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From Khao San Lomprayah to Koh Tao by bus+ferry joint ticket

06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
8h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
11h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by train+bus+ferry joint ticket

14:45
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1d
Refund 
#167.2
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
15h
Refund 
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
15h
Refund 
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
15h
Refund 
#167.2
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
15h
Refund 
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
14h
Refund 
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
14h
Refund 
Bangkok - Surat Thani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Surat Thani, Surat Thani Train Station
11h 40m
Refund 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:00
Surat Thani Train Station
15:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
20h
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Surat Thani, Surat Thani Train Station
11h 40m
Refund 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:00
Surat Thani Train Station
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
6h 15m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
18h 45m
Bangkok - Surat Thani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Surat Thani, Surat Thani Train Station
11h 40m
Refund 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:00
Surat Thani Train Station
15:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
20h

From Khao San Songserm to Koh Tao by bus+ferry joint ticket

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
15h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
20:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
13h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by bus+ferry joint ticket

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
14h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
14h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 

From Phutthamonthon Lomprayah to Koh Tao by bus+ferry joint ticket

06:00
Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
8h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
19:00
Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
05:50
Mae Haad Koh Tao
10h 50m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
21:00
Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
11h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 

From Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Tao by flight+bus+ferry joint ticket

Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7804
06:00
DMK Don Mueang Airport
07:10
NST Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 10m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 200 m (next departure after 4 hours 50 minutes)
12:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
6h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
12h 30m
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7804
06:00
DMK Don Mueang Airport
07:10
NST Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 10m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 200 m (next departure after 20 minutes)
07:30
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
9h
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7208
06:05
DMK Don Mueang Airport
07:20
URT Surat Thani Airport
1h 15m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (next departure after 3 hours 25 minutes)
10:45
Surat Thani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
12h 25m
#DD7610
06:30
DMK Don Mueang Airport
07:35
CJM Chumphon Airport
1h 5m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (next departure after 1 hour 15 minutes)
08:50
Chumphon Airport
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
5h 55m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
8h 15m
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#FD3188
06:50
DMK Don Mueang Airport
08:05
NST Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 15m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 200 m (next departure after 25 minutes)
08:30
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
6h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
8h 10m
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#SL734
08:50
DMK Don Mueang Airport
10:00
URT Surat Thani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (next departure after 45 minutes)
10:45
Surat Thani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
9h 40m
Bangkok - Surat Thani Airport - Koh Tao
#FD3237
09:15
DMK Don Mueang Airport
10:35
URT Surat Thani Airport
1h 20m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (next departure after 45 minutes)
11:20
Surat Thani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 10m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
9h 15m
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7210
09:20
DMK Don Mueang Airport
10:30
URT Surat Thani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 100 m (next departure after 15 minutes)
10:45
Surat Thani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 45m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
9h 10m
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7808
10:15
DMK Don Mueang Airport
11:25
NST Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 10m
Instant 
Change stations. Walk - 3 minute, 200 m (next departure after 35 minutes)
12:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
6h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
8h 15m

From Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Koh Tao by flight+van+ferry joint ticket

Bangkok - Krabi Airport - Koh Tao
#DD7910
10:10
DMK Don Mueang Airport
11:30
KBV Krabi Airport
1h 20m
Instant 
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 16 minute, 8 km (next departure after )
11:00
Krabi Seatran
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
8h 20m
Bangkok - Krabi Airport - Koh Tao
#FD3227
14:25
DMK Don Mueang Airport
15:40
KBV Krabi Airport
1h 15m
Instant 
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 16 minute, 8 km (next departure after )
11:00
Krabi Seatran
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
7h 30m
eTicket  Instant  Refund 
Total duration
4h 5m

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Express 06:00 – 14:45฿ 1,100
Songserm Express 18:00 – 09:45฿ 900
Paradive Travel Economy 19:00 – 09:30฿ 1,300
Lomprayah Express 21:00 – 08:45฿ 1,100
Songserm Express 20:00 – 09:45฿ 900

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

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Bus Express, Songserm, Jan 22, 2020
The staff didn't have our ferry TKTs so we had to wait until last moment. There is no seat reservation so as we had to wait finely we had to go on the worst places, close to the bathroom, where smells horrible.
MM
5
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 17, 2020
Very well orginized, thank you !
CD
3
Bus Express, Songserm, Jan 15, 2020
Le voyage s'est plutôt bien passé, malgré une tentative de vol dans le premier étage du bus (rdc), par un individu manifestement complice des conducteurs. Vers 1h du matin (nous étions partis à 19h30), pendant que nous dormions, un des membres de l'équipe a tiré deux sacs à l'arrière de nos sièges et a entrepris de les fouiller, dans un but assez clair. Ayant entendu le bruit de la fermeture éclair, l'un de nous l'a interpellé alors qu'il faisait semblant de dormir, nos sacs à côté de lui. Bref, un bon voyage malgré ce petit incident; faites-donc bien attention à vos affaires, et gardez tout objet de valeur à portée de main et sous surveillance.
JV
4
train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 15, 2020
Slept well, the staff made the bed, good service. Frequent vendors sold food/drink. The toilet was thai style.
AS
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jan 13, 2020
Pretty well organized except maybe for onboarding. There were three buses departing to different locations at the same time and it was a bit messy finding which one to take. The bus trip was shorter than expected however the boat arrived late. Be sure to arrive well in advance for check-in (ours started at 19:30 for departure at 21:00 a bit further from the Lomprayah office). You can leave your luggage in front of the Lomprayah office if you want. I don’t know if it’s very safe so if you do so, I’d suggest only leaving clothes and unexpensive toiletries in that luggage. Keep your valuables with you. This is what I did for pretty much an entire day and it went fine. Do the same for your trip. I read stories about people missing things. I can confirm the previous comments about strong a/c and quick night stop. As long as you know all this, it’s a good and cheap trip.
SM
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jan 13, 2020
My bus seat had a piece of metal that even pierced the fabric of the upholstery. I was forced to put on clothes so that I could sit on top. I found that several seats had the same hole with a piece of pointed metal.
VE
4
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 10, 2020
The train left on time and was very comfortable. We slept in 2nd class and had no issues whatsoever on the train. We had read that the car would be very cold and had prepared with warmer clothes but it wasn't needed. We had booked two beds but the beds were big ebough for two people to sleep in (if you're travelling with a partner for example - however you still have to book separate beds). The conductor came and woke us up in time for our arrival in Chumphong. The transfer (bus) to the dock left on time and the ride to the dock was fast. I had not expected the boatride to be as bumpy as it was - alot of people were motion sick and occupied the toilets. It's best if you take medicine for motion sickness before and sit in the VIP-area in the boat (where you can't feel the waves as much). We arrived in Koh Tao on time.
MC
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jan 7, 2020
Was a clear and simple process!
JG
4
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 6, 2020
Nice train, they wake you up when you're almost at your destination. Connections were very smooth
OJ
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jan 5, 2020
Smooth ride and really nice team in Lomprayah Bangkok!
FC
4
train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 5, 2020
The train was comfortable to sleep in with AC. However delayed 2 hours with no notice or announcements and stinky from toilets. For a long train ride they should be more accommodating to customers
IV
5
train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jan 4, 2020
Easy booked and fast service at pickup. Everything went smooth!
UV
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Bus Express, Songserm, Jan 3, 2020
On arriving to Khao San Songserm office, we were not given a physical ticket but just a sticker for a Joint-Ticket. But while waiting at the Pier for the Ferry, we were asked for the physical ticket and only then they would give us the sticker for the ferry to Koh Tao. This resulted in a couple of hours spent explaining and arguing over the same problem of them not providing the physical ticket to us specifically and them telling us that this always happens with tourist and they loose their ticket and then ask for a new one etc etc. We genuinely didn't get the ticket and they confirmed that last minute with the Bangkok office and then let us in. It was just stressful and very badly handled by the respective.
EM
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Bus Express, Songserm, Jan 2, 2020
It was a long journey
GL
3
Bus Express, Songserm, Dec 31, 2019
Uncomfortable af, no blanket, raging AC, ricketiest bus ever
RD
4
Bus Express, Songserm, Dec 30, 2019
All good. Comfy coach.
JH
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Bus Express, Songserm, Dec 29, 2019
Downstairs the air con / fans did not work properly so it was very warm and bad air the whole time, Also the lights were on the whole night and there was a sudden 40 min stop without pre-notice in the middle of the night. Otherwise a convinient way of getting from Bangkok to Chumphon.
AM
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Bus Express, Songserm, Dec 27, 2019
Very long. The wait on the pier is criminal, 3 h waiting from 4 am till 7 pm after many hours on the bus! Bus wee uncorfortable
MK
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Bus Express, Songserm, Dec 27, 2019
If you want comfort - fly south. This is a $30 ticket, and you get what you pay for. It's not comfortable, you won't sleep much, buuuut it's $30. I really recommend using the toilet BEFORE the bus bc the one on board is worse than anything you'd expect. At around 00:30 there is a break, use the toilet there
ZO
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Dec 25, 2019
The bus should stop on the way for a short time to straight the legs:)

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