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Koh Samui Travel

Samui Travel

Travel to Samui

There are a number of ways one can get to Koh Samui which is an island in the Southern part of Thailand.


There are many trains running throughout the day from Bangkok to Surat Thani and return. The Surat Thani train station is about an hour from the ferry pier where you catch the boat to Koh Samui. You will need transportation from the railway station to the pier. 

The most popular trains are the sleeper trains where you travel at night and arrive in either Bangkok or Surat Thani in the morning.

We recommend 2nd class air conditioned as the best value at approximately 700 baht for the train, bus and boat ticket combined.

From Hua Lamphong station, you have to drop at Phun Phin station in Suratthani before taking a local bus to Don Sak port to take a ferry or a speed boat to Koh Samui.

Train to Surat Thani from Bangkok

Train Departure Arrive Class
EXP SP (83) 17:05 05:00* 1st & 2nd
EXP SP (85) 19:15 07:09* 1st & 2nd

Connect to Koh Samui - Once arrive at Surathani Railway Station, continue by Bus and Boat to Koh Samui with departure from the Train Station around 07:30 a.m. by bus to the pier and continue by boat to Samui Island [approx. arrival time 10:30 a.m.]

Train to Bangkok from Surat Thani

Train Departure Arrive Class
EXP SP (84) 20:57 09:05* 1st & 2nd
EXP SP (38) 22:38 10:35* 1st & 2nd
EXP SP (36) 23:08 11:00* 1st & 2nd

Connect from Koh Samui - Depart Samui Island around 14:00 p.m. by boat to Surathani pier and continue by bus to Railway station [approx. arrival time 17:30 p.m.]

Bangkok Airways is the only airline that flies directly to Koh Samui. They have approximately 10 flights per day, depending on the season.  it takes only one hour and 20 minutes. The Bangkok Airways counter at Don Muang Airport is on the arrivals level in the domestic terminal. For further information regarding flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok (and other locations) 

You can also fly by Thai Airways to the Surat Thani airport and arrange for bus and ferry transportation to Koh Samui.

The current airfare from Bangkok to Samui is 3,600 Baht (One-way) and 7,150 Baht (Round-trip) on Economy M Class and 3,800 Baht (One-way) and 7,550 Baht (Round-trip) on Economy Y Class. Both (M) & (Y) is Economy Class with 3 months validity. There are more seats on Class Y than M, so there is more chance to get the confirmed seat.

Please note that the above fares already include our service fee of 100 Baht per one-way ticket and 200 Baht for roundtrip.

Take the Route 35, and then change to the Route 4, passing Petchburi, Prachuabkhirikhan and Chumporn before taking the Route 41 to reach Suratthani. The total distance is 685 kilometers.


All buses for Koh Samui leave from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. There are different classes of buses running between Bangkok and Koh Samui. There are buses run by private companies and there are buses run by the government.

If you are taking the bus from Bangkok to Koh Samui, or vice versa, we recommend any of the VIP bus as there are fewer seats on the bus, and the seats recline to somewhat of a sleeping position. These buses tend to leave late afternoon, early evening. A one way ticket including the ferry boat will cost you approximately 600 Baht. The journey takes about 11 hours.

You can purchase a ticket that includes bus and ferry at the Southern Bus Terminal, or through any travel agent in Bangkok. The bus ride to Surat Thani is about 10 hours. Then you have another hour to the pier and then about a 90 ferry trip to Nathon. (Hint, bring a long sleeve shirt on the bus with you because they tend to really crank up the air conditioning.)

You have the same options taking the bus back to Bangkok. There are different class buses departing at different times of the day. Again we recommend the VIP bus and that you book a combination bus and ferry ticket with one of the many reputable Koh Samui travel agents.

If you have your own transportation, or just finding your own way, you can walk on, or drive on to the ferries.

There are two ferry piers to choose from. Both piers are about one hour from Surat Thani and they are close to each other. The only difference is that they are run by different companies. Cost for car and driver is about 250 baht. Cost for walk on is 60 baht. Ferries leave the pier approximately every two hours starting at 6:00 am. (Hint, if you go outside on the ferry, remember your sun-screen. You don't want to arrive in Koh Samui sun burn

Ferry Boat to Koh Samui :
Special ticket fare including, train, bus and ferry boat service. By Rapid Train No. 41 ( Bangkok - Kantang) leaves Bangkok 6.30pm., arrives Surat Thani 5.34 am., bus transfer to Donsak and ferry boat arrives Koh Samui 10.40am.

Return trip, leaves Koh Samui 12.00am., arrives Donsak 2.00pm., special bus transfer to Surat Thani Station. Rapid Train No.42 leaves 5.50pm., arrives Bangkok 5.35am.

Transfer Service call 02-2119654




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