Best 5 Ways to get to Koh Tao
Cheapest Options How to get to Koh Tao ( 1,100 Baht )
BUS + FERRY -> This is the cheapest and most convenient way to get to Koh Tao guys, either you are travelling in a group pr solo, with a night Bus and early morning ferry you will get to Koh Tao Island in a very short time. Easy to get a ticket , Online or Bangkok city provides tons of travel agency that can sort your trip out in just few minutes.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST ? -> The best price you can get is 1,100 Baht. That include the all trip to Koh Tao, Bus and Ferry fares included. This is the best option if you don t want to spend time visiting other cities or places between Koh Tao and Bangkok, the only thing we reccomend it s to bring something to warm you up on those transfers, the A/C can be very strong!
Fastest Options ( 2,000 – 3,000 Baht )
Flight + Ferry -> Flying is by far the most confortable way to get to Koh Tao
You can check on this link there are different airlines in Thailand that provide daily trannsfer from Phuket, Bangkok, Chang Mai to Chumphon or Suratthani Airports. The flight normally takes 1 hour only, cheap flights if you book in advance. Nok Air, Airasia and Thai LionAir are the ones that provide such service. Check the best fares on Kayak or Skyscanner App.
HOW TO GET TO KOH TAO?
Koh Tao is a little slice of scuba diving heaven in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand.
But..How do i get there?
No worries! You have several, affordable options. And if you have any questions, you can always reach out to our office with questions! But be warned: once you arrive to Koh Tao, you may have a hard time tearing yourself away.
The nearest airports to Koh Tao are Chumphon Airport (Nok Air), and Koh Samui Airport. Both offer onward high speed ferry connections to Koh Tao. See below for more details.
Numerous agents sell tickets for a variety travel methods from Bangkok to Koh Tao. Flights, trains, buses, boats are all at your disposal. See below for more details.
Koh Tao is an island, so no matter where you are coming from, you’re going to have to get on a boat. See below for more details.
You can also day trip on diving charters from Koh Samui. Many have high speed boats that can make the trip to Ko Tao in about 1 hour. See below for more details.
Flying to the airport in Chumphon is probably the fastest way to get to Koh Tao and generally cheaper than flying to the Samui Airport.
Nok Air operate two daily flights from Don Mueang Airport (DMK), Bangkok.
Once in Chumphon, a 55-minute van transfer will take you to the ferry terminal. Nok Air and AirAsia sell an integrated Fly ‘an’ Ferry combi ticket from Bangkok to Ko Tao via Chumphon Airport directly on their website; this combines flight, transfer and high speed ferry in a single ticket.
Samui is fairly well connected to major cities in the region such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and Silkair operate from the private airport in Koh Samui and both charge artificially high rates. Bangkok Airways operates more daily flights to and from Ko Samui than Thai Airways. There is a 300 baht departure tax for all flights.
Several airlines, including Thai Air Asia, Nok Air and Thai Airways operate from the Surat Thani Airport.
TRAIN TO CHUMPHON
A good option for traveling from Bangkok is to book Sleeper Train #85; leaving Bangkok around 19:30 and arriving in Chumphon at 04:00 (though is usually late an hour or two). Then you get ticket for the 07:00 ferry to Koh Tao. Most ferry operators can pick you up from the station where you can while away the 3 hour connection gap. You can also buy your ferry ticket at the station when you get off the train at 04:00.
BUS TO CHUMPHON
Lomprayah have an inclusive ticket from Bangkok on a comfortable large bus included in the price with connections to the port.
FROM SURAT THANI
If you’re coming from the south, you can take a ferry from Don Sak pier, 60km from Suratthani on the mainland with a travel time of around 3 hours for the morning ferry, or from Koh Samui 1.5 hours, or Koh phangan 1 hour. If you’re taking a boat from Suratthani, one possibility might be an overnight ferry. These depart around 23:00 and arrive in the morning, about 06:00 (subject to changes). It’s advisable to arrive early to grab a mattress as most of the boats are former cargo boats and so the passenger facilities are basic.
HOW THE FERRIES WORK
Koh Tao is an island, so no matter where you are coming from, you’re going to have to get on a boat.
The local airports have transit agents for onward travel to islands, including Koh Tao, Koh Phanghan and Koh Samui.
- Fame Tours have a counter at arrivals hall offers transfer and hotel services. This is the best option for transfers because the airport doesn’t have a meter-taxi service.
- Lomprayah has a counter offering transfers and tickets for high speed catamarans.
- The TAT Tourism Authority of Thailand has a tourism information counter offering information on the region adjacent to the airline counters.
Lomprayah will move the main ferry terminal and pier to a new purpose built facility at Cape Pathiu about 2 km from the Chumphon Airport in Pathiu, the pier will open Q3 2016. This will reduce travel time from the airport to pier by 50 minutes and cut 90 minutes from the bus journey from Bangkok to the ferry pier.
The closest departure point for the island ferry service is Chumphon. Numerous agents sell tickets for a variety of boats and speeds travelling. The fastest Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran takes about 90 minutes, the slowest night boat almost 5 hours. Lomprayah have a pickup service from your hotel to the pier for 100 baht. The ticket itself is 600 baht wherever you book it.
Check this link -> https://www.lomprayah.com/
TIMES FROM CHUMPHON
These ferries depart Chumphon at 07:00, 13:30, 23:00 and midnight. The ferries at 07:00 and 13:30 are the normal passenger ferries offered by
- Lomprayah – High Speed Catamaran service about 90 minutes (600 baht)
- Seatran 5 to 6 hours
- Songserm Boat 2 to 3 Hrs
Both Lomprayah and Songserm sell packages from Bangkok by bus or Nok Air offer a fly / sea comb0 ticket.
The late night ferries are normally vehicle or cargo ferries, making for a slower (5-6 hour trip, arriving at 05:00) and offer a comfortable bunk bed in a dormitory included in the 300 baht ticket. If you are arriving via bus or train, be sure to arrive well before the ferry times, as the ferry terminal is around 1 hour travel time from the train station, and a missed connection either results in a late night trip on the vehicle/cargo ferry or an overnight stay and a 05:30 start to catch the bus to the ferry terminal for the first ferry the next day.
You can also day trip on diving charters from Koh Samui. Many have high speed boats that can make the trip to Ko Tao in about 1 hour.
Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran or Seatran are the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Ko Tao. They run twice a day from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Chumphon. They also have online booking – useful for checking availability at peak times and all their boats have air conditioning and movies for passengers. Booking from Koh Samui can cost 500-1000 baht on the streets.
You can get a ticket on the spot, no need to book in advance.