Bangkok to Koh Samui | Ultimate Guide ✔️ Buses – Ferries – Air

Want to know about getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui?

Getting to Koh Samui from Bangkok is easy as there’s frequent direct flights from both Bangkok airports. Air travel is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Bangkok and will get you to Koh Samui in just over an hour.

The alternative is to travel down to Chumphon city via bus, minivan, train or taxi and then take a ferry to Koh Samui from the pier. Most tourists and travelers purchase bus+ferry combo tickets because it’s a hassle free solution that connects the bus to the ferry and no in-between transfers or planning is required.

A wooden sign tucked in trees saying welcome to Koh Samui

Bangkok to Koh Samui – FAQ’s

Are there direct flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui?

Yes there are multiple flights every day departing from both airports in Bangkok with a flight duration of 1 hour.view flight schedules and check your dates here

What is the best way to get to Koh Samui?

The best way to get to Koh Samui will depend where you are coming from and also on your budget. There are direct flight from Phuket and both airports in Bangkok. Bus+ferry combo tickets are also a hassle free and affordable option.

What is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui?

The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by bus and then ferry. The total journey takes around 10h 30m and costs ฿1450 ($40) for a VIP bus. book seats here

How To Get From Bangkok To Koh Samui

There’s various options to get to Koh Samui from Bangkok. Some options are convenient and fast, while others will take longer but are cheap. In this blog I will detail all the current ways to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui. This way you’ll have an idea of your options and you can decide which is best for you depending on your budget and travel style.

But just to give you a quick idea, there’s 2 distinct options. Either a direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Or travel from Bangkok to Chumphon city by train, bus, minivan or taxi and from there take a ferry or catamaran to Koh Samui. This can be done via the bus+ferry combo tickets which connects you directly to the boat.

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The Bangkok to Koh Samui catamaran
The Catamaran from Chumphon to Koh Samui

Best Way To Get From Bangkok to Koh Samui

The best way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui will mostly depend on your budget

If you’re on a short vacation and want to make the most out of your time in Thailand, then the best and most convenient option is to →book a direct flight and you’ll be in Koh Samui in just over 1 hour.

Flight Bangkok - Koh Samui $ 75.86–185.26 1h 10m – 1d 3h 10m
  •   Business 06:30, 07:30, 09:20, 10:20, 14:25
  •   Economy 06:10, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 07:50, 08:00, 08:05, 08:10, 09:00, 09:20, 09:50, 10:15, 10:20, 10:30, 12:40, 13:45, 14:30, 15:00, 15:50, 16:00, 16:20, 17:30, 19:15, 19:20, 19:35, 19:50, 20:10
Flight Don Mueang Airport - Koh Samui $ 144.95–156.08 1h 35m
  •   Economy 08:50, 14:00, 19:10

But if you’re on a budget and not in a rush, then the best option would be to purchase a bus+ferry ticket package from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Choosing this option means you don’t need to plan any logistics as its a single package that takes you from the meeting point in Bangkok to Koh Samui. →You can view schedules and details here.

Due to the convenience and affordability, bus+ferry combo tickets are a popular option to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui and sometimes sell out. If you have specific or fixed travel dates, it would be best to book combo tickets at least a few days in advance

How to Get From Bangkok to Koh Samui – X4 Options

Here are all the options to travel between Bangkok and Koh Samui. Currently there are 4 routes available.

If you have the time to read, below is all the information about each option. This should help you decide which is best for you.

A big ferry boat operated by songserm. How to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui

1. By Air

Flying from Bangkok to Koh Samui is without a doubt the easiest and fastest option. There isn’t much to say about this option because all you need to do is book a flight. There are flights departing from both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in Bangkok. Flight time is between 70 minutes and 90 minutes. →View all Bangkok to Koh Samui flight departures here.

Koh Samui airport is within a 15 minute drive from popular areas such as Chaweng, Bophut and Choeng Mon. Lamai beach is a 30 minute drive.

If you’ve booked accommodation in Koh Samui, make sure to check if they offer shuttle services before you arrive. Some accommodations offer this service to their guests free of charge. Taxis are also a convenient option. The airport is small and taxis are found outside. However, taxis in Koh Samui very rarely use the meter so you’ll need to negotiate a reasonable price.

If you want peace of mind, private transfers can also be considered and may also cost less than a taxi. →Transfers start at around $20 you can check all the details here.

2. Bus and Ferry

The most popular option among travelers and backpackers is the bus+ferry ticket combination. There are a few companies offering this sort of combo package and Lomprayah is arguably the most reputable company and consequentially most popular option.

If you have specific travel dates, you should book your combo tickets a few days in advance just to secure your spot. Tickets can be booked in person from a travel agent in Bangkok. Or you can book tickets online as this gives you all the available options and schedules and you’ll have all the details related to the journey.

On your day of travel make sure to be at the specified meeting point at least an hour ahead of departure as you need to do check in and get your boarding passes. There’s a 20kg per passenger baggage limit which will go into the storage compartment of the bus. You will get tags for the luggage in the storage compartment. Never leave your valuables in the checked in bag. Have a carry on and keep passport, bank cards, cash, jewelry and any expensive items with you at all times.

If you’re on a budget, book an evening bus/ferry combo ticket. You’ll travel by bus at night and save the cost of 1 night accommodation. We booked the VIP tickets with Lomprayah. It was well worth it as we had comfortable seats that reclined almost flat and had lots of leg room.

The bus journey goes from Bangkok to Chumphon and takes around 8 hours. This includes a break of around 45 minutes about halfway through the journey. From Chumphon you’ll board the ferry or Catamaran. The fastest option is Lomprayah catamaran with a travel duration of around 4.5 hours. Our catamaran left after all the other ferries and we passed all of them :D. You can view all bus+ferry combos here.

A big Asian bus offering transfers from Bangkok to Koh Samui
Jacqueline laying on a seat in a bus asleep
Jacqueline in the VIP seat. We later realized the seats recline a lot more

3. Minivan and Ferry

Similar to the previous option, you can get from Bangkok to Koh Samui by minivan+ferry combo tickets. Tickets can be bought either online or from one of the many travel agents in Bangkok.

While certain minivans are comfortable and have good legroom, most don’t. And being in an uncomfortable position for a 6 hour drive isn’t that great. So if you have the option always choose the bus+ferry.

4. Train and Ferry

This journey requires taking the train from Bangkok to Chumphon before taking the ferry or catamaran to Koh Samui. There’s frequent trains departing from Bangkok’s new train terminal Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station. Tickets can be purchased either online or from the train station on the day of travel. And for most routes tickets don’t sell out.

However, the best and most affordable option would be to take the evening sleeper train. This way you’ll save a 1 night accommodation and won’t lose any day time traveling. However sleeper options are very popular and most often are sold out. You should always book tickets in advance. Unfortunately most overnight train options can only be booked in person from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station. This is really a bummer. I have personally travelled all the way to the station only to find the tickets were all sold out. I did leave until the last moment as I went there only 2 days before travel date.

If you book your ferry tickets online, you can have the option to book tickets that include pick-up from the train station. This option is convenient as you wont need to worry about your transfer to the pier which is around a 30 minute drive away. →You can view ferry tickets here.

Inside the sleeper train that goes from Bangkok to Chumphon and then ferries to Koh Samui
Inside the sleeper train

5. Taxi and Ferry

Like the previous options, here you’ll need to travel from Bangkok to Chumphon before taking the boat to Koh Samui. You also need to organize your taxi ride or transfer separately. This works out as the most expensive option and only makes sense if you’re traveling as a group and are splitting the taxi cost. If you’re traveling alone or as a couple, then taking a direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui is a lot cheaper.

Before You Go – Key Points

  • Baggage allowance is 20kg. Excess luggage will be charged at 20 THB per kg, not exceeding 30 kg.
  • Never leave your personal belonging in your luggage in the bus storage compartment. Keep passport, cash, bank cards, expensive items such as jewelry and electronics in your carry on.
  • Changes and cancellations for combined tickets cannot be done later than 4 days before departure
  • Latest check-in is 30 minutes before departure. It is best to be at the meeting point a bit earlier to have everything sorted and organized.
  • You must show your original online booking along with your passport.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Pregnant women are advised not to travel by speedboat.
  • If you want to know how to go from Bangkok to Koh Tao, read this instead.

Koh Samui – Useful Tourist Information

Below are a few key point for when you arrive in Koh Samui and beyond. If you’ve still not planned your entire trip, first is a quick overview about the areas in Koh Samui. This should help you if you’re still not sure which part of the island to stay in. There’s also some information about going from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan just in case you plan going there for the full moon party.

How to move around Koh Samui

Your arrival in Koh Samui

By Air: If you took the plane from Bangkok to Koh Samui, you’ll land in Koh Samui Airport in the North Easter part of the island. Popular areas such as Chaweng beach, Lamai Beach and Bo Phut are all within a 30 minute taxi ride. Should you choose to take a taxi, you may need to negotiate a price as most drivers generally refuse using the meter.

By boat: Should you arrive by ferry or speedboat, the port you arrive in will depend on which company you traveled with. Lomprayah boats arrive at Pralarn Pier in Maenam in the Northern part of Koh Samui. From here Chaweng beach and Lamai beach are about a 30 minute drive. Other ferries and boats will arrive in Lipa Noi on the West coast of Koh Samui. From here, getting to Chaweng and Lamai takes around 1 hour by taxi.

Where to stay in Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a large island and it can take around 1 hour to cross the island. You’ll find a variety of accommodation options in different areas, each catering to different preferences and interests. Here are some of the best areas to stay in Koh Samui and what you can expect in each:

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng is Koh Samui’s lively epicenter, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, extensive shopping, and long sandy beach. Accommodations range from budget to luxurious, providing diverse options. Here you can enjoy water sports, explore local markets, and indulge in the energetic nightlife. View accommodation in Chaweng Beach

Lamai Beach

Lamai, similar to Chaweng but more laid-back, features a beautiful beach, diverse dining options, and an active nightlife. Accommodations range from budget to mid-range. View accommodation in Lamai Beach

Bophut

Bophut combines traditional Thai charm with modern amenities. The Fisherman’s Village is a highlight with quaint shops and restaurants. Accommodations include boutique hotels and villas, providing a relaxed atmosphere. View accommodation in Bophut

Maenam

Maenam offers a quieter escape than Chaweng or Lamai. Accommodations include resorts, bungalows, and boutique hotels for a more secluded experience. Activities involve enjoying the serene beach, exploring the Walking Street Market, and visiting the Mae Nam Pier. View accommodation in Maenam

Choeng Mon

Choeng Mon is a family-friendly area with a tranquil atmosphere and upscale resorts. The beautiful beach, luxury accommodations, and exclusive villas characterize this locale. Activities include water recreation, beach relaxation, and exploration of nearby islands. View accommodation in Choeng Mon

Taling Ngam

Taling Ngam provides a secluded and romantic getaway with stunning sunset views. This tranquil area, less frequented by tourists, features luxury resorts and private villas overlooking the sea. Activities include unwinding on pristine beaches, spa treatments, and relishing the picturesque surroundings. View accommodation in Taling Ngam

Activities

Koh Samui offers a wide range of things to do. And most of the activities you can do independently. These include beach hopping, enjoying the night life in Chaweng and visit sites such as the Big Buddha, Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations, the secret buddha garden.

However certain activities must be done as a tour such as this Sunset Cruise and you should definitely visit Angthong National Marine Park where you” get to swim in beautiful lagoons and go kayaking.

“Our guide was great! Lots of fun, and the tour was very well organized. We got to many of the places before other boats so could enjoy a quiet experience. The kayak was great, all the view points too and we even saw whales on the way back! I would definitely recommend this day”

Olivia – Read more reviews

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