Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao

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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
16h 25m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
18h 25m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14h train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by train and ferry

Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
18h 25m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
16h 25m train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14h train+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Mae Haad Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 17:00 - 11:25¥ 340
Thai Railways 1st Class Sleeper 19:30 - 09:30¥ 443

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

ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 6, 2021
Between the lights, air con temperature and noise, we spent the whole journey with our eyes shut but zero sleep.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 17, 2021
It was a Nice trip and everything went smoothly. Except from that it was very cold on the bus and i couldnt control the Air condition. Even with a blanket and a sweater i was still very cold and had trouble sleeping because of it.
train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 27, 2020
Its a long journey but train was comfy, bus was great & the transfer to koh tao via speed boat was bumpy but not toooooo bad. The train was delayed by 2 hrs so the connecting bus at 6am was well timed by 12go. (However the journey to Tao via Speedboat is based on your luck and the weather. Try to book a ferry ticket if the ferries are running to avoid seasickness. Not 12go’s fault tho!) 12go’s customer service was also very helpful. Thank you!
train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 22, 2020
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train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 21, 2020
Everything went smoothly, on time very friendly and helpful staff. I can recommend this service.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 24, 2020
There could be more leg-room.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 10, 2020
The purchasing of tickets was straightforward -- just followed the instructions. However, we booked an overnight train that was to arrive 3 hours before our connecting ferry to Koh Tao departed ...and the train was 4 hours late. There was only one ferry per day so we had to wait 24 hours. When we went to the station to get the bus to the ferry pier the following morning THAT train was also late! 12go does their job of selling tickets -- but the buyer should beware that Thai trains aren't as efficient, and this can dramatically impact a short trip.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 3, 2020
Great and helpful service from 12Go's staff. Dissapointed with the train arrived 2hours late and missed the bus and boat transfer.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 2, 2020
Everything went smoothly
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 22, 2020
Tiring trip, old bus, lousy bus bathroom. Long trip and they don't even stop for a snack.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 20, 2020
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 18, 2020
Everything went smoothly since the beginning, picking up the tickets very easy and friendly staff
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 15, 2020
The train was late, causing us to miss our ferry. Fortunately our ferry tickets worked for a later trip. Others had to buy new tickets.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 11, 2020
Train-ride was all god, cmfy bed, but very old and run-down train. We arrived in Chumphon 3 hours late! So we missed the morning ferry and had to wait 5 hurs at the pier. Katmaran to koh Tao was good
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 9, 2020
De treinreis van Bangkok naar Champhon was helemaal prima. Paar weken van tevoren online geboekt. Binnen een dag de bevestiging in de mailbox. Tickets lagen keurig klaar. De treinreis is een belevenis op zich. Om 20.00 uur worden de bedjes al klaar gemaakt. Iedereen gaat al vroeg slapen. Niet dat dat bij mij lukte maar hé, t is een avontuur. Niet klagen. We werden keurig gewekt toen we er bijna uit moesten stappen. De transfer naar de pier verliep zonder problemen. Op tijd vertok de catamaran naar t heerlijke Ko Tao. Onze ervaring met deze combinatie ticket is dus erg positief.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 4, 2020
No leg room on buses, and if you recline your seat, the person behind you cant move at all. We did, however, get a 30 minute rest stop about 4 hours into the drive, so that was a pleasant surprise. Arrived to ferry pier around 0445, so had to wait almost 2 hours to depart the 2nd leg of trip. If you are a western height person, you will definitely struggle with the bus ride/ lack of leg room.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 1, 2020
It went better than expected. Bus was not luxurious but ok. The downside is that we arrived at the pier at 4:30 and had to wait 2.5 hours until departure. I feel like this could be improved.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 1, 2020
There was a lot of waiting between the bus and the ferry. It would have better if this was avoided and the bus left Bangkok by 10 instead.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 29, 2020
The bus should leave latter from Bangkok so we don't have to wait 4 hours at the pier for the ferry
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 28, 2020
Very comfortable, our beds were done by someone, we did not had to do anything. Great trip
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 25, 2020
12go has been excellent my whole trip and this was no exception. It is super easy to get around using them :)
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 23, 2020
On of the seats was broken, they fixed it. Other than that it was an OK buss ride.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 21, 2020
If the bus would be an Antartica simulator it would be a solid 10/10. Airco is great, but why it has to be so cold is beyond me. Also our chairs wouldn't go down, so we hardly had any sleep. The ferry was a great experience.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 21, 2020
Clear information, well arranged, fast and on time. Did not expect it to be this easy!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 19, 2020
straight forward but the people were puking into bags the whole way because the boat was going so fast in the swells. probably not the boats fault but something to consider if you get sea sick
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 14, 2020
Fantastic service! Everything was well explained and very easy to use. Highly recommend!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 12, 2020
Good trip we left Bangkok and arrived on time. It would have been nice that the driver informed how long time we stoped at every step of the trip. And at least a bottle of water and one snack is more than welcome
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 12, 2020
The journey was great, there wasn't any issue.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 6, 2020
Im Großen und Ganzem ganz gut. Wir haben unsere Tickets online gebucht und sind dann mit dem e-Ticket ins Office. Hat alles wunderbar geklappt. Man bekommt einen Sticker mit seinem Ziel und einen mit seiner Sitzplatznummer für den Bus. Am Abfahrtsort standen drei Busse. Die mit dem weißen Sitzplatz Sticker mussten in Bus 1 , grün und Bus 2 und rot in Bus 3. Der Bus an sich ist schon sehr in die Jahre gekommen. Es wurden Decken verteilt. Glücklicherweise war es nicht so kalt im Bus. Was sehr schade war, dass allgemein keine einzige Durchsage gemacht wurde. Gerade bei der Pause gegen 2 Uhr morgens wäre es gut gewesen. Wir waren etwas zwei Stunden vor Abfahrt am Fährhafen. Die Fahr mit der Fähre war gut.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 5, 2020
Train ride was as smooth and comfortable!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 5, 2020
Very friendly driver, the bus was just quite uncomfortable. Cramped space for such a long trip. The public buses I’ve taken elsewhere for long trips more comfortable.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 4, 2020
Well organized, on time. Meeting point at Rambuttri road not far from ibis hotel.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 3, 2020
It gets you there, but not much opportunity to sleep. Had to wait 1.5 hours at a service station in the middle of the bus ride and then 3 hours at the ferry port.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 31, 2020
The conection from Bangkok to Koh Tao by bus and ferry was well organised. 10 minutes after the busses arrived the pier the ferry leave the habour. The bus was not luxury but fortunetly not full booked. A bad experience was a fight between chinese people. The driver didn't stop the bus though I knocked at the small window. What will happen in a case of emergency?
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 29, 2020
Excellent organisation from the office getting everyone and luggage on board the bus. I was expecting a small stop on the way but it never happened which stops me giving 5 stars. Especially when the driver pulls over to the side of the road for his toilet stop. 7 hour journey everyone needs a 15 minute stop.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 27, 2020
Service is well organized. The equipment of the coaches drastically needs to be fixed or changed. A short 15 mnts stop by is needed : 7 hours non stop, seating in an inconfortable seat without being able to walk a bit, is far too much !
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 26, 2020
IT was surprisingly good !!! One comment : we were asked tot hurry to get on the train, then it left early, had to go back and left more than half an hour late....... !!??!!..... Further no comment, train good, bus good, boat good !! With compliments !!
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 26, 2020
Bus ok, i can't really complain for the money and the waiting at the ferry was understandable. My main problem was the food stop, very overpriced and very rude. Basically just taking advantage of the tourist and showing them bo respect. My advice would be to take the bus as a cheap option make sure you take your own food unless you like being ripped off and treated like dirt!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 25, 2020
Nice coach. Comfy seats and good air con. Quick transfer to boat. No stops but toilet on bus.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 25, 2020
Confusing and bad driving. The service office was on the other hand great help
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), 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.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 17, 2020
Very well orginized, thank you !
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), 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.
train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 15, 2020
Slept well, the staff made the bed, good service. Frequent vendors sold food/drink. The toilet was thai style.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), 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.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), 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.
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), 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.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 7, 2020
Was a clear and simple process!
train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 6, 2020
Nice train, they wake you up when you're almost at your destination. Connections were very smooth
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 5, 2020
Smooth ride and really nice team in Lomprayah Bangkok!
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