Photo: Sleepy wat in Buriram.

How to get to and from Buriram

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Buriram’s tiny airport is located 30 kilometres north of town and serviced by Nok Air with a once-daily flight to/from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.

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Buriram is a main stop on the Northeastern line. In Bangkok, trains depart at 05:45, 06:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20, 18:55 and three times from 20:30 to 22:30. In Buriram, trains return to Bangkok at 06:05, 08:35, 10:30, 12:30,17:15 and four times from 20:30 to 22:50. Seats cost 70 baht for hard third class and up to 315 for air-con first class. Some trains have sleepers for more cash. The trip takes around seven hours. Bangkok-bound trains also stop at Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) and Pak Chong (Khao Yai).

In Buriram, trains run onwards to Ubon Ratchathani at 02:20, 03:45, 06:05, 08:35, 11:40, 13:00, 14:20, 16:30 and 23:40. These all stop in Surin and Sisaket, and some stop at smaller stations like Sikhoraphum.

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Buriram’s bus station is located to the west of town, a few kilometres from the train station. Expect to pay around 50 baht for a trip to the train station area by taxi or tuk tuk, or hop in a pink songthaew.

Fares include:
Bangkok (Morchit): Buses from the 999 government service and a few private companies combine to depart at least once every two hours from 08:00 to midnight and cost from 200 to 355 baht, depending on class. Many of the buses are run by the reputable Nakhon Chai Air, which has its own ticket office across the car park from the actual bus terminal. The trip takes six to seven hours.
Nang Rong (closest city to Phanom Rung): Minibuses depart hourly from 06:30 to 20:00, cost 38 baht and take around an hour. Some of the southbound regular buses also stop in Nang Rong.
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat): Buses from a company running direct between Khorat and Buriram depart every half-hour from 04:00 to 19:00, costing 100 baht and taking around three hours. Some of the Bangkok-bound buses also stop in Khorat. If heading to Phimai, Udon Thani, Nong Khai or just about anywhere else in Central, Northern or Upper Northeast Thailand, transfer in Khorat.
Ubon Ratchathani: Nakhon Chai Air offers eight departures to Ubon from 01:40 to 06:15 and again at 16:00 and 16:30, costing 260 baht and taking four to five hours. Another company has buses departing roughly every hour from 09:00 to 18:00 for around 200 baht. All Ubon-bound buses stop in Surin and Sisaket.
Khon Kaen: Departs at 06:30 and 15:00, costs 200 baht and takes around four hours.
Mukdahan: Departs at 02:30, 03:00 and 17:10, costs 259 baht and takes around six hours.
Chanthaburi: Departs hourly from 08:00 to 21:00, costs 280 baht and takes seven to eight hours. These buses also stop in Nang Rong and Aranyaprathet (Cambodia border crossing). If heading to Trat / Ko Chang, transfer in Chanthaburi.
Rayong (Ko Samet): Buses from Nakhon Chai Air depart at 09:20, 11:05, 11:10 and five times from 21:15 to 23:45, cost around 280 baht and take around seven hours.
Pattaya: Departs at 10:00, 11:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30 and 23:20, costs 364 baht and takes seven to eight hours.
Chiang Mai: Buses from Nakhon Chai Air depart at 17:40, 19:25 and 22:10, cost 740 baht and take around 13 hours. These buses also service Phitsanulok (transfers to Sukhothai).
Chiang Rai: One bus from Nakhon Chai Air departs at 20:30, costs around 900 baht and takes around 14 hours. This bus also services Phitsanulok and Phrae (transfers to Nan).

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Getting around

Buriram town is fairly compact and fine for walking. Pink songthaews also cruise between the bus and train stations. A range of vehicles can be rented at We Car [T: (085) 303 2392; on Han Chana Road, just south of the bus station, with cars starting at 1,400 baht per day and motorbikes going for 250 baht.

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