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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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From Koh Tao Seatran Discovery to Bangkok by Ferries+Buses+Flights

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Koh Tao Seatran Discovery
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Koh Tao Seatran Discovery
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From Mae Haad Koh Tao to Bangkok by Ferries+Buses

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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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PATA Department Store, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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PATA Department Store, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Khao San, Bangkok
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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok

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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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From Mae Haad Koh Tao to Bangkok by Ferries+Taxis

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Mae Haad Koh Tao
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Koh Tao to Bangkok Schedule

Koh Tao to Bangkok Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Express 10:15 - 20:30฿ 1,100
Songserm High Speed Ferry 15:00 - 05:00฿ 900
Lomprayah Express 14:45 - 00:30฿ 1,100

How to get from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Hey, a happy Open Water Diver (do not tell us you have spent your time on Koh Tao without trying your scuba on!), now it is time to go back to civilisation, is it not? Before you say good-bye to all those sandy beaches and underwater wonders, make sure to have checked Koh Tao’s neighbours, Koh Phangan and Samui. Though all the three islands are so close to each other, the vibe and flavour of each of them differ greatly. Why not compare? Party all night through at famous Koh Phangan’s Full Moon parties or enjoy the eldest of the three brothers, Samui.

From Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Lomprayah links Koh Tao and Koh Phangan twice a day (9.30am and 3pm; one hour). Seatran Discovery is a bit slower (1½ hr) but has an early morning service (6am and 9am). Songserm also departs with the first Lomprayah boat (9.30am) but takes two hours to Koh Phangan.

From Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery both take from 1 hr 40 min to 2 hrs to cover the distance between Koh Tao and Samui via Koh Phangan. The departure times are the same as for Koh Tao–Koh Phangan route. Note that Seatran Discovery arrives to Bangrak pier on Samui while Lomprayah uses Maenam pier.

Travelling from Koh Tao to the mainland

Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran calls to Koh Tao’s Maehaad pier twice a day at 10.15am and 2.45pm (THB 650 or THB 750 for a joint ferry+bus ticket to the train station in Chumphon). Transit time to the mainland is about 1½ hr. You have an option of buying just a ticket to Chumphon, from where there is a choice of buses and trains heading north to the capital, or opt for a joint ticket (ferry+bus or ferry+bus+train) to eliminate any possible headache of self-connecting yourself.

A slower Songserm ferry arrives to Koh Tao from Kog Phangan once a day at 2.30pm and proceeds to Chumphon. Transit time from Koh Tao to Chumphon with Songserm is 2½ hrs.

Seatran Discovery offers two trips a day (at 6.30am and 9am). These ferries call to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui before bringing their passengers to Donsak pier in Suratthani. You may want to consider this option if Lomprayah is fully booked or if you decide to go down to the Deep South or to Krabi (add three more hours of the sea travel!). Transit time to Donsak from Koh Tao is four hours.

There are two slow night ferries from Koh Tao to Chumphon. They cover the distance in 5–6 hours departing at 10pm and 11pm (except Sunday) and arriving to the mainland between 3am and 5am which is a bit inconvenient, but they let you spare a few baht (tickets cost around THB 350).

Tip: If your are not in a hurry, stay overnight in Chumphon and discover the tastes of local robusta, find out how the birds’ nests are harvested at the farms and if you have not had enough of the sea-sand-sun vitamin, visit some of the idyllic beaches in the proximity of the city (e.g. Hat Thung Wua Laen).

From Koh Tao to Bangkok via Chumphon ferry + bus

The easiest way to get to Bangkok from Koh Tao is to buy a joint ferry+bus ticket with Lomprayah (THB 1050-1150). The whole journey will take around 10 hours with buses bringing you to Lomprayah’s office in Khao San Road in Bangkok by 8.30pm or 12.30am. That means that in both cases you’d better arrange your accommodation in advance if you do not want to find yourself in the middle of the night with no alternatives.

You can as well buy separate ferry and bus tickets but it is probably worth doing only if you use one of the cheaper ferries, especially the night ones; otherwise it will cost you even more, both price-wise and time-wise. The main bus terminal in Chumphon is located some 16km from the city on the highway which is quite inconvenient. To get there, catch a songthaew from Thanon Nawamin Ruam Jai (THB 50). In Bangkok buses arrive to the Southern bus terminal, Sai Tai Mai. Buses for Bangkok depart regularly during the day and take about 6½ hrs to arrive. Book your bus ticket with Suwannatee Tour (THB 382) here.

Tip: Note that Lomprayah also offers joint tickets from Koh Tao to Hua Hin. They cost the same as those to Bangkok (THB 1150), but transit time is 3½ hrs less (buses arrive to Hua Hin at 5pm and 9.35pm).

From Koh Tao to Bangkok via Chumphon ferry + bus + train

As in case with ferries and buses, there are joint ferry+bus+train tickets for the journey from Koh Tao to Bangkok. By far the most convenient connection is that of Lomprayah 2.45pm ferry and 9.10pm #86 night train from Chumphon arriving to Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok at 6.30am. The joint ticket ferry+bus+2nd class sleeper costs THB 1640; and a more plush 1st class sleeper sets you back at THB 2144. There is, though, four hour waiting time after you are picked up by bus at the pier and brought to Chumphon train station. Note that you can do the same journey all by yourself without booking the joint ticket, but in this case you will have to get to the train station as well (or buy the ferry ticket right to the Chumphon train station). Trains take anywhere from seven to 10 hours to arrive to Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok.

Tip: Trains for Bangkok depart regularly throughout the day from Chumphon train station. The night ones offer convenient 2nd and 1st class sleepers which let you sleep all your journey through and save on a hotel room. Tickets in AC sleepers cost THB 700 up. The cheaper fan only seats are offered by the day trains. It is a good option to save some extra baht, but it steals you the whole day of your trip.

Blogger report: Julia Rattke (High Speed Ferry Lomprayah) 18-Jul-2015 10:15

Since you are already on Ko Tao, chances are you also took a Lomprayah ferry to get here, so you already know where the pier is. If not, it is easy to find. Mae Haad harbour is very small and you can ask anybody. It's in the small street that runs parallel to the harbour, below the central 7/11.

If you booked online, all you need to pick up your ticket is your booking number as given in the confirmation email. You can pick up your ticket a day early, to save you the hassle in the morning, because there will be a lot of people lining up for different boats. The middle counter (number 2) provides services for destination Bangkok. If you are lining up outside, check what people are lining up for. Luckily, I was able to sneak by, because everyone else was going to a different island.

That is also the reason why you should pay attention to the color-coded stickers: lots of people, lots of destinations. Put the round one in a well visible place on your T-shirt, so the service staff can help you in case you are boarding the wrong boat, and the long one on your luggage, so it will go to the same place as you. Make sure to tie that last one around a handle, it doesn't stick well. Staff will check and rip off your ticket, and you will need to keep one half of it for later.

Then you just need to wait for the ferry to arrive. Several boats are leaving from that pier in short intervals, so again, make sure to double check you are lining up for the right one. Once the ship is tied up at the pier, the freshly arrived boatload of tourists has to depart first, so allow some time for that (20 or so minutes should do). At this point the staff can get a bit hurried and can become impatient when people are slow or in the way, don't take it personally, they are very efficient.

The ferry has three seating areas: Downstairs (inside) with the most comfortable seats, in the middle (outside with sun roof) and on the top (outside without cover), both outside areas have metal benches. If you are prone to motion sickness like me, a bit of fresh air will be the better choice. Stay in the middle of the boat, where it does not move that much and keep your eyes on a point far away at the horizon. Toilets are located on the bottom floor in the back of the boat and look like ship toilets look, with a bit of water splashed everywhere, but otherwise clean. Because the tide was low, we were all asked to assemble in the front of the boat, (I'm assuming) so that the ship's propellers could move freely and get us out of the bay.

The journey takes about 2 hours and can get rough, if the weather is really bad. In that case they will close the outside areas and you have to stay inside. After you arrive, just take your luggage and walk down the pier towards the office building. At a booth to the left from where you exit the office building you can exchange the remaining half of ticket for a bus and seat number and another sticker. Make sure to have your numbers ready when the bus departs, they are strict about who goes where.

Then you will have about half an hour before the bus departs. There is a mini mart to the opposite side, if you need anything while waiting, and next to the booth is a food court with Thai food to the left and Western food to the right. There is also an array of clean toilets.

The bus had only regular reclining seats, so it is spacious but not exactly a sleeper bus, and the 8 hour drive may get a bit uncomfortable after a while. If you plan on sleeping, a travel pillow or a folded sarong helps a bit, and so do earplugs. The bus is air-conditioned and has a toilet. I'm only 1.60 m, so I had plenty of leg space, but anyone taller than 1.90 m should expect some discomfort and probably chose the aisle seat over the window. At 16:00 there was a 30 minute break at a market with snack food. The left counter has decent Thai food for about 100 Baht per plate, including some vegetarian fried rice and tofu, and the left offers Western food such as hot dogs. There was also a huge bathroom with clean toilets, but remember to bring your own toilet paper and flush properly with the bucket provided.

Generally, the bus company is exceptionally punctual and I was never late for anything when I traveled with them. So at 20:30, right on time, we arrived at the Lomprayah bus station in Bangkok, near Khao San Road, where a bunch of pushy taxi drivers will be waiting for you, but a firm and polite “No, I'll walk” will do the trick. Enjoy your time in Bangkok!

Koh Tao to Bangkok destination reviews

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PW
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ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah, Dec 2, 2019
No blankets, no water, no wifi, no lights inside the bus,so you can not even read a book, you can only sit during 10 hours and wait for the stop
JA
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Dec 2, 2019
The ferry was nice and clean. The coach gave you a number so I knew where is was sitting and the seats were so close together
JB
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 30, 2019
All connections were ok. On the catamaran I was littlr bit afraid of the wave and high speed. The bus stop on the bus station to take a dinner was perfect.
CB
4
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah, Nov 26, 2019
Ferry and bus were OK, AC was not working very well on bus so was a bit hot but fine when sunset. Dropped is off just near Khao San road. Bus was almost an hour late.
TD
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ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah, Nov 18, 2019
My biggest suggestion is get some sleep before you get the speedboat. I spent my last night in koh Tao having too much fun and that speedboat was what I would imagine hell on earth. But not any fault of the company. The drivers were actually very accommodating and helped me find comfort with the slight seasickness.. The bus was also pretty fine other than the girl behind me who was mad at me for using the reclining seat so kept jamming her knees purposely into the back of my seat for whatever reason. I will always always do my best to book with lampraya in the future vs songserm.
JL
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 13, 2019
Ferry left on time, was clean but moved quite a bit. Luckily I took my motion sickness tablets. Definitely do if are prone to get sea sick. Adds were without volume, so it seems they listened to the complaints about that. At the pier you check in again and get a bus number. Bus left at around 12.30 pm. There is one food stop. Unfortunately we arrived around an hour late, but that was due to Bangkok traffic I guess. Not too bad for a bus (the ticket says leave 5 hours minimum to any connections, so if you don't you shouldn't complain if you miss it). It was just a bit strange that the bus driver stopped a couple of times on the hard shoulder on the motorway. Otherwise than that he drove very safe. The last thing is that at booking it looks like they stop at the khao san road office. They don't. It's a bit farther north, but very easy walking distance. It definitely is planned, as all busses stopped there and tuk tuks where waiting. But maybe that was just my misunderstanding? Overall everyone was friendly and we arrived safe with not much delay. Would take again.
SD
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 23, 2019
Very comfortable. Almost on time - delayed by 10m.
MC
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 22, 2019
It is a good, cheap and easy wat to go from Bangkok to Ko Tao. Everything is well arranged.
GT
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 22, 2019
The ferry was great, well organised and almost on time. The bus was grim - eight and a half hours with only one brief stop, and the roof leaked when raining, meaning we got a free shower every time the bus braked or turned a corner. Also, bus guys, top tip - please wash the windows more than once a year so at lest passengers can see out! I met the guys in the 12Go Asia office - they're actually real people, and most helpful and friendly. Thanks guys.
PC
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Oct 16, 2019
Should have the bus seat booking when check in at Maehaad pier. So passengers will not rushing out of the catamaran for getting the better seat on the bus.
BL
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Oct 12, 2019
It was a bit late and very uncomfortable on the bus
FH
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Oct 4, 2019
The ferry and the bus both were alright, relatively clean and somewhat comfortable. That didn't really matter though because the bus ride still sucked. We were supposed to arrive at 5 am in bangkok (which we also actually did) but the lights were turned on again at 12 after half the people were already sleeping and we were actually woken up so we could get out of the bus and buy something to eat and drink, which meant that most people sat there for 40 minutes doing nothing. After we got back on the bus they didn't turn off the lights untill 1:30 am and the people behind us talked until 2:00 am and didn't care that we asked them to quiet down a little bit.
CA
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 30, 2019
Everything went to schedule. No problems with the ferry or the bus running late. Initially seems a bit disorganised, but it all works well. The food at the Chumphon pier was really good. Spicy, but delicious nonetheless and great value. The place we stopped (Thap Sakae) mid bus journey to Bangkok from Chumphon was a delightful surprise! It was a great big place with lots of food, drinks and whatnot on offer. Only gripe is that seats are really small (built for a smaller stature than us larger westerners!) and there’s minimum legroom for such a long bus journey. Unceremoniously dumped on Khao San road with no idea how to get anywhere. You just have a load of taxis hounding you for service. If there was even an information board with a map, where the bus stops, would be a huge help. All in all, a good journey.
LN
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 23, 2019
Lack of information regarding the trip. I didn’t know if it was possible to get any kind of food. I travelled with this company two times, and they seem to struggle in the process with information. The people who gave information in English in the bus talked English so fast that the information didn’t come out right. So I was more confused that informed.
LC
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 22, 2019
Fast smooth ride on ferry, issue of roaches on the seats, in the main cabin. Ride on bus was smooth, seats and cleanliness was ok.
AC
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 13, 2019
Would recommend smooth from start to finish so well organised
KJ
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ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm, Sep 3, 2019
I'm usually not a person throwing up - neither on a ship nor in "normal" situations. Well this time I did (but it was also a rough sea). The ship was old, sometimes it smelled like gas and the railing didn't seem super secure to me. Inside water tripped from the ceiling and in general it just wasn't a comfi boat (even though they tried to make comfi seats and play a movie in English). Nevertheless the staff was nice.In the bus it smelled like all kinds of stuff - kinda disgusting. I'll definitely recommend going with another organisation and choose VIP or VIP 24 when using the bus.
GG
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 3, 2019
Smooth and easy journey. Clean coach and ferry. Arrived only 10 minutes late.
GB
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 29, 2019
Facile, economico, veloce, adatto soprattutto per chi ha valigie pesanti perché il prezzo rimane uguale, contrariamente all’aero
OV
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Bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 29, 2019
The seats in the ferry are so close together that even my wife 1.60m was stuck with here knee against the seat in front of her I am 1.90m and could hardly move. Im glad it was only for a short 2 hour trip from ko tao to chumpon and not the long distance to bangkok. The legspace in the bus from chumpon to BKK was ok except for the fact that all the seats in the bus have worn out . There is hardly any filling left in them which makes a long journey not as comfortable as it could and should be. Next time i prefer flying to bangkok from surat thani

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