Ekkamai Terminal serves buses and minibuses heading to the Eastern Thai provinces and a few other spots near Bangkok. Its relatively small size and location on Sukhumvit Road make it the most convenient and easiest to use of the Thai capital’s three bus stations.
The terminal is named after Soi Ekkamai (aka Sukhumvit Soi 63), a thoroughfare that begins on the other side of Sukhumvit Road. Ekkamai BTS Station stands next to the terminal, making it easy to get here on the Sukhumvit Line of the Skytrain system. Expect to pay a solid 150 to 300 baht for a taxi from Silom or Khao San Road—and be prepared for a slow crawl up traffic-choked Sukhumvit.
If you need to stow luggage, a do-it-yourself 24-hour lock box service costs 30 baht per hour or 240 baht per day for a large bag, considerably pricier than “left luggage” outlets at the other bus terminals and Hualamphong Railway Station. A few shops sell coffee, drinks and snacks in the terminal, but those looking to fill up should head for the many restaurants in the neighbouring Gateway Ekkamai shopping centre.
All ticket booths are set up at the front of the terminal. Most are marked in English, and finding your bus at the pavilion out back is simple. Apart from the cramped minibuses (vans) that we avoid when possible, most buses departing from Ekkamai are first-class with air-con. Fares include:
Aranyaprathet (Cambodia border): Buses depart at 07:00, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00 and 16:00 for 200 baht and take five hours. Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 17:00 for 220 baht. Most of these stop at the bus station in Aranyaprathet before continuing to the border crossing at Rong Khlua Market.
Ban Phe (Ko Samet piers): Buses depart every 1.5 hours from 07:00 to 17:00 for 155 baht and take four hours. Minibuses depart hourly from 07:00 to 20:00 for 200 baht.
Bang Saen: Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 20:00 for 100 baht and take two hours.
Chachoengsao: Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 20:00 for 100 baht and take two hours.
Chanthaburi: Buses depart at 06:30, 10:30 and 14:30 for 184 baht and take four to five hours. Trat-bound buses also stop in Chanthaburi.
Chonburi: Minibuses depart hourly from 06:00 to 20:00 for 67 baht and take two hours.
Hua Hin: Minibuses depart hourly from 06:00 to 19:00 for 180 baht and take four hours, with stops in Phetchaburi and Cha-am.
Laem Ngop (Ko Chang and Ko Maak piers): Buses depart at 07:45 and 09:00 for 240 baht and take six hours. Make a transfer in Trat if you miss these buses.
Mae Khlong (Samut Songkhram): Minibuses depart every 40 minutes from 06:00 to 20:00 for 90 baht and take two hours, with a stop at Mahachai (Samut Sakhon). At Mae Khlong you can transfer to Amphawa Floating Market.
Pattaya: Buses depart every 40 minutes from 05:00 to 23:00 for 108 baht and take two to three hours. Minibuses depart every 15 minutes from 04:30 to 21:00 for 130 baht.
Rayong: Minibuses depart every 40 minutes from 04:40 to 20:00 for 160 baht and take three to four hours.
Sri Racha (Ko Si Chang pier): Minibuses depart hourly from 05:00 to 21:00 for 86 baht and take three hours, with a stop in Laem Chabang.
Trat: Buses depart every one to two hours from 05:00 to 23:00 for 230 baht and take six hours, with a stop in Chanthaburi. Minibuses depart hourly from 06:00 to 18:00 for 270 baht. You can transfer in Trat if heading to Ko Chang, Ko Maak, Ko Kut or the Cambodia border crossing at Had Lek.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.