How to Get From Bangkok to Koh Phangan – Bus + Ferry Guide

Ready to plan your trip from Bangkok to Koh Phangan?

You’re in the right place because we’ve done this trip numerous times and our favorite option is an affordable all-inclusive ticket that combines land and sea transport.

Koh Phangan forms part of the popular trio islands in the gulf coast of Thailand. Neighboring with the tiny island of Koh Tao and the larger Koh Samui. Well known for hosting the monthly full moon party, it’s laid back island vibe, amazing sunsets and gorgeous beaches.

Getting from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is a pretty long journey and usually takes around 10 hours. The route involves various transport options before finally taking a ferry or catamaran from mainland Thailand to Koh Phangan. But don’t worry, the most popular transport option turns this otherwise complicated trip into a hassle free experience.

The pier in Chumphon from were the catamaran departs

This article covers every available option. Don’t worry, getting from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is straightforward as the most popular option is an affordable bus+ferry package that requires no logistical planning from your end.

Bangkok to Koh Phangan – Best Option

The most affordable and hassle free option is the Bangkok to Koh Phangan bus/ferry all inclusive tickets. The bus takes you directly from Bangkok to the pier in Chumphon where you board the ferry/catamaran to Koh Phangan. It’s simple and hassle free and you know exactly what the total journey is going to cost. Check schedules and if there is any available seat for your dates here.

“If you have specific travel dates for your trip from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, then definitely book your tickets in advance as there is a limited amount of these tickets each day”

If budget is not a problem, the fastest option is to book a flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui. After landing take a → 30 minute speedboat to Koh Phangan. The pier is just 15 minutes drive from Koh Samui.

More details about every option are listed below.

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Below are the details for all options to get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Some options are more affordable but take longer, other options are faster but will cost more while the best option balances out cost vs convenience.

Bus+Ferry – Best Bangkok to Koh Phangan Option

An infographic for the route from Bangkok to Koh Phangan

The bus+ferry tickets from Bangkok to Phangan are easily the most convenient option. And the price is reasonable too with tickets costing around ฿1400 ($40) for a 1 way ticket which includes both the bus and ferry tickets.

There are a few bus+ferry combo options to choose from. Some have a total travel time of around 10 hours while others take around 15 hours. Depending on which option you chose, on your day of travel you’ll need to show up at the meeting point 1 hour ahead of departure. The meeting point will either be in Khao San road or Soi Rambuttri.

You can find all the details for your journey when booking your tickets on the 12Go platform.

Have your passport and your online booking ready to board the bus. If you have any large luggage or big backpacks, they will will go into the bus storage compartment. As a precaution, always have valuables with you in your carry on. This includes your passport, bank cards, cash, jewelry, laptops and any expensive electronics.

The first part of the trip is from Bangkok to Chumphon. Travel time is between 6 hours to 7 hours. The journey ends at the pier in Chumphon where you’ll board a speedboat to Koh Phangan which take approximately 3 hours 40 minutes. →Check your dates for available seats here.

Note: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui are neighboring islands. The ferries/catamarans stop on each island to drop off/pick up passengers. So it’s a busy route. I say this because tickets do tend sell out especially during peak season and holidays. If you already know your day of travel it is best to →reserve seats in advance.

Minivan+Ferry

If you haven’t bought your bus+ferry tickets in advance and you don’t find any tickets available, then you can always go from Bangkok to Koh Phangan via a combined minivan+ferry option. In short this option is the same as the bus+ferry option. However, in our experience of traveling in Thailand both by bus and even minivan, we suggest not taking the minivan option.

Besides not having comfortable leg room like a bus, minivans also don’t have a luggage compartment. That means you’ll be traveling for 6 hours in a cramped space along with all your and other passenger’s luggage. Check available options here.

Flight+Ferry

The view out the window of a plane over the wing

The fastest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan is a flight to Koh Samui followed by a ferry to Koh Phangan. With this option you can be in Koh Phangan in around 4 hours as opposed to the minimum 10 hours by bus+ferry.

For this option you will need to book a flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui. There are direct flight from both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi to Koh Samui with a travel time between 1 hour and 90 minutes. Once you’re in Koh Samui, take a 10 minute taxi to Bangrak Seatran Pier, or Haad Rin Queen ferry Pier. There are direct ferries to Koh Phangan about every 2 hours from one of these piers.

The best way to do this is to book a morning flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui. And then book a ferry from Bangrak Seatran Pier or Haad Rin Queen ferry Pier that departs about 90 minutes to 2 hours after you land in Koh Samui. This would give you enough time to go through baggage claim and take the 10 minute taxi to the pier.

Train+Ferry

This option is similar to the bus+ferry option as you’ll need to travel down to Chumphon and then take the ferry from there. But instead of a bus you’ll use the train. Also, for this option there are no combo tickets so it will be up to you to plan the logistics.

Trains to Chumphon depart from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station in Bangkok. There are a few train departures each day, the best option would be to take the night train which departs at 10:50 pm and is scheduled to arrive in Chumphon at 5:22 am. When you arrive in Chumphon train station, take a taxi to Tung Makham pier which takes around 30 minutes. This is where you can take the speedboat to Koh Phangan. The first boat is at 7:00 am.

Alternatively, you can book a minivan+ferry combo. The minivan will pick you up from Chumphon train station and take you to the pier where you’ll take the boat to Koh Phangan. This is probably the best choice because in the early hours there may not be any taxis at the train station. You can ↳click here to view all Chumphon to Koh Phangan ferries and one of the options is the minivan+ferry.

Taxi+Ferry

For those that want a more private option that will pick you up from your hotel in Bangkok and drop you exactly in front of the ferry in Chumphon, then consider booking a private transfer followed by taking the ferry. This is the most expensive option to get to Koh Phanghan from Bangkok and the travel time is identical as taking the bus+ferry package which costs a fraction of the price.

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.
  • There is a ฿20 fee to enter Koh Tao which is paid upon arrival or collected on the boat.
  • 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.

Arriving in Koh Phangan

Below are a few key point for when you arrive in Koh Phangan and beyond. If you’ve still not planned your entire trip, first is a quick overview about the areas in Koh Phangan. This should help you if you’re still not sure which part of the island to stay in.

Where to stay in Koh Tao

Here is a quick overview about areas on Koh Phangan that may interest you. Because although the island isn’t that large, it isn’t exactly small either so you’ll want to stay somewhere that meets your needs.

Haad Rin: If you’re looking for one of the most gorgeous beaches in Koh Phangan, this is the place. But also be aware that this is ground zero for partying and is where the monthly full moon party is held. View best rated places to stay in Haad Rin.

Thong Sala: The main port town offers convenience with easy access to transportation, the pier, and the island’s amenities. It’s a good choice if you want a central location with a variety of accommodation, restaurants, and shops. View best rated places to stay in Thong Sala

Haad Yao: For those seeking a beautiful beach with a more relaxed atmosphere than Haad Rin, Haad Yao is an excellent option. It’s known for its stunning sunset views and offers a range of accommodation options. View best rated places to stay in Haad Yao

Sri Thanu: If you’re into yoga, wellness, and a peaceful environment, Sri Thanu is the place to go. This area attracts yoga enthusiasts with its retreats, wellness centers, and vegetarian/vegan-friendly cafes. View best rated places to stay in Sri Thanu

Chaloklum: A charming fishing village on the northern coast, Chaloklum provides a laid-back atmosphere and a quieter beach compared to Haad Rin. It’s a great choice for those wanting to experience local culture and enjoy a relaxed stay. View best rated places to stay in Chaloklum

When you arrive in Koh Phangan

Thong Sala port in Koh Phangan is no different than any other port in Thailand. The moment you walk off the boat you’re gonna get bombarded with transport options and everyone asking where you’re going. It’s frustrating and tiring because this is the last thing you want after a 10 hour journey. We usually just ignore everyone and walk to a quieter place to get some sort of orientation.

Getting to your hotel

If you’ve already booked a hotel in Koh Phangan, ask if they offer shuttle service which may be included in the price especially if it’s a higher end accommodation. Also you can book a shuttle service for ฿150 from on board most of the boats.

For anyone with a backpack, another option is to rent a scooter which will cost anywhere between ฿200 and ฿300 a day depending on how long you keep the bike. There’s various rental shops just across the street from the port. I rented my scooter from Sea Mew Bike&Car. This was the only shop I found that would rent against a deposit rather than leaving my passport. (the deposit is ฿5000).

If you’re a group of friends or family, another option is to rent a car. Splitting the cost will work out quite affordable and you can explore the island in the comfort of the air condition.

Tours

Most of the activities can be done independently but sometime there no other way than doing a tour. Like this full day tour which takes you snorkeling and kayaking in Ang Thong National Marine Park. Make sure to compare prices from other travel agents in Koh Phangan.

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