Raja Ferry

Company Information

For those travelling between the mainland and islands in Thailand by car or motorbike, Raja Ferry is a lifesaver. Founded in 1981 (and known by its current name since 2011), this company has over 35 years of service and offers visitors the easiest way to travel to the tourist hotspot of Koh Samui from the mainland.

Routes serviced by Raja Ferry

Raja Ferry services three main routes with a fleet of 13 ferries running between Donsak, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. These ferries are the largest servicing this route and capable of carrying 400 passengers and up to 70 cars.

Donsak (Suratthani) – Koh Samui

The most popular route that Raja Ferry offers is the Donsak – Koh SamuiDonsak line which offers 30 services every day (15 in each direction) between 5am and 7pm, with the journey lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Ferries depart every hour, except the final ferry from Donsak which leaves at 7.30pm, 1 ½ hours after the previous ferry at 6pm. Adult and child tickets cost THB130 and THB65 respectively, with prices for bikes starting from THB180 and cars from THB420.

Donsak (Suratthani) – Koh Phangan

Ferries also run from Donsak to Koh Phangan and back again, with the trip lasting around 2 ½ hours. There are 7 services on this route each way per day, departing every two hours throughout the day between 5am–6pm. Prices are fixed at THB210 for adults and THB110 for children but, as with all ferries, vehicles do cost more with prices starting from THB260 for bikes and THB550 for cars.

Koh Samui–Koh Phangan

The third and final route that offered is the shuttle between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, there are 3 ferries per day departing each island between 7am-6pm with a journey time of around 90 minutes. Prices are similar to the Donsak – Koh Samui service with tickets at THB150 and THB75 for adults and children respectively (bikes and cars from THB200 and THB470 on top of this).

Tip

For those planning on island-hopping between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, before heading back to Donsak, Raja Ferry offer an excellent value package with 3 trips starting at THB350 per person. This includes your ferries from Donsak – Koh Samui – Koh Phangan – Donsak, and is far better value than purchasing individual tickets so definitely an option to consider if this route is on the cards.

Pros

The biggest draw for visitors is that Raja Ferry offers the cheapest route to travel between Donsak and the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. If you're travelling on a budget then this really is the best option for your trip, plus you'll certainly meet other backpackers on the ferry so you might even be able to save some money in a taxi when you arrive at your destination!

Aside from the ferry service itself, Raja Ferry also offers good value transfer packages taking you from Suratthani or Nakhon Si Thammarat airports direct to your hotel on either Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. Although this might work out slightly more expensive than arranging the individual steps of the journey yourself, it's a lot less hassle, saving you from haggling and can often cut down on travel time as well. Prices depend on the number of people travelling so it's best to contact them in advance for a quote.

Another advantage of using Raja Ferry is the frequent service they run. Missing your ferry with some other companies will result in delays of several hours, or in a worst-case scenario you'll have to find somewhere to stay overnight. However, with hourly services on offer between Donsak – Koh Samui, you'll rarely have to wait long to jump on the next ferry!

Finally, the fact that all of the ferries on these routes transport cars means that Raja Ferry has the largest boats around. This means that the trips are often less rough than those of their competitors, great news if you suffer from seasickness!

Cons

The biggest issue when travelling using Raja Ferry is that the cheap price attracts many customers, so these services can get very busy. It's always best to arrive in plenty of time to ensure you get a seat!

Unfortunately, many of the ferries in service are fairly old so the quality of air conditioning can sometimes become an issue. There's not much that can really be done to combat this, except get there early to bag a seat as close to the a/c as possible!

Finally, as is the case throughout Thailand and South East Asia in general, delays are fairly common. It's always best to allow an extra hour or so when travelling just in case there is a delay. This is especially important if you are headed to the airport, it would be sensible to leave a few hours earlier than necessary to ensure you make it to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

Keep in mind

There's plenty of ways to book a ticket on one of their ferries. It's possible to pay online, over the phone or in person at one of the counters at the piers at Donsak, Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, as well as at counters in Suratthani and Nakhon Si Thammarat airports.

Like all the ferry companies in the area, Raja Ferry do not run services at night. Although as sea conditions can be fairly rough during the day, you might not want to travel at night even if you could.

Travellers reviews

As you'd expect from the budget option, most reviews comment positively on the price comparing it favourably to its competitors. Other positive feedback includes the frequency of service and therefore not having to wait too long if you miss a ferry, especially on the popular Donsak – Koh Samui route.

The ease of booking tickets also pleases customers, with reviews mentioning efficient service when booking online or in person.

Negative reviews tend to focus on delays to services, unfortunately something which is commonplace in Thailand and an issue with all transport providers. The biggest issue is usually overcrowding on the services, with passengers complaining about not getting a seat making for an uncomfortable journey. Again, this is something best combatted by arriving in plenty of time to make sure you get on early and secure yourself a seat!

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Raja Ferry Company Reviews

4.0
300 / 8,697
5 144
4 76
3 39
2 20
1 21
99.5% of 8,697 travelers were presumably happy with Raja Ferry as they left good or no review

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May 18, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
The whole trip was great! The person at the residence took care of me; out of his own interest he shown me where the electric sockets are and gave me 2 water bottles. At 7pm sharp he took me to the hotel for buffet dinner which was exceptional! At 8pm I was lead to the bus where I've been told that Im the only one doing the trip. It gave me the comfort to choose any seats. One cons is the bus bathroom, I could smell it from couple of a meter away as soon as I entered the bus. Therefore I did my best not to drink water, so I wouldn't need to go in there. Overall it was great, thanks a lot!
May 12, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
bus ride was fine, food was provided: the fried rice chicken was good but the sandwiches were quite bad. we had personal tv but there were no english movies and no earphones were provided.the seats were very spacious with lots of rooms for the legs . The staff made sure we could catch a taxi once arrived to destination, so that was nice.
May 6, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Very nice people. Happily surprised by the free dinner and comfortable, for a bus. Ferry was beautiful.
May 2, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Excellent service..but it must be noted that by raja ferry it will drop you at donsak port & from donsak port it will take you by ac car for a journey of 1 hour & 15 minutes to Surat thani airport
May 1, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
they offer free buffet for dinner in Bangkok for leaving for Koh Phangan, and the whole bus ride is comfortable as well.
Apr 30, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Ferry crossing from Koh Phangan to Donsak pier was smooth. Hardly any movement due to big ship. No life jackets though in case of any emergency. Van transfer to Surat Thani train station was swift. Driver was slightly over speeding but didn't feel at any risk during the journey.
Apr 29, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Went smoothly. Waiting for you as you get down from the ferry.
Apr 28, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Le voyage a été acceptable. Un dîner/buffet plutôt sympa à l’hôtel avant de partir dans le bus. Le vrai plus aura été les sièges, on peut presque entièrement les descendre! L’écran télé est inutile (tout en thaïlandais), des couvertures et coussins propres sont mis à disposition ainsi qu’un sandwich et une bouteille d’eau. Les toilettes du bus; ok pour les hommes, sans doute beaucoup plus compliqué pour les femmes ... La clim à fond, il faisait vraiment froid, pentalon et sweat obligatoires ! A partir du ferry le staff ne gère plus et du coup c’est plus la même ambiance, où sont les sourires thaïlandais ?! Je recommande la prestation dans son ensemble.
Apr 27, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
On time, comfy bus...
Apr 27, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Staff were fanstastic the whole journey. Particularly the lady who works in the office prior to departure, she was amazing. You get taken to dinner in a close restaurant for food which was nice. Bus itself is excellent, comfy seats which almost completely recline. Only downside as mentioned in other reviews is the bus is freezing!! So definitely bring tracksuit bottoms and a hoody. Other than that good journey, ferry was fine
Apr 25, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Fast Service, Nice Crew, very Nice Bus.
Apr 23, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Audio did not work so no movie. Stumbled while gong down stairs, cut finger badly on something very sharp. Blood every where. ....not pleasant at all
Apr 22, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Best bus ride ever!!
Apr 18, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★☆☆☆☆
Second time I use Phantip counter in Suratthani train station and my wish is that should work bettet this time with a pre-booked ticket. An good start anyway, we saw the flag of counter disk from the train station without any problem, but then a start of a pure disaster! We didn’t get nothing from Phantip personell that conforms to the pre-payed trip:( The only big interest they have is to catch and get more new customers to pay a ticket with them... this is my last time to pre-book if Phantip at Suratthani train station is involved! Some details: Arrived to the counter disk 70min before the planned departure time. Show my printout copy to the voucher to the personnel behind counter desk and also pointed out that is a trip to Koh Samui with Raja Ferry also include transfer to the hotel, the only thing we get is a tag on the t-shirt with Phantip logo ”same same” they say. After around 30min I trying again a few times to reexplain my prebooked trip but the lady at counter disk get tired on me? She started to talk lauds in Thai and get a strange face look... and only tell me to get out and waith mr.. Know I remember my self of my last Phantip trip three years ago. “Same same” behave:( So after waiting we get on a big buss off cause delayed 45min compared to my booking, and still only with the sticker on the t-shirts (no tickets at all). After the buss ride to the raja ferry pier we get off and still with no tickets... one guy from Phantip counter disk also get off the buss at same place but his only interest was a group of customers that have some special tripp ? and he gave them tickets to Samui ferry and followed them on the ferry. We needed to fix our own tickets and what for the next ferry departure 1h more in delays.... Once again, why should I pre-book tickets???
Apr 15, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
+ + + blanket, air conditioning, seats, bottle of water - - - air conditioning way too cold and no way to easily contact the staff to ask if they can turn it off (we were freezing event with the blanket) The toilet was filthy and smelled very bad I must say I expected better. Next tile I’ll pay 10€ less for a “non VIP” bus.
Apr 12, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
good service apart from long waiting times and changed departure and arrival times - hours and hours of waiting is just too long. Other than that, huge selection of food at the buffet, helpful staff and comfortable transport!
Apr 9, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
The bus was wonderful; comfy and spacious. The only down side was there was no option for a vegetarian meal and it all had meat in!
Apr 8, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
That was fast and good. The bus was super comfortable. Don't forget warm clothes as the aircon is on max and it's really COLD!
Apr 6, 2018
bus VIP24, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
L'autobus non è nuovissimo ma le sedute sono oggettivamente di prima classe. Sedili completamente reclinabili anche se lasciano le gambe un po' penzoloni e sulle lunghe tratte si sente. Comunque c'è spazio per sdraiarsi completamente. Abbiamo viaggiato in due da Bangkok a Koh Samui e non siamo certo giovanissime. Tuttavia siamo sopravvissute più che bene anche se tutti gli altri nostri compagni di viaggio erano ventenni con zaino in spalla. Altra cosa: su venti posti avevano venduto solo 9 biglietti, quindi abbiamo viaggiato davvero spaziosa mente. Le navi, invece, sono vecchie e inaccessibili: se avete problemi deambulatori non sarà facile. Comunque da Donsek a Koh Samui la traversata è breve e ci sono molte poltrone a sedere. Nel prezzo di circa 1200 baht a testa è inclusa una cena a buffet (non vi aspettate pasto gourmet) un sandwich per il viaggio e una bottiglia d'acqua. Insomma se non trovate posto sul treno è una alternativa dignitosa e sicura.
Mar 21, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
On time, top!
Mar 17, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
All good! + amazing view during the trip!
Mar 17, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Everything ran smoothly and arrived an hour early to the airport
Mar 14, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great service
Feb 25, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Took a little longer to arrive, but nothing else to complain aboht!
Feb 19, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great ferry
Feb 15, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★☆☆☆☆
When I got robed on this boat no staff on the boat wanted to help me. Horrible.
Feb 10, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Everything was efficient
Feb 3, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Awful.
Feb 2, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
the ferry had limited seats had to sit on the floor other than that no issues with the ferry. the mini van was fast and comfortable.
Jan 26, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Автобус нормальный,с кондиционером,гид сопровождал,но на месте,на пирсе исчез ничего не объяснив...Паром на Панган в билете на 16.05,на место прибыли в 16.50!!! И гид исчез,пришлось спрашивать у работников пирса, хорошо последний паром в 18.00 отходит и сажают всех подряд!
Jan 19, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Confusion from the employees at the info point led to us missing the ferry (everyone else board it without problems). They simply didn’t know what to do with our voucher. Had to wait 1 hour for the next one and than again another 45min until our pickup was ready. I’d be better off buying tickets at the counter instead of prebooking everything.
Jan 17, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
everything went smoothly until I arrived at the ferry pier. Somehow my booking couldn’t be found and my printed voucher from 12GO Asia wasn’t enough.Three people from the ticketing-staff were trying to work on my booking for half an hour before “giving up” and just handed me a ticket as a last resort. I almost missed the ferry because of this.
Jan 8, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
La barca è abbastanza vecchia, ma i sedili sono comodi e c’è molto spazio per i bagagli e le gambe. Molto meglio della Lomprayah! Con il minivan siamo arrivati in aeroporto con un’ora di anticipo. Unica pecca: la ragazza alla biglietteria della Raja a Thong Sala, molto scortese e incompetente.
Jan 7, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Ferry is very good, bus - too tiny
Jan 3, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★☆☆☆☆
Ferry was overloaded, too many people. Air conditioning was pathetic, people were sweating. The email I received said the journey will take 1.5 hrs but actual journey took 2.5 hrs.
Jan 2, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great trip. relax in the sun on the deck.had a spliff with some Indian guys
Dec 29, 2017
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
No enumerated seats and 1h delayed
Dec 28, 2017
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★☆☆☆☆
Very little communication I didn't know when where they go and the people directing passengers were rude and uncommunicative.
Dec 24, 2017
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
I booked online and once you get to the pier after your bus ride you need to go to the information counter to get your ticket (already paid for of course) I didnt know this so waited in a line just to be referred back inside.
Dec 19, 2017
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★☆☆☆☆
The boat was good going over but the lady at raja ferry in koh samui who organised the hotel drop off was very rude and angry with me for trying to show her the map to where my hotel was. The taxi driver then dropped me off a ten minute walk away from the hotel, late at night, in the dark. I asked him was it safe and were there any dogs. He got angry with me and drove off. The hotel was on a steep hill they did not want to drive down. This I guess is why they were angry when I showed them the hotel on the map. But I was still frightened walk in the dark I a new country as a girl on my own. I used other taxis who had no problem dropping me to the door. This treatment was unsafe and unprofessional and I am dissapointed.

Raja Ferry Stations

Donsak Raja Lipa Noi (Koh Samui) Suratthani Airport Koh Samui (any hotel) Suratthani Train Station Suratthani Town Raja Ferry Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Suratthani Train station Donsak Raja Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Tao Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Samui any hotel Koh Phangan any hotel Koh Phangan any hotel