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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by Trains+Buses+Ferries

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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
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From Veronica Residence to Koh Tao by Vans+Buses+Ferries

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11:00
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From Khao San Lomprayah to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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4.2
08:45
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Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
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From Khao San Songserm to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

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Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
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09:45
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
13h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
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09:45
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Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Khao San Raja Ferry to Koh Tao by Vans+Buses+Ferries

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From Phutthamonthon Lomprayah to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

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Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
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10:15
DMK Don Mueang Airport
8h 15m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
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Mae Haad Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 18:30 - 09:30฿ 1,582
Songserm Express 19:00 - 09:45฿ 900
Paradive Travel Economy 19:00 - 09:30฿ 1,300
Songserm Express 20:00 - 09:45฿ 900
Lomprayah Express 21:00 - 08:45฿ 1,100

How to get to Koh-Tao

What about

Learn to dive, dive and dive again – that is what you are supposed to do on Koh Tao and that is actually what the majority of the folk you are about to meet on the island really do. A little hidden gem of the lower part of the Gulf, Koh Tao is attracting underwater world lovers with an abundance of easily reachable diving sites (over 30) and very affordable prices on diving lessons (there are more that 50 diving schools on the island), sea safaris and diving trips. Yet for those who are ready to go beyond the stereotypes there are hiking trails, bouldering, sea kayaking, fire-shows, and even jam sessions – all of them on the background of picturesque views and a laid-back island atmosphere. Priceless.

Getting to Koh Tao

The only way to get to Koh Tao from the mainland is by boat either from Chumphon, which is the closest departure point, or from Suratthani. You can also hop on a ferry to Koh Tao from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.

From Bangkok via Chumphon bus + ferry

The easiest (and fastest) way to get to Koh Tao from Bangkok via Chumphon is by bus and ferry joint travel. Lomprayah catamaran and Songserm speed boat both sell such package tickets which save your time and cost more or less the same amount of money if bought separately. With early morning and late evening bus departures from Bangkok you have a choice whether to travel by day or save some baht spending your night on board a bus instead of in a guesthouse. The ferry travel with Lomprayah (the fastest operator) takes around 1½ hours; if your are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand. Note that in case of the evening departure your trip lasts longer (around 12 hrs) compared to 9 hrs (morning departure), but you do not waste your precious day-time.

You have only 20 kg baggage allowance for your ferry travel; the extra weight is 20 baht per kg (not included in your ticket price).

Getting back from Koh Tao to Bangkok you have only morning and afternoon departures, both returning to Bangkok after dark: at 9pm and 1am, so plan your stay accordingly (book ahead).

From Bangkok via Chumphon train + bus + ferry

In case you are a railroad type, hop on your evening train down to Chumphon from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. If you buy a package tour, your boat operator will provide transfer between the train station and the pier, but you still have to while away some 3 hrs between train and ferry in Chumphon. In general, if you are ok with long bus journeys, there is no special advantages of train+bus+ferry journey. Choose price-wise, then.

Tip: If your are not in a hurry, stay overnight in Chumphon and discover the tastes of local robusta, find out how the birds’ nests are harvested at the farms and prepare yourself to your island stay visiting some of the idyllic beaches in the proximity of the city (e.g. Hat Thung Wua Laen).

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

Even if travelling to Suratthani instead of Chumphon seems illogical, it sometimes comes out cheaper as you may catch a 2nd class sleeper for a longer journey. As in case with Chumphon, the transfer between train and ferry for package tours is performed by the boat operator.

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take 2–2¼ hrs to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad departing from Maenam and Bangrak Seatran Pier on Samui correspondingly. With Seatran you have to book at least one day in advance while Lomprayah requires two days advanced booking.

From Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery depart from Thong Sala on Koh Phangan and take 1½–1¾ hrs to arrive to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad. Book in advance (1 day for Seatran and 2 days for Lomprayah).

Seatran vs Lomprayah

If you know what seasickness is about, go for Seatran when waters are choppy.
Lomprayah can save you from ¼ to ½ hr of your sea journey, though.

Getting around

There is no car rental on a relatively small 21 sq. km island. If you consider renting a scooter or a motorcycle, be warned that the roads on the island are dangerous and get their toll of injuries regularly. Renting a vehicle though gives you freedom to explore the island as the ‘official’ taxi fares are sometimes extortionate. There is longtail boat service between certain beaches, which is a good option with reasonable prices.

Where to stay

The western side of the island is much more developed, and the ferries from the mainland and the islands arrive to Mae Haad which is on the western side. Haad Sairee, where the most of the action takes place, is also there. The eastern side is a slow life paradise, but you will have to negotiate those treacherous island roads (or greedy taxi drivers) to get to any of the western-side night spots. The busiest seasons on Koh Tao are summer (from July to August) and Christmas & New Year, so book your accommodation beforehand. The cheapest options sell out quickly.

Blogger report: Julia Rattke (High Speed Ferry Lomprayah) 08-Jul-2015 21:00

About half an hour before your bus is scheduled to leave (in my case it was at 20:30), you should be at the office at 327 Rambutri Road, รามบุตรี, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand near Khao San Road. The Lomprayah office is in the curve of the street. In your booking confirmation email is also a map. This is their help hotline: +6626290011 and office hours are from 05:30- 22:00. Coming from the North you turn into this really busy street from the roundabout, between the 7/11 and the red sign of Swensen's. People with a lot of luggage may have some trouble getting through the night market. About 30 meters in, on the left side and right in the curve, is the Lomprayah office, slightly hidden behind a banner. Make sure to have your booking number on hand!

If you are on Khao San Road you have to find your way on the McDonald side of the road through the small alleys with all the shops to get to Rambutri Road.

At the office everything felt a bit rushed, one employee hands you your ticket and another a colored sticker with your seat number to put on your T-shirt and a color-coded sticker with the destination for your luggage. Make sure to tie that last one around a handle, it doesn't stick well. Then you sign in and someone will take your group to wait at the middle of the roundabout, behind the green sign, until the bus arrives.
The bus had only regular seats, so it is not a sleeper bus and the 8 hour drive will probably be a bit uncomfortable (especially if you were planning on actually getting some sleep). A travel pillow or a folded sarong helps a bit, and so do earplugs. The seats recline a little and blankets are provided. The bus is air-conditioned and has a toilet. I'm only 1.60 m, so I had plenty of leg space, but anyone taller than 1.90 m should expect some discomfort.

At 2:00 there was a 30 min break at a market with snack food. They also had a huge bathroom with clean toilets, but remember to bring toilet paper and flush with the bucket provided.

At 5:15 we arrived at the ferry pier, where the office was dark and still closed and we had to wait for almost 2 hours. There is a mini mart to the left, if you need anything while waiting, and on the opposite side is another array of clean toilets. The mini mart closes when the ferry opens for boarding, so do not plan on any last-minute shopping. When the info center on the right of the pier opens, you have to show your ticket for another sticker and to get a stamp. Around 7:00 people will start to line up for the "best" seats, but there was plenty of room for everyone, so I would not take it too seriously. After a short walk along the pier, you arrive at the boat. There are three seating areas: Downstairs (inside), in the middle (outside with sun roof) and on the top (outside without cover). I chose the middle and it was perfectly fine.

About 2,5 hours (of comparatively smooth sailing) later we arrived at Ko Nang Yuan to let some people on and off the boat and then turned towards the Lomprayah Pier on Ko Tao, where we arrived 5 minutes later.
From here on it is really easy: Get off the boat, grab your luggage and find your pick up or taxi at the end of the pier. Congrats, you have made it to Ko Tao! Enjoy your stay!

Bangkok to Koh Tao destination reviews

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SM
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 12, 2019
Bus was 1 hour too late
MC
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 11, 2019
Easy booking, very comfortable bus and good service stop with great food offerings. Good food options at the port whilst waiting for the boat too. Boat was comfortable and good crossing, staff we very helpful and informative when we had to return to port with a technical difficulty and wait for it to be fixed, which was done within one hour and we got to the island in good time. I would use again and highly recommend.
MC
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 9, 2019
Great service thankyou..just make sure you take water and food for those travelling on the early express as you don’t stop.✌
JL
4
Bus Express, Songserm, Nov 5, 2019
Having done the trip before I knew what to expect, which definitely makes the journey less stressfull. You won't get much sleep so start sleeping asap. At around 0.30 am you make a 40 min food stop and you can't stay in the bus. Than it is very likely some of the people change bus, which wakes you up again, most likely confusing everyone of who has to get out and who doesn't. Just ask if unsure. Than you likely arrive at around 3am at the pier (unless the bus brakes down) where you have to leave the bus, despite it stays there for another few hours. It would be nice if you could stay inside and get some sleep. You wait until 7am for the ferry, where you can get some sleep when it's not too busy. I always make sure I find a place on Koh Tao in advance where I can check in at 10am and go straight to bed. But that's totally up to you. That said, the guys from the bus and the ferry where super nice and friendly, you can choose your own seats in the bus, get a blanket, toilet was ok, and my seat wasn't broken. The one in front of me though was. So try not be the last person getting on the bus. It's quite all right when you know what to expect and you will spend less hours in the bus than it first looks like.
PD
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 5, 2019
The problem was the smelly toilet from the bus. The door wasn't closing properly and all the time the bad smell went out
AP
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 5, 2019
Avoid seats no 25 and 26, there is no leg room at all, we had 1 hour delay but we arrived 1 hour earlier than scheduled, I dont know how is it possible but i guess its a Thai magic. We had 30min break after 4 hours ride, we have got blankets so it was not that cold. If not the seats I would give 4 stars.
CF
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 4, 2019
Nice and enjoyable journey taking into account that is a pretty long way.
AI
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 3, 2019
Professional service. Arrived almost on time. good comfortable bus and boat.
PY
4
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 3, 2019
2nd class sleeper is fine, no frills but okay. Make sure you wake up in time to deboard..
LE
5
train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 2, 2019
The logistics between the train, bus, and ferry were great. This was definitely the best way to travel.
PC
4
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 1, 2019
Nos fue bien. Lo único fue que al reclamar los tiquetes del tren nos dijeron que a las 4 debíamos estar despiertos porque era nuestra parada. Sin embargo, gracias a que teníamos GPS no nos bajamos sino hasta las 6:30.
TR
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 30, 2019
Boarding was prompt, bit of a wait to depart, rest stop was well chosen, bus and catamaran was air conditioned and they provided blankets.
XT
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 24, 2019
C’est assez mal organisé, l’enregistrement se fait avec des gens pas très sympas et les sièges des bus ne sont pas très confortables. En synthèse ça fait le job faute de mieux.
JP
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 21, 2019
All in all, it was fine. The coach was pretty comfortable, we were all given a blanket, we got to the catamaran terminal on time and the boat trip was fine though a bit choppy (not anyone’s fault). The criticism for me is the office where we sort of had to guess what to do. We were told there were two buses 8.30 & 9.00 and some people should come back at 8.00. It was just pointlessly confusing and could Have been done better, particularly as they seem to do it every day. I would’ve given another star if they’d just been a bit friendlier. This is for the bus company. 12_Go Asia were simple and easy to use, no problems there at all.
KS
4
Bus Express, Songserm, Oct 20, 2019
Very long waiting time between Bus und ferry in the middle of the night.
CT
4
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 14, 2019
Everything was very organized from 12Go. We arrived to the train station very late, and they had everything ready to go! Train left on time. Very friendly and helpful train staff-- offering food, setting up beds, smiling and chatty. However, it was very unclear when we were supposed to get off the train, and almost missed our off-stop. Train ran approx 1hr behind schedule due to construction nearby the tracks (as we were told), so everything was rushed on the arrival end catching our next transport/connections. The rest of the trip was somewhat rushed, but smooth. Squat toilets on the trains. Bottom berths are a bit roomier than the upper berths, and have a window. Pillows with clean sheets and blankets are provided.
JB
4
Bus Express, Songserm, Oct 10, 2019
Wasn't the smoothest of transport as the bus kept breaking down and a few of us had to get out and bump start it a few times! But overall not bad, made the journey a lot more interesting! People come together is dire times haha
JM
5
train #85.2 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 8, 2019
Now I know to request the lower berth first class and pay the extra money it is totally worth it :)
MM
3
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 30, 2019
Was okay but the AC in the train was bloodey cold. I needed a jacket to sleep.
LT
3
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 26, 2019
It was very easy to get our train tickets at the dob building. We had a berth right next to the door, so it was very loud and so we couldn’t get any sleep. The staff was very friendly!

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