Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Koh Samui to Koh Tao

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eTicket Instant Refundable Cheapest
13:00
Na Thon Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in Speedboat
4.5
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
฿700 per adult
eTicket Instant Refundable Fastest
09:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
1h 15m ferry journey in Speedboat
5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
฿800 per adult

From Na Thon Koh Samui to Koh Tao by ferry

eTicket Instant Refundable Cheapest
13:00
Na Thon Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in Speedboat
4.5
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
฿700 per adult

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Koh Tao by ferry

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09:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
1h 15m ferry journey in Speedboat
5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
฿800 per adult

How to get from Koh Samui to Koh Tao

You may find Koh Tao too rustic and too simple after experiencing glamour of Koh Samui’s nightlife venues, expensive spas and fancy boutique hotels, but there is one thing in which no other Thai island can beat 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. Be ready to hear a lot of diving stories of personal success and failure every evening in every tiny bar, restaurant or guesthouse. 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 Samui

To get to Koh Tao from Samui you have a choice of three ferry companies, namely Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran, Seatran Discovery and Songserm.

Lomprayah takes about 1¾ hr to bring passengers from Koh Samui’s Maenam pier to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad pier. There are two departures a day at 8am and 12.30pm with tickets sold at THB 650.

Seatran Discovery offers similar service but is a bit slower and cheaper: two hours and THB 624. Note that Seatran uses its own pier on Samui, Bangrak Seatran pier. There are three departures a day at 10am, 1pm and 4.30pm.

There is also Songserm boat which is the cheapest one (THB 450). It departs from Samui at 11am and arrives to Koh Tao (also via Koh Phangan) at 2.30.

Tip: As your sea travel between Koh Samui and Koh Tao will last from two to three hours, have all the necessary medications at hand if you are prone to seasickness. When the sea is choppy, opt for Seatran instead of Lomprayah, as the catamaran actually rides the swell, while Seatran cuts through it, which help avoid endless ups and downs.

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!

Transportation from Koh Samui to Koh Tao

  • Ferries
    ฿ 500
  • Trains are not avaliable
  • Buses are not avaliable
  • Flights are not avaliable
  • Taxis are not avaliable

Koh Samui to Koh Tao destination reviews

MP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 24, 2020
There are two piers or seatran and I get to the wrong one. Despite that I did not charged and traveled with the next one, but you should have highlighted that so will not get confused!
KI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Mar 21, 2020
Everything was perfect)))
LA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 17, 2020
I don't like that boat stopped in Koh Phanang even though on the entrance and in the schedule it states Koh Tao. This gets confusing when it stops in Koh Phanang and they don't announce that on board.
TP
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 11, 2020
Fantastic
DM
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 5, 2020
Comfortable and on time.
OS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 5, 2020
The guidance received on arrival at airport needs to be improved. I was put together with the group for Koh Tao and sent in the direction of various vans. I followed the group and after 1hr drive, found myself at the wrong Pier with a not so friendly driver who took me back to the right Pier and asked me to pay him an extra 200 bath.
AP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Mar 4, 2020
Everything was perfect
NL
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 29, 2020
Great experience!
VA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 26, 2020
Easy to use!
KD
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 20, 2020
Perfect!
AB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 19, 2020
Your site is very informative and easy to use. I will def use it again. Thank you
BW
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 18, 2020
You can relax and be taken good care of
PA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 11, 2020
Very good trip!
JT
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Feb 9, 2020
Fantastic service!
TJ
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 5, 2020
Efficient, easy, smooth
DH
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Feb 3, 2020
Great efficient service with room on top deck and comfortable seats elsewhere
KC
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jan 29, 2020
Would have been smooth if they didn’t forget to pick us up at the hotel in the morning. After some phone calls, someone came back to get us and drove like a maniac to get us there for the boat. After that it was fine.
FD
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jan 29, 2020
Very efficient and on time. The seats were very confortable too. Will use it again for sure ????
EM
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 26, 2020
Ride was fine, relatively comfortable, on time.
AB
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 20, 2020
The boat was a little late and took a little longer than expected, but that’s Thailand...Everything else was top notch.
FC
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 19, 2020
Excellent serivice, absolutely reliable
CA
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 12, 2020
Boat is ok. A/C could be a bit colder. Can improve the luggage organization at on and off
PS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jan 10, 2020
Everything was OK but we have a one hour delay..
AS
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 6, 2020
Everything was perfect. Great company
SP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 3, 2020
All was perfect!
MS
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Dec 26, 2019
Everything was ok
MI
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 25, 2019
Great trip. On time, easy crossing. Bags disconcertingly taken off at intermediate stop, but were reloaded as we went to Koh Tao. It really was a lovely journey, arriving as the sun set...
CP
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Dec 25, 2019
Really great service, would recommend it to everybody
EP
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 15, 2019
Good service. Affordable and reliable.
ZL
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 30, 2019
All OK
ME
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 18, 2019
Perfect trip! !!!!!!!!
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