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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Bangkok - Koh Phangan
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Bus Express L
18:30
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08:30
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Raja Ferry Company Reviews

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99.5% of 36,109 travelers were presumably happy with Raja Ferry as they left good or no review
VB
2
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 16, 2019
Boat was good. Organisation of tickets, information very good. Only problem: The van which took us from Surat Thani airport to the Ferry at Donsak (for Koh Samui Raja ferry) was very uncomfortable - the wheel shock absorbers were very old and broken so every bump was like a crash and everyone got bounced roughly up and down over every bump (for 1.5 hours!) I have experienced the exact same problem with a bus before on this route (maybe with Pantip). PLEASE RAJA FERRIES - FIX THE SHOCK ABSORBERS IN YOUR VANS AND BUSES!!! (it will save you money in the end because the vehicles will get old and broken faster with bad old shock absorbers)
SR
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 15, 2019
Nice bus Nice journey everything was so good
GB
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 15, 2019
The mini-bus was new and the air/con worked perfectly, not ice cold not too warm. Our driver was conscious of the speeds travelled and got us to the ferry 25 minutes early. The Raja ferry was old and slow, but the bigger ships are smoother sailing in rough rainy season waters and we were happy to take our time and enjoy the views. Very good service if you like to travel slow and enjoy the company of Thai people.
RC
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 13, 2019
Podróż minęla szybko. mogliśmy zabrać się wcześniejszym autobusem dzieki czemu szybciej dojechaliśmy.
RD
2
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Nov 12, 2019
The ferry was on time and that's about it. Then we had to wait for another ferry to arrive at Donsak, first just standing around in the sun for approx 20mins, then all loaded onto a small minivan ... then after 20mins wait we were told to change to a bigger bus. That other ferry had still not arrived. We were dropped on the side of the road (clearly that bus was enroute elsewhere) and had to wait for another 30mins and were loaded into a small van. Further transfers were offered at the other end for additional services which I at first declined and then had to purchase anyway as we were not dropped at the Krabi bus terminal but an affiliated agency somewhere well away from the bus stand and Krabi Town. Then we were switched to a songthaew. We finally arrived 4 hours after the scheduled arrival time. Very disorganised and not at all concerned about running so late compared to their schedule right from the outset.
KI
5
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Nov 10, 2019
The seats in the ferry was comfortable. U could choose to sit in an air-condition area or non air-condition area. Free to roam around at the open air area. A little set back was the toilet, its wet & smelly. Other than that, its good!
MJ
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 7, 2019
Excellent service. No waiting. Bus was on the ferry as well, so we could leave our luggage on the beginning of the trip. After ferry everyone just went to pick up the meal and water. We pack, everyone get blanket and we ride. Everything on time or even better, as we arrived to Bangkok 45 minutes earlier. There was 30 minutes break around 1.30am where you can go to the toilet or buy some food. For this price was perfect and it was one of the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to Bangkok. Thanks !
ST
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 4, 2019
It was a smooth transfer from Ferry to bus, bus was spacious, they give you little dinner box and blanket with pillows. I slept the whole way.
AA
5
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Nov 3, 2019
Absolutely amazing. Love their organized stuff who had put this trip very nicely
JR
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 1, 2019
Absolutely brilliant trip with no stuff ups. Everything was on time and got to my plane nice and early.
RA
5
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Oct 31, 2019
We arrived at the office an hour before departure like they ask and we were actually the last passengers to show up so few minutes after we checked in, the lady took the group to the bus (couple minutes walk) and we started the trip. Meaning we're almost an hour ahead of schedule which was amazing. Seats were comfy and spacious, the back reclined a lot making it legit comfortable to sleep and even tho the person infront of you reclined his seat all the way back there was still great amount of room for you and your legs.. They give a sandwich, bottle of water and a blanket for the drive :) The roads aren't the greatest and the ride was bumpy from time to time, yet we slept the whole ride. There were usb charging ports in between the seats. No wifi on the bus. We had 1 stop of 30 mins for refreshments. Ferry was a bit old but good seats. We expected it to be long and exhausting but it was actually easy and smooth. Very well organized and I definitely recommend.
AD
4
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 30, 2019
Everything is perfect except for the air conditioning on the bus. If you are sitting next to a window it blows constantly on you. In order to not get sick you have to cover your head with the blanket they provide. If this AC condition is fixed, this is a five-star service.
PA
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 30, 2019
The trip on the ferry was very calm and comfortable. And then I went in a mini fen to the airport and we arrived sooner, so It was great.
CB
5
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Oct 29, 2019
Great trip! They provide you with a sándwich for the road and the staff is very nice! They ariived on time. I really recommend it
MT
4
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 26, 2019
We were on time, the boat was nicely signed, and the connection to the airport was ready when we came to the harbour in Surat Thani. Staff waited and showed us the way / which bus.. the way to the airport took 1,5 hours we were 30 minutes earlier:) good traveling.
JS
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 26, 2019
Facilities were clean a d everything ran on time. Great service
JH
5
Bus Express, Raja Ferry, Oct 19, 2019
Everythinkg was smooth, everybody we met give us info we needed, very pleasant journey in comfortable bus.
SS
4
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 17, 2019
not perfect but definitely would recommend and use again, down side on the return journey was van 40 minutes late and cramped for space leading to uncomfortable journeys, but i am a large guy in their defense
AO
5
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 17, 2019
Raja ferry staff were so helpful!! I left my phone in the ticket office when I got on the bus and they helped me to get it back. They provided excellent customer care. Thanks so much!
JB
3
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Oct 15, 2019
Wasn’t informed at the airport that once I got to the pier I would need to exchange my paper ticket for a green ferry ticket. Was worried I would not make the ferry.

Raja Ferry Stations

Donsak Raja Lipa Noi Koh Samui Surat Thani Airport Koh Samui any hotel Surat Thani Town Raja Ferry Thong Sala Koh Phangan Surat Thani Train Station Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Donsak Raja Veronica Residence Koh Tao Khao San Raja Ferry Krabi Bus Terminal Trang Bus Terminal Krabi Sea Pearl Travel Hat Yai Trang Chaophya Park Hotel Ratchada Veronica Residence Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi