Raja Ferry

Raja Ferry
3.9
136 / 4,457
5 61
4 30
3 21
2 12
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99.5% of 4,457 travelers were presumably happy with Raja Ferry as they left good or no review


Raja Ferry Ferry outside
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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October 2017

Lim, Oct 12, 2017 - Easy and cheap,just follow the introduction
Eunkee, Oct 11, 2017 - The ferry was the old one used in Japan.
Ana, Oct 10, 2017 - Banco lento sucio incomodo no recomendable

September 2017

Nathan, Sep 13, 2017 - Smooth ferry quiet and peaceful arrived early to the airport!
Nguyen, Sep 5, 2017 - Very good.

August 2017

Zakaria, Aug 30, 2017 - Everything is more than expected the taxi come at the right time to pickup me from the hostel The boat also arrived at time The mini bus to the train station the same Highly recommended
Judith, Aug 21, 2017 - we did not get a pick-up from our hotel en we almost mist the ferry because we are waiting en no one told us that we have to walk to the ferry We have to run with all the luggage. not fine
Peter, Aug 14, 2017 - Once out the airport everything was perfect found inmidiatly the bus, which arrive d in perfect time at the Ferry
Antonio, Aug 13, 2017 - On time and the ferry was excellent
Manuel, Aug 10, 2017 - We arrived a little late but they helped us and we didn't loose the ferry :) Very good service
Pierre-luc, Aug 9, 2017 - Comfortable and gets you from point A to point B without any worries
Jorge, Aug 8, 2017 - Ferry 2,hours late very very Old ferry
Pierluigi, Aug 6, 2017 - Boat too old

July 2017

Frank, Jul 31, 2017 - We used the transfer from Suratthani to Koh Samui. Everything was perfect. The transfers have been all in time, kind drivers and everything was well organized. Can highly recommend this service.
Emanuel, Jul 25, 2017 - Everything was superb.
Emanuel, Jul 19, 2017 - Everything was perfect, our bus and van were waiting for us wihout delays, higly recommend.
Marcin, Jul 3, 2017 - Wszystko ok. Punktualnie co do minuty. Prom ma już swoje lata świetności. Polecam

June 2017

Ludovic, Jun 23, 2017 - Personnel à l écoute et très arrangeant. Le bus très confortable pour aller jusqu'à Donsak mais le ferry assez vieux.
Cungmy, Jun 21, 2017 - Stress free way to get tips the airport
Lukasz, Jun 7, 2017 - Can be ok if you get out fucking ladyboy from the ship. Stupid and very rude boy /girl. Nobody knows What is That.

May 2017

Michal, May 16, 2017 - On Time and comfortable
Robert, May 15, 2017 - Old rusty, ship. But everything on time!

April 2017

Rafael, Apr 16, 2017 - Es el peor ferry del mundo, un calor increíble, pésima atención y lo peor de todo que al momento de hacer la conexión en bus me toco viajar en el fondo del micro y ni siquiera era un asiento.
Lee, Apr 15, 2017 - Was worried that the pick up might not come at 5am but it came right on the dot. I was able to catch my flight as planned without any problems.
Ellie, Apr 6, 2017 - I bought ticket from Surat Thani Airport to my house in Baan Talay Kiaw, Plai Laem which is uphill, the taxi refuse to send me up and drop me at the side of the road in heavy rain. I begged him to drive me to my house and he said you did not pay me to drive up the hill. (did he not get paid to work???) I have to carry my heavy backpacks, walk up the hill in the rain. Very unprofessional driver! If he told me earlier that he could not send me up to my house, he should have the courtesy to inform me before I jump into the minivan and I could have get a taxi by my own at Raja Ferry Pier. And thanks to his selfishness, I sprained my ankle as I have 2 heavy bags to carry and walk uphill in heavy rain! But the trip from Bangrak to Surat Thani airport is excellent. The minivan driver in Surat Thani is very helpful and help me extra miles, eventhough he could not understand English very well, he work extra mile to get a translator in order to help me out! All receptionists are nice and warm and push us to move faster so we will not miss the schedule of our journey.
Kim, Apr 2, 2017 - Our driver was cortious,. He was a safe driver but also had to drive quickly to catch the ferry. Our Air Asia flight was 20 minutes late and we still made the ferry time.

March 2017

Jacoba, Mar 30, 2017 - The ferry was fine. The driver from the train station to the pier drove like a maniac, talking on his phone and texting while he was driving. He stopped to use the bathroom but nobody knew what he was doing and he didn't ask if anyone else needed the restroom. Then he went the wrong direction and took us probably another 20 min out of the way.
Dean, Mar 29, 2017 - You get what you pay for. This is the cheapest way to get from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui. I'm not complaining, it got me to my place in good time for a good price. True, the ferry is old and run down. If this is an issue for you, pay more for a more expensive ferry. The bus was dated but fine. From Surat Thani Airport everything was simple. Instructions on the ticket from 12go Asia made it easy to find the Raja Ferry ticket counter. Simple to get on the bus from there. Bus took you straight to the ferry and that was easy too. At the ferry port in Koh Samui the transfer mini van was just a few steps away, finding it was easy. Got driven straight to my door.
Charlotte, Mar 22, 2017 - Turns out I would have saved a bunch of money if I'd bought the ti ket directly from the pier, or even from a travel agency. I'm too western, thinking online is going to be the cheapest solution.
Kathleen, Mar 13, 2017 - Town to port excellent As usual ferry poor. Holes in floor near shop dangerous. Not enough seats for passengers about 50 on floor. Presume lifejackets would be short as well?
Oleksandr, Mar 9, 2017 - Journey was organized quite smoothly, we've been even accepted for earlier transfer than booked and arrived to our destination before dinner ended. The trip from the airport to the island takes long though and is exhaustive. Still, convenient and can be recommended as the cheapest option.

February 2017

Claudia, Feb 20, 2017 - Der MiniVan von RP war super pünktlich, sauber und in einem tadellosem Zustand. Die Fähre RAJA, nach Phangan war einfach nur ekelig, dreckig und hat nach allem erdenklichem gestunken. Bei uns würde man dazu Seelenverkäufer sagen. Nicht noch mal!!!
Denise, Feb 19, 2017 - Great! Amazing!
Jan, Feb 3, 2017 - Raja did not take us all the way to the hotel. We had to walk from the mainroad.
Poah, Feb 2, 2017 - Very good service. Will be better if driver can speak English.

January 2017

Joel, Jan 25, 2017 - Most comfortable leg so far. Big old car hauler takes the waves like a champ and just gently rolls. The other companies high speed boats kill my stomach. This is the way for me from here on
Hans, Jan 17, 2017 - DONT USE RAJA FERRY. Pickup from hotel was in time. The driver was very good. But the Raja Ferry. It was a dirty, rusty mess. It's actually a car ferry. First it was late, instead of 6:00 AM, the ferry started sailing at 6:40. Second, Nobody from the port wanted to tell us why there was that delay. And because that old ferry was so dirty, I could not use the washroom. And the driver to the airport, he was always on the phone. Very dangerous in heavy rain and lot of traffic. Although it was cheap , but I did not feel safe.
Ekaterina, Jan 12, 2017 - what a mess was trying to find our bus and get to ferry port. Everyone running like headless chicken, trying to understand what bus to take! Every time I asked for guidance, I was sent to another person, who would then re-direct me to another person, and then to another person, etc... Something needs to be done to create some order - can't they just have one rep, holding notice board with destinations and what buses people should board? We took Raja Ferry, as I was really concerned about rough sea, and that was a good decision, albeit a slow one :) ferry organisation was ok.
Hafiz, Jan 9, 2017 - Quick feedback from operator when changes made.
Meridith, Jan 2, 2017 - Bus was late leaving, very bad communication with staff to know when/if we would make ferry. We get to ferry within 1 minute of departure only to have staff yelling at us!!

Raja Ferry

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Ferry Outside
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Schedule Raja Ferry


06:00, 08:01, 12:01, 16:01, 18:01;
05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00;
05:00, 05:01, 07:00, 07:01, 09:00, 09:01, 11:00, 13:00, 13:01, 15:00, 15:01, 17:00, 17:01;
07:00, 12:00, 16:00;
05:00, 07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00;
06:00, 12:00, 18:00;
05:00, 09:00, 15:00;
05:00, 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00;
08:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:00;
06:00, 07:00, 07:45, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:05;
06:00, 07:00, 07:45, 08:00, 08:45, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 13:20, 15:00, 16:05, 17:00, 17:25;

Stations Raja Ferry

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


Comparison Raja Ferry