Thailand does not recognize your regular driver’s license from your home country, which means that you must bring either an international driver’s permit (IDP) or get a Thai license. While motorbike owners might rent you a motorbike knowing these rules about licenses, a rental car company might not be willing to do so.

If you really want to travel with a private car, it’s a good option to rent a car that comes with a local driver. In this way, you can travel in your own time and have a local guide at the same time. Another thing to remember is that in Thailand, they drive on the left (similar to the UK). If you have an international driver’s permit but have never driven on this side of the road, renting a car with a driver is a smarter and safer option.

Tuk-tuks in Thailand

Tuk-tuks are such a fun way to get around Thailand. A Tuk-tuk is a three-wheel engine-based vehicle that can be found in various countries in  Asia, although they may be called slightly different names (in India they’re often called auto-rickshaws). The driver sits in the front while the passengers get in the back. Sometimes luggage goes in the back with you, other times it goes into a small compartment at the rear. 

Tuktuk in Bangkok

In a regular tuk-tuk in Thailand, 2-3 passengers can fit, which works like a taxi, minus the meter. You tell the driver where you want to go, and they’ll tell you how much it will cost.  And yes you can bargain.  You should bargain.  Tuk-tuks are also used as transport for taking street food tours – our guide to the best street food in Bangkok is here.

You can hire a tuk-tuk with a driver to chauffeur you around a city or island. It will help you see multiple places in a short period of time and can be more flexible than joining a tour. Just remember to confirm the cost before getting in.  We’ve used tuk-tuks throughout Thailand – for instance, when we arrived in Ayutthaya and were too far from our hotel to walk. 

Using Songthaews in Thailand

Songthaews usually exist in rural areas or islands. A Songthaew is a 4-wheel truck with a customized rear area, with added seats and a roof. These are common public transportation in smaller towns and on islands in Thailand, often parked by the market or ferry ports. The driver takes a specific route and picks up and drops off passengers along the way. Depending on the location, you might be able to rent and pay for all the seats on a songthaew so the driver takes you to your destination without picking up other people.  When we visited Hellfire Pass we hired a Songthaew to get us from Kanchanaburi to the museum and the hiking trail of the Thai-Burma Death Railway.

Songthaews on Koh Chang

Songthaews are also used to transfer you when you take the following transports and arrive on the islands

Bangkok to Koh Chang

Bangkok to Koh Kood

Phuket to Koh Yao Noi

Motorbikes in Thailand

Renting a motorbike or a scooter to navigate independently when you’re in Thailand is a very popular way to get around. A motorbike rental usually comes with a helmet, and if you need two, just ask the person you’re renting from. There’s also an unwritten rule that when you return the motorbike, you must bring it back with the same amount of gas as when you took it. On Thai islands, the gas is sold on the side of the road from one-liter plastic bottles (or old glass whisky bottles on Koh Chang!) or in some places from local-style pumps.

Buying Gas for motorbikes on Koh Yao Noi

As mentioned before, a driver’s license issued by your country is not recognized in Thailand. You must have an international driver’s permit to legally drive a motorbike in Thailand.  In the 9 years that we’ve been visiting Thailand, we’ve NEVER been asked for one though.

Locals still rent motorbikes to foreign travelers and if there are any issues, and you don’t have a license, then it’s YOUR issue, not the renter’s.  If there is a problem then some people will result to bribing their way out of it, while in some situations, the motorbike gets confiscated – and will only be released on payment of a penalty, which of course is your responsibility.

Motorbikes on Koh Yao Noi

Thailand’s daily motorbike rental costs differ wildly between regions and islands.  Most people find it convenient to rent a motorbike when visiting an island where transportation is unreliable. You should be able to rent a motorbike from your hotel, a motorbike rental place (or repair shop), or you’ll see signs on the sidewalks.

Bicycles in Thailand

Bicycles in Thailand are less common since motorbikes are more convenient to use. However, it’s still in use, especially in the northern area of the country, where the weather is much cooler, and it’s nicer to go for a ride. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the two popular cities in northern Thailand where you can rent a bicycle to explore.

The rent is around 120 THB for an entire day, and they are available at accommodations such as hotels, guesthouses, and hostels. Some motorbike rental places also have a bicycle for rent. If you stay in a more high-end resort, they might allow you to use their bicycles for free.

Ferries in Thailand

While the ferry that traverses the Chao Praya River and those that run the canals in Bangkok are a great way of exploring Bangkok off the beaten track, most people only really use ferries in Thailand if they’re going between the mainland and the islands.  

Chao Praya River Ferry

Ferry usage is common in areas in the Trat region, islands such as Koh Chang, Ko Mak, and Koh Kood. While between Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Surat Thani, you’ll find ferries, speed boats, and longtail boats, which are traditional Thai wooden boats.

Ferry to Koh Chang

Unless you’re traveling specifically in these regions, most people get to the islands of the Gulf from Bangkok and the easiest way to take this trip is to buy a guaranteed connection ticket that includes a bus, a ferry, and a transfer at the other end.  Here are some popular routes that we’ve taken.

Bangkok to Koh Chang

Bangkok to Koh Kood

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Bangkok to Koh Phangan

Bangkok to Koh Samui

Bangkok to Koh Tao

Depending on the type of boat and the distance to cover, you will see ones that are big enough to have nice and comfortable seats. These boats usually also do cargo delivery for other islands.  If you’re on the other side of the Thai peninsular, then the islands that edge onto the Phang Nga national park are easy to reach.  Going from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi is a popular and easy route to take.

Inside Long Tail Boat in Thailand

Transport within Cities in Thailand

When it comes to getting around within the cities of Thailand, transportation is similar to other capital cities or major cities worldwide. There are local buses, metros, taxis, and of course tuk-tuks

Local city buses in Thailand

Not all cities in Thailand have a local bus, a.k.a city bus. You can mainly find them in the metropolitan city of Bangkok. The buses outside the big cities are for long-distance travel, such as provinces to provinces.

One thing that’s good about buses in Bangkok is that they’re integrated with Google Maps, so you can actually see where to get the bus and which bus number. However, the schedule can be unreliable, especially during busy hours.  Bangkok’s traffic continues to be extremely busy.

You will see a map and schedule at each bus stop and the bus numbers that will stop there. However, the bus stop can sometimes be hard to find. You can, however, also flag the bus down anywhere and anytime as long as you know what bus number you want to take and from which direction.  Sometimes they stop, and sometimes they don’t.

There are two different kinds of city buses in Bangkok: regular (fan-only) and air-conditioned.  AC buses tend to be more expensive, but generally more comfortable. Bangkok buses with AC are usually painted orange or yellow, and the regular bus has open windows. You can pay for the ticket on board in cash. The conductor will approach you and ask you where you’re going, then give you a ticket stub after you pay. We once rode a bus all the way across Bangkok with no conductor and the driver wasn’t taking money.  It only happened once!

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Metros & Sky Trains in Bangkok

Bangkok has one of the most extensive metro lines in Southeast Asia, although it probably doesn’t go exactly where you want to! Landing at either of the airports in Bangkok, you can take the metro to get to downtown Bangkok. The BTS or Bangkok Mass Transit System is the Skytrain, while MRT is the Metropolitan Rapid Transit that travels on land and underground.

These two metros have different systems and are owned by different companies. Hence the tickets won’t work for both. But both are well located and connected, making it easy to reach various attractions in the city. You can buy a single journey ticket, or multi-day passes to save some money and time. It’s best to avoid the metros during peak hours (early morning rush and after 5 PM since locals often use them to get to work and home.

You can check the BTS site for the map and additional information regarding the ticketing system.

Taxis & Grab in Thailand

Taxis are also available in Thailand.  And while Grab is available it tends to only be in major cities such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. You need to know the difference between single-colored and two-colored taxis. Single-colored taxis (blue, pink, red) means that a company owns the taxis and are being rented to the driver. The driver owns two-colored taxis (green and yellow or yellow and blue).

Before you get in, it’s best to either agree on the cost or run the meter. The flag-down rate is around 35 THB, which can change depending on the economic situation or the gas price. Ask your hotel what the starting rate on the meter should be. You should also ask if the route requires using a skyway or expressway because the fee for those tolls will have to be paid by you.

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You can also book a taxi from an app. In this way, you can see the cost of the ride or at least a price range before you order one. Make sure to carry small bills because like anywhere else in the world it’s a common tactic when you pay with a large bill, the driver will say that they don’t have smaller bills for your change.

Bangkok is one of those cities where you’ll most likely make use of taxis, or tuk-tuks – for more on getting around and exploring Bangkok, check out our 5 days in Bangkok itinerary here.

Tuk-tuks in cities in Thailand

You simply can’t come to Thailand and not travel in a tuk-tuk.  The regular rate for a tuk-tuk ride is around 40 to 50 THB, but usually, as a foreign traveler, you will automatically get charged higher, and you MUST haggle. Ask your hotel reception how much the ride to your destination will cost so you have an idea. To get a tuk-tuk, you can simply flag one down the street, but you honestly don’t have to. There are loads of tuk-tuks parked on the street that they will always find you before you even need one.

My favorite tuk-tuk ride was at 04:30 in Bangkok.  We’d pre-booked our trip from Bangkok to Koh Kood, and needed to get from our apartment in Chinatown to Khao San Road for the bus part of the guaranteed connection ticket.  There is something glorious about riding across Bangkok when there’s no traffic. 

Songthaews in Thailand

In general, songthaews are shared vehicles.  They’re usually used in two different ways.  Firstly if you’re in a specific tourist area – let’s say Koh Chang, and you’ve bought a transport ticket that gets you from A to B, then a songthaew will be part of your transport along with all the other travelers.

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Secondly, the songthaews run a predefined route.  Like a local bus.  The driver picks up passengers along their routes until the seats are full. Songthaews comes in different sizes; some can carry 8 people, while others can load up to 10 passengers. This type of transport can mostly be found in rural areas and islands.  When we traveled to Koh Yao Noi, our transport when the ferry dropped us off at the port was a songthaew. 

Songthaew on Koh Yao Noi

Usually, the songthaews are used as a form of transportation from a bus station to even rural areas or from a port to residential areas of an island since it’s a service mostly aimed at the locals. The price varies greatly depending on the location, the route length, and where you get picked up and dropped off, for example.

Motorbike Taxis in Thailand

Motorbike taxis are such a convenient way to get around Thailand. Whether it’s a chaotic city or exploring the island, motorbike taxis are available. It’s basically when you hop on a motorbike, and a local driver takes you wherever you need to go. It’s usually cheaper than a car taxi or even a tuk-tuk.

You can use the Grab or Bolt app in big cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket. But in smaller parts of the country, the app doesn’t work. However, some locals that own a motorbike will offer you the same service. You should be able to find them in busy areas, and you’ll hear them offering their service on the street or sidewalks.

Make sure to wear the helmet and agree on the price if you’re not using the app. If you’re using the app, be mindful when using it at night, share your trip information with a trusted person, and watch the map on your phone to make sure that the driver is not taking an unfamiliar route.

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Walking in Thailand

If you can bear the Southeast Asian heat, walking is also an option, but only in some parts of Thailand. For example, Bangkok is such a massive city; it really doesn’t make sense to plan to simply walk from one attraction to another, especially if it’s more than 15-20 minutes walk. Not only will you be drenched in sweat, but you’ll also feel 10x more exhausted because of the heat and likely see fewer places in a day.  Believe me I’ve tried it. It’s not pleasant in the heat of the day.

However, don’t let that put you off walking tours, which are planned out so that you don’t have to cover more than a few kilometers during the tour. We love free walking tours. A local tour guide will show you around and help you understand the city’s history, economy, and daily life. Although it’s a “free tour”, it’s not 100% free since it’s a tip-based tour. You can tip the tour guide depending on their performance and how helpful you found the tour to be. The tip is somewhere between 300 THB to 600 THB ($10 to $20) per person. You can check for free walking tours on Guruwalk or Freetour.

Walking around is easy in places such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, where the weather is much cooler, and there are plenty of hiking opportunities. You’ll probably also have to walk around the islands, where Grab or tuk-tuks are uncommon.

Booking Transport in Thailand

When it comes to buying your tickets for buses, trains, planes, and even ferries in Thailand, you can do most of it online. But make sure to use reputable sites though, because there are loads of them online, and some are bogus. By booking online, you can also pay with your card instead of using up your cash that could be used for something where it’s needed. If you want to pay in cash, you can book your seat via a travel agency or hotel receptionist.

If you’re traveling during the off-season, you can book your seat last minute, but in high season, it’s best to reserve one at least a month in advance. If you already know the dates you plan to go, just book the seat immediately so you don’t have to worry about anything, especially if you’re unfamiliar with Thailand’s public holidays.

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12go.Asia is a reliable website that allows you to book a ticket for many countries in Southeast Asia, whether it’s with a bus, plane, train, or ferry. You will pay with a card and receive a confirmation to your email address and a Google map link on how to reach the station or terminal.  Check timetables for Thailand on 12GoAsia here

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Bookaway

Bookaway is another option that works the same as 12go. Asia, also with services mainly in Asia, but more specifically in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. You can also book your tickets here, or if you want, compare the prices between Bookaway and 12go.asia to see which one is more affordable before you book anything. They’re usually just about the same cost.

Thai Trains

You can also book train tickets via 12go.asia, but if you want to use the government site, you can go here, although it loads pretty slowly. Toggle the top drop-down menu to turn the site into English. You’ll be required to download the app, SRT D-Ticket, and book there.

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You can also go to the train station, get your ticket there, and pay in cash. But you’ll notice people approaching you as you enter the station and try to “help” you, but instead want to sell fake tickets or tickets at a higher cost. Don’t transact with anyone not behind the counter; always take a photo of your ticket and receipt so you have a digital copy.

Ferry Companies in Thailand

Thailand has no one or two main ferry companies, but many smaller companies operate on specific routes between islands. For this reason, it’s best to use websites such as 12go.asia and Bookaway to make things easier, contact a travel agency, or get help from your hotel. If you have extra time, you can also head down to the ferry port a few days before your trip and secure your ticket in person.

FAQS for Transportation in Thailand

Almost done, but before I go here are some of the questions I regularly see about Thailand transport and getting around Thailand

What’s the cheapest form of transport in Thailand

Traveling by bus is a great way to get around Thailand if you’re on a budget. Buses get to many areas of the country where flying or the train is not an option. If you’re traveling with a backpack, you can take a domestic flight since it’s affordable too.

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Is Grab available in Thailand?

Yes, Grab is one of the most used ride-hailing apps in Thailand. But it’s so popular to the point that during peak hours, it can be a challenge to book any ride. Download and set up Bolt as well, so you have another app to use.

Is Uber available in Thailand?

No, Uber left Southeast Asia in 2018 after they sold their operating rights to Grab in exchange for a seat on Grab’s board and a 27.5% stake in the company.

Popular Routes in Thailand

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Thailand? Our guide to Thailand transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Thailand, your options, and how we did it.

Travel Tips for Exploring Thailand

Final Words on Transportation in Thailand

There are various ways to get around Thailand. Whether you like riding the bus, a scenic train ride, or doing quick and convenient air travel, none of these should cost a fortune to reach your destination. If you decide to rent a motorbike, just keep in mind the legalities of it. On the other hand, you can hire a tuk-tuk with a driver to drive you around, which allows you to enjoy the scenery while on the road.  With ferry travel, check the schedule in advance to ensure it’s running during your visit. If not, then you can make another travel arrangement. And finally, it’s best to use the apps Grab or Bolt to order a car, motorbike, or taxi instead of flagging one down. You’ll be able to see the price before you book anything, so you know it’s a fair price.

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