Buses from Bangkok to Phuket have been canceled until the end of July as of today in line with the latest Thai government restrictions due to rising Covid-19 cases in the Kingdom.
The bus cancellations are effective immediately and will continue until at least the end of July, possibly longer.
Cancellations are in effect not only for most buses from Bangkok to Phuket but also most long-distance buses in Bangkok and the city’s neighboring provinces, as well as Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat.
The bus cancellations were announced by the president of the Transport Co Ltd (BorKorSor) after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) outlined their latest Covid restrictions this week.
They include limiting travel in and out of Bangkok, and a curfew from 9pm to 4am every day.
Buses and other vehicles are also banned from traveling during that time, except for specific exceptions — medical emergencies, going to or from medical job or jobs at utility companies.
Buses from Bangkok to other areas of Thailand in July, 2021
While buses from Bangkok to Phuket are cancelled, five round-trip buses per day will travel from Bangkok to Saraburi and back, as well as from Bangkok to Buriram, Mukdahan, Loei, Chiang Khan, Nong Bua Lamphu, Surin, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom, and Ubon Ratchathani.
Most other bus routes in Thailand will be cancelled until further notice.
If you have booked a ticket on a bus that has now been cancelled, bus companies will be issuing refunds from today through July 25th.
No fee is payable and no penalty will be applicable.
You must request a refund up to three hours before the bus departure time, however, or you can contact the bus ticketing office to request a postponement of your trip.
Call the bus company hotline at 1490 for updated information, or head to one of the company’s ticket offices for your full refund.
Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia has also cancelled all domestic flights within Thailand due to new government restrictions, while other budget airlines have cut their schedule drastically.
Except Thailand’s already devastated economy to contract even further as a result.