Getting to Koh Samui
 

BY AIR

Direct Flights to/from Koh Samui

  • Domestic Air-travel directly Bangkok - Koh Samui
  • Domestic Air-travel to Surat Thani followed by bus/ferry transfer to Koh Samui.

Suvarnabhumi Airport covers an area of some 20,000 rais (8,000 acres). The new international airport is located about 15 km of on the east-bound Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakarn Province and is about 25 km. from downtown Bangkok, Thailand. It is accessible via five routes.

Suvarnabhumi Meaning 'a Golden Land''Suvarnabhumi' is the new airport's name graciously blessed by His Majesty the King on September 29, 2000.
Suvarnabhumi denotes a fertile land where inhabitants live peacefully as well as a business hub from which the economy thrives. 
The new airport has an initial capacity of 45 million annual passengers, 76 flights an hour and over 3 million tons of cargo. The airport has two runways with a distance width of 2,200 meters, each 3,700 meters and 4,000 meters long, able to accommodate A380. Also included are 51 aircraft stands with aerobridge gates of which 4 are designed to handle the super jumbo Airbus A380 and 69 remote parking bays and 2 car parking buildings connected to the passenger terminal to serve over 5,000 cars. A gross 563,000-square-meter area is set for an assortment of 24/7 Duty Free shops. The completed project will feature 4 runways totally, resulting in an ultimate capacity of 100 million annual passengers, 112 flights an hour and 6.4 million tons of cargo.

 

 

 

Direct flight to Samui:
Fare is the most expensive but obviously the fastest, ideal for the persons who have only a little time. The direct flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Samui are by Bangkok Airways and 2 flights daily by Thai Airways

 

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Flight to Surat Thani - transfer to Samui:
Or you can fly to Suratthani (Thai Airways or One To Go). From the airport there are minibuses which shuttle up to Donsak's port, the ferry boats place of departure. 
** Make Sure not to go by evening flights because you won't be able to catch a ferry boat to Samui and you have to spend a night in Suratthani. **
All travellers arriving at Koh Samui Airport should use the pick-up service of their hotel (which is the most convenient way) or the transfer service we provide through tropical easy.  Simply contact us by email on tropicaleasy@gmail.com or call +66 (0)77332287 with your flight details and arrival time.  Transfers start at 400 THB.

 

BY TRAIN

 

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.

While the trip is long and the noise of the train may wake you up often, new friendships are sometimes made during the journey. Don't forget to take a bottle of water and tissue paper on board with you. The conductor will wake you prior to your early morning arrival in Suratthani, but you might want to take a small alarm clock with you in case.
When you disembark at Suratthani, employees of the bus company will be waiting to stow your bags in the correct bus that will take you to the ferry pier for the boat ride to Koh Samui.
When you board the ferry, if you're still sleepy, you can buy a seat in the "VIP" air-con lounge for 40 baht. The seats recline and are very comfortable.
These Rail-Bus-Ferry tickets can be purchased at the train station in Bangkok. For the return trip from Samui, you can buy them on the island at Tropical Easy Travel and though other travel agents.

Bangkok to Ko Samui by train+ferry...

It's easy to travel from Bangkok to Ko Samui using a combined train+ferry ticket for about 950 baht ( 14 or $20) one-way.  It's the safe, comfortable & environmentally-friendly way to travel, too, far better than cramped buses or short-haul flights.  The overnight sleeper option takes no more time out of your holiday than flying and is a lot more fun, and far more of an experience.  Simply take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani.  On arrival at Surat Thani railway station (located at Phun Phin, 14 km from Surat Thani town centre), shuttle buses meet the train and take you to the Don Sak ferry terminal 60 km east of Surat Thani.  The bus is included in the train+ferry fare.  Ferries sail every hour from Don Sak to Ko Samui, crossing time 1.5 hours, see the ferry information below.  You can buy the combined train+ferry tickets at Bangkok Hualamphong station reservations office, or contact us here at tropical easy on +66 (0)77332287 or email tropicaleasyservice@gmail.com

Bangkok - Ko Samui

Train classes:

DRC

1,S,2,3

 Bangkok (Hualamphong) depart by train

08:05

19:30

 Surat Thani (station) arrive:

16:30

06:27

--- shuttle bus from station to ferry terminal ---

 Surat Thani (Don Sak pier) depart by ferry:

18:00

08:00

 Ko Samui arrive:

19:30

09:30

Ko Samui -Bangkok

Train classes:

DRC

1,S,2,3

 Ko Samui depart by ferry:

07:00

17:00

 Surat Thani (Don Sak pier) arrive:

08:30

18:30

--- shuttle bus from ferry terminal to station ---

 Surat Thani (station) depart by train:

10:40

20:47

 Bangkok (Hualamphong) arrive:

19:35

08:00

Train classes...
1 = 1st class sleeper.  S = 2nd class sleeper (air-con). 
2 = 2nd class seats.  3 = 3rd class seats.
DRC = Diesel Railcar express with 2nd class air-conditioned seats, meals included.

 Combined train+ferry fares...

One-way
train+ferry fare...

1st class
sleeper 
a/c express
train 

2nd class
sleeper 
a/c express
train

2nd class
seat
a/c fast
railcar 

2nd class
seat
ordinary
train

3rd class
seat
ordinary
train

Bangkok to Ko Samui

1,379 ( 28)

948 ( 19)

678 ( 13)

568 ( 11)

427 ( 9)

BY BUS

The bus is the cheapest but least comfortable option to get to Samui. Buses leave from Bangkok's Southern bus terminal and take around 12-13 hours, again it is well worth avoiding any hassle by buying a combination ticket. Expect to pay around 800 baht for a VIP bus, and certainly spending a few baht more can help to make your journey a little more comfortable. It is possible to get private bus services from Khao San Road, but their reliability and quality tends to vary hugely.
It is worth taking the overnight bus, as you may get more peace on board when the video gets switched off. You can get a bus or combo ticket at relatively short notice at one of dozens of travel agents on the Khao San road or in the Sukhumwit area.
Alternatively take a taxi to the Southern Bus Terminus (across the Chao Praya river), where buses leave hourly to the South, between 6am and 9pm.

Similar multi-leg arrangements can easily be made from travel agents in Phuket and Krabi and even on Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
South Schedule Air Conditioned Bus Standard 1 A V.I.P.24 Seats, Tel: 02-422-4444.

Route

Fare

Distance

Time

From Bkk

To Koh Samui

Bangkok - Koh Samui

843

745

12.00

19.00

16.00

South Schedule Air Conditioned Bus Standard 1 C 40 Seats

Route

Fare

Distance

Time

From Bkk

To Koh Samui

Bangkok - Koh Samui

542

623

12

19.00, 20.00

15.30, 16.30

South Schedule Air Conditioned Bus Standard 2 46 Seats

Route

Fare

Distance

Time

From Bkk

To Koh Samui

Bangkok - Koh Samui

421

745

12

18.15

13.00

BY FERRY

The boat situation is slightly more complicated as there are four ferry ports on the main land and three on Samui, but the important thing is there are frequent departures in both directions. The price and travel time can vary hugely depending on the boat taken, but the range is from two and a half to six hours and around 150-350 baht. If you opt for the combination train-boat or bus-boat ticket this will be included in your fare, with someone to meet you at the station in Surat Thani and arrange the shuttle transfer. There are invariably a couple of hours in total wasted from waiting around. Don Sak is the busiest and closest to Samui but is a 30 minute drive away, while there are also boats from Ao Ban Don and Tha Thong which is closer to Surat Thani town. Khanom is miles away and rarely used. In reality the travel agents in Surat Thani can arrange you transfer and ticket on the next available ferry, but enquire with more than one to ensure they have got it right. Tickets can also be purchased at our office 'Tropical Easy' in Maenam. Ferries are all slow and take about 2.5 hours, but the night sailing takes six hours. Almost all ferries arrive at Nathon town on the west of the island where you will find numerous forms of transport waiting to take you to the beach of your choice.

Samui ferry timetable

Ferries from Surat Thani (Donsak Pier) to Koh Samui 
Daily; 06.00 - 19.00 (every hour).
Ferries from Koh Samui to Surat Thani (Donsak Pier)
Daily; 05.00-18.00 (every hour).
Journey time is approx 1.5 hours and ticket price (one way) 110 baht/person (adult), 55 baht/person (child 4-12 years old).

 

 

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