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Offline Taman Tun

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Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:51:29 AM »
The bus fare Bangkok - Korat has now been increased to 209 THB from 191 THB. I remember about 10 years ago it was 220 THB.  So the new fare is still pretty good value.
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2019, 01:51:07 PM »
Today’s price is THB 180.  Not sure if this is a special offer or a permanent reduction.  Anyway, it is a bargain at 0.72 Baht per km.
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 01:33:20 PM »
How long does the journey take?

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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 05:52:05 PM »
Hello bb.  The journey from Korat to Mor Chit bus station is typically 4 hours.  Journey times may be longer on holiday weekends.  There are other complications.  If you travel down to BKK on a Sunday you may find that there are no taxis at Mor Chit to take you to your final destination.  The Sunday taxi queue can be up to 1 and a half hour.  This can be avoided by getting off the bus at Rangsit where taxis are always waiting and you can quickly get into downtown Bangkok on the highway. (Tolls ThB 150 to Sukhumvit).
Hope this helps.
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 08:41:05 PM »
Hi Ian, i have never been on a bus in TH. i have to go to trendy next year, so i think i will go by bus, my last trip to the embassy turned out to be 7,000 bht with all the extras, friends are expensive.

reading the internet you could be right in 2018 a 2nd class air con bus ticket was 171 Baht one way. There are also VIP buses with bigger seats available (three seats in one line) and cost 220 Baht one way then. I understand like the lady said, you don’t have to go all the way :evilgrin

the minivan legroom arhh, around the same price for a slightly quicker journey of about 3 hrs. Then there's puffing billie the train, can take up to 6 hrs, even cheaper. I hear The government has actually plans to build an express train from Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok.

Thai-China rail project: Korat in just 77 minutes 12 Jul 2017

Commuters and other passengers will be able to travel from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in 1 hour and 17 minutes using the Thai-Chinese high-speed train in four years' time

bangkokpost.com
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2019, 09:39:57 AM »
Hello bb.  The journey from Korat to Mor Chit bus station is typically 4 hours.  Journey times may be longer on holiday weekends.  There are other complications.  If you travel down to BKK on a Sunday you may find that there are no taxis at Mor Chit to take you to your final destination.  The Sunday taxi queue can be up to 1 and a half hour.  This can be avoided by getting off the bus at Rangsit where taxis are always waiting and you can quickly get into downtown Bangkok on the highway. (Tolls ThB 150 to Sukhumvit).
Hope this helps.

Thanks, handy info. It looks like the Mo Chit BTS is a bit of a hike.

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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2019, 09:40:55 AM »
Hi Thaiga, yes you will have to give the bus a try on your next trip.  It will be interesting to see what happens when the M6 motorway opens next year.  It should be possible to get from Korat to north Bangkok in 2 hours.  I just wonder how much the tolls will be.  In any case it will be a big improvement on the current road, as well as being a whole lot safer. 
As for the High Speed Train, I don’t think the project has got the final go-ahead.  Journey time would be about 90 minutes due to stops at Pak Chong, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Don Mueang and finally terminating at the new mega station at Bang Sue.  The initial train frequency will not be great:- one train leaving Korat about every two hours.  The fares will need to be competitive with express buses on the M6 highway. 
Korat should benefit greatly from the improved transportation links to Bangkok. 
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 10:21:59 AM »
bb, yes.  the Mo Chit transport is not joined up.  The BTS is far too far to walk from the bus station.
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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2019, 12:31:26 PM »
HI T/T & B/B. Thaiga has been on a bus, baht bus in patts  8)  Bit more info on the M6

There are ten (10) interchanges linking the M6 with major highways, plus nine (9) toll plazas. Designators and locations of these facilities are listed below:
Interchanges: 1) Bang Pa-In 1 Interchange 2) Bang Pa-In 2 Interchange 3) Wang Noi Interchange 4) Hin Kong Interchange 5) Saraburi Interchange 6) Kaeng Khoi Interchange 7) Muak Lek Interchange 8.) Pak Chong Interchange 9) Si Khiu Interchange 10) Nakhon Ratchasima Interchange Toll Plazas - Rest Stop - Service Area - Type of Vehicle - Toll Rates and all that sort of stuff can be found HERE. doh-motorway.com

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Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2019, 12:15:02 PM »
I just wonder how many people in Bangkok read KF.  There must be a few so here are a few notes to guide you away from the obscene food and drink prices in Sukhumvit Soi 11.  From Soi 11 you just go to Nana BTS and catch a train to the end of the line to Mo Chit.  From there it is a short taxi ride to the Mo Chit bus terminal.  In the bus terminal there are a number of booths selling tickets to Nakhon Ratchasima:- Booths 48-50, but my favorite is Booth 125 which has decent buses.  Four hours later you will be in Korat with sensible food and drink prices.  There is an alternative to the BTS at the top of Soi 19 just outside Terminal 21.  From MRT Sukhumvit station you catch the train to Chatuchak Park, which is at the same location as Mo Chit BTS.  Chatuchak Park is a big station and the exit to take is exit 3, Mo Chit.  There you can get a taxi which will take you to the bus station without having to perform any U turns.  I prefer the Chatuchak Park route as the MRT is less crowded than the BTS.
Latest on the ticket price:- on Wednesday it was back up to 209 ThB, so the bargain of 180 ThB the previous week was just a one off.

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