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
558 / 16,339
5 256
4 145
3 71
2 47
1 39
99.5% of 16,339 travelers were presumably happy with Raja Ferry as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Dec 16, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Ok, transfer halfway was inconvenient and no flexibility to bring us a few hundred meters to our hotel.
Dec 12, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Very good means of transportation. The staff at the Raja ferry office in Sutthisan are very friendly and helpful. The dinner provided was very good. Well organised staff.
Dec 10, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
The ferry ride was good but the bus we had to sit in for 10 hours was terrible. It was sort of a minibus with no washrooms and uncomfortable seating. Couldn't even fall asleep.
Dec 9, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Boat left on time and arrived on time to final destination.
Dec 9, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Friendly staff, everything went as promised. Recommend!
Dec 8, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Ended up arriving in Bangkok 3 hours late. Drivers were good people though always happy to stop when needed for toilet breaks.
Dec 6, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
The journey was smooth and hassle free.They drop us to the hotel from Suratthani airport.
Dec 5, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Perfect
Dec 3, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
The dinner was great before departure but that was about it. The big bus was officially broken so we were put it a small van crammed with people and luggage and no bathrooms. Talking to other travellers, I found out hey had actually booked the ‘cheap transfer’ and paid much less. Only part of the travellers were given ferry tickets so I had to sort out my ticket upon arrival at the port and missed the ferry - two hours later I was on the boat finally. Have requested a refund and am waiting for a reply.
Nov 29, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
I liked the service. The ferry was a little behind schedule but we arrived good to Bangkok. The food wasn’t bad at all. For the price, everything was good.
Nov 27, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
True, the ferry wasn’t a speed boat, nothing too nice, but it was quite comfortable. The bus sits were very comfortable, slept the whole way. And although it didn’t stop, you had the bus toilet which was quite ok. Plus no other need to stop since we were given food and water pro bono. Thanks for a nice and on time trip!
Nov 24, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Very good, went well, good seats.
Nov 22, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Everything was great
Nov 22, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
The boat was comfy and even and a store in it. Was right on time getting to Koh Phangan.
Nov 20, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Verry well organized trip. A diner in a luxory restaurant just before departure was included in the ticket price.
Nov 16, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Timings bore no resemblance to my ticket! Which wouldn't have mattered, if someone hadn't been waiting for me. And even that wouldn'tve mattered, if there had been WiFi or even a phone signal at the ferry port. But hey ho, this is Thailand after all. Great service otherwise, minimum waiting time, and very reasonable cost.
Nov 15, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great moment. The staff is very nice and helpful. Good meal too! I recommend
Nov 3, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
We were confused, because stuff did not get us any information about our trip or where to go.
Oct 28, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
I paid extra for support but did not receive. Getting on bus confusing, staff not warm. Then told we needed to switch to another bus. No bathrooms on either. When arriving at ferry there was no instruction as to what to do. Fortunately I accidentally stumbled upon a window that I needed to show my ticket to on the way to find a bathroom. I was not instructed what to do with my large suitcase, and carried it myself up a flight of steep stairs (I am 60 year old). The ride on the ferry itself was fine.
Oct 25, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
No toilet in the bus (toilets at The gas station were clean though), expensive, old bus, no vegetarian food despite ordering. Why is it called VIP?
Oct 18, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Parfait ideal
Oct 18, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Everything worked out very easy; would recommend every time; only 4 out of 5 because the bus driver was smoking on the bus (which is actually against the law, but I wanted to arrive in BKK...)
Oct 5, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
So professional! Came with great buffet dinner and we had the bus to ourselves!
Sep 29, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Everything worked OK. Our only complain is the toilet of the ferry, we found out a new species that will endanger human race.
Sep 29, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Perfect!
Sep 28, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Amazing buffet with servers and build-your-own stir-fry, tons of seafood, and delicious fancy desserts. Back home, that alone would have cost as much as the trip! Bus ride was long but comfortable to sleep and saves you a night's accommodations. Air-con was freezing and the blankets they provided were welcome. Luckily it was cool in the morning on arrival so the shock wasn't too much. Ferry transfer was straightforward enough. Interior ferry rooms had air-con and they were basically empty. There's a small shop where you can buy chips and drinks but nothing fancy.
Sep 26, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
So at the pier there was no one telling you where to go and the same for when we got on the boat we had to carry our luggage up a lot of stairs there and have them in the seating area because no one was there to tell us where to put them , it seemed like there was no one working on it. The ferry itself was comfortable. Then, our bus had no toilet so it had to stop over in garages along the way, bearing in mind this was a 10 hour bus journey. Staff on the bus were friendly.
Sep 21, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Good Trip, good service. I will come again.
Sep 19, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
The ferry ride was nice but the driver afterwards drove way too fast while using his phone nearly all the time.
Sep 17, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
The van and the dinner esa excelent. The bus was old and ferry too
Sep 17, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Raja ferry is quite old and slow. This ride took an hour longer than previously advertised and the pier is further from the airport than all of the other companies. Go with someone else unless you’re on an extremely tight budget. I will not be using their services again
Sep 15, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
First of all: we highly recommend services of this company :) Staff is amazing, very kind and helpfull , they just dont speak english well and we didnt get that before our trip we are supposed to eat at some hotel. But it wasd very nice of them, just we werent prepared. After that we got to the bus and we had it all for us :) so the trip was very comfortable, then prom and transfer to hotel. 5/5
Sep 15, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Our trip went amazing! The bus was comfortable with reclinable seats and we were lucky to be only 9 pax travelling. The driver drove safely :) Apart from that, we were surprised to be offered such a lovely dinner before departure. The stuff at Veronica Residence was super helpful and nice :-)
Sep 13, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Very good trip! We were informed that there's a diner included, but we didn't expect it to be so good! We went to another hotel with a very nice buffet, nice staff, also the women from the reception were amazingly nice and helped us with our suitcases and everything! The busride was long but we were exactly in time for the boat.
Sep 11, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Amazing dinner and nice crew!thanks for the transport
Sep 8, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Lovely personnel, smooth running service, delicious dinner. I recommend. Just be careful with getting to site, depending on where you are in the city, it may take longer than expected. Allow plenty of time.
Sep 6, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Everything ok, nice staff, comfortable bus
Sep 2, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Trip was great although could be a little shorter as we were treated for the complimentary dinner before getting on the bus to Don Sak pier. Bus was clean, seat retractable and the ferry although quite old and rusty got me to the final destination really quick. All in all good experience.
Aug 31, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Trip went nice and smoothly! We arrived in Bangkok 1hr 30 mins ahead of schedule! Thank you :)
Aug 31, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
The meal at the restaurant was fine. Some of the food that was sitting out had a very foul odor to it which was concerning. But the main reason I give this 3 stars is that we had to take the ferry to Koh Samui first and then to Ko Phangan (no this was not the issue). The issue was that when we arrived in Koh Samui we were given our tickets to bored the ferry to Ko Phangan only to be refused boarding, screamed at by an employee and nearly forced to purchase tickets from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by a woman in uniform who spoke no English and seemed to be against us from the start. She grabbed our tickets (which we given to us at the desk in Koh Samui) and was saying that we hadn’t purchased tickets and continued screaming at us. It was a horrifying experience which almost costed us extra money and to miss the ferry we should’ve been on to Ko Phangan. Luckily another woman who spoke more english intervened and told the other woman she was completely wrong. The issue was that our ticket said “29th of August” because that’s when we LEFT BANGKOK. Then after the 10 hour overnight bus ride it was August 30th and the woman who was yelling at us thought we had come a day too late for the purchased tickets. Every time we tried to explain to her the situation she would scream over us. Please make your iteneraries more clear so that your future customers don’t have to deal with this. The tickets are expensive as it is, please train your employees to have better understanding of the packages you offer and to have better customer service.

Raja Ferry Stations

Donsak Raja Lipa Noi Koh Samui Surat Thani Airport Koh Samui any hotel Surat Thani Train Station Surat Thani Town Raja Ferry Thong Sala Koh Phangan Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Surat Thani Train station Donsak Raja Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Tao Khao San Raja Ferry Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Phangan any hotel Surat Thani Town Raja Ferry Krabi Bus Terminal Hat Yai Trang Khanom Trang Bus Terminal Krabi Sea Pearl