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
485 / 13,720
5 222
4 127
3 64
2 39
1 33
99.5% of 13,720 travelers were presumably happy with Raja Ferry as they left good or no review

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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)
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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.

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.
Aug 29, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
It was a good trip! Actually more than I expected!!! Transfer came to my hotel 15 minutes later but I have almost 2 hours to check in and board on the ferry. Boat was nice. When I arrived at Suratthani Pier there were a lot of bus but staff was really kind and they indicated me where I had to go. Bus trip was not so much comfortable but there were A/C, dinner box, and reclining seats. The only problem was that the arrival place wasn’t that one was write on ticket.
Aug 29, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
The trip was ok for the price. But we would like more informations. When we ask for our way, no one is willing to help.
Aug 28, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
On time pick up
Aug 28, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Horrible bus, very small and to many people on it! The food and the ferry were really good!
Aug 27, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
the lunch pack is ok, but the bus was moving a lot...and they leave you very far
Aug 27, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
There was a nice trip and the bus was really comfortable
Aug 26, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Terrible service, not a single person speaking english. We were supposed to arrive at Veronicas residence but instead the bus open doors in a random restaurant and without saying anything drop our bags out. They don’t care at all.
Aug 26, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Good conpany and a very nice buffet before going on a long bus trip. The bus was good but one of the emplyies smoked cigarets during the trip which made the trip a but uncomfortable. Despite that i would recommend this company at any time and will use it on my way back to bangkok
Aug 24, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Transport to the ferry was within the bracket. Ferry however was late and very basic however got us to where we needed to be.
Aug 23, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Perfect but for the cold in the train...!
Aug 22, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Perfect. The taxi was on time at our hotel and we have had a bag with water and food for the dinner. Pleasant staff.
Aug 22, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
The boat is old but comfortable the taxi to the airport was good but hot
Aug 21, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Didnt have a clue what to expect as it doesnt explain on the ticket. Pleasantly surprised!!!!! The staff at the veronica residence were so nice and helpful! They brought us to an amazing buffet before the trip. Then we all got on a WOW comfortable coach. Everyone had enough space, chairs reclined etc. Bathroom smelly though but thats the same on any coach. Blankets given, air con worked perfect. Arrived at the pier and the staff there were not helpful. Fortunately, it was pretty self explanatory - you hand your ticket to the counter and they give you another ticket for the ferry.. once you see the boat approach and everyone else walk towards it, you get on! Would recommend :)
Aug 21, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Chinese dinner was good enough, but some dishes were a lil weird :P Normal bus, normal ferry and hotel transfer as well. Everything was on time. Forgot small bag in the bus, they brong it back although bus was left already from ferry station. I can recommend it for its price.
Aug 18, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
The whole trip was excellent organised. It was hot inside the bus but it was confortable and the staff was kind and nice! The ferry was decent and we did not have to wait for a long time! The dinner buffet was amazing!
Aug 14, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Trip was more than perfect we arrived on time everywhere. Food before trip was great! The bus was enough comfortable to spend 10 hours but the bathroom was smelly and the air conditioner didn’t work well. Everything was very good expet for the ladys that work for the company (not the one that welcome you at the departure hotel) they are VERY rude, they don’t make any effort to speak english and are not helpful at all, this company should work on their employees, they makes you feel bad.
Aug 14, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Everything was fluent
Aug 14, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Bus space was way to small for my european length. Staff was bad in english and communucating however things where arranged fast and efficiently.
Aug 13, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
On time and super easy
Aug 11, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Very short waiting times. We arrived 1 hour earlier than expected. Food included and blanket. It was not fully booked and even if we were the last persons that entered the bus behind us were some spare seats where we put our luggage.
Aug 8, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Look were you need to be. Long distance driving to get at youre location.
Aug 8, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
Everything in time and easy. A little bit expensive
Jul 31, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Pick up was on time. The ferry was old but did what it's supposed to do. The transfer to Surat Thani station was a little bit chaotic but in the end everything went well and we reached our destination in time.
Jul 28, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
all ok. perfect timing. only baggages were complitely wet because of rain
Jul 26, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Great service! The pickup time was much earlier than departure time for the ferry, a bit strange. Hence, 4 star
Jul 23, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Good service
Jul 20, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Smooth trip one more time. The dinner deal doesnt exist anymore though but they honored it to me even though it was not in my ticket. Amazing service. Thanks.

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 Koh Samui any hotel Suratthani Train station Donsak Raja Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Tao Suthisan MRT Veronica Residence Koh Phangan any hotel Suratthani Town Raja Ferry Krabi Bus Terminal Hat Yai Trang Khanom Trang Bus Terminal Krabi Sea Pearl