How To Get To Koh Tao From Bangkok
Unsure how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao? We’ve outlined the best ways to get here by plane, bus, train or ferry. We recommend flying into one of three airports, Pak-Pattna International Airport in Bangkok, U-Tapao International Airport and Chiang Mai International Airport. There are also several ferries a day from Pattani and Koh Lanta. Once on Koh Tao you may use rental motorbikes or taxis to travel around the island.
Getting to Koh Tao depends on what mode of transportation you are using. If you are travelling with limited time or finances, the most convenient way is to purchase a flight ticket directly to Koh Tao. This can however get very expensive especially for longer tickets. If you are going to use your own vehicle and want to avoid driving yourself, you can get a ferry from Ranong or Surat Thani. The best way is probably to go through the land, either by bus or train. Both are comfortable and safe options that will cost significantly less than flying.
I’ve put together this guide to give you the best information about How To get to Koh Tao. We’ll cover all forms of transport including flights, boats and trains and give you full prices and useful links so you can book your tickets safely.
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When travelling from Bangkok to Koh Tao, how long does it take?
The most common mode of transport between Bangkok and Koh Tao is by bus and ferry. The Lomprayah bus leaves Bangkok at 21:00 and flies to Chumphon in 7 hours, with a 2-4 hour ferry ride to Koh Tao in between (arrival: 09:00). Other choices include taking the train to Chumphon or Surat Thani (approximately 8 hours) (11 hours).
Flying From Bangkok To Koh Samui Then Catching The Ferry
This is the quickest way!
But… What will it cost? From Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) to Koh Samui airport (USM) there are several airlines and flight times, bearing in mind that some flights make a stop in Surat Thani. Roughly from US$100 one way. From Koh Samui to Koh Tao there are two options. A tourist shuttle boat for approximately US$60 per person each way. And you can take the expensive option.
Then you can take the Lomprayah catamaran from Samui to Koh Tao. The ferry ride takes about two hours. One thing to keep in mind is that ferries only run three times a day, at 08:00, 12:30, and 16:45. As a result, it’s best to schedule your domestic flight to coincide with one of those periods. If you arrive in Samui from the last ferry, you’ll have to stay the evening on the island of Koh Samui.
- Try and book your flight to Koh Samui with a minimum of 2 hours connection time. When you arrive at the airport check in straight away for your flight to Koh Tao. Our boatmen will be waiting for you as your plane arrives, holding a sign with your name on it.
- Keep a full charged phone
- Remember your passport
- Carry some cash
- Take snacks
Get a Bangkok to Surat Thani flight and then ferry to Koh Tao
If getting to Koh Tao by land isn’t a choice and you’d rather have a shorter flight time than pay more, flying from Chumphon or Suratthani rather than Don Muang will save you about an hour of flying time but will cost more.
The Lomprayah catamaran is a fast, safe and convenient way to travel to Koh Tao from the mainland. Journey times from Chumphon vary according to the weather but generally take around 2 and a half hours. It’s not too late to combine your flight with a short stay on either Koh Samui or Koh Phangan the day before your ferry departure. From Chumphon, it’s possible to travel as far south as Phuket, Krabi and even Singapore. The terminal at Chumphon is only 20 minutes drive from the pier, meaning transfers are hassle-free.
Bangkok to Koh Tao overnight sleeper train + ferry
If the cost of flights and ferries has deterred you from visiting Thailand’s popular diving island of Koh Tao, this might be the ideal travel choice for you. This trip combines a night train ride from Bangkok to Chumporn with a short Lomprayah ferry ride from Chumphon to Koh Tao. You arrive in Chumphon early in the morning, and a minivan will take you straight to the pier from Chumphon station. Since the ferry tickets are pre-paid, there will be no delays when they arrive at their pier.
Lomprayah, a ferry operator, runs a twice-daily service from the Chumphon pier. It takes 4 hours to get there. Koh Tao is just a 45-minute boat ride from the pier, so you can easily get to your accommodation by tuk tuk or rent a scooter for the day once you arrive.
You will also find the Bangkok to Koh Samui guide helpful as well!
Bangkok to Koh Tao Dual bus and ferry ticket
Traveling from Bangkok to Koh Tao with the Lomprayah dual bus and ferry ticket saves you time and money. You’ll be transported to Chumphon, Thailand, in the luxury of an air-conditioned bus. After that, board a high-speed catamaran to Koh Tao, which will save you time and money compared to flying or driving. Allow Lomprayah to take care of everything so you don’t have to!
Coach and Ferry cost?
It will cost you less than $50. The bus ferry combo ticket from Bangkok to Koh Tao is the cheapest and fastest way to travel between the two destinations. The air conditioned bus drive takes you from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal all the way down to Chumphon where you board a high speed catamaran for Koh Tao.
Is Koh Tao actually a dangerous place?
The oddity is that Koh Tao is safe for the vast majority of visitors, at least by Thailand’s perilous standards. In the last year, 362 British tourists died in Thailand, many more than in France, which draws nearly 20 times the amount of British visitors.
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