Instant Refundable Recommended
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Express
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Na Thon Koh Samui Songserm to Koh Tao by Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Na Thon Koh Samui Songserm
5h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
14:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
11:30
Na Thon Koh Samui Songserm
3h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
2.8
14:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Maenam hotel transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
06:30
Maenam hotel transfer, Koh Samui
3h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
06:30
Maenam hotel transfer, Koh Samui
3h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
10:30
Maenam hotel transfer, Koh Samui
4h 15m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Na Thon hotel transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.5
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
15:30
Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui
3h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.5
19:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Koh Tao by Ferries

Instant Refundable
08:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
10:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
08:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
10:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
15:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
13:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
15:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
3h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
19:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h 30m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
3h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
19:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:30
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
18:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
17:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
4.2
19:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Bo Phut Beach Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Bo Phut Beach Hotel Transfer, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Chaweng Beach Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Chaweng Beach Hotel Transfer, Koh Samui
5h journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
14:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
09:30
Chaweng Beach Hotel Transfer, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Chaweng Noi Beach Hotel to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Chaweng Noi Beach Hotel, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
5
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Choengmon Beach Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Choengmon Beach Hotel Transfer, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Lamai Beach Hotel Transfer to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
09:30
Lamai Beach Hotel Transfer, Koh Samui
4h 45m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Na Thon Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Ferries

Instant Refundable
11:15
Na Thon Koh Samui
3h ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
11:15
Na Thon Koh Samui
3h ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
17:15
Na Thon Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
19:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
17:15
Na Thon Koh Samui
2h ferry journey in Express
19:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
17:30
Na Thon Koh Samui
1h 45m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
19:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
17:30
Na Thon Koh Samui
1h 45m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
19:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Samui Airport to Koh Tao by Vans+Ferries

Instant Refundable
08:00
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
2h 30m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
10:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
13:00
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
2h 30m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
15:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
16:30
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
2h 30m journey in Van+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
4.2
19:00
Mae Haad Koh Tao

From Lipa Noi Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Ferries

Instant Refundable Fastest
10:00
Lipa Noi Koh Samui
1h 30m ferry journey in Express
11:30
Koh Tao

From Maenam Samui to Koh Tao by Ferries

Instant Refundable Recommended
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Express
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Fastest
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
1h 30m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
09:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
08:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
10:15
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
10:15
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
12:30
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
12:00
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 45m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable Recommended
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Express
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Express
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao
Instant Refundable
12:30
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
2h 15m ferry journey in Catamaran
4.5
14:45
Mae Haad Koh Tao

Koh Samui to Koh Tao Schedule

Koh Samui to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Catamaran 09:30 - 14:15฿ 750
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 08:00 - 10:00฿ 600
Songserm High Speed Ferry 11:30 - 14:30฿ 500
Lomprayah Catamaran 10:30 - 14:45฿ 750
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 13:00 - 15:00฿ 600
Lomprayah Catamaran 15:30 - 19:15฿ 850

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!

Koh Samui to Koh Tao destination reviews

4.0
700 customer reviews
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39%
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36%
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90% of 700 travelers were happy with this destination
PB
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Sep 19, 2019
Good service as always
GC
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Sep 11, 2019
All on time as described. Great service. Perfect all the way.
PC
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Sep 8, 2019
Trip was on time and good value but the seats were quite uncomfortable.
MA
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 25, 2019
Boat too small for that choppy Sea. I was awful. I want to check another company with Bigger Boats for the next time
TM
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 21, 2019
During boarding luggage was perfectly handled and stored by the crew of the boat. During Onboarding you had to get your baggage out yourself and it was quit stressful. Not very clear what to do.
RG
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Aug 16, 2019
Older ans slow boat with more than an hour delay during a sunny day. Otherways all Ok. Thanks
EY
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 12, 2019
With a lot of wind al the luggage was sliding throughout the boat. I was scared
BJ
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Aug 10, 2019
The boat was "old". Some seats on deck were broken. Heavy wheater, big waves lots of water on deck. Some people were sick.
FR
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 9, 2019
The trip was fast and crew was very alert to help my daugther with seasickness of wich many suffered.
SR
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Aug 9, 2019
Because of the sea sickness a 3 nothing to mutch noting to little
JR
5
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 30, 2019
We used Seatran Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao . Was very happy, Ferry was on time. When we arrived at the hotel in Koh Tao I realized I lost my phone, the hotel rang the ferry company & amazingly they had found it & also got a member of staff to take it to the office in Koh Tao for me. Thank you very much for your honesty.
LP
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 29, 2019
Viagem muito boa e tranquila. Única questão foi ter que trocar de barco ao chegar próximo de Koh Tao.
AN
2
bus Express, Songserm, Jul 26, 2019
Le bateau avait 1h de retard et apparemment c'est courant avec cette compagnie. Il vaut mieux réserver avec Lomprayah qui est beaucoup plus fiable et meilleure sur beaucoup de points. Les gens sur le bateau ne sont pas du tout sympathiques, ils balancent les sacs par dessus bord sans faire attention. Beaucoup trop d'air conditionné et toilettes immondes.
LW
2
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 24, 2019
You can not sit up straight in the seats, they all go back if you lean against them. We were 45min late, had to get on another boat near koh toa to get to the island.
PD
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 16, 2019
It was supposed to take around 2 hours, as it was the last boat pf the day it took 2.45 minutes
SM
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 15, 2019
Transportation went smoothly except at the end, we had to change boat just before arrival and it took for hours ...
CG
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jul 13, 2019
Everything is organized very good. The boat is really fast. Finding our backpacks when getting out was a little bit confusing because of the really big backpack stack. Nevertheless 5 stars.
JL
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 13, 2019
Good value for money and on schedule. Only issue was having to change boats to get to koh tao pier which was a bit frustrating after a 2 hour journey already.
TV
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jul 11, 2019
Vertelt nice way of travelling. The toilets where very dirty and smelled horrible.
JK
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Jul 10, 2019
Old and noisy ship, but the seats were comfortable. On time pick up at the hotel, but we have to wait like an hour in the pier. We arrived to Koh Tao in delay 50 minutes

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