Koh Samui to Phuket

Koh Samui to Phuket

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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui
7h 45m journey in van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Lomprayah
฿1,400 per adult
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Lipa Noi Koh Samui
10h journey in ferry+van. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Bus Terminal 2
฿500 per adult

From Na Thon hotel transfer to Phuket by van and Bus

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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui
7h 45m journey in van+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Lomprayah
฿1,400 per adult

From Lipa Noi Koh Samui to Phuket by ferry and van

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Lipa Noi Koh Samui
10h journey in ferry+van. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Bus Terminal 2
฿500 per adult

How to get from Koh Samui to Phuket

Clear waters and idyllic beaches of Samui, complimented with lush tropical greenery, enchant. Colourful local markets, fancy jewellery shops and rocking night venues make you wish to stay forever. Take a breath: yes, Thai islands have much more to offer. Change the coast and explore the treasures, wonders and surprises which the largest of the Thai islands is rich in. Go West – well, southwest, – go to Phuket!

Love it or hate it: the Pearl of the Andaman is too developed, too commercialized, too trendy and, well, sometimes – too expensive. Yet its sandy beaches, fashionable spas, outstanding diving sites and high-class dining venues continue to lure hordes of tourists from literally every corner of the world. There are endless opportunities for going on an adventure – from snorkelling or surfing to yachting and kayaking, and if you wish to taste the real cosmopolitan flavour of the island, spend a bit of time exploring streets of Phuket Town clogged with coffee shops and art galleries, hip affordable guesthouses and stately Sino-Portuguese mansions. Be ready to pay more for food, lodging and transport than in any other Thai resort city or island, relax and just enjoy your experience.

Getting to Phuket from Samui

Both Phuket and Koh Samui are an exceptionally popular destination for travellers, and as such, travelling from the islands of the Gulf to the Andaman Coast and vice versa is straightforward and affordable.

Be ready, though, that being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket sometimes does not feel as an island at all – especially when you come after some island-hopping over the Gulf. Even getting to Phuket from the mainland does not require any sea travel. The 700m Saphan Thepkasattri linked the northernmost tip of Phuket to Phang Nga Province on the mainland in 2011. It runs parallel to a smaller Saphan Sarasin which was built in 1967 to replace the ferry connection with the island and now serves as a pedestrian beach.

From Samui to Phuket via ferry + bus

Travelling from Samui to Phuket is easy and relatively quick, taking into consideration the distance which you have to cover. But depending on the way you travel, your journey can take anywhere from 7 hrs to literally the whole day. To ensure a seamless and confortable trip, it is a good idea to opt for a joint ferry + bus ticket offered by Lomprayah or Phantip 1970.

The most expensive and the fastest way to get from Koh Samui to Phuket is by a joint ferry + bus ticket offered by Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran at THB 700. There are two daily departures from Nathon Pier on Koh Samui at 8am and 12.45pm. Each ferry takes about 1½ hour to arrive to Donsak pier near Suratthani, where passengers transfer to the bus heading to Phuket. The whole journey normally takes from seven to 7½ hours. In Phuket buses arrive to Lomprayah’s office in Phuket Town. Note that with the departure at 12.45pm you will reach Phuket at around 9pm. So it is advisable to book your stay beforehand to avoid cruising the streets late at night as many places close reception desk at that time. Chances to find some sort of accommodation are high even during the busiest periods but you may not get what you want.

The cheapest package travel from Samui to Phuket is operated by Phantip 1970. The company is the main budget operator between Phuket and Samui and offers quite a comfortable journey at a reasonable price (THB 450 per person). To get from Samui to the mainland, Phantip 1970 uses Seatran Discovery ferries and picks up passengers from an hour and a half to two hours prior to the departure of the ferry at 7.30am for the 9am ferry and at 9.30am for the 11.30am ferry. The trip to Donsak lasts about 1½ hour, and the rest of your journey is done by bus. Phantip 1970 provides standard AC buses with a toilet onboard. Buses make at least one pit stop for a meal at a gas station with a number of forecourt shops. Normally the buses are ok, though some unexpected unpleasant surprises (e.g. an older back-up bus instead of the usual one) do sometimes happen. The company declares that transit time from Samui to Phuket is 7½ hours, but there have been reports of delays up to two hours, so be ready to arrive later than expected. The pro is that you sometimes can negotiate with the driver and get off the bus right at your destination without going to the bus terminal, which actually saves you some time and money.

From Koh Samui to Phuket by separate ferry and bus trips

You can also get from Koh Samui to Suratthani (from THB 250 to THB 450) all by yourself and then take a bus from Suratthani to Phuket. The trip lasts about 4½ hrs and costs THB 250-280 per person with Phantip 1970. Pricewise it does not make much sense, but can be considered an option if you are going to make a stopover in Suratthani itself before heading down to Phuket. There are also governmental buses plying the same route. Though cheaper, they are considerably slower as they pick up passengers during the route or even sometimes detour to Krabi on their way to Phuket.

Note: The government obliges all the interprovincial operators to pick up passengers on their way on Saturday and Sunday. If you are travelling during the weekend, be ready for a longer trip.

Island hopping from Phuket

Though Phuket may lack that typical island atmosphere, it still provides a good chance to taste some of the other ‘real’ islands. Just choose your destination and start your island hopping.

From Phuket to Koh Phi-Phi

During the peak season there are between 5 and 6 ferries a day linking Phuket to the pristine island of Phi-Phi. Though it gets more and more developed nowadays, the scenery fortunately remains just breath-taking.

From Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe

Ferries going from Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe connect through Koh Phi-Phi. Get ready to jump from one boat to another which is sometimes a bit of a nervous experience.

**Tip: If you are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand.

Getting around in Phuket

Phuket taxis are notorious for their hefty rates. The public transport is limited and has a form of huge trucks. They cruise between Phuket Town and the beaches which is terribly inconvenient as in most cases you need to connect through Phuket Town to go from one beach to another, and the journey eventually takes you hours.

Motorbikes and scooters are a good way to get around. The majority of the rental shops will require your passport which they keep until you bring the rented vehicle back. Cases when the rental shops would insist on reimbursing ‘damage’ to their scooters are not unheard of; so check carefully what you rent and make photos of any scratches you find before you commit. The daily rate for a scooter is about THB 2000 and THB 300. There are also bigger bikes available for rent.

Renting a car is a good option which gives you both freedom and safety. A car can usually be hired for around 1200 THB per day, but in low season rates sometimes fall below THB 800. Cheap car rental companies can be found in Thanon Rasada. As a rule, local companies offer better rates, but you can sometimes find online promotions when booking with global operators.

Which beach on Phuket

They say that Phuket is too developed, too commercial, too touristy? Well, yes; but it still offers a stunning variety of beaches to every taste. Here are some ideas on which beach to check first depending on your requirements and expectations.

The busiest, the seediest, and one of the most beautiful bays, Patong ushered in the package tourism era on the island. Find here all the best and the worst things of a popular seaside resort town – lady bars and cheapest Thai food included.

Glamorous and chilled out Karon beach is undeniably more beautiful – and so is the vacationing crowd. There are both modest local cafes and more exquisite seafood restaurants, relatively cheap rooms and chic resorts.

Kamala beach is the only beach on the island with a walking path lined with souvenir shops, tour agencies and restaurants. Very relaxed and tranquil, it draws in a varied crowd of families, couples and long-stayers.

For a long time the rich, royal and famous have been choosing Surin beach and for a good reason. There is a green park separating the beach from the resort hotels, thanks to which Surin beach is especially picturesque.

The southern Hat Nai Han, southwest Hat Kata, western Hat Kamala and Hat Bang Tao are suitable for a family vacation with kids. The waters are shallow, and there are plenty of beach restaurants nearby and beach activities on offer.

Transportation from Koh Samui to Phuket

Koh Samui to Phuket destination reviews

ferry Express, Phantip, Sep 2, 2020
The buses were comfortable and I enjoyed the journey
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Mar 23, 2020
Great trip, amazing team and incredible sights. Tour didn't seem rushed or forced, so glad we booked the speedboat as well!
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Mar 21, 2020
We shoud be picked up at the hotel, but nobody came, so we had to transfer to the pier by taxi. There was some lady which gave us our tickets after contacting the company support. Next thing is that we had booked a transport to Phuket bus station, but the driver stopped somewhere earlier, some guy walked into the bus and told everybody that he will transport us to the hotel for 200 bath per person. We have followed him to his office where some other guy wanted to trick us by paying him more money. After that all people there were very rude. I really do not recommend this company.
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Mar 11, 2020
Overall it was good and all worked out just fine. Though would have liked more explanations about the journey- how long is ferry ride, bus ride etc... we never knew what’s next step... should have more detailed explanation on booking site..
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 25, 2020
Smooth ride but terrible toilet smell for 6 hours
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Feb 23, 2020
Took way longer than expected came in at least 3 hours late meant we couldn’t complete everything we wanted to do in Phuket. Stopped at random places ie on the road to allow random taxi drivers to try and convince people that they were their transfer then charged them a huge amount for it. Luckily we weren’t scammed but watched others be scammed make sure you have your wits about you if you’re booking this but there are cheaper ways and I would definitely say go for them as this definitely isn’t worth the money.
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Feb 14, 2020
ferry ferry, Seatran Ferry, Feb 8, 2020
Ferry ride was good. Bus ride was terrible. Aircon was barely working, was hot and sweaty. Had to swap busses 2 or 3 times. We also arrived in Phuket 2.5 hours later than we were supposed to, and there was no traffic. Not sure how they could miss judge the trip time so bad
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Jan 21, 2020
Very nice service ! Nothing to complain about. Would Definitely book from here in the future .
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Jan 12, 2020
Said we arrive at 6.30pm and we didn’t arrive till after 8pm. The taxi arrangement at the end to the hotel wasn’t great it didn’t divide between the three beaches so had to wait for all three beaches before we got to ours. The ticket says taxi and it wasn’t it was a bus with 10 other people
ferry ferry, Seatran Ferry, Jan 10, 2020
Arrived horribly late, over 3 and a half hours over the given time. I wouldn't say anything about being 1 hour late, or possibly even 2, but almost 4 hours are just unacceptable.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 3, 2020
i want not to spend money for an airplane but after this trip i recommend everyone to prefer airplane
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Dec 23, 2019
Everything was Perfect
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 21, 2019
It was a decent ride! Boat was lovely... Coach not so much!
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Dec 20, 2019
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Dec 15, 2019
Perfect tour Everything worked as planned
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Dec 11, 2019
No lunch facility for vegetarian
ferry ferry, Raja Ferry, Nov 29, 2019
It was really handy to get the whole trip booked in one. The price was really good. Our only trouble was we were picked up two hours ahead of time and dropped off an hour later making the journey quite long. Otherwise very comfortable and economical.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 29, 2019
No issues at all. 2 hours late but there was a traffic jam. Only 6 extra stops including bathroom breaks at gas stations.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 24, 2019
All ok
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Nov 22, 2019
It was a great flight . We didn’t expect it like that.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 18, 2019
Very good, the thing is you paid for the ticket but you have to actually get ticket getting in the line. The pdf version of the ticket is not enough. Other wise all very good. So helpful and friendly staff. And comfortable too.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Nov 13, 2019
This session is enough and average
flight Economy, Bangkok Air, Nov 6, 2019
Ko samui airport is the best
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Nov 2, 2019
Was a very good trip
376 customer reviews