Udon Thani Bus Terminal 1
Address: Mak Khaeng, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000
Udon Thani has two main bus stations. Bus Terminal 1, or the Old Bus Station — Bor Kor Sor Gao in Thai — is centrally located between Prajak and Posri roads, just southwest of the train station. Bus Terminal 2, the New Bus Station — Bor Kor Sor Mai — is situated far west of town on the outer ring road. Songthaews #10, 15 and 22 pass close to both stations and are very cheap, but you’ll need to know where to hop off as they don’t actually go into the parking lots. Tuk tuks will ask for a negotiable 150 to 200 baht to take you from one station to the other.
At Bus Terminal 1, some of the ticket offices are located around the corner from the actual station on Sai Uthit Road. Fares include:
Bangkok (Morchit): Multiple departures every hour from 06:30 to 22:45, with most of the first-class buses costing from 400 to 500 baht. Most of the VIP buses depart around 21:00 and cost 600 to 700 baht. The trip takes around 11 hours and most of these buses also service Khon Kaen and Khorat.
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport): Departs at 21:00, costs 434 baht. Ticket office is on Sai Uthit Road.
Vientiane, Laos: International buses depart every one to 1.5 hours from 08:00 to 18:00 for 80 baht and take around three hours including waiting time at the immigration checkpoints. Travellers who do not already have Lao visas cannot take these buses. You can acquire a visa at the Lao consulate in Khon Kaen, or do what most foreigners do: take a bus to Nong Khai and grab a tuk tuk to the border, where many nationalities can get a Lao visa on arrival.
Vang Vieng, Laos: One daily bus departs at 08:30 for 270 baht and takes the better part of a day. As with the Vientiane buses, travellers who don’t already have Lao visas cannot take this bus.
Chaiyaphum: Departs every two hours from 08:10 to 16:10 for 200 baht and takes five hours.
Chiang Rai: Two buses depart at 18:15, a first-class for 660 baht and a VIP for 1,010 baht. Also services Mae Sai. More Chiang Rai-bound buses depart from Bus Terminal 2 (see below).
Kanchanaburi: A first-class bus departs at 09:30 for 495 baht, and a VIP bus departs at 19:30 for 770 baht. The trip takes 12 hours.
Khon Kaen: Multiple departures every hour by regular bus and minibus from 06:00 to 17:00 for 80 to 90 baht. After 17:00, catch a Bangkok-bound bus and get off at KK.
Khorat: A mix of regular buses and minibuses depart multiple times every hour from 05:30 to 18:00, cost around 190 baht and take six to seven hours. Bangkok-bound buses also service Khorat.
Mukdahan: Minibuses depart hourly from 06:30 to 09:30, and again at 12:40, 15:00 and 16:00. The cost is 180 baht and the ride takes four to five hours.
Nakhon Phanom: Departs roughly every hour from 05:00 to 16:00 for 160 baht and takes around three hours. Also services Sakhon Nakhon.
Nong Khai: Multiple departures every hour from 06:00 to 20:00 for 40 to 50 baht, and the ride takes an hour. Minibuses also also depart direct from the airport along with several other places in town (see below).
Phuket: A first-class bus departs at 14:00 for 1,300 baht, and a VIP bus departs at 15:45 for 1,735 baht.
Rayong: First-class buses depart at 11:45 and then hourly from 16:30 to 20:30 for 560 baht, and take around 12 hours. VIP buses depart at 08:00, 18:30 and 20:50. All of these also service Khorat and Pattaya.
Sakhon Nakhon: Departs every half-hour from 06:00 to 17:20 for 105 baht and takes around two hours. Also services Nong Han, where you can grab a tuk tuk or private songthaew to Ban Chiang.
Ubon Ratchathani: Departs roughly every hour from 06:30 to 14:00 for 230 to 300 baht depending on class, and takes around seven hours.
A handful of other options pick up at a stand in front of Central Plaza, a five-minute walk northwest of Bus Terminal 1 on the northern side of Prajak Rd (look for a gazebo-type building with ticket booths in front of the mall). Fares include:
Chiang Mai: Picks up at 17:45, 18:45 and 20:45 for 606 baht. More departures to Chiang Mai are available at Bus Terminal 2 (see below), but those available here will be the most convenient for a lot of travellers.
Khon Kaen: Minibuses depart every half-hour from 05:00 to 17:30 for 80 baht.
Nong Khai: Minibuses depart every half-hour from 06:00 to 20:00 for 50 baht.