Travelling from Bangkok?

Nakhon Ratchasima, usually referred to as Korat, is the capital city of the Province of the same name. Its proximity to Bangkok and Isaan make it a good jumping-off point for travellers who are heading into Isaan since it has excellent transport links to the rest of the country and beyond.

If you are travelling to Korat from Bangkok there are three possible modes of transport, car, bus and train. 


By Car

There are three possible routes to take you from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima.

Route 1: Take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin) passing Don Muang Airport, Wang Noi and Nong Khae till you arrive at the Saraburi interchange. At Saraburi, turn right on Highway 2 (Mittraphap Highway) which finally leads to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance of this route is 259 km.

Route 2: This alternative route is a little longer in distance but passes some interesting places. Take Highway 304 via Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 273 km.

Route 3: Take Highway 305 passing Thanyaburi, Ongkharak to Nakhon Nayok. From Nakhon Nayok, turn right onto Highway 33 to Kabin Buri and then turn left on Highway 304 passing Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima.



By Bus

There are two main bus stations in Korat. The new bus station is the larger of the two and is just to the north of the city centre, beyond Big C on the Korat to Khon Kaen stretch of Mittraphap Road. The old bus station is within the city centre on Burin Road between Suranaree Road and Mittraphap.

So, assuming you are in Bangkok, just head to Mo Chit Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal. No need to consult a timetable: buses leave Bangkok for Korat several times an hour 24 hours a day. Go to the top floor of the terminal building and buy your ticket at window 40, 49, 50, 52 or 53. These booths do change occasionally so check at the information counter if you need additional information.

Other cities which run buses direct to Korat include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, Nakhon Sawan Pattaya, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Rayong, Lopburi, Hua Hin, Hat Yai, Phuket and just about every provincial capital in Isaan. If you are coming from Cambodia, there are buses from the Poipet/Aranyaprathet border crossing. And, if you're entering from Laos, there are a couple of buses a day between Korat and Vientiane. If you're entering from Laos at the Savannakhet border crossing then you can get a bus direct from Mukdahan to Korat. All these services terminate and originate at the new bus station. The old bus station is used for some Bangkok services and shorter local routes to places such as Pak Chong and Pak Thong Chai.

If you've arrived at the new bus station, all the usual Thai means of transport are available for you to get to where you want to go. Tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, and meter taxis are in abundance in the bus station. To get a songthaew back towards the city centre take the number 15 (purple and white) which waits on the road between the two main terminal buildings at the new bus station.

Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis also wait at the smaller old bus station but meter taxis don't. The old bus station is walking distance from many hotels.


By Train

Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station (Huamlamphong) daily and can take anything from four to six hours depending on what type of train you catch. Twelve trains a day leave Bangkok for Korat. The times are 05:45, 06:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20, 18:30, 18:55, 20:00, 20:30, 21:50, 22:25 and 23:40. Fares are very reasonable for the 264 km journey. The cheapest ticket on the cheapest train is around 50 baht. There are two stations in Nakhon Ratchasima. The main station is on Mukmontri Rd about 2 km from the city centre. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis at the front of the station will take you to the Yamo area for around 60 and 40 baht respectively. Catch songthaews 1 or 14 opposite the station to go toward the city centre.

The other station - Thanon Chira - is more centrally located. It is just to the south of the previously described old city. Tickets from Bangkok are just a couple of baht extra to go to Thanon Chira instead of the main station, and if you're heading for the city centre it is well worth getting off here.


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