As a center for transportation, Udon Thani can be accessed in many ways directly from cities near Northeastern and Central Thailand like via private cars, trains, buses, or airplanes. Once you’re there, it may be easier to go around the place using your own car but there are other forms of local Udon Thani transportation available for guests like the songthaews, motorbike taxis, and samlors (a three-wheeled bicycle or moped powered cabs).
Train services between Udon Thani and Bangkok are available every day. Air-conditioned and ordinary buses are also traveling to those places daily. The buses leave from the Northeastern Bus terminal in Bangkok and will arrive at the Udon Thani Provincial Bus Terminal. There are daily airplane flights between Udon and Bangkok which are offered by Thai Airways, AirAsia, and Nok Air.
When you are already in Udon Thani, getting around the place is inexpensive and easy. Songthaews are the most common form of transportation that follows different routes which can easily be distinguished by their colors and numbers. There are no fixed transportation stops, passengers just simply hail the vehicles as they pass. Fares are usually fixed at around 6 baht for trips along the city and 10 baht for longer journeys. The fare can go up by 15 baht after 7 in the evening, and the songthaews drivers stop their operation at around 8 in the evening.
Another form of Udon Thani transportation is through the use of motorized samlors which is a type of tuk-tuk. You usually have to negotiate with the driver about the fare based on the distance you will go while pedal-powered samlors cost less and are more pleasurable because you can see more sights while riding them. Samlors are the only way to get around town during nighttime as songthaews and buses stop their operation shortly after the sun sets.
There are two types of city buses which can be found here: the white and the yellow. The trips usually cost around 5 to 15 baht depending on the distance covered. It is also possible to hire a car in the many rental facilities around the city and you can choose whether to have your own driver or none at all. Daily rental fees cost at around 1000 to 1500 baht, and even more of you decide to hire a driver. Most car rental shops also offer motorbike rentals at around 150 baht per day. Helmets are required by the Thai law so make sure to use one when driving a motorbike.