Thai Airways International (THAI) flies to Khorat from Bangkok twice
a day. For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel.
0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or visit www.thaiairways.com. The THAI
office (Tel: 044-257211/5) is at 14 Manat Rd., off of Mahat Thai
Rd. inside the city moat.
Air Andaman provides two daily flight services from Bangkok to Nakhon
Ratchasima. For more information, contact their Bangkok office at
tel. 0 2996 9119 or visit www.airandaman.com.
Ordinary buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal)
in Bangkok every 15 or 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 10.15 p.m. Air-conditioned
buses leaving for Bangkok arrive and depart from the Korat’s air-conditioned
bus terminal on Mitraparp Highway.
The Transport Co., Ltd. (known as Bo Kho So) has both air-conditioned
and non air-conditioned buses departing from the Bangkok’s Northern
Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal) daily. Air-conditioned buses
depart from Bangkok every 10 minutes all day, traveling time is
3.20 hours and the fare is 157 bahts. Non air-conditioned buses
depart from Bangkok every hour from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., traveling
time is 4.30 hours and the fare is 87 bahts. For information, call
0 2936 2852-66 or get more updated information at www.traco.motc.go.th.
Private companies that offer bus services are Ratchasima Tour Co.,
tel. 0 4424 5443, Bangkok tel. 0 2936 1615 and Air Khorat Co., tel.
0 4425 2999, Bangkok tel. 0 2936 2252.
Buses running to other provinces leave from Bus Terminal 2 in Khorat.
There are services to the northeastern provinces of Chaiyaphum,
Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin,
Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram (the old route goes past Nang Rong and
the new one past Huai Thalaeng), and Surin (past Nang Rong-Ban Tako).
In addition, there are buses to Bangkok, Chon Buri, Pattaya, Rayong,
Chanthaburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, and
Chiang Rai (up to Mae Sai). All depart from the Bus Terminal 2 in
Getting around Korat
Traveling within the province is easy, with many mini-bus and bus
routes operating in the city and nearby areas. The fare on each
route is 3 bahts. Comfortable air-conditioned bus services are also
provided for route No. 2 at the rate of 5 bahts.
A more convenient way to get around is to take the Tuk-Tuk or Samlor
in the city. Samlors around the city costs 20 bahts; while tuk-tuks
cost 40 bahts to most places around town (30 bahts for a short hop)
and 50 to 60 bahts for longer trips. The rate for motorbike taxis
is within the same range. Please note that the price must be agreed
upon before a trip.
If traveling to another district, it is possible to take either
a bus or mini-bus at Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road. At Bus Terminal
2, only provides bus services to Amphoe Phimai and Dan Kwian-Chok
For information, call Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road, tel. 0 4424
2899 and 0 4426 8899 and Bus Terminal 2 on the Mitraparp-Khon Kaen
Road, tel. 0 4425 6006-9 ext. 175, 176 (air-conditioned), 178 (regular).
An express train bound for Ubon Ratchathani departs Bangkok's Hualamphong
Station at 9 p.m. and arrives in Khorat at 2.03 a.m.
Rapid trains on the Ubon railway depart at 6.50 a.m., 6.45 p.m.
and 10.45 p.m., arriving in Khorat at 11.48 a.m. and 11.51 p.m.
and 4.07 a.m. respectively. especially the morning arrival, which
leaves plenty of daylight time to explore the city.
There are also two ordinary trains (3rd class
only) that depart Bangkok at 3.25 and 11.25 p.m., arriving in Khorat
about 5 1/2 to 6 hours after departure.
The 1st class fare (express train only) is 230 bahts, while the
2nd class and 3rd class fares are 115 bahts and 50 bahts respectively.
An additional fee of 40 bahts is charged for rapid trains, 60 bahts
for the express and 80 bahts for the special express train. The
train passes through some great scenery on the Khorat Plateau, including
a view of the enormous white Buddha figure at Wat Theppitak on a
thickly forested hillside. Visit www.railway.co.th or call 1690
for more up-to-date schedules and fares.