Koh Samui to Phuket @ ferry, bus, flight Nov 25, 2017

From Bangrak Seatran Pier to Phuket by ferry+bus joint ticket

Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
Phuket Bus Terminal (2)
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From Na Thon (Koh Samui) to Phuket by ferry+bus joint ticket

Na Thon (Koh Samui)
Phuket Lomprayah
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Na Thon (Koh Samui)
Phuket Lomprayah
6h 20m
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Na Thon (Koh Samui)
Phuket Lomprayah
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From Koh Samui to Phuket by bus+ferry joint ticket

Koh Samui
Phuket Bus Terminal (2)
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From Koh Samui Airport to Phuket by flight

Koh Samui Airport
Phuket Airport
Koh Samui Airport
Phuket Airport
Koh Samui Airport
Phuket Airport
Koh Samui Airport
Phuket Airport

Adventures @ Phuket

Journey A/ Full Adventure with meal
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2h 30m
Flying Hanuman
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Flying Hanuman
Journey B/ Full Adventure Only.
World A: Zip Line 30 Plat + Sky walk with meal
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3h 30m
Hanuman World
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3 In 1 : Zip Line 16 Plat + Sky Walk + Roller
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Hanuman World
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Journey C/ Discovery Journey
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Flying Hanuman
Journey C/ Discovery Journey

How to get to Phuket from Koh Samui

What about

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 1,653 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Nov 5, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery) :
Everything good ok bus litle to late 20min
★★★★★ Aug 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Well organized, except the passengers going to the airport had some issues with transport from bus stop to airport, us that went to the town had a great service!
★★★★★ Jun 20, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Feb 11, 2017 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970)
★★★★☆ Dec 29, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
The ferry ride was fine but the transfer from Donsak pier to Phuket first via mini bus and then changing to an ac bus was frustrating. The mini bus was fully packed with passengers and there were no space for luggage. Later on when we moved to a bigger bus it was all good - specially the driver was amazing, he was enjoying his ride to Phuket and so did we.
★★★☆☆ Nov 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Considering we had a really good experience going from Phuket to Koh Samui, our trip back to Phuket was the most bizarre. The ferry ride and the majority of the bus ride was fine. A few strange things happened which I passed over at first but now seem very sketchy. We were originally asked if we were going to the Phuket Airport or a hotel and we were going to the airport, which I thought was a normal questions to ask. The bus driver then picked up a woman not too far from the pier on our way back to Phuket (who came out with a full sized fan, whether that's relevant or not, you can decide). The bus driver was rather aggressive on the road, again, not sure if that's relevant, but it did make me sit on the edge of my seat for a little bit. The next part is what really put us over the edge. We were about 10 minutes from the airport and the bus stopped on the side of the road, nothing around us. The people who were going to the airport were told to get off the bus at this point as this was "our stop" even though I checked our GPS and we were not at the airport yet. We got our luggage and there was a taxi van in front of the bus waiting for us with a man and woman. There were no other taxis around. We were told this was going to the airport and assumed that the airport people were being split off as the bus was continuing on to drive people to their hotels. We were ushered into this van and then we were told we had to pay another fare to go to the airport. At this point, we were all in the van with this woman waving her hand out for money. We paid because at this point we didn't really know what was happening, it was getting dark, there wasn't really anyone else around, and it seemed like we didn't have much of a choice. (We ended up paying 200 baht per person (2 of us) to get to our airport hotel). Another family in the van ended up getting out because they kept saying they had already paid for a minivan transfer. (Hopefully someone from that group writes a review here because I'd like to know what happened to them on the side of the road). The woman then proceeded to the back of the van where there was 1 more passenger and told him the ride would cost him 300 baht. Weird right? I feel like if this was a legitimate part of the organized trip, we would've all paid the same fare, but we didn't. My theory is that the bus driver and the woman he picked up on the way were working with these 2 taxi van drivers to make a little extra money off of us "airport goers" so instead of taking us to where we were supposed to go, they arranged to have us dropped off on the side of the road with no one really around to help us, so we'd have no other choice except to pay. All in all, things worked out and we're still alive. On another note, we made it to our destination earlier than anticipated (because of all that sketchiness we endured and extra money we had to pay).
★★★★☆ Oct 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
On time. They let us get off near the airport. Bus little old but with air conditioner.
★★★★☆ Sep 29, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Confirmation says can collect tickets for ferry and bus from Phantip office near pier however lady in office was not helpful with this. She said that we would have to got to the bus station to collect the tickets (3km away by taxi) We insisted that our information from 12goAsia states we could collect tickets from the office. Eventually we left with our ferry ticket but no bus tickets. Our bus conductor was understanding and accepted the pdf ticket confirmation as proof of his ticket. Bus to phuket from ferry port left very promptly (only part of Joubert that did!) So we missed this part. Another Phantip bus took us to catch up with our missed Phuket bus which was a good service. All in all a good trip.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 23, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Too many random stops for smoking cigarettes.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 2, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The high speed ferry was on time and ok. It went sour when we had to sit on a mini bus for nearly 5 hrs. I booked the more expensive option for the reliability of the second part of the trip based on negatives on the type of vehicle used and sometimes being late. I was assured it would be an AC coach with toilet on board. It was uncomfy and if this was the West I would be able to argue for a refund but this being Thailand I can't see it happening. But it would be nice to be proven wrong Matthew
★★☆☆☆ May 28, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Az út olcsó volt és simán kibírható. Ez az egyetlen pozitív. A busz régi, koszos és többször is át kellet szállni egy másikra, attól függően, hogy hova mentél. A kiírthoz képest egy órás volt a késés. A Buszállomásról indul és oda is érkezik, tehát a köztes transzportról neked kell gondoskodni, ami a buszút többszöröse is lehet. Érdemesebb drágább, de háztól házig szolgáltatást keresni, mert végül lehet, hogy az lesz az olcsóbb, de mindenképpen jobb választás.
12Go response:

Mi köszönjük, és köszönjük a beszámolót, és megjegyzést a szolgáltatást. Kérem, fogadja el bocsánatkérését, amiért egy elégedetlenség a szállítási szolgáltatás. Biztos lehet benne, hogy az Ön aggodalmát fogják hárítani a busz cégvezetés és mi vagyunk benne, hogy vizsgálatot kell végrehajtani és javítása hamarosan végre.

Ismét a bocsánatkérés minden a kellemetlenségért, és reméljük, hogy továbbra is úgy vélik 12go @ ázsia szolgáltatást a jövőben utak!


We thank you and appreciate your review and comment about the service. Please accept our apology for having a dissatisfaction with the transport service. Rest assured that your concern will be passed on to the ( train / bus ) company management and we’re positive that investigation will be done and improvement will be soon implemented.

Once again, our apology for all the inconvenience and we hope you still consider 12go@asia service in your future trips!

★★★★★ May 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ May 4, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The trip was pretty on time. The seats don't recline much, but is still quite comfortable. We stopped midway through the journey at a rest area with great tasting food! The only thing would be the drop-off point which was quite far to any major attraction.
★★☆☆☆ Apr 27, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
We arrived late although the bus left on time. We switched busses for some reason when we got to Surat Thani. It seemed like we were on a local bus as the driver kept on stopping to pick up passengers on the side of the road. The itinerary stated two stops. The aircon on the bus was a joke , pretty much blowing hot air. My skin broke out in heat rash and hives for some reason. I simply could not wait to get off this bus. If all the stops were mentioned when booking I would have certainly gone another route. Completely dissatisfied with this service and would not book again.
12Go response:

As for the subpar quality of the vehicle, we passed this concern of yours to the bus/ferry company operator and according to them they did experience some technical difficulties with the original vehicle an hour before the departure and in order for them not to compromise the travel schedule of the passengers, and of course the most important of all the safety of all the passengers they instead chose to use another vehicle. They do extend their sincerest apology for all the inconvenience you have experienced.

★★★★☆ Mar 25, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Nice long trip but if there was a movie or tv in the bus we wont feel bored
★★☆☆☆ Feb 29, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Not taking a Phantip bus again. Instructions said contact our office instead of GO TO OUR BUS STATION first. After taking a ferry, we had to take the bus again, this was such a mess, since people from other buses was on our bus (no instructions). After a 2 hour ride they made us change bus (including some girls with their friend on a wheelchair), just to make tem change again... Terrible. We arrived 2 hours later from the initial arrival time
★★★☆☆ Feb 9, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Trip Was should had taken 7.30 hours, it Toke almost 2 hours longer...
★★☆☆☆ Jan 22, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Bus stopped every 5 minutes and was over half an hour late. Bus driver smoked, made random stops to talk to his friends and drived really unconsistantly. Please use plane or any other service for your own mental and physical health!
★★★☆☆ Jan 4, 2016 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
I think their service needs huge improvement. First of all, it was written on my reservation that I can either go to their office at the pier or at the bus station to get my ticket. When I arrived at the pier, I was told that I need to go to the bus station. And of course, I had to pay extra for this trip, since my taxi was already gone. Then I've got my ticket at the bus station and they drove me back to the pier with a bus. I just don't see any point in that. Secondly, they don't even know what is good customer service. I saw some travelers who had to change their bus for 2 times and on the third bus they were taken out by rude staff just because they had lost the ticket (nobody told them that they will need to change so many buses and show their ticket at all of them). At least the drivers were sensible and I was happy that they could drop me off where I needed. The bus, of course, was late for 1-2 hours, but I don't complain about that, because this is what you should always expect in Thailand :) Be prepared for that. It's not Europe, where everything is predictable and international buses can arrive exactly on time with no more than 5min delay :)
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
★★★★☆ Nov 22, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Left on time. Quick switching of buses guided by Phantip staff. And onto Phuket within 30 min of scheduled time. Phantip staff arranged minibus to our hotel.
★★★★★ Nov 16, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Nice long trip.
★★★★★ Oct 17, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Comfortable, nice
★★★☆☆ Oct 8, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
Everything was just fine, except an two hours late)
★★★★☆ Oct 4, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
★★★★☆ Sep 16, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
We arrived a bit later than expected but the driver and his colleague were friendly and dropped us near the airport at the highway police station, what was a relief as we would have had to take a taxi for 30 kms from Phuket town and only had now 2kms left done in 5 minutes and spared us some money!! The Cons: driver drove too fast and it was heavily raining, we never stopped what was a problem with a baby and we were not told that we had to change bus and were told agressively by a gigantic woman "wait over therre" in front of a restaurant for the bus to come. It arrived 10 minutes later and we waited 10 minutes more to leave in an older bus that the previous we had from Samui. But quite good service for the price you pay.
★★★★☆ Sep 15, 2015 (bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970) :
The arrival time was much later than expected, but the drivers dropped us off where we wanted, at a point before the official dropoff point. Thanks!
★★★★★ Apr 17, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)


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