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From Koh Phangan hotel transfer to Koh Tao by van+ferry joint ticket

07:00
Koh Phangan hotel transfer
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
2h 30m
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From Thong Sala Koh Phangan to Koh Tao by ferry

08:30
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
10:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
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10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
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From Thong Sala Koh Phangan to Koh Tao by bus

08:30
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 45m
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11:00
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
11:30
Koh Tao
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14:45
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Koh Phangan to Koh Tao Schedule

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 08:30 – 10:00฿ 500
Lomprayah Catamaran 08:30 – 09:30฿ 500
Songserm High Speed Ferry 12:45 – 14:30฿ 350
Lomprayah Catamaran 18:00 – 19:15฿ 600

How to get from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

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 from Koh Phangan

To get from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao you have a choice of three ferry companies. They differ slightly in level of comfort they provide, transit time and price.

Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran calls to Koh Phangan’s Thong Sala pier two times a day at 8.30am and 1pm. It is the fastest service to Koh Tao from Koh Phangan with transit time of around one hour (THB 550). There is sometimes the third departure at around 2.05pm or 5.45pm; check in advance.

Seatran Discovery covers the distance between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in 1½ hr. The service is similar and tickets are sold at THB 430. There are three departures a day at 8.30am, 1.30pm and 5pm.

The slowest – and cheapest – boat which connects Koh Phangan and Koh Tao is Songserm. It calls to Koh Phangan once a day at 12.30pm arriving to Koh Tao two hours later. Expect to pay THB 350 per person.

Seatran vs Lomprayah

If you know what seasickness is about, go for Seatran when waters are choppy, which is often the case between October and December.
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 (especially for going to the eastern coast). For ‘taxi’ you normally have two options: motorbikes or songthaews, which are pick up trucks. 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. If you are looking for some serenity and tranquillity, consider Chalok Ban Kao. The eastern side is a slow life paradise and a great place to unwind, 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 beds sell out quickly. You may fail to find a budget option without prior reservation immediately after Full Moon Parties on the ajacent Ko Phangan, too.

Tip: If you are going to Koh Tao to dive, check with your diving school or operator whether they provide free accommodation (they normally do).

Health issues

There are small clinics in every ‘town’ on the island where they can handle your motorbike scratches and minor health problems. For more serious cases you will have to get transported to the mainland or Samui. Note that dengue fever is a problem, especially in highly packed tourist areas where the virus is transmitted very quickly. Take all the necessary preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. Well, at least bring a lot of repellent!

...And always remember that you will have to drop out you pre-booked scuba diving course if you happen to scrap your knee in a motorbike accident!

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao destination reviews

3.5
465 customer reviews
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32%
4
28%
3
16%
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76% of 465 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
EV
1
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Aug 15, 2019
We had to wait 1 hour for the arrival of the ferry that was late. Tuvimos que esperar 1 h el ferry que venía con retraso.
MM
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 15, 2019
Fast check in and easy trip. Had some delay
EW
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 9, 2019
It was het bit stormy so that made the trip les comfortable and we had to switch over on an other boat just before arriving.
JM
2
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 4, 2019
Firstly, Paid for extra priority support which meant absolutely nothing. Was so busy at check in.. we were still waiting to get on the bus at the time the boat was supposed to leave. Boat was really packed and was late. Not a great experience.
CV
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 30, 2019
Great trip, the only thing is that you have to change boat to get into port!
FC
3
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jul 26, 2019
There was a delay of 45 minutes before departure. But the trip itself on the catamaran was good and went fast.
JA
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jul 22, 2019
We had to get on next boat so we're a lot later leaving than we were told. Bags were thrown around at the other end and not respected at all. Journey itself was fine.
IT
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jul 21, 2019
One hour late. It was so hot, no air on the boat. Searching for the luggage was a mess !
MP
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jul 21, 2019
Boat was one hour delayed. Staff was not friendly at all. The ceiling started to drip water. Baggage handling was a disaster.
MH
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jul 16, 2019
Booked wrong date for 3 people and they allowed us to travel on day we wanted free of charge
AH
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jun 19, 2019
No seats left on the boat so had to sit on the deck for the whole journey
MS
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jun 15, 2019
Simple and on time Check-in is not at the port itself!
ED
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jun 12, 2019
Well organized, on time. Point of improvement: getting off the boat with all the bags can be organized better.
AT
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, May 22, 2019
The boat was delayed without any notification and finding a seat was at times challenging. The journey itself was good however finding your luggage when the boat came into port was poorly handled and turned into absolute carnage.
KM
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Apr 15, 2019
Great journey. Just wish there was more help on the pier to tell us where to go.
KA
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Apr 13, 2019
Ferry was well maintained. Seats were uncomfortable and AC was too cool. But overall a good trip.
CB
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Apr 13, 2019
12go was great! However, songserm ferry was pretty awful! Our particular seats had no legroom at all! Others did seem to have more! Also over half an hour delay!
CL
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 24, 2019
Departure was on time, arrival a bit late but nothing serious. It is not 5-stars as during all the trip, without any pause, there were ads on the screens of the main deck...
DB
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Mar 16, 2019
One hour to late and it was very cold in the ferry.
MW
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Mar 16, 2019
Songserm Highspeed Ferry Check in counter on Mae Haad Pier sends you to another one around 150m away. This pier is rocked up. If you face rain, you’ll be wet since the ceiling is damaged badly. Not enough seats for the waiting passengers. There you can get your boarding pass and a sticker, wich seems to be important. The boat arrived in time at the pier and the boarding started. They have some weird regulations when it comes to the luggage, some bigger bags were loaded together in one place on the boat. The crew handled it unfriendly, with no explanation (I read this before). Also they don’t hand you a paper that you left your luggage. Better take an eye on your stuff here. The seats on the boat where in good condition. AC was working well. One hour after the expected departure time the ship left the pier. You can buy coffee and snacks for cheap onboard. Arrival: 1h 15min later!!!! Will not use this company again. Better pay some bath more for seatran.

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