Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao

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Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ35406:35 - 07:50$ 48.51
Lomprayah Speedboat 09:30 - 14:15$ 48.51
Thai Railways Class II Sleeper AC 17:00 - 10:00$ 45.96
Thai Railways VIP Sleeper 19:30 - 09:30$ 62.94
Lomprayah Express 21:00 - 08:45$ 36.25

How to get to Koh-Tao

What about

Learn to dive, dive and dive again – that is what you are supposed to do on Koh Tao and that is actually what the majority of the folk you are about to meet on the island really do. A little hidden gem of the lower part of the Gulf, Koh Tao is attracting underwater world lovers with an abundance of easily reachable diving sites (over 30) and very affordable prices on diving lessons (there are more that 50 diving schools on the island), sea safaris and diving trips. Yet for those who are ready to go beyond the stereotypes there are hiking trails, bouldering, sea kayaking, fire-shows, and even jam sessions – all of them on the background of picturesque views and a laid-back island atmosphere. Priceless.

Getting to Koh Tao

The only way to get to Koh Tao from the mainland is by boat either from Chumphon, which is the closest departure point, or from Suratthani. You can also hop on a ferry to Koh Tao from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.

From Bangkok via Chumphon bus + ferry

The easiest (and fastest) way to get to Koh Tao from Bangkok via Chumphon is by bus and ferry joint travel. Lomprayah catamaran and Songserm speed boat both sell such package tickets which save your time and cost more or less the same amount of money if bought separately. With early morning and late evening bus departures from Bangkok you have a choice whether to travel by day or save some baht spending your night on board a bus instead of in a guesthouse. The ferry travel with Lomprayah (the fastest operator) takes around 1½ hours; if your are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand. Note that in case of the evening departure your trip lasts longer (around 12 hrs) compared to 9 hrs (morning departure), but you do not waste your precious day-time.

You have only 20 kg baggage allowance for your ferry travel; the extra weight is 20 baht per kg (not included in your ticket price).

Getting back from Koh Tao to Bangkok you have only morning and afternoon departures, both returning to Bangkok after dark: at 9pm and 1am, so plan your stay accordingly (book ahead).

From Bangkok via Chumphon train + bus + ferry

In case you are a railroad type, hop on your evening train down to Chumphon from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. If you buy a package tour, your boat operator will provide transfer between the train station and the pier, but you still have to while away some 3 hrs between train and ferry in Chumphon. In general, if you are ok with long bus journeys, there is no special advantages of train+bus+ferry journey. Choose price-wise, then.

Tip: If your are not in a hurry, stay overnight in Chumphon and discover the tastes of local robusta, find out how the birds’ nests are harvested at the farms and prepare yourself to your island stay visiting some of the idyllic beaches in the proximity of the city (e.g. Hat Thung Wua Laen).

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

Even if travelling to Suratthani instead of Chumphon seems illogical, it sometimes comes out cheaper as you may catch a 2nd class sleeper for a longer journey. As in case with Chumphon, the transfer between train and ferry for package tours is performed by the boat operator.

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take 2–2¼ hrs to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad departing from Maenam and Bangrak Seatran Pier on Samui correspondingly. With Seatran you have to book at least one day in advance while Lomprayah requires two days advanced booking.

From Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery depart from Thong Sala on Koh Phangan and take 1½–1¾ hrs to arrive to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad. Book in advance (1 day for Seatran and 2 days for Lomprayah).

Seatran vs Lomprayah

If you know what seasickness is about, go for Seatran when waters are choppy.
Lomprayah can save you from ¼ to ½ hr of your sea journey, though.

Getting around

There is no car rental on a relatively small 21 sq. km island. If you consider renting a scooter or a motorcycle, be warned that the roads on the island are dangerous and get their toll of injuries regularly. Renting a vehicle though gives you freedom to explore the island as the ‘official’ taxi fares are sometimes extortionate. There is longtail boat service between certain beaches, which is a good option with reasonable prices.

Where to stay

The western side of the island is much more developed, and the ferries from the mainland and the islands arrive to Mae Haad which is on the western side. Haad Sairee, where the most of the action takes place, is also there. The eastern side is a slow life paradise, but you will have to negotiate those treacherous island roads (or greedy taxi drivers) to get to any of the western-side night spots. The busiest seasons on Koh Tao are summer (from July to August) and Christmas & New Year, so book your accommodation beforehand. The cheapest options sell out quickly.

Transportation from Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao Destination Reviews

Good experience, good bus and driving was smooth. There was waiting in both ends but that was not too bad!
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), May 10, 2022
We traveled from Khao San road to Koh Tao. First you take a VIP bus to Chumphon. The bus is super comfy, wide seats, fully reclining chairs. We even got some water and blankets. But, the toilet smelled sooo bad that even through masks you wished you didn't have to breathe. However, the bus arrived to the ferry before 5 AM, and then we had to wait more than 2 hours for the ferry to leave. This is prime time for mosquitoes so we left full of bites. I honestly don't understand why there has to be a 2 hour wait and why the bus just isn't leaving a bit later? The ferry ride was fine, very quick on the catamaran.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), May 3, 2022
All in all we arrived at Koh tao. The check in was quite messy. We were grouped with color code which I have no clue based on what criteria. I came quite early and I got pink color with the huge double deck very empty bus which in a bit run down condition, while some western people check in after me got different colors with different and a bit better bus. I could not help to think that maybe because my look that resembled Thai people. I hope that was not the case, although the guy who organized the bus placement was kept apologizing when he realized I did not speak a single Thai word. The best thing of the trip is the check in Lady in Chumpon pier. Very clear and effective direction.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 28, 2022
We have long trnasit port.If prepare bus until start check in, we can spend good sleep in bus.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 17, 2022
Very comfy trip. Aircon little to aggressive and bathroom could have been a bit more nice. Besides that, very good.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 15, 2022
Bus provided was not comfortable. Also does not match to description and photo shown in website. No issues with the ferry services.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 13, 2022
Overall, an easy trip, even with the big crowds. The staff made it go smoothly. I had the VIP bus, which turned out to be very comfortable, that I could sleep when needed, and it was spacious. There even were outlets so that you could plug in and charge a mobile or such. At Chumpon, the staff who managed the lines were very clear, made updates regularly, and kept everything under control. Even when there was a minor situation, i saw, with another traveler, whose name was not on their copy (from when travelers checked in at Lomprayah Khaosan), the staff handled it quickly, and there was no issue. The boat was pretty comfortable, and I took the topmost level to enjoy the breeze and sun. I would travel again via Lomprayah to go to Koh Tao
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 11, 2022
Would have been good to display all times before purchase. Luckily the train was 2 h late, so could sleep in and only wait for 1 h for the bus (instead of 3!). Got lucky and could take an earlier ferry, so in the end got there 1 h early.
Train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 10, 2022
I really like the service of 12goasia. They are super nice. Very quick and helpful. Thank you!
Train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Apr 6, 2022
Better than expected, clean and comfortable. Staff were very professional and helpful.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 16, 2022
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