Khorat’s air base is used only for military and private flights.
Khorat is located at a junction in the Northeastern Line where one track continues east towards Ubon Ratchathani and another cuts north towards Nong Khai. Trains also run west to Bangkok.
The city has two train stations: Khorat Station is located on the west side of town off Mukkamontri Road, while Jira Station is set on the southeast side of town near the old quarter. All trains stop at both stations. The times listed below are for Khorat station; add or subtract around 10 minutes if using Jira station.
Trains to Bangkokdepart at 08:20, 10:15, 12:30, 14:55, 18:45 and five times from 22:30 to 00:50. Second-class seats cost around 120 baht and several other fares are available. All Bangkok-bound trains stop in Pak Chong (Khao Yai), Ayutthayaand Don Muang Airport, among others.
From Bangkok’s Hualamphong station, trains depart for Khorat at 05:45, 06:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20 and hourly from 18:35 to 22:35. The trip can take four to seven hours depending on the type of train you choose.
Trains to Ubon Ratchathani depart at 03:50, 06:10, 10:10, 11:15, 12:25, 14:20, 21:25, 00:20 and 01:50. The trip takes four to six hours and costs around 140 baht for a second-class seat. All Ubon-bound trains stop in Buriram, Surin and Si Saket, among others. Additional trains depart for Surin at 02:20, 14:40 and 17:00.
Trains to Nong Khai depart at 06:20 and 23:30 and cost around 150 baht for a second-class seat, taking five to seven hours. The night departure is an express train while the morning one is ordinary. Nong Khai-bound trains stop in Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. Additionally, a train that terminates in Khon Kaen departs at 08:30, and a train terminating in Udon departs at 16:00.
Dozens of private and government buses and minibuses from Bangkok’s Morchit (Northern) terminal to both of Khorat’s bus terminals, around the clock.
Located a few kilometres north of downtown Khorat off Route 2, Bus Terminal 2 (Bor Kor Sor Song) is the city’s main bus station. It’s a huge terminal with restaurants and ticket booths located in several different zones. Few routes are posted in English but locals are always happy to help. Fares from here include:
Aranyaprathet (Cambodia border): Departs once every two to three hours from 05:30 to 17:30 for 170 baht and takes four hours.
Ayutthaya: Minibuses depart every 20 minutes from 06:40 to 18:20 for 133 baht and take three hours. Also services Pak Chong (Khao Yai).
Bangkok (Morchit / Northern Terminal): Multiple buses depart hourly, 24 hours a day, and take around four hours. Second-class costs 150 baht and first class fetches 190 baht. Many Bangkok-bound buses stop in Pak Chong, Saraburi and Ayutthaya.
Bangkok (Sai Tai / Southern Terminal): Buses depart every two hours from 08:00 to 18:00 for 190 baht and take around four hours.
Buriram: Minibuses depart every 20 minutes from 04:50 to 20:00 for 100 baht and take three hours. Also services Nang Rong (Phanom Rung).
Chaiyaphum: Buses depart every half-hour from 06:00 to 21:00 for 92 baht and take two hours.
Chiang Mai: Buses depart at 03:00, 06:30, 09:45, 13:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 20:30 for 525 to 615 baht. Takes around 11 hours and also services Phitsanulok and Lampang.
Chiang Rai: Buses depart at 05:00, 12:00, 16:00, 17:30 and 19:00 for 570 to 665 baht and take around 12 hours. These buses stop in Phrae and continue up to the Burma border crossing at Mae Sai.
Chong Mek (Laos border crossing near Pakse): Buses depart at 10:45, 18:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:00 and 01:30 for 250 baht and take around eight hours. Also services Buriram, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.
Hua Hin: Buses depart at 10:00, 14:00 and 22:00 for 350 baht and take around nine hours. Also services Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetburi and Cha-am.
Krabi: A VIP bus departs at 16:00 for 986 baht and takes around 16 hours. Also services Surat Thani.
Lopburi: Minibuses depart every 40 minutes from 04:50 to 18:30 for 130 baht and take more than three hours. Also services Pak Chong. Alternately you can take a second-class Bangkok-bound bus to Saraburi and make a transfer.
Mukdahan: Buses depart every one to two hours from 06:15 to 19:30 and again from 23:00 to 01:00 for 270 baht. Takes around seven hours and also services Yasothon.
Nakhon Phanom: A first-class bus departs at 22:30 for 290 baht and a VIP bus departs at 01:30 for 390 baht. Takes around eight hours.
Nong Khai: Buses depart roughly once per hour from 10:00 to 17:30 and again from 23:00 to 02:30 for 250 to 300 baht and take around seven hours. Also services Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.
Phimai: Buses depart every half-hour from 05:00 to 22:00 for 50 baht and take an hour.
Phuket: VIP buses depart at 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 for 1,190 baht and take more than 16 hours. Also services Chumphon and Ranong.
Rayong: Buses depart hourly from 09:00 to 17:30 and again at 22:00, 00:30 and 01:00 for 290 baht and takes around six hours. Also services Pattaya.
Surin: Buses depart at least once per hour around the clock for 120 to 145 baht and take around three hours. Also services Buriram.
Trat (Ko Chang): At least two buses depart from 10:00 to 17:00 and another at 01:00 for 320 baht. Takes around seven hours and also services Chanthaburi.
Ubon Ratchathani: Buses depart roughly once per hour from 10:00 to 18:30 and several more times from 20:00 to 02:30. Many Ubon-bound buses also service Nang Rong (Phanom Rung), Surin and Sisaket.
Udon Thani: Buses depart every half-hour from 04:50 to 21:30 for 175 to 220 baht and take five hours. Also services Khon Kaen.
Vientiane: An international bus departs at 11:30 for 900 baht and takes seven to eight hours, including the border crossing. Travellers taking this bus must have a valid Laos visa in hand.
The smaller Bus Terminal 1 (Bor Kor Sor Neung) is located downtown on Burin Road, just north of Suranaree Road, making it a more convenient option for many travellers heading to Bangkok. Fares include:
Bangkok (Morchit): Buses depart multiple times per hour, 24 hours a day, for 190 baht.
Pak Chong (Khao Yai): Minibuses depart hourly from 06:50 to 19:30 for 60 baht and take less than two hours. Second-class Bangkok-bound buses also stop in Pak Chong.
Pak Thong Chai: Departs every half-hour from 06:30 to 19:20 for 30 baht and takes an hour.
Most of downtown Khorat is suitable for walking, with the Ya Mo area and old quarter being especially worthy of a stroll. Streets tend to look similar but are fairly well signposted. If you get lost in the old quarter you can always head straight west to reorient yourself at Ya Mo.
Tuk tuks, motorbike taxis and samlors are found all over the city: expect to pay 80 baht for a tuk tuk from Bus Terminal 2 to Ya Mo and surrounds. Regular taxis are also available at Bus Terminal 2; they have meters but usually charge a flat 100 baht for a ride to Ya Mo or Khorat train station. You can call a cab directly at (044) 342 255 (minimal English spoken) or ask your hotel for help.
Collecting passengers in front of Ya Mo on Ratchadamnoen and other key spots, songthaews are the cheapest way to get around other than walking. They can also be flagged down anywhere as they pass from 06:00 to 20:00 and it’s a flat 10 baht fare -- push the buzzer on the roof when you want to get off. Each has a clearly visible number and colour signifying the route, but with around 20 different routes and destinations written only in Thai, they can be daunting for travellers.
Yellow songthaew 1 with white and green stripes cruises down Yommarat, Chomphon and Suranaree, making stops at Khorat train station and Wat Boon Night Bazaar. Songthaew 2 stops at Bus Terminal 1, while songthaew 4 runs down to Jira train station. Songthaew 6 cruises up Mittraphap to The Mall Khorat and Tesco Lotus. If you want the cheap way to Bus Terminal 2, hop in songthaew 7 or 15.
Motorbikes can be rented for 260 baht per day at a pair of shops with “Bike for rent” signs on Suranaree Road, just east of Sansabai House and near Bus Terminal 1. On the south side of the street next to Thanachart Bank is Euro Karn Chang (T: (044) 256 363 ; (088) 355 9393). Diamond Yont (T: (081) 878 7367) is a bit further east on the north side of the street. Both have an English speaker and are open from 08:00-17:00, closed on Sundays.
Khorat’s old quarter isn’t a bad area for a bicycle ride. Rent one at Urban-Bamboo Hostel for 100 baht or stay at Moonlight House or Rom Yen Garden Place to use one for free.