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From Phuket Airport to Koh Samui by van+bus+ferry joint ticket

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From Phuket Lomprayah to Koh Samui by bus+ferry joint ticket

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How to get from Phuket to Koh Samui

Think that all of the Thai islands are the same? Wrong! Say ‘goodbye’ to the karst formations and oceanic vastness of the Andaman Coast and get some privacy with a glamorous touch on arguably the most beautiful and stylish island of the Gulf, 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 it is 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.

Getting to Samui from Phuket

Both Phuket and Koh Samui are an exceptionally popular destination for travellers, and as such, travelling from the Andaman Coast to the islands of the Gulf and vice versa is straightforward and affordable for those who are not content to fly to their destinations.

From Phuket to Samui via bus + ferry

Depending on the way you travel, your journey from Phuket to Samui can take anywhere from 6½ hrs to literally the whole day. To ensure a seamless and confortable trip, it is a good idea to opt for a joint bus+ferry ticket offered by Lomprayah or Phantip 1970.

Lomprayah operates the fastest – and the most expensive – service from Phuket to Koh Samui. There are two buses a day at 7am and 10am. Buses depart from Lomprayah’s office in Phuket Town and go straight to Laem Thuat pier in Donsak, where passengers board the catamaran heading to Koh Samui. The whole trip takes about 6½ hrs, including ¾ hr from Donsak to Nathon pier on Koh Samui. Tickets cost THB 1250 per person.

Phantip 1970 is the main budget operator between Phuket and Samui. The company offers quite a comfortable journey at a reasonable price (THB 450 per person). They provide standard AC buses with a toilet onboard and 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 bus departs daily at 9am and heads to Donsak without calling to Suratthani. Phantip uses a slower Seatran Discovery ferry which covers the distance between the company’s pier in Donsak and the Seatran Bangrak pier on Koh Samui in about 1½ hours. Though Phantip declares that the whole trip takes 6½ hrs, it sometimes lasts longer, and instead of arriving at 3.30pm be ready to reach Samui in the evening.

Tip: To be on the safe side, book your accommodation on Samui in advance to avoid cruising the dark villages in a hope to find a decent place to stay if you do arrive later than expected.

You can also take a bus from Phuket to Suratthani. The trip lasts about 4½ hrs and costs THB 230 per person. In Suratthani head to the pier in Donsak by yourself or buy a bus+ferry ticket from Suratthani to Samui with Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery or Phantip 1970. The cheapest one will cost you THB 250 (Phantip 1970, 3½ hrs). At the end of the day it is not going to be much cheaper but it will be much longer for sure. Note that governmental buses sometimes detour to Krabi on their way to Suratthani to pick up passengers, which makes the whole journey considerably longer.

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.

Can I get to Samui from Phuket by car?

It is easy to get from Phuket to Koh Samui with your own car. Though an island, Phuket is connected with the mainland with the Saphan Thepkasattri, a 700m bridge, which linked the northernmost tip of Phuket to Phang Nga Province 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. The whole trip from Phuket to Donsak pier in Suratthani province (270 km) will take you about 3½hrs–4hrs.

In Donsak, there are two operators which provide car transportation to Samui. Seatran leaves from Donsak on the mainland delivering passengers and their vehicles to its pier in Nathon. Raja ferry, also from Donsak, heads to its own port in Lipa Noi on the western coast of Samui. Choose port-wise as both services are equal in price and quality. Note that you may have to make a long queue to board the ferry with your car while heading back to the mainland. To avoid this, book your ticket in advance. Another important thing is that you cannot transport your car from Samui to the nearby Koh Phangan directly; you will need to sail back to Donsak and then make a new journey to Koh Phangan instead.

Samui connections

Samui is a perfect starting point to explore its two neighbours, party rocking Koh Phangan and diving crazy Koh Tao. A number of ferries ply the route between the three brother islands daily. The service offered differs in trip length, cost and level of comfort, so you can easily choose what suits your taste and budget best. Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao all differ in size, atmosphere and activities on offer. Visit all three of them to have a truly unforgettable and diverse vacation.

From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan lies within an easy reach from Koh Samui. Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take sheer 20 minutes to get to the island; there are slower Songserm (30 min.) and Haad Rin Queen (50 min.) ferry boats, too. All the boats – except for Haad Rin Queen which calls on Lipa Noi– depart from Thong Sala Pier. Buy your ticket to Koh Phangan either with Lomprayah or Seatran Discovery here.

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery both take from 2 hrs to 2 ½ hr to cover the distance between Samui and Koh Tao.

Getting around on Samui

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 (songtaews) 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.

Activities

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 4,806 passengers who 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 while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Dec 2, 2018
bus Express, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Very well organised, comfortable coach & ferry, transport from the wharf to our hotel was hassle free
Dec 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Everything was fine and timing was perfect!
Nov 30, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★★
The trip was comfortable.
Nov 26, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★☆
The flight was beautiful. It was supposed to be 55 minutes but it was more like 35. The missing star is due to phuket airport taking my battery pack during the last leg of travel. 11 days of travel and 4 airports with no issues. Get here and I'm over the capacity. Nothing was said prior to booking so it had to be thrown out. Unreal.
Nov 18, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Satisfied with the service and timings. A bit disappointed at the cab service when I reached Koh Samui as communication wasn't clear.
Nov 4, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The trip was comfortable and quiet. Thanks.
Oct 2, 2018
bus Express, Lomprayah
★★★★☆
Very good but long
Sep 25, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Bus had air con and a toilet, stopped along the way. Whole journey was smooth easy process.
Sep 20, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Good service.
Sep 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Phuket - Ferry was good. Ferry - Ko Samui hotel was little problem because there was no person waiting for me. Finally I got the taxi but it could be more easy.
Sep 2, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Make sure your hotel is in the pickup area. Lucky i saw it a day before and we took a taxi to the bus terminal. Everything worked great. Bus and ferry plus pickup on Koh Samui.
Aug 29, 2018
bus Express, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Still great trip and perfect schedule
Aug 15, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Very good
Aug 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Well done. Was a Nice trip
Aug 3, 2018
bus Express, Lomprayah
★★★☆☆
A much better experience than the other review I just completed. Please contact me to discuss: trav_sprinter@hotmail.com
Aug 2, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Great bus ride - great value. My only wish is that I had packed my vodka bottle deeper in my case - 1L smashed in transit! Goodbye good value!!!
Jul 20, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Puntuali ed efficienti,anche se il bus era un pò datato
Jul 20, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Excellent everything
Jul 9, 2018
bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Was basic but did the job! People were organised and helpful to give me direction! Cheap and cheerful!
Jul 7, 2018
bus Express, Lomprayah
★★★☆☆
We wait at the airport about 30mins ,the car not on time
Jun 25, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
It is a cheaper option to get to koh samui. The bus is very old and slow. The ferry was much more comfortable with air conditioning.
May 22, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
Awesome high speed ferry. Tourist were very low in number. So it was feeling kind of special yacht booked only for you. Me and my wife loved it a lot. Bus was also neat and clean
May 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★★
All gopd
Apr 29, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Bus had wifi the whole trip (I was even able to stream YouTube on the trip). The bus stopped once for food. The seats reclined back so I was able to sleep. Ferry had Air conditioning and a large minimart on board.
Apr 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★☆☆☆
The bus seats were horribly grimy and the air conditioner in the bus stopped working half way through the trip making it intolerable for all the passengers.
Apr 19, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
The bus seats were uncomfortable, and the communication was poor, we didn't know when was our turn to get off. It was very punctual which I really appreciate and the catamaran was ok.
Apr 19, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★★☆
Good wifi in the bus.
Mar 14, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★★★
Best
Mar 11, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
Pretty seamless. The bus ride was comfy, some nice views, had toilets. Made a couple stops for snacks and bathrooms. Bring a jacket for A/C. The ferry ride was beautiful. Got to port in Ko Samui at time expected. The bus takes your bigger luggage over for you, just make sure to remember what it looks like, and chase it down after to pick it up.
Feb 13, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Every part of the trip was great until we reached the ferry Pier. Things were very disorganized as far as communication goes. Some of the staff were very rude and it was unclear when to queue for the next ferry. We were told that we needed to be there at 3 but actually the departure time was 3 so several people were running late to be on time. Very affordable price.
Feb 9, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The bus was very comfortable with lots of space. The trip was easy and safe.
Feb 4, 2018
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah
★★★☆☆
The actual journey was as described, however the stopover for food/drinks was at a covered area with all the food out in the open, not sure how long it had been there. Was expecting to stop at a service station with a choice of places. When we arrived in Koh Samui the luggage was off loaded onto the quay where people were waiting to get on, total chaos. We also paid extra to 12 go Asia for "priority support " the people at Lomprayah said they didn't know what this was
Jan 26, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★☆☆
Bus needs cleaning, seats need to be replaced.
Jan 24, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★★
The trip was fine. And for that price you've got to be grateful
Jan 14, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery
★★★☆☆
Bus was comfy. We were really fast and arrived way to early at the ferry station. Then we had to wait nearly 2 hours for the ferry. Finally we had to take the normal ferry to another pier at koh samui (nathon) instead of the speed ferry we had booked to bangkrak. To smooth us we were taken to our hotel with a minibus for free. I would recommend it since it was very cheap but you need to invest time.
Jan 2, 2018
bus Express, Phantip 1970
★★★★☆
Ferry was in late (30 min)

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