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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
1h 30m
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10:45
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
12:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 45m
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12:45
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
14:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 45m
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13:00
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 15m
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13:00
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14:45
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14:45
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13:30
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15:00
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18:30
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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
19:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
2h
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18:30
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From Thong Sala Koh Phangan to Koh Tao by bus

10:30
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
11:00
Koh Tao
30m
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13:00
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 45m
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13:00
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 45m
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19:15
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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
Songserm High Speed Ferry 12:45 – 14:30฿ 350
Lomprayah Catamaran 13:00 – 14:15฿ 500
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 13:30 – 15:00฿ 500
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

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532 customer reviews
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JK
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Oct 14, 2019
We arrived at our destination no worse for wear. But that's the best I can say about the ferry. It is dirty, the seats are old and stained. It doesn't seem safe to be outside the enclosed areas at all. The ferry arrived about the time we were supposed to board but it arrived the same time as the ferry to Koh Samui so we had to wait for all the passengers from both ferries to debark before we could embark and that took a very long time. We arrived about an hour after scheduled but we chose the ferry because it was cheap and we didn't have to be there at any particular time.
AH
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Oct 9, 2019
Not so high speed (multiple boats were faster) but a fine way to get from one island to another!
KB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 27, 2019
Comfortable , affordable trip! We did have to change boat as we approached Koh Tao for the last 10 mins of the trip which didn’t make much sense but apart from that hassle free!
PL
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 17, 2019
Absolutely perfect. On time, safe, I’ve been there super early, so they offered a storage for my backpack to me... Great service, thank you
ZE
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Sep 16, 2019
The boat arrived a bit too late and the boat is not the best if you get seasick. But otherwise it was ok.
MT
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 24, 2019
30 minute delay, without anyone telling or informing why. Reason being that we had te leave shore to let another boat first and then we had to pick up More people. We were on the boat at the start, so we were just laying to the water for half an hour.. the water was very wild so it would’ve been nice if they would have told us to wait and board the boat later so we wouldve have been stuck on the water getting pretty sick
EB
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 24, 2019
Journey was OK but the A/C was really awful, too cold!!!
MM
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 23, 2019
10 minute late on departure; but on time at arrival. Smooth. Well organised
MB
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 19, 2019
Fast check in Fast boarding Cleanest boat i have ever seen On time like in switzerland
AH
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Aug 18, 2019
Late Not organized Not well indicated Really cold inside
KH
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Aug 18, 2019
Inside a bit of a gasoline smell (airco?) so even if you didn’t want to go outside you did becaise if the smell.
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

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