udon thani bus
udon thani bus
Wikitravel does a good job of keeping its information on Udon Thani up to date — and that includes bus information — so do not overlook referring to it. I am editing this post on February 5, 2013, and will quote some busing details from Wikitravel; but if you are reading this too very long after this edit date, then refer to the Wikitravel article directly, for details may have changed.
Let’s begin with the Udon Thani International Airport:
To get to town there is a “limousine service” (actually a minibus) for 80 baht/person that will drop you and other passengers to the place of your choice. If there are more than 2 of you, it may be cheaper to call a taxi (☎ +66 42 323239). Minibus tickets are available in the booth just to the right before you leave the terminal building. Taxis are not permitted to wait for passengers at the airport. Some of the hotels have pick-up service and may take an extra rider or two as space permits.
And now let’s look at what the article has to say about getting into Udon Thani “By bus“:
There are now two bus stations in the city. Bus station #2 is in the city centre, near Central Plaza, a large mall, and a more active area. Another is in the outskirts of town on the road in from Loei towards Nong Khai (bus station #1).
From Nong Khai, there is a bus station on Prajak Rd which has buses that go to both Udon stations. They are close in price, but they go to very different areas of Udon: 40 baht to station 1 (not preferred). Old bus, no A/C, far from the city centre, and it makes many stops. 45 baht on a newer, first class bus to station 2 is preferred.
If you end up at station 1 and want to go to station 2, there is a songthaew for 10 baht (it may be slow as it picks up other riders) or you can catch a tuk-tuk into town for around 80 baht.
Buses from Bangkok (Mo Chit), an 8-hour journey, arrive at the BKS station in the city.
Buses depart at least once per hour after 11:00 to Nong Khai on the Lao border, (40 baht, 1 hour, non-air-conditioned 3rd class bus.
You can follow the locals and hop on the waiting #6 songthaew to the bus station or take a tuk-tuk.
There are six express buses a day direct to the Morning Market in Vientiane (80 baht, 2 hours, air-con 1st class departures at 08:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00). These cross-border buses will carry passengers who have not obtained their Lao visas in advance, but may NOT wait long enough at the border for a visa on arrival to be applied for and issued. This isn’t a problem when the queues are short, but at busy times passengers who don’t already have their visas may be left behind and have to continue by local bus or tuk-tuk.
Concerning travel within the city, there are actually “limited city bus routes.” Rather, people rely upon “a bus-like network of numbered pick up trucks with 2 benches in the back (songthaews); cost is 8 or 10 baht per trip (10 baht outside the ring road).”
All quotes above are from the Wikitravel article linked to earlier.
Isan.Sawadee.com offers some bus information in its section on Udon Thani — again, refer to that website if you are reading this post too long after my February 5, 2013, edit. The details relate to busing to or out of Udon Thani — not travel within the city itself:
Buses for Udon leave Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The journey takes around 10 to 11 hours and the fare is 145 baht for regular buses (260 baht for air-conditioned buses). Timetables
Buses leave the main bus terminal in Khorat every half hour during the day and arrive in Udon five hours later. The cost is 81 baht for regular buses (146 baht for air-conditioned buses).
There are buses running between Udon Thani and other provinces such as Nong Khai, Loei, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani. The buses leave Udon Thani Bus Terminal every 40 minutes.
Even Wikipedia stresses that city bus service as we know it in the West is negligible — from the article on Udon Thani Province:
Essential local and city services are provided by songthew truck and pickup truck busses, while regional and long distance destinations are served by regular bus vehicles from several bus terminals. The long distance ‘VIP’ First Class busses operate from a terminal in the city centre and connect Udon Thani with daytime and overnight routes to Bangkok and many province capitals.
For quite a number of large, colourful illustrations of Udon Thani and its buses — as well as some information that may be getting a little dated — refer to the blog Thai Mass Trasport Systems‘ post of February 10, 2010: Udon Thani’s Mass Transit System.
UdonMap.com offers quite a lot of additional bus-related transportation information — even a map of routes and stations — at its page Car Hire/Transport. I would hope that this information is as accurate as you will be able to find, for UdonMap has been for some years the preeminent source of information about the city for Expats and visitors. You may even note that it lists a third bus station — Wikitravel had said that there were but two of them.
You might also profit from a visit to UdonMap’s forum — specifically, the Travel & Transport section.
Now here are some further Udon Thani bus-related references that may be of interest:
There are buses leaving for Udon Thani every 15 minutes, the ticket price is 443 Baht (air con bus). The trip takes about 8 hours. Most buses will arrive in Udon Thani’s new bus terminal, just two minutes walk from Central …
Publish Date: 01/13/2013 16:00
An Udon Thani bus driver was arrested by police and charged with raping a 7-year-old girl in the toilet of the bus. The incident reportedly occurred about six months ago, when the bus was parked at the Udon Thani bus …
Publish Date: 01/12/2013 23:26
Udon Thani, Thailand bus station. Yesterdays accident has left me back on public transportation for the first time in years. I am now sitting on the 1st class bus to Sakon Nakhon, cost 220 baht, time of trip, beats me. This will be …
Publish Date: 10/08/2012 17:17
SAM 3581 300×185 A to Z Tourist Guide to Udon Thani Udon Thani’s central bus station is only a two-minute walk from the city’s main nightlife area and its many hotels, restaurants and bars. Bus routes connect to most major …
Publish Date: 10/06/2012 2:51
Recently took a bus trip to Udon Thani and I recorded bits of the journey. When I went to inquire about the ticket I was told it would cost 207 baht. When I actually purchased the ticket it cost 229 baht. The return trip from Udon …
Publish Date: 09/23/2012 3:57
13:00: When I bought my bus ticket, the saleslady had smirked slightly and said, “It local bus.” I feared that this truck/tuktuk hybrid, so popular in Laos, was going to take me all the way to the airport in Udon Thani, Thailand, …
Publish Date: 02/01/2013 19:15
City traffic at Nong Bua, Udon Thani, Thailand – DSCF0467
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