Surat Thani Train Station is the central main transport hub on the Southern line. It has trains passing through every 20 minutes. From here you can catch an overnight train to Bangkok or go south all the way to the Malaysian border.
‘Surat Thani Train Station’ is a slight misnomer since it is located in Thakham City in Phun Phin District, 14 kilometers west of Surat Thani City. The train station is on the East bank of the Tapee River.
The station was originally called ‘Phun Phin Train Station’ but was re-named ‘Surat Thani Train Station’ to help tourists reach their destination smoothly. The re-naming means that a few tourists are confused when they arrive at the train station and realise that they are some distance from either the hotels or the port at Surat Thani. You can catch a taxi between Surat Thani City and the train station or you can catch a local bus (orange or red) outside the station. Buses leave every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes. For the reverse journey you can catch a public bus or a minivan to the train station from Surat Bus Station.
Surat Thani Train Station has open top platforms. In the station there is a ticket office, 24-hour left luggage room, ‘Advanced Booking Office’ as well as a handful of travel agents.
Outside the station you will find a few basic restaurants with plastic chairs on the street. They serve cheap Thai food and cold beer. They make pleasant enough places to wait for a train.
Nearby there is also a handy convenience store where you can stock up on drinks and snacks for the journey. The Queen Hotel, which is 100 metres walk from Surat Thani train station, has a lounge downstairs where you can get food and drink and kill time watching movies. This lounge closes at 10pm.
The part of Phunphin District where the train station is located features a small Thai town that holds very little of interest for most tourists looking to kill time before a train journey.
While waiting for a train with a friend at an outdoor restaurant we managed to watch a marching band. I have included my video above. Don’t expect such excitement when you take a train from Surat Thani Train Station.