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Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province

Nakhon Ratchasima Province, page 4a, Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4c, Nakhon Ratchasima, Road Routes and other routes to Korat, Issan, and within the Province

Getting to and around Korat 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.

Window 40 and 49 - Ratchasima Tour. Direct 24 hour service. Window 40 for the old bus station and window 49 for the new bus station.     

Window 50 - Suranaree Air. All services go the new bus station. Confusingly, there are two windows #50 at Mochit. The one you need is on the left of the two.

Windows 52 and 53 - Air Korat Pattana. Window 52 for buses to the new bus station and window 53 for buses to the old bus station

After you have purchased your ticket the vendor will point to a number on the ticket. This is the bay you must go to catch your bus. Overhead signs will guide you there - just like following a gate number at an airport.

As of December 2010, the price was 198 Baht, one way from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima. The buses follow 'First Route' described above.

Other cities which run buses direct to Korat include Chaing Mai, Pattaya, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Rayong, Lopburi, Nakhon Sawan, Hua Hin and just about every provincial capital in Issan. If you are coming from Cambodia, there are buses from the Poi pet / Aranyaprathet border crossing. And, if you are entering from Laos, there are a couple of buses a day between Korat and Vientiane ( launched in December 2009 ). If you are entering from Laos at the Savannakhet border crossing then you can get a bus direct from Mukdahan to Korat. All these services end 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.