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Phuket Lomprayah
7h 15m journey in Bus+ferry. All connections guaranteed
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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Na Thon Koh Samui

From Phuket Lomprayah to Koh Samui by Buses+Ferries

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Phuket Lomprayah
7h 35m journey in Bus+ferry. All connections guaranteed
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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Phuket Lomprayah
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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Phuket Lomprayah
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Na Thon Koh Samui

From Phuket Lomprayah to Koh Samui by Buses+Ferries+Taxis

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Phuket Lomprayah
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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui

From Phuket Lomprayah to Koh Samui by Buses+Ferries+Vans

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Phuket Lomprayah
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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui

From Phuket Airport to Koh Samui by Vans+Buses+Ferries

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Phuket Airport
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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Phuket Airport
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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui

From Patong Kata Karon any hotel to Koh Samui by Taxis+Buses+Ferries

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Patong Kata Karon any hotel, Phuket
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Na Thon hotel transfer, Koh Samui
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Patong Kata Karon any hotel, Phuket
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Na Thon Koh Samui
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Patong Kata Karon any hotel, Phuket
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Na Thon Koh Samui

Phuket to Koh Samui Schedule

Phuket to Koh Samui Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Phantip 1970 Standard AC 07:30 - 17:30฿ 850
Phantip 1970 Standard AC 09:00 - 17:30฿ 650
Bangkok Air Economy #PG25209:45 - 10:40฿ 3,780
Raja Ferry ferry 09:00 - 17:00฿ 710
Seatran Ferry ferry 09:00 - 18:30฿ 690
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 09:00 - 17:00฿ 750
Bangkok Air Economy #PG28811:05 - 12:00฿ 3,780
Bangkok Air Economy #PG25012:45 - 13:40฿ 3,780
Bangkok Air Economy #PG25414:20 - 15:15฿ 3,780
Bangkok Air Economy #PG25616:35 - 17:30฿ 3,780
Bangkok Air Economy #PG99818:55 - 19:50฿ 3,780

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.

Phuket to Koh Samui destination reviews

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572 customer reviews
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SL
2
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Dec 5, 2019
The ferry went ridiculously fast and arrived an hour before it was supposed to due to the speed. Everyone on the boat felt sick. The staff on the other hand were lovely, and offered us sick bags.
MM
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 26, 2019
Everything went ok since we letft Phuket. We arrived in samui as schedualed. Also a short 20 minutes stop on the way. The transfer to the hotel was quite good also, with a mini van and a nice driver
SM
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 24, 2019
All the transfers were seamless.Very comfortable and clean bus and catamaran and on time.will definitely recommend over air travel as you get to experience a lot more of Thailand
TW
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Nov 8, 2019
Driver who brought us to our apartment waited for an hour with us because no one was there to let us in I want to thank him so much, he rang the owner and would not leave us
LC
3
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Nov 8, 2019
Ants all over the bus, very poor experience, got bitten a lot of times
SB
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Oct 16, 2019
Everything ran very smoothly and the bus was very comfortable (even more so than the plane). Highly recommend.
ZE
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Sep 10, 2019
Quick, on time, clean, wifi at offices, good service. Make sure to label your baggage clearly!!
DE
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 31, 2019
Todo a tiempo según se indico, ningun problema. Recomiendo las bananas de snack en el restoran de la parada camino al puerto.
SK
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Aug 25, 2019
It was a pleasant trip just a slight delayed due to technical issues.
MA
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Aug 6, 2019
The trip was great overall. Hotel tranfers were convenient Some inconveniences. The transfer fees you to the bus about 2 hrs early. The bus has no assigned seats so you need to hurry to sit together as a group. The bus was old but comfortable and the halfway stop was clean and convenient. The ferry was packed and we couldn't find room until staff guided us.
AJ
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jul 31, 2019
I really enjoyed the trip, seats were comfortable, staff were friendly and was very helpful in instructing where to go what to do. I’d choose this option again for my future trips
RB
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jul 29, 2019
Great. Wish the seats on catamaran was allocated beforehand. A/C in the bus and catamaran but not in the waiting hall between the bus/catamaran
HW
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jun 25, 2019
Very comfortable journey, well organised and got to my destination without a hitch. Great customer service.
JP
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jun 15, 2019
It was very organised. We Will use them last Time.
JR
4
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jun 14, 2019
Well organized people. Somewhat confusing communication as to actions to be followed once the bus stops for lunch and at ferry departure point. Bus a bit old and did not expect the trip to take so long. Overall, value for money.
ST
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jun 10, 2019
The ride was not bad at all. Double decker bus which was great and got to see the view. Washroom was a bonus. Total Trip time was pretty much accurate as stated on site.
VJ
5
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Jun 6, 2019
Highly recommended, very smooth enjoyable ransfer.
PD
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, May 9, 2019
Very pleased with our service and especially with our driver, my wife's pregnant and he was very cautious whilst driving. Also extremely polite all round and most helpful with our other requests
JC
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Apr 1, 2019
Amazing trip from the very start. No hassle or worrying.
C
3
Bus Express, Lomprayah, Mar 30, 2019
The website said the trip would leave from Phuket airport at 10am then later in the page 1015 to 1030.... confusing and meant waiting feeling increasingly wary as timed passed. At 1035 I tried to call Lomprayah on number suplied to no joy. The van finally showed and the bus was uneventful (no wifi onboard) as was the ferry. I had purchased a van transfer on Samui but was not given a ticket. I assumed the online form I filled out would have sufficed & generated a list but on arrival I was told I would have to buy another tix. I showed my confirmation email which stated I purchased van transfer but the woman insisted on calling Phuket as the vans pulled away. My transfer was confirmed and we made the last van but it was frustrating and off putting.

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