Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao

Koh Tao
Sat, Jul 20
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Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah VIP Bus + Catamaran 06:00 - 14:45฿ 1,550
Andaman Sea Tour and Transport Bus + Ferry 09:00 - 04:00฿ 1,450
Fame Tour Sleeper Boat + Van 13:00 - 05:00฿ 1,300
Thai Railways Class II Sleeper AC 19:50 - 08:45฿ 1,919
Lomprayah Express 21:00 - 08:45฿ 1,250

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

Facts about the transport from Bangkok to Koh Tao

Cheapest Transport$35
Fastest Transport8h 45m
Earliest Departure6:00 AM
Latest Departure9:00 PM
Departures per day7
Distance438 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkok Travel Plus, Fame Tour, Lomprayah, Montanatip, Thai Railways

Bangkok to Koh Tao Destination Reviews

The bus was old and a little uncomfortable, but overall it was a good experience.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jun 30, 2024
Great way of getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao, however the whole organisation of the company is a mess. They have 4 bus loads of people trying to ram into this tiny little ticket office to check in 30 mins before departure and then when they walked us over outside to the bus area we had to wait another 50 minutes in the heat for our bus. My seat didn’t recline as it was at the back of the bus and had a wall blocking it behind, luckily there was a spare seat nearby that I could have.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jun 14, 2024
It is good. However the bus drop you at 2 a.m and you have to wait until 5 a.m in a restaurant for a chauffeur to bring you to the boat.
Bus Express Bus + Ferry, Bangkok Travel Plus, Jun 10, 2024
bus seats were comfortable, however the a/c didn’t cool much so it was hot inside, and about two or three hours waiting in the bay for the ferry, without a/c
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jun 4, 2024
Everything went well.
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), May 28, 2024
We took the VIP bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao. The bus was very good, we could lay down and we got water and a snack box. I took a travel pill before going on the ferry, but at the end we didn’t need one!
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 9, 2024
Nice comfy overnight ride in coach.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 23, 2024
The "VIP" bus was total junk! Dripping air conditioning and broken, dirty seats ???? everyone on the boat was throwing up... totally chaotic check-in with lots of buses leaving at the same time.
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Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 13, 2024
I’ve seen some reviews that weren’t that good? My trip was perfect. As a solo traveller I was slightly nervous but I went to the agency the day before to check the details and the staff were all so helpful!! I arrived at around 5am just in case (checked in and got a ticket using my online voucher) and there is a seven eleven round the corner if you need food and water (you get given a small bottle and a muffin and juice with vip but I knew I’d be hungry as it’s a long journey). They give you a different colour sticker depending on destination plus your seat number so make sure to get on the right bus but there are so many people to ask!! Short wait at the pier (where there is a really good and cheap food place) and then a quick boat over. All in all a really good experience with the VIP bus and the staff were all LOVELY and everything went smoothly🤝
Ferry VIP, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 19, 2024
Have to wait 4 hours at the pier mittlerweile in the night
Bus Express, Montanatip (Montanatip), Dec 15, 2023
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