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Hat Yai Bus Station

Hat Yai bus station is large and busy. Hat Yai is the largest city in Southern Thailand and it is the major transport hub for connections from Bangkok to locations in the Southern provinces and onto Malaysia and Singapore.

Both Bus and Minivan Services depart from Hay Yai Bus Station

Intercity buses, as well as minivans, depart from and arrive at this station throughout the day and night. Beyond the perimeter walls of the bus station there are also many private travel agencies offering private bus and minibus tours to a wide range of locations. Sometimes these agents offer a more convenient or more comfortable journey, but rarely do they charge less than companies operating out of the bus station. Thailand Life Tip: For the best value for money (with the exception of bus journeys to Penang and Kuala Lumpur) always catch the bus or minivan from the main bus station as it will be cheaper.

Hat Yai Bus Station

Getting to Hat Yai Bus Station

Hat Yai Bus Station is 2 km away from Hat Yai train station and the three main streets in the centre of Hat Yai city (Niphat Uthit Soi 1, 2 and 3) where most of the main hotels in Hat Yai are clustered. To get from the central area of Hat Yai to the bus station your best option is to take a motorbike taxi or a tuk tuk. For foreigner visits the set price appears to be 100 THB.

Getting from Hat Yai Bus Station to Hat Yai city centre

Motorbike taxis and tuks outside Hat Yai Bus Station

Motorbike taxis and tuk tuks wait outside the bus station

Immediately in front of the bus station on the same street as the private travel agents there are always motorbike taxis and small blue tuk tuks waiting to take passengers into the city. Expect to be charge 100 THB to areas within the city itself. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from the bus station to the train station, but beware it is very easy to get lost as the first half of the walk involves lots of turns down side street although once you have negotiated these smaller streets navigation becomes very easy as streets in Hat Yai city centre are laid out in a grid with the train station at the centre.

Location of Hat Yai Bus Station

Facilities at Hat Yai Bus Station

There is a small range of facilities at Hat Yai Bus Station:

  • Toilets at the Western end of the departure area
  • Coffee shops and snack food shops by the seated waiting areas where the buses depart
  • Tesco Lotus convenience store on the street in front of the station
  • Restaurants and food stalls on the street in front of the station
Ticket Purchase at Hat Yai Bus Station

Inside the bus station there are many many ticket counter with glass screens each for a different company. Several companies may do the same route at different times and with different types of vehicles. Some of these can be booked in advance, others cannot and you simply turn up before travelling and purchase a ticket. Many of the counters have signs in English showing destinations, times and prices. Others do not. The best thing to do is to ask someone working at one of these counters and they will direct you to the correct one.

One of the ticket counters at Hat Yai Bus Station

Advance Ticket Purchase

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Thailand Bus, Boat and Train Tickets

Ticket prices at the bus station are cheap and fixed but they are not at the nearby travel agencies. Thailand Life Tip: If you intend to use a service departing from the bus station do not allow someone to ‘steer’ you into purchasing a ticket from one of agencies outside the station – tickets for services from the bus station need to be purchased either inside the bus station or in advance online.


Popular Journeys from Hat Yai Bus Station


From Hat Yai bus station you can travel to almost all destinations in Southern and Central Thailand directly, although you will need to change transport in Bangkok for onward travel northwards to Chaing Mai, eastwards towards Pattaya and north east towards Nong Khai and the border to Laos.

Hat Yai bus station to Bangkok

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Bus Tickets from Hat Yai to Bangkok

There two companies doing this route which we recommend: Sri Siam Tour and Piya Company. We recommend these companies because they are reliable and use large comfortable modern buses.

  • Journey Time: The journey takes between 12 and 14 hours
  • Cost: Tickets cost from 704 to 1,085 THB depending on which service you use and what departure time.
  • Timetable of Bus services to Bangkok from Hat Yai:
Travel Company Depart Arrive Online Price Service
Siam Lane Tour 07.30 21.30 821 THB VIP
Siam Lane Tour  15.00 05.00 704 THB Express
Piya 15.30 05.30 821 THB VIP 
Siam Lane Tour 16.10 06.10 821 THB VIP
Siam Lane Tour 17.00 07.00 821 THB VIP
Piya 17.30 07.30 704 THB Express
Siam Lane Tour 17.30 07.30 1,085 THB VIP24
Siam Lane Tour 18.00 08.00 704 THB Express
Siam Lane Tour 20.00 10.00 704 THB Express

 

Hat Yai bus station to Padang Besar (border with Malaysia)

There is a single company doing this route by minivan. It costs 50 THB per person and the journey takes a fairly standard 50 minutes. It is not far. The minibus will drop you near the border if you communicate this with the driver. You do not need to book this in advance. Minivans leave frequently.

  • Timetable of Minibus services to Pedang Besar from Hat Yai:
    • At least once every hour during the day until 18:00
Hat Yai bus station to Phuket

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Bus Tickets from Hat Yai to Phuket

We recommend travelling with the Sri Trang company who have regular departure for Phuket. The bus to Phuket terminates at Phuket Bus Terminal (2) from there are plenty of local transport options for your onward journey to your hotel.

  • Journey Time: The journey takes a standard time of 7 hours 40 minutes.
  • Cost: Ticket prices range from 371 THB for the normal bus to 555 THB for the VIP bus. 
  • Timetable of Bus services to Phuket from Hat Yai:
Travel Company Depart Arrive Online Price Service
Sri Trang Tour 08.00 15.40 371 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 09.30 17.10 371 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 10.30 18.10 371 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 11.45 19.25 371 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 13.00 20.40 371 THB Express 
Sri Trang Tour 18.00 01.40 371 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 19.30 03.10 555 THB VIP24
Sri Trang Tour 21.30 05.10 371 THB Express

 

Hat Yai bus station to Sungai Kolok

There are regular minibuses going from Hat Yai to Sungai Kolok. They tend to simply depart when they are full and there are a lot of passengers wanting to do the journey so it is unlikely you need to wait long for a minibus. The fare is 200 THB (2016 prices) and the journey time is 4 hours, sometimes slightly less. The minivan will drop you at the border if you request it from the driver. Sungai Kolok bus station is about 2 km from the border. If you do end up being dropped off at the bus station it will cost around 70 THB to get a motorbike taxi to get you to the border.

  • Timetable of Minivan services to Sungai Kolok from Hat Yai:
    • At least once every hour during the day until 17:00
Hat Yai bus station to Trang

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Bus Tickets from Hat Yai to Trang

The Sri Trang Tour company uses large Express buses on this route. The bus terminates at the Sri Trang office in Trang town near the Phetkasem Road, which is the main road running through the town, and a 10 minute walk from Trang Bus Station.

  • Journey Time: The journey takes 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • Cost: Tickets cost 162 THB per person.
  • Timetable of Bus Services to Trang from Hat Yai:
Travel Company Depart Arrive Online Price Service
Sri Trang Tour 08.00 10.15 162 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 09.30 11.45 162 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 10.30 12.45 162 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 11.45 14.00 162 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 13.00 15.15 162 THB Express 
Sri Trang Tour 18.00 20.15 162 THB Express
Sri Trang Tour 21.30 23.45 162 THB Express

 

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