Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
15h journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.1+
09:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
15h journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.3+
10:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
8h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Khao San Lomprayah to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

Instant Refundable Recommended
06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
8h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
11h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
08:45
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by Trains+Buses+Ferries

Thai Railways
Refundable
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
16h 25m journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
09:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
15h journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.1+
09:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
15h journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.3+
10:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Thai Railways +
Refundable
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
18h 45m journey in Train+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.0
14:15
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Khao San Songserm to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

Instant Refundable
18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
15h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
2.7
09:45
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
20:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
13h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
3.6
09:45
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by Buses+Ferries

Instant Refundable
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14h 30m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
3
09:30
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14h 45m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
3
09:45
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Veronica Residence to Koh Tao by Vans+Buses+Ferries

Instant Refundable
20:00
Veronica Residence, Bangkok
15h 30m journey in Van+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
11:30
+1
Koh Tao

From Khao San Raja Ferry to Koh Tao by Vans+Buses+Ferries

Instant Refundable
18:00
Khao San Raja Ferry, Bangkok
17h 30m journey in Van+Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
11:30
+1
Koh Tao

From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Taxis+Ferries

+
Instant Refundable
--:--
Bangkok Hotel Transfer
1d 9h 45m journey in Taxi+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
3.5
09:45
+1
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Don Mueang Airport to Koh Tao by Flights+Buses+Ferries

+
Instant
06:00
DMK Don Mueang Airport
12h 30m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
06:20
DMK Don Mueang Airport
12h 10m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4.3
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
08:25
DMK Don Mueang Airport
10h 5m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
08:35
DMK Don Mueang Airport
9h 55m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4.3
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
09:10
DMK Don Mueang Airport
5h 35m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4.3
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
09:20
DMK Don Mueang Airport
9h 10m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4.3
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
09:50
DMK Don Mueang Airport
8h 40m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4.3
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
10:05
DMK Don Mueang Airport
8h 25m journey in Flight+Bus+Ferry. Self-connect
4
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Don Mueang Airport to Koh Tao by Flights+Vans+Ferries

+
Instant
06:30
DMK Don Mueang Airport
12h journey in Flight+Van+Ferry. Self-connect
4.5
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant
06:35
DMK Don Mueang Airport
11h 55m journey in Flight+Van+Ferry. Self-connect
4.5
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
+
Instant Fastest
14:25
DMK Don Mueang Airport
4h 5m journey in Flight+Van+Ferry. Self-connect
4.5
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao

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

3.9
1516 customer reviews
5
35%
4
36%
3
15%
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86% of 1516 travelers were happy with this destination
NM
3
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 20, 2019
I have taken this journey many times and it is okay. Its clean, generally runs on time and the staff are friendly enough but the organisation is hopeless.
JW
5
train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 18, 2019
Smooth booking and travel, excellent in all areas.
TD
4
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 18, 2019
Little bit unclear where to depart from. Address on the ticket is not right. 1st you need to go to the ticket office, just around the corner you can find the departure place. Bus was ok, however chairs were really old en made my butt sleep. No stop during bus drive, so be prepared for 6h nonstop driving. When we arrived at the pier, the boat left within 15 minutes, really efficient! Boat trip was a little rough due to bad weather. They sell anti-sickness pills at the shop, glad I bought one!
BD
2
train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 17, 2019
Train was amazing but a 2hr delay meant that we had to pay for an different bus and boat :(
NW
2
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 15, 2019
The train itself was fine, e.g comfier then expected but very loud/bumpy (you do kind of switch off to this). However, when we picked up our tickets at 12goAsia in Bangkok, the lady said to us they will not announce/call for your stop so be ready, and that we had to just get off at the 3:25am stop. We set our alarms for 15 mins earlier as told to, however the place we stopped at that time was literally in the middle of no where, with no lights, and no cars or people around. There was no one working on the train we could find and no Thai people that spoke enough English when we tried to ask them whether the stop was Chumphon (Where we were getting off). Luckily I had abit of common sense and refused to get off, so me and my boyfriend stayed on the train not knowing whether we had missed our stop, or where we were now heading. At 4:45am a lady climbed out of one of the beds with a list and told us this was our stop, Chumphon. I can’t begin to express my anger at the women in the office who told us to just jump off at 3:25am. We would of been all alone, in the middle of no where, with no means of getting anywhere else. It could have been extremely dangerous and I do not want to think about what would of happened. Advice; ignore what the lady says in the office, listen to the people on the train. Although don’t count on just this, purchase a data SIM card so you can track your own whereabouts. POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. DISAPOINTED
TG
5
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 12, 2019
No problems at all. The bus is as comfortable as you can expect a bus to be. The stop in Hua Hin around 2:30 am is a good moment to stretch your legs and get something to eat if you want to. The catamaran is the fastest way to get to Koh Tao and has a top deck with a nice view and a main deck with A/C and comfortable chairs.
GG
5
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 11, 2019
The whole process was so simple, found the ticket office easy, exchanged my voucher for the bus ticket and followed the simple instructions to the bus where I had a seat allocated. The chairs were large and roomy - much more space than on the plane! Then when we finished the bus journey there were places to charge phones and sit/lay down while waiting for the boat at 6 30am. For an overnight bus/ferry journey, it was pretty dam good considering! Thank you very much! Great value too!
KY
3
train #167.2 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways, Sep 11, 2019
It was our first trip like this and we would like to have got some more information about where we needed to take the bus and ferry and how the trip back was organised etc. The train was at first sight quite comfortable even though there isn't any space to put your luggage. Afterwards we saw some cockroaches though. So it wasn't so clean we thought it was. We were the first one to get out the train and we already had a delay of 1 hour. So if you have some bad luck, you might miss your next transport. The ferry was ok, you can buy drinks and food for reasonable prices and there is aircon inside.
TZ
5
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 10, 2019
Very comfortable seats, we were seated in the second floor in the beginning and had a great view all the way. The driver was friendly and drove nicely. Very good connection with the ferry, almost no wait :)
EL
3
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 9, 2019
The trip was well organised, however on the bus my chair didn’t work and there was an annoying rattle which made it hard to sleep
AT
4
bus Express, Songserm, Sep 9, 2019
Arrived on time, easy to find pick up point, given blankets - all good except there's a very long 4 hour gap between bus and ferry, which seems unnecessary! Could leave Bangkok a little later.
MC
5
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 6, 2019
the journey was good, comfortable and bus was comfort and with aircone
AC
5
bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 2, 2019
Everything went smoothly from Bangkok to Koh Tao.Would definitely use again.
CC
5
train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 30, 2019
Ho viaggiato sul treno in cuccetta inferiore, mi sono trovata bene. Incredibilmente ti preparano il letto sul momento: sia le coperte che le lenzuola vengono spacchettate. Ciò mi ha rassicurato sul fatto che fossero pulite! È possibile ordinare cibo. Il bagno aveva carta igienica. Personalmente ho lavato i denti con acqua in bottiglia, sconsiglio di usare l’acqua del treno. Siamo stati svegliati dal personale per prepararci alla nostra fermata. L’aria condizionata altissima è la mia unica l’unica critica al viaggio in treno. È stato semplice trovare la postazione per convalidare il biglietto del pullman. Il tragitto in ferry boat è stato piacevole, ho viaggiato sulla terrazza. In conclusione per il prezzo consiglio la tratta treno-pullman-barca.
NM
4
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 29, 2019
Really good service, really polite and helpful staff! The trip is really convenient!! The reason for not being 5 star is that the bus and ferry could use some cleaning. But otherwise great!
DO
4
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 28, 2019
On time and nice staff. Where I was sitting upstairs suffered from the stale stench of piss rising from the toilet below which was annoying. There was also a panel rattling constantly that made it hard to sleep. Oh for some reason they had intense neon lights lining the bus even during midnight. Otherwise a comfortable bus and good service
IT
3
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 24, 2019
It was okay, less better than our first bustrip but it has nothing to do with the bus or drivers, but with the people in the bus. The steward gave us a blanket and luckily we had the last chairs so we could lay down all the way! Unfortunately the people in front of us didn't care at all, because in the first 5 minutes they moved their chair all the way down, without asking or looking behind. We're European and both have pretty long legs so we got stuck. They still don't care. We said something about it and they moved their chair 1 cm, so we didnt had that much sleep. We arrived 1 hour earlier than expected so we had to wait 1,5 hour for the boat to Koh Tao. That happens and has all things to do with the traffic.
NN
2
bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 20, 2019
Bus was very bad and cold, there were a lot of people, so it was a bit chaotic!
MC
3
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.
AR
5
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.

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