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How To Get To Koh Samui
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How To Get To Koh Samui

Learning the various means of how to get to Koh Samui is essential for your trip. There are many ways you can do so, including air and land transfers, all of which vary greatly in terms of cost and convenience.

Find out the best way for you and your budget.

How To Get To Koh Samui From Bangkok, Surat Thani, KL & Singapore

Most travellers prefer to fly directly into the Koh Samui airport from Bangkok or other parts of Thailand and Asia. There are dozens of flights each day, serviced by big and budget airlines alike.

You may also book flights from Bangkok directly into Surat Thani, and from here take a short ferry to Koh Samui. The second option is cheaper than flying to Koh Samui directly, although the bus and ferry from Surat Thani will add roughly three hours to your journey

If you have some time to spare and are on a budget, it is recommended to take a train from Bangkok directly to Surat Thani. The train journey is approximately 12 hours, and the prices are low whether you book a fan or a deluxe First Class cabin on the train. However, the First Class cabin is highly recommended because it’s much more comfortable. It is always best to take the evening departure times from Bangkok; this way, you can sleep comfortably on the train, and once you wake up, you’ll already be in Surat Thani ready to board the ferry to the islands.

The cheapest way overland is to take a bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani, followed by a boat to Koh Samui. Just make sure to purchase a combo bus and ferry ticket, show up at the bus station, and you’ll be heading south soon. The journey also takes a significant part of your day, so try to book a night bus to sleep through most of it.

If you are trying to save on costs, finding a suitable overland option when researching how to get to Koh Samui is the most convenient option. Otherwise, booking an plane ticket ahead of time is best.

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Flight Koh Samui - Phuket ฿ 3,103–3,229 1h – 1h 30m
  •   Economy 08:15, 11:00, 12:40, 15:05, 18:05, 19:05, 21:55
  •   Economy 09:45, 11:05, 12:45, 13:35, 14:20, 16:35, 18:55, 19:50
Bus Koh Samui - Phuket ฿ 500–650 7h – 8h 30m
  •   Standard AC 08:00, 09:30
  •   Express 08:00, 09:40, 10:00
  •   Standard AC 07:30, 09:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Phuket ฿ 500–1,000 6h – 12h
  •   ferry 06:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00
  •   Catamaran 10:00
  •   ferry 09:00
Van Koh Samui - Phuket ฿ 700–850 9h – 10h 30m
  •   Regional 14pax 08:00, 09:30
Bus Koh Samui - Surat Thani Airport ฿ 420–550 4h 10m – 5h 10m
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
  •   Standard AC 08:30, 10:45, 11:15, 13:15, 14:30, 16:00, 17:45
Ferry Koh Samui - Surat Thani Airport ฿ 400–900 2h 30m – 6h 30m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 09:00, 11:30, 12:00
  •   ferry 05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:20, 08:30, 10:45, 11:20, 13:45
  •   Catamaran 08:00, 14:30
  •   ferry 08:20, 08:45, 10:00, 11:10, 13:10, 13:30, 15:15, 17:45
Flight Koh Samui - Krabi ฿ 3,959–4,000 55m
  •   Economy 12:20, 14:15
  •   Economy 13:45, 16:00
Bus Koh Samui - Krabi ฿ 450–600 4h 30m – 6h
  •   Express 08:00
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30
  •   Standard AC 10:30, 11:30
  •   Express 11:00, 11:30, 16:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Krabi ฿ 500–950 4h 40m – 7h 30m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:30
  •   ferry 06:00, 09:00, 12:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:30
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 06:45, 07:00, 09:30, 11:30, 12:30
  •   ferry 10:00, 10:30, 11:00
Flight Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 3,638–7,846 1h 5m – 1h 35m
  •   Economy 06:00, 07:15, 07:50, 08:15, 08:40, 08:45, 08:50, 09:10, 09:15, 09:25, 09:30, 09:45, 10:00, 10:05, 10:15, 10:20, 10:25, 10:50, 11:00, 11:05, 11:20, 11:30, 11:45, 11:50, 12:00, 12:10, 12:15, 12:30, 12:35, 12:50, 13:00, 13:10, 13:15, 13:30, 13:55, 14:00, 14:10, 14:40, 14:45, 14:50, 15:20, 15:40, 15:45, 16:35, 17:00, 17:05, 17:10, 17:15, 17:35, 17:40, 18:00, 18:10, 18:20, 18:45, 19:00, 19:05, 19:10, 19:30, 19:40, 19:45, 19:55, 20:05, 20:15, 20:20, 20:40, 20:45, 20:55, 21:00, 21:05, 21:20, 21:50, 21:55
  •   Economy 05:30, 06:00, 06:15, 06:30, 06:45, 07:00, 07:10, 07:25, 07:30, 08:00, 08:05, 08:10, 08:15, 08:25, 08:30, 08:35, 08:40, 08:45, 08:50, 09:00, 09:15, 09:20, 09:40, 09:45, 09:55, 10:00, 10:15, 10:20, 10:25, 10:30, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:05, 12:15, 12:20, 12:25, 12:30, 12:40, 12:45, 12:50, 13:00, 13:45, 13:50, 13:55, 14:30, 14:35, 14:45, 14:50, 15:00, 15:05, 15:15, 15:20, 15:30, 15:35, 15:50, 16:00, 16:15, 16:20, 16:50, 16:55, 17:00, 17:05, 17:30, 17:45, 17:50, 18:00, 18:05, 18:15, 18:20, 18:35, 18:45, 19:00, 19:05, 19:10, 19:15, 19:30, 19:35, 19:45, 19:55, 20:00, 20:30, 21:55, 22:00
Bus Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 1,200–1,400 12h – 17h 10m
  •   Express 08:00, 12:30
  •   VIP 24 13:20, 15:00
  •   Express 06:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 22:30
  •   VIP 20:00
  •   VIP 24 19:30
  •   Economy 19:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 750–1,550 14h – 17h 30m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 10:30
  •   ferry 16:00, 18:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 11:30, 13:30
  •   ferry 17:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 19:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Donsak ฿ 190–400 1h 30m – 4h
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00, 11:30, 13:30
  •   ferry 06:00, 07:00, 09:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00, 10:00, 10:45, 10:50, 11:00, 12:15, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:20, 14:25, 14:30, 14:31, 15:00, 15:25, 16:30
  •   ferry 05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:20, 11:00, 11:45, 12:00, 13:00, 13:15, 13:40, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:40, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 17:45, 18:00, 18:55, 19:00, 19:30
  •   Catamaran 09:30, 12:30, 14:30
Bus Koh Samui - Surat Thani Train Station ฿ 300–450 4h 30m – 6h
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 09:30, 12:00, 13:30
  •   Standard AC 07:45
Ferry Koh Samui - Surat Thani Train Station ฿ 330–850 2h 20m – 6h 40m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   ferry 07:00, 08:45, 09:00, 10:45, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 11:30, 12:00
  •   Catamaran 08:00
  •   ferry 07:45
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:30, 08:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Tao ฿ 500–950 1h 30m – 7h 45m
  •   Catamaran 08:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 17:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:50, 08:00, 09:30, 11:30, 12:50, 13:00, 16:20, 16:30
  •   ferry 07:00, 09:00, 12:00, 14:00
  •   Catamaran 06:00, 08:45, 09:30, 14:45, 15:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 06:35, 09:00, 09:05, 10:00, 15:00, 15:05
Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Phangan ฿ 150–720 30m – 4h
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:50, 08:00, 09:30, 12:50, 13:00, 16:30
  •   Catamaran 09:30, 10:30, 11:15, 15:30, 17:30
  •   ferry 08:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00
  •   Catamaran 05:50, 07:10, 07:20, 09:30, 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 12:00, 16:10
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:00, 08:00, 10:30, 12:30, 16:30
  •   Speedboat 01:00, 02:00, 04:00, 06:00
  •   ferry 07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:00
Taxi Koh Samui - Surat Thani ฿ 900–1,100 30m
  •   Van 9pax
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   SUV 4pax
Ferry Koh Samui - Surat Thani ฿ 290–750 1h 40m – 9h
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   ferry 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00, 11:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:30, 12:30, 14:00, 16:30
  •   Catamaran 09:00, 15:30
  •   ferry 07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 11:30, 12:00, 14:30, 15:00, 18:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Nakhon Si Thammarat ฿ 320–1,000 3h 30m – 6h
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00
  •   ferry 05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   ferry 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 11:45, 12:00, 13:00, 16:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:30, 08:30, 12:00
  •   Catamaran 07:30, 10:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Ao Nang ฿ 600–1,100 5h – 8h
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:30
  •   Catamaran 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   ferry 06:00, 08:00, 09:00, 12:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:00, 11:00
  •   ferry 10:00, 11:30
Van Koh Samui - Ao Nang ฿ 550–700 6h 30m – 7h 30m
  •   Regional 14pax 06:30, 07:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Hat Yai ฿ 500–850 6h 30m – 8h 30m
  •   ferry 07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00, 09:00
Van Koh Samui - Hat Yai ฿ 540–680 8h – 9h 30m
  •   Regional 14pax 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 09:30
  •   Regional 14pax 08:30, 10:00
Bus Koh Samui - Khao Sok ฿ 550 6h 30m
  •   Standard AC 07:30, 09:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Khao Sok ฿ 530–750 4h 45m – 9h 30m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:45
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:30, 13:30
  •   ferry 06:00, 08:00, 10:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 10:30, 12:00
Bus Koh Samui - Phang Nga ฿ 470–620 5h 30m – 7h 30m
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 09:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Phang Nga ฿ 550 8h 30m
  •   High Speed Ferry 08:00
Bus Koh Samui - Koh Phi Phi ฿ 750–900 8h – 9h
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30
  •   Standard AC 09:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Phi Phi ฿ 740–1,050 7h 25m – 10h
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 09:05
  •   ferry 06:00, 07:30, 09:00
  •   Catamaran 06:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:00, 10:30
  •   ferry 09:00
  •   Catamaran 09:00
Bus Koh Samui - Koh Lanta ฿ 750–900 9h – 10h
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Koh Lanta ฿ 740–1,050 7h 30m – 10h
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:30
  •   ferry 06:00, 08:00, 09:00
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:00, 07:45
Ferry Koh Samui - Surat Thani Bus Terminal ฿ 460 3h 30m
  •   ferry 16:00
  •   ferry 06:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 10:40
Bus Koh Samui - Railay ฿ 700–900 6h 30m – 7h 30m
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Railay ฿ 750–1,050 5h 30m – 8h 30m
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:30
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00
  •   ferry 06:00, 08:00, 09:00
Bus Koh Samui - Trang ฿ 500–680 6h – 8h
  •   Express 06:00, 08:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Narathiwat ฿ 750–790 10h – 12h
  •   ferry 07:00, 18:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Hua Hin ฿ 1,300–1,550 9h – 11h 5m
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:30
  •   Catamaran 08:30, 23:30
Ferry Koh Samui - Chumphon ฿ 900–1,300 3h 45m – 9h
  •   Catamaran 06:30, 08:00, 10:30, 12:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:30, 11:30
  •   Catamaran 05:00, 05:45, 06:00, 07:00, 07:15, 10:00, 11:45, 12:00, 13:00, 13:15
  •   Speedboat 12:00
  •   ferry 05:00, 06:00, 07:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:00, 07:00
Bus Koh Samui - Surat Thani Town ฿ 290–500 3h 30m – 5h
  •   Standard AC 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 09:30, 12:30, 13:30
  •   Express 06:30
  •   Standard AC 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
  •   Express 19:00
Ferry Koh Samui - Surat Thani Town ฿ 350–500 3h – 6h
  •   High Speed Ferry 06:30, 08:00, 11:30, 12:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 07:00, 13:00
Taxi Koh Samui - Big Buddha ฿ 700–900 10m
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   SUV 4pax

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