Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Koh Tao to Koh Samui

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Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 30m ferry journey in Speedboat
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui
Mae Haad Koh Tao
3h 15m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
Na Thon Koh Samui Songserm
Mae Haad Koh Tao
4h 30m van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Koh Samui any hotel

From Mae Haad Koh Tao to Koh Samui by ferry

Mae Haad Koh Tao
3h 15m ferry journey in High Speed Ferry
Na Thon Koh Samui Songserm
Mae Haad Koh Tao
1h 30m ferry journey in Speedboat
Maenam Samui, Koh Samui

From Mae Haad Koh Tao to Koh Samui by van and ferry

Mae Haad Koh Tao
4h 30m van+ferry. All connections guaranteed
Koh Samui any hotel

Koh Tao to Koh Samui Schedule

Koh Tao to Koh Samui Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Songserm High Speed Ferry 10:00 - 13:15€ 13.25
Lomprayah Speedboat 15:00 - 16:30€ 15.90

How to get from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches, lush tropical greenery and modern ‘island style’ shopping molls, fancy jewellery shops and colourful local markets – you name it – Samui has it all. No wonder that the third-largest island in Thailand, Samui has become popular amongst both luxurious holiday makers and backpackers on a budget who can each find the experience, accommodation, activities and entertainment that they come for. Whether its candle-lit dinners on post-card beaches, wild and adventurous partying through the night, treks through forests and jungles or days spent oiled up on the beach, Koh Samui is the right choice to get it.

Samui makes a great contrast to Koh Tao with its quiet village life and almost no night scene. Though there are diving and snorkelling tours offered on Samui, you’d better make all the underwater explorations on Koh Tao, and dedicate your time on Samui to partying, shopping or sunbathing.

Getting to Koh Samui from Koh Tao

There are three ferry companies which link Koh Tao to Koh Samui via Koh Phangan. They are Lomprayah High Speed Sai 2, Seatran Discovery and Songserm.

Lomprayah takes about 1¾ hr to bring passengers from Koh Tao to Samui, leaving from Mae Haad on Koh Tao and arriving to Maenam on Samui. Tickets cost from THB600 to THB750, depending on the departure time. There are boats at 9.30am and 3pm.

Seatran Discovery offers similar service but is a bit slower and cheaper: transit time is 2½ hrs, the ticket cost is THB 580. On Samui boats moor to Bangrak Seatran Pier. There are three departures a day at 6.30am, 9am and 3pm.

Songserm has only one express boat a day at 10am which arrives to Samui via Koh Phangan at 1.30pm. It costs THB 450 and the hotel pick-ups are included in the price.

Tip: As your sea travel between Koh Tao and Koh Samui 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

Koh Samui is large and you will need a way to get around easily, since doing it on foot is very limiting and uncomfortably hot, but there are many far better options available depending on how you like to get around.

Taxis (songthaews) are a great way to travel long distances on the island, or if you want to go out partying and know you shouldn't drive yourself around. While they are convenient and can get you everywhere from anywhere, this is probably the most expensive option, as you can expect to pay between 50 and 100 THB a person which adds up quickly.

Motorcycles are a fantastic way to get around. Motorcycles (and bicycles, too) can be rented from almost every resort on the island. Rentals are cheap, petrol is cheap, and they give you the freedom to go just about anywhere you want to go as you explore the island’s natural wonders. A word of caution though, you will undoubtedly see many tourists about with bandages and scrapes on their arms and legs, almost all of the time these are caused by accidents on scooters. You should be able to find a scooter for less than 200 THB a day. Most of the rental shops insist that you leave your passport behind. While this is a bit unnerving, it is also standard practice throughout Thailand, so be very careful with your scooter if you want to avoid any trouble.

Where to stay

Hat Chaweng is packed with all kinds of accommodation to suit any budget. It is the epicentre of the action, and the northern part of the beach can be quite noisy. Hat Lamai is another popular choice attracting holiday-makers both with its long stretch of white sand and a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops along the main road. In between the two beaches hides a little gem of Crystal Bay with – as the name suggests – crystal clear waters embraced with imposing boulders of a small bay. Hat Bang Rak (or Big Buddha Beach) leis relatively close to the airport (you may hear some noise), but the white sand of its western part compensate for it. Bo Phut is of particular interest not because of the beach but thanks to its trendy boutique hotels peppering Fishermen’s Village where strong Chinese influence can be felt even today. Families often opt for Mae Nam with its gentle sea. The West Coast is not a good choice if you come for the sea, but the sunsets are exceptional there.
Tip: Do not spend all your time on Samui on one and the same beach; try at least a couple of them and you will be rewarded with the diversity which this island has to offer.


Besides usual diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle-trekking and waterfalls find a couple of hours to visit the only rum distillery in Thailand, Magic Alambic. They produce Caribbean rum with a variety of natural flavours (obviously, they have coconut rum, too). They offer tasting sessions and sell rum, too (600-700 THB per 700ml bottle). Located in Baan Bang Kao. Travellers with the little ones in tow will love Paradise Park, which is a considerably large petting zoo, which is also one of the best viewpoints on the island.

Transportation from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

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Koh Tao to Koh Samui destination reviews

ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 18, 2021
Ferry was cancelled -- then we got rebooked to another Pier and when we arrived at that Pier they said the changed the Pier again -- so we had to take small boats to get to Koh Tao in the end. Horrible. We had expected the big Ctamaran ferry and everything was changed. Same thing on the way back -- queuing up for one hour in the heat only to be perched into a small vessel again....
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 16, 2020
It was organized very well.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Mar 19, 2020
They didn't take temperature of people getting on board or when we were getting off the ferry. They didn't give us bag tags to differentiate between ppl going to Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and others so the bags were just placed all over. Got to Koh Samui and I feared that I was going to miss my stop. I asked for help and they just shrugged at me when I said I gave them a bag and I know it's there but I need help to route through all the bag. Telling me that there's no bag. I ended up finding my bag and I couldn't wait to get off the ferry. First and last time I'm getting on a Songserm ferry!! The pier to the front office is far so if u have a heavy bag you're going to struggle and there's no trolley to use to push your bags.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 15, 2020
Things were mostly on time - 1.5 hours from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan (we were stopped for maybe 15 mins) then another 1.5 from there to Koh Samui. The boat isn't that big so it was a rough ride - bunches of people getting sick so I recommend taking a motion sickness pill if you think you need it. A little confusion and disorganization when transferring to the taxis, but overall it was fine and it was nice to not be surprised with the cost of a taxi
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Mar 1, 2020
Everything was on time. Taxi on Koh Samui was clean and efficient.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 18, 2020
Check in process slow. We left at 7am instead of 630am. Always account for things to go wrong, we were not worried since we had booked a later flight for "just in case" issues. Ferry trip easy process of embarking and disembarking, bus trip to airport smooth process. Overall very pleased. 4 star just due to the very slow check in that morning.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 18, 2020
Very nice trip, the ferry was clean and confortable
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 17, 2020
All connection were made on time. Only moan is the ship not as comfortable as the high speed lomprayah boat, (seats not high back ones) so 3 hours get bit stiff. Other than that smooth and pleasant journey. Once we disembarked a comfortable mini van was waiting and took us to our various hotels, in good time. All in all defo worth the price and will be using again.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 12, 2020
Very bumpy trip, but staff accommodated well to all passengers.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 10, 2020
Got the job done. Wish it was not diesel as it stank and you could see the ferry coming with the black cloud.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 9, 2020
Super cena včetně dopravy do hotelu na Ko Samui a také katamarán byl mnohem rychlejší než loď se kterou jsme jeli na Ko Tao
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 5, 2020
Fast, comfortable and clean ferry. Staff were great and very helpful
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Feb 3, 2020
Uneventful trip . Arrived on tine
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 29, 2020
כל הכבוד חברה מתקתקת עבודה הכל מסודר ובזמן בעונה ממליצה להזמין כרטיסים מראש
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 29, 2020
Good price as normally only the hotel transfer alone is already 600 baht.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 17, 2020
We left about 30 mins late but the driver seemed to make up the time!! Was a very quick ride.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 7, 2020
Quick and easy experience
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 5, 2020
The pier was had a bad structure and the company was very disorganized.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 2, 2020
Boat arrived late, and did make up some of the time en route. Arriving in Koh Tao, the open deck was in shade. This boat was uncovered, so I stayed inside.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 2, 2020
Trip was perfectly fine, and I would have given 5 stars if not for the bizarre legal terms of use document from 12go.asia themselves, which accompanied the voucher. Do you employ a petulant child for your legal division? Seriously, it might have been funny if it wasn't something you are in need of while travelling in sweltering heat through locations where no one understands you. Get your game up 12asia.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Jan 1, 2020
Arrived at Koh Samui few minutes later then expected.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 31, 2019
Awesome and timely service, very pleased with both the ferry and the transport from the pier to our hotel.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 21, 2019
After booking we got an e-ticket, which was very comfortable. At Seatran dock in the pier in Koh Tao we recieved our paper tickets and taxi ride tickets according to our booking. Everything was fast and smooth. The ferry ride was very good, it was not wavy at all. We stopped at Koh Phangan to take down and pick up passengers, it took about 20 minutes. The whole trip was less than 2,5 hours including the taxi ride. The minibus ride was included in the price, so it was very easy to for us to reach Lamai. After getting off, there were Seatran minibuses waiting in the pier and they were separated by destinations on the island. I recommend to book it like this on 12go, since getting a regular taxi is more expensive than this solution. They took us right in front of our hotel which was very comfortable.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 19, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 8, 2019
Transport from the pier to the hotel was smooth. The cruise wasn't because of the waives. We all got sick bags, I was fine luckily but it was really bumpy. I can recommend the company, everything was on time. And the waives? Just close you eyes and put some music on. You'll be fine
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 8, 2019
I will not give 5 stars because we couldn’t seat together with my boyfriend in the boat! Was crowded!! Otherwise quicker than other ferries and punctual! The transfer to the hotel was great too
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Dec 7, 2019
Great service, dependable, the only way to travel between islands.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Nov 21, 2019
Perfect trip!!!!!
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Nov 19, 2019
Easy and effortless journey.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Nov 4, 2019
It was a comfortable trip. No problem!
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 22, 2019
The ferry left Koh Tao with 1 hour delay that made our connection to the flight very tight, we arrived at the last minute. Some people missed their flight. They claimed that this was because of the sea level but the other company left 15 minutes earlier although late.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 18, 2019
Vast stranger!
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 18, 2019
All employees were polite and helpful. Check-in process was slow -no fault of employee but possibly due to a snag in the passenger’s reservation. That one passenger took 18 minutes! Rough ride due to weather, otherwise it was great. Would do it again.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Oct 9, 2019
Our journey was delayd (due the sea level) about an half hour, but we didn't get any information in advance. The staff feels guite bored.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 9, 2019
So many people puking on the boat. The ride was crazy rough even though it was a sunny, calm day.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Sep 1, 2019
We had to switch boats while at sea. Besides that all good
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Aug 29, 2019
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 23, 2019
Ferrie was overloaded, not enough seats people zitting on the floor and at stairs. Not safe at all.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 18, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 17, 2019
The boat is good and big. Unfortunately poor attention to the guests. At the exit you need to check by yourself own luggages inside boat and leave outside,no as other companies that put already outside luggages so is easier and faster for everybody. Also the driver's transfer was rude,no rise, no help us with luggages to put inside the machine, and the worst was that our hotel in Samui wasn't on the Lamai main road but a bit inside near the beach but anyway the street was good to drive but him leaves us on the main road with the luggages,stroller and baby, no infront the hotel as is normal and polite to do. Maybe I suggest to organize transfer by your hotel, the price is the same and for sure the service will be better.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 16, 2019
Boat departed late for half hour
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Aug 12, 2019
The boat did not go because of bad weather. The other 2 companies did go. So we could change to the Seatran boat. Which we took and had no problems. We could not have back our money. According to Songserm we have to ask you .the money back. My booking is M90029837 and M90029737
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 12, 2019
Rough sea, but considering water and wind conditions, good sea crossing from Koh Tao to Koh Samui, via Koh Pha Ngan
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 7, 2019
Check in was easy and straight forward. Got onto boat and departed on time. Then went alongside another boat out in the bay.. and had to get off the boat we were on, move all our luggage to the new boat!! Frustrating. Someone said something about it being too shallow in the port.. but still... took time and then had to find another seat etc. After that boat trip was straight forward.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 7, 2019
We had to change boats after 20 minutes. This was very uncomfortable and was not communicated beforehand. After that the boat ride was smooth and the boat was on time.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 7, 2019
The online booking and reservation in advance was very easy and correct. Also at the departure itself, everything was well organised!
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 3, 2019
Service was excellent but amount of people throwing up and lack of staff cleaning was a massive let down
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery (ซีทราน), Aug 3, 2019
Good service, although rough sea , quick and safe trip
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 2, 2019
Nice van, great driver.
ferry High Speed Ferry, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jul 31, 2019
good!kind staff.easy trip. 流れはスムーズでスタッフは親切。サムイ島行き、パンガン島行き、と色の違うシールを服に貼ってくれてわかりやすい。チェックインは30分前にスタートするので早く到着しても待たなければなりません。船内はエアコンがきいて寒いぐらいです。そこそこ揺れるので弱い人は酔い止め薬必須かも。
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