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Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Travelling from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan will take you from one world to another; each island has a distinct character and appeal, but both are equally fascinating in their own right.

If you want to experience the best of tropical Thai islands, visiting both destinations is highly recommended. Thankfully, getting from one island to another is easy and affordable.

Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, Ferry Times, Distance, Schedule & Prices

Fast boats or ferries are currently the only means of transport. However, the travel time aboard a high-speed catamaran doesn’t usually exceed 30 minutes, but slower ferries may take around 50 minutes. The fast boats cost between 300 to 400 baht; and offer air-conditioned, cosy seating. The boats depart from varying piers in Koh Samui, depending on the operator you choose to go with.

A small boat can also take you from Koh Samui directly to Haad Rin, also known as the epicentre of the lunar parties such as the Full Moon and Half Moon Party. These boats will depart from the Big Buddha Pier. The schedule changes frequently, but there are usually three to four departures from Koh Samui each day; just check online for the updated schedule. The journey from Big Buddha Pier to Haad Rin is around 50 minutes, and the tickets cost 200 baht.

Another express boat can take you to Haad Rin, as well as the other beaches found in the east coast of Koh Phangan. These boats are much smaller and less comfortable, and they only operate if the weather is good.

Once you’ve completed the journey from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, you may want to arrange for your next transport options. A taxi or a songthaew can take you to your hotel, and from there you may rent a motorbike or a bicycle for the duration of your travels.

Should you wish to go island-hopping, long-tail boat services can be arranged.

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Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Phangan ฿ 250–20,800 20m – 3h 15m
  •   Speedboat 06:45, 08:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 14:30, 15:00, 16:30
  •   Catamaran 15:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 16:30
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 4 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 10 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Taxi + Private Speedboat 20 Pax + Taxi 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat + Taxi 00:00
  •   Express 08:15, 14:15
  •   Ferry 10:30, 17:00
  •   Private Speedboat 4pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 10pax 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 20pax 00:00

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Michael Jones

Michael created and runs the Koh Samui Travel Hub website, as well as the Holiday Point travel brand that incorporates a network of 16 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia, Asia, and around the world.

With 25+ years of online experience and a passion for travel (having visited Koh Samui many times), Michael not only researches and writes content for the website, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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