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Update: Airport “Express” Bus - no longer express

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Update: Airport “Express” Bus – no longer express

This 50-seat A/C bus is still operating but (IMO) is no longer “express.” This bus will take you from the BKK airport onto the Center Point Ferry and drop you off in Klong Son on Koh Chang—or vice versa—for 308 baht, which includes your ferry ticket.

We rode this bus between BKK and Koh Chang many times last year and it was fast, convenient and comfortable; stopping only in Chantiburi and Trat. But we rode this bus yesterday from Trat to BKK and they have changed the route. The bus now stops in Trat, Chantiburi, Rayong and Pattaya—not counting a 30 minute stop at a roadside restaurant for food, drinks and bus driver commissions—before continuing on to the airport. The trip took a full 6 hours from Trat—which is not express in my book—and had you boarded on Koh Chang, you would have been on the bus for over 8 hours! We were told the BKK to KC route is now the same, namely BKK—Pattaya—Rayong—Chantiburi—Trat—KC, so it’s hard to imagine it being faster.

The bus yesterday was full, so apparently the new route has increased business at the expense of being “express.” If you are returning to the airport from the islands via the Trat bus station, this “Express (not!) Bus” is scheduled to leave Trat at 3:45pm, but you may be better served by taking the Cherdchai Bus to the airport at 9am or 3pm, or the 11:30am #999 that stops at the airport on the way to Ekkamai. The cost from Trat to the airport on the Suvarnahbhumi Bus was 248 baht, and the website is:

bussuvarnabhumikohchang.com/comfortable-bus-…

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1. Re: Update: Airport “Express” Bus – no longer express

Thanks Allen. We had some customers take it and it took 2 hours longer than it did last year. They couldnt figure out why, taking the scenic route explains it. Also the big bus no longer comes onto Koh Chang. Another attempt at money saving I guess.

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2. Re: Update: Airport “Express” Bus – no longer express

Ah... interesting. That certainly explains why you haven't seen the big bus on KC roads this year, and also explains the "new" minivan pickup service. They told Kat that the ferry ticket was still included in the price of the bus, but if they are not bringing the big bus over on the Center Point Ferry, I wonder if that is really true. Do you know if your guests paid 308 and whether it included the ferry?

It's too bad because all-and-all this bus worked very well for us last year, but I don't think we'll use it anymore.

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