Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
15h. All connections guaranteed.
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
15h 45m. All connections guaranteed.
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
Instant Refundable Recommended Fastest
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
8h 45m. All connections guaranteed.
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable

From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Taxis+Ferries

1 trips
1d 9h 45m +
Instant Refundable
Bangkok Hotel Transfer
1d 9h 45m. All connections guaranteed.
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Express 06:00 - 14:45฿ 1,100
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 17:05 - 09:30฿ 1,582
Songserm Express 19:00 - 09:45฿ 900
Paradive Travel Economy 19:00 - 09:30฿ 1,300
Songserm Express 20:00 - 09:45฿ 900
Lomprayah Express 21:00 - 08:45฿ 1,100

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.

Blogger report: Julia Rattke (High Speed Ferry Lomprayah) 08-Jul-2015 21:00

About half an hour before your bus is scheduled to leave (in my case it was at 20:30), you should be at the office at 327 Rambutri Road, รามบุตรี, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand near Khao San Road. The Lomprayah office is in the curve of the street. In your booking confirmation email is also a map. This is their help hotline: +6626290011 and office hours are from 05:30- 22:00. Coming from the North you turn into this really busy street from the roundabout, between the 7/11 and the red sign of Swensen's. People with a lot of luggage may have some trouble getting through the night market. About 30 meters in, on the left side and right in the curve, is the Lomprayah office, slightly hidden behind a banner. Make sure to have your booking number on hand!

If you are on Khao San Road you have to find your way on the McDonald side of the road through the small alleys with all the shops to get to Rambutri Road.

At the office everything felt a bit rushed, one employee hands you your ticket and another a colored sticker with your seat number to put on your T-shirt and a color-coded sticker with the destination for your luggage. Make sure to tie that last one around a handle, it doesn't stick well. Then you sign in and someone will take your group to wait at the middle of the roundabout, behind the green sign, until the bus arrives.
The bus had only regular seats, so it is not a sleeper bus and the 8 hour drive will probably be a bit uncomfortable (especially if you were planning on actually getting some sleep). A travel pillow or a folded sarong helps a bit, and so do earplugs. The seats recline a little and blankets are provided. The bus is air-conditioned and has a toilet. I'm only 1.60 m, so I had plenty of leg space, but anyone taller than 1.90 m should expect some discomfort.

At 2:00 there was a 30 min break at a market with snack food. They also had a huge bathroom with clean toilets, but remember to bring toilet paper and flush with the bucket provided.

At 5:15 we arrived at the ferry pier, where the office was dark and still closed and we had to wait for almost 2 hours. There is a mini mart to the left, if you need anything while waiting, and on the opposite side is another array of clean toilets. The mini mart closes when the ferry opens for boarding, so do not plan on any last-minute shopping. When the info center on the right of the pier opens, you have to show your ticket for another sticker and to get a stamp. Around 7:00 people will start to line up for the "best" seats, but there was plenty of room for everyone, so I would not take it too seriously. After a short walk along the pier, you arrive at the boat. There are three seating areas: Downstairs (inside), in the middle (outside with sun roof) and on the top (outside without cover). I chose the middle and it was perfectly fine.

About 2,5 hours (of comparatively smooth sailing) later we arrived at Ko Nang Yuan to let some people on and off the boat and then turned towards the Lomprayah Pier on Ko Tao, where we arrived 5 minutes later.
From here on it is really easy: Get off the boat, grab your luggage and find your pick up or taxi at the end of the pier. Congrats, you have made it to Ko Tao! Enjoy your stay!

Bangkok to Koh Tao destination reviews

1462 customer reviews
87% of 1462 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 20, 2019
Bus was very bad and cold, there were a lot of people, so it was a bit chaotic!
bus Express, Songserm, Aug 19, 2019
We travelled from Khao San Songserm to Mar Haad Koh Tao and we arrived with just few minutes of delay. Both travels, with bus and ferry, went well with no problem. However, seats were a little unconfortable and the AC too strong. Moreover, if you sit near the bathroom of the bus, you will smell pee all journey long.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 17, 2019
Great trip. Awesome staff. Well timed stop for toilet and shopping. Would definitely recommend 12goasia for all your transportation needs.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 17, 2019
Well organized. Price Performance Ratio is ok. The chairs in the bus were comfortable and they gave us good smelling soft blankets. Nice trip
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 16, 2019
Very old bus with no charging port. Arrived on time scheduled in Koh Tao despite 1 hour late departure so that did not impact the rating.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 15, 2019
Probably better than most. the logistics behind entering the bus is beyond chaotic. The trip was ok (no stops though) and the transfer to the ferry was fast. Arrived 15 min late which was obviously acceptable.
train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 15, 2019
Exactly what was described, everything went smoothly. Train was surprisingly comfy, staff were perfectly pleasant, quick to respond, and very helpful.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 15, 2019
Fast, efficient / on time and well organised. But unfortunately I had a broken seat that made my bus trip really uncomfortable.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 14, 2019
Had a wonderful experience with the customer service team to change my return trip to Bangkok. Really great service.
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways, Aug 12, 2019
The trip was good! Very relaxed and all in time. The food was really bad!! To expencive and just discusting. So eat before you leave!
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 8, 2019
Very kind assistent, they only told us the wrong arrival time at chamsung 1.30 instead of 5 am. Makes quite a difference of you would like to sleep during the trainjourney.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 8, 2019
Very well organised, without any issues, and a very smooth trip. Helpful staff. Arrived to the ferry terminal and had a bit of a long wait, but boarded and arrived in Koh Tao without any problems. Definitely recommend for an easy, but not very restful journey as the chairs are terrible, few space for the legs, very difficult to sleep.
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways, Aug 7, 2019
We booked our journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao through Upon arrival at the Hotel in Bangkok, the train tickets (2nd class sleeper) were already there for pickup. The train ride was ok and most of us got some sleep. The beds were surprisingly comfortable, offering enough room (especially the lower ones). We left the train in Chumpon and were guided to the transfer bus for the Pier for Koh Tao. We arrived in Koh Tao in time. All in all, everything worked perfectly - getting the tickets, train, transfer to pier and the trip to the island - not to forget the friendly and helpful support of Thanks, Oliver J.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 4, 2019
No issues, a very smooth trip. We left in time from Bangkok and the staff was helpful. The bus was cool and comfortable but not freezing. Arrived to the ferry terminal and had a bit of a long wait, but boarded and arrived in Koh Tao without any problems. Definitely recommend for an easy, but not very restful journey
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 2, 2019
Very convenient and fast, was a seemless transfer from end to end.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 2, 2019
Friendly and helpfull staff, we did one break for 30minutes with the bus and later we had to wait 1hour for the boat. Would definitley recommend booking this trip.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Jul 30, 2019
The trip was as planned but one stop woul'd be welcome to stretch the legs a bit. Chairs not to comfortable.
bus Express, Lomprayah, Jul 25, 2019
I have nothing negative to say about the Journey from Bangkok to Koh Tao. The staff was so friendly and everything was organized perfectly. You can regulate the aircon by yourself and the seats are a little bit old, but you can lie back to sleep while the transfer. Because of the traffic, we got off the Bus in chumphon and immediatly we had to go to the ferry. So no waiting time! I'm very glad that we booked this cheap transfer and not the expensive flight!
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jul 23, 2019
All good except the uncertainty around arrival time of the train which was more than 1h late and whether we would miss the ferry . Also we weren’t really sure what to expect for the night train . Did we need to buy food before ? Can we charge our phones ? Etc
bus Express, Lomprayah, Jul 21, 2019
The chairs are terrible, few space for the leggs, the air con was ok, not too strong, but it was very very difficult to sleep. We waited a lot for the ferry. It’s cheap but if you want to travel comfortably is not suggested

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