From Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) by bus

February 10, 2013

While Nakhon Ratchasima has a bit to offer, there are still occasions when you prefer to go to Bangkok. Last weekend I travelled to Bangkok to visit the in-laws and do some shopping.

There are several ways to go to Bangkok from Nakhon Ratchasima, the easiest way would be to drive yourself by car. This would be a trip of about 3-4 hours and since we were leaving after 6PM it would be a trip in the dark. I have been driving in the city of Korat for some weeks now but as you can imagine I did not feel too comfortable about driving all the way to Bangkok, especially not with the traffic chaos there. So we choose to take the bus instead, which is probably even cheaper than driving yourself. Here you can read more about going from Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by bus.

On Sunday we went back to Korat again since my fiancée had the work Sunday evening. To go from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima by bus you should go to Mo Chit Northern bus terminal. There the busses will leave from ground level, and tickets can be purchased upstairs at one of the windows/booths.

The ticket booths at Mo Chit bus terminal

The ticket booths at Mo Chit bus terminal

Each bus company has its own little booth there, which makes it pretty easy for foreigners to buy a ticket since there is just one ticket for sell at each counter. You only have to be sure that you are at the correct counter of course which can be tricky since the routes are not shown in English at most booths. To go to the new bus terminal in Nakhon Ratchasima you need to purchase your ticket from booth number 52 (on the left in the picture below). If you would like to go to the old bus terminal take the right window (number 53).

On the left (booth 52) you can buy a ticket to the new bus station in Nakhon Ratchasima, on the right (booth 53) one to the old bus station.

On the left (booth 52) you can buy a ticket to the new bus station in Nakhon Ratchasima, on the right (booth 53) one to the old bus station.

The lady in the booth will show you a computer screen where you can pick out your favorite seat. It’s not easy to find the perfect seat because if Buddha doesn’t like you he might place you on a broken seat which will make the journey of 3,5 hours one you will remember for a long time. I would advise you not to sit at the front since the TV will be too loud there, and also do not sit on the last row since there is a toilet at the back of the bus and it will be smelly there.

On the ticket you can see your seat number (top right), departure time, and the grand total price of 198 baht.

On the ticket you can see your seat number (top right), departure time, and the grand total price of 198 baht. As of June 2012 the price has been increased to 220 baht.

Once you got your ticket it will show the dock from where the bus will leave. This is printed in red on the left part of the ticket (not shown in the picture above since they tear that part off when you enter the bus). In our case we left from dock number 79. You can find the correct dock by following the signs and looking for the small orange sign on the pole in front of each bus.

On the big poles holding the roof you can see the orange signs with numbers. This number will also be printed on your bus ticket. Sorry for the crappy pic, it was getting dark.

On the big poles holding the roof you can see the orange signs with numbers. This number will also be printed on your bus ticket. Sorry for the crappy pic, it was getting dark.

When you find your bus you just get in and the lady who does the catering in the bus will ask for your ticket, show you your spot, and will bring you your complementary drink, snack, and blanket as soon as the bus starts driving.

Seated at the back of the bus you will be less annoyed by the TV, but the smell from the toilet can make your trip a very uncomfortable one.

Seated at the back of the bus you will be less annoyed by the TV, but the smell from the toilet can make your trip a very uncomfortable one.

On my way to Bangkok I slept like a baby in the bus, even though I was not really tired when entering the bus. On the way back I stayed awake, mostly because it was a bit warm in the bus and I already slept during the day when I was at my parents-in-law’s house.

One last advise would be to take some snacks and drinks with you in the bus. A book will come in handy also when you go during the day, but when you leave when its dark they will turn off the lights and there will not be much reading possible.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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