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
355 / 10,735
5 174
4 90
3 43
2 27
1 21
99.6% of 10,735 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)
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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.

Jul 11, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great service efficient and prompt, Plus the buffet went bad either.
Jul 6, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Comfortable bus ride. Lots of space. Free dinner buffet was included. Would recommend
Jul 2, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
The serives was very good. All transportation left on time and brought me to my dastination as prommise.
Jun 30, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Good but long
Jun 25, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Not bad, got free dinner and the bus was pretty empty and the transfers all smooth. Seats weren't v comfy and could smell he toilet after a bumpy bit tho
Jun 23, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Great service!
Jun 20, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
Not recommended - unreliable, huge delay and old vehicles. The hotel pick-up was punctual, however, the ferry was more than 1 hour late, we were not informed about the delay and we were waiting ouside in bad weather until it arrives. The ferry pretty old, similarly to the van taking us to the airport. It had a technical difficulties which caused us another delay. Fortunatelly, we have had a time reserve.
Jun 16, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Everything went well and was well organised. Pick up was on time, ferry was on time and the transfer to surat thani town was ok. Only thing they could tell us, is that out hotel (rajtanhani hotel) was only 1 min walk from the drop off in surat thani town. They put us on a tuk tuk because we thought is was to far to walk. We payed only 40 bath but that was just a waste for nothing. But despite that we were satisfied about the whole service.
Jun 13, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Amazing service! Staff were super friendly and took us out for a free hotel buffet. Would 100% book with them again!
Jun 7, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Super!
Jun 1, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
The trip was smooth and professional. Once you arrived at Raja ferry port, please be careful because you might get on the wrong bus but i really love it! Good Job!
May 31, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★☆☆☆
I hired a service with van included and when I got to the island I had to pay for the service again
May 30, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★☆
Got taken to a cool hotel for a buffet before the coach. Staff really helpful, get given water and blankets etc. Coach comfier than expected and didn’t have to wait long for ferry at all. Amazing views on ferry.
May 27, 2018
bus Express, Raja Ferry
★★★★★
Good service and friendly staff. I can't complain about anything. Everthing went well and exactly how they wrote it in the description. After check-in they drove us to a quiet luxurious place where we could eat dinner(nice buffet!). Then the bus came to catch us up. We had so far some more comfortable buses in Thailand but only the two of us and another couple were travelling. So we had the whole bus for us! In the morning when we arrived we could directly border the ferry and crossed over to Koh Phangan with a beautiful sunrise view. I can recommend this company.
May 24, 2018
ferry Ferry, Raja Ferry
★★★☆☆
I was eventually able to find a phone number of Raja Ferries and was able to confirm the pick up at 5am. The driver was there right on time, which was a relief. However, the ferry is really just a truck and car ferry. I had to drag my suitcase and other luggage down the ramp with large grates that are designed to wreck any suitcase, then I had to carry all this luggage up 25 stairs to the passenger deck. And the reverse on the way off. Surely they can build a passenger entry to this upper deck.
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 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

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 Suratthani Town Raja Ferry