Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Koh Samui to Koh Tao

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Koh Samui to Koh Tao Schedule

Koh Samui to Koh Tao Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Catamaran 06:45 - 08:30฿ 700
Lomprayah Speedboat 08:00 - 09:30฿ 700
Lomprayah Catamaran 10:30 - 14:00฿ 800
Marine Passion Speedboat 12:30 - 14:00฿ 620
Lomprayah Catamaran 15:30 - 17:00฿ 700

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

Koh Samui to Koh Tao Destination Reviews

KG
Pick up service was just on time, but afterwards we had more then an 1,5 hours at the pier till the boat departures. But I prefer to be there early, then to have a stressful experience. So I give 5 stars.
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 1, 2022
LL
great experience!
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 25, 2022
JK
Trip was great but confusion with unloading of luggage could have been avoided if it was all unloaded prior to letting passengers out.
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 20, 2022
L
delayed boat, very noisy, uncomfortable bench
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 10, 2022
PR
Pick up was ready for us when we got to reception, all ran smoothly.
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 24, 2022
JT
Too much time in advance which led us to unnecessary waiting time. 10:30 schedule departure time from hotel. We were 10:00 am already ready as recommended. However, 11am the bus took us from hotel. 11:30 we arrived to the port. Check in to the catamaran was 12:15 pm. Departure 12:30pm. In my opinion it was not necessary to be so cautious to let us be ready at 10am when departure from hotel was 11am (schedule departure time was 10:30 am though, so half an hour later than planned which let us worrying about the the ride at all)
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 3, 2022
VP
Great but althought I booked and paid my ticket online, I had to queue to get my paper-ticket.
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 29, 2022
CH
Great service. Took an airport taxi to the dock. Checked in. Ferry departed shortly thereafter. Some late comers struggled to find a seat but they have spare plastic stool on board. The seats are not comfortable for a long crossing but it’s an inter island ferry - exactly as I expected. The advertised 2.5 hour journey took more like 3 hours but, again, I was prepared for it to run late or be slow. Sea crossings depend on various factors (E.g. weather). Arrived safely and luggage was intact and offloaded before we disembarked. Delighted.
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 29, 2022
AN
Very easy. Straight forward
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 25, 2022
TN
Departed lately as they habe squeezed in the people heading go Koh Phangan
Ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 14, 2022
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