Bangkok to Koh Samui
Find out how to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
Everything you need to know to match your travel plan and budget
How to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui
Depending on the itinerary, it can take from 90 minutes to 17 hours. It can cost from 750 Baht per person to 5000+ Baht per person.
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On a Tight Budget
An overnight itinerary from Bangkok to Koh Samui may save you money on tickets and accommodation. You can easily save and a hotel night (even 2 hotel nights if you if you take a
Think where you stay in Koh Samui. A taxi from Nathon Pier to Chaweng can cost 800 Baht. From Bangrak Pier just 300 Baht.
Tired of Island Hopping
If you are on the last leg of your trip and tired of ferries, buses and minivans, consider a comfortable itinerary.
Many visitors, let the islands in the Gulf of Thailand for the end of their holiday to recover from the extensive travelling. A painful route from Bangkok to Koh Samui may be too much at that point.
If you Travel With Kids
If you travel with babies choose the direct flight. You may consider to flight to Surat Thani, any other itinerary will be too much with a baby or toddler.
However, with older kids an overnight trip can be a fun and adventurous experience. For trains, book in advance to secure 1st class sleeper cabins!
Direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui
Total Travel Time: 70 minute flight
Comfort: Best option
Average Price: ฿9000 (return ticket)
Pros: Fastest route - Direct route
Cons: Expensive - Limited luggage
Operators: Bangkok Airways & Thai Airways (*not anymore)
Flying from Bangkok to Koh Samui is the easiest way to get to the island, but it is expensive. Bangkok Airways built Samui International Airport in 1989 and today is considered one of the most beautiful airports in the World!. Being a privately owned airport, fees are set up for profit and that reflects on ticket prices. More than one million passengers arrive to Koh Samui by plane. Flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Flight to Surat Thani + Bus to Donsak + Ferry to Koh Samui
Total Travel Time: 4 to 5 hours
Changes/Stops: 2. Plane, Bus and Ferry
Average Price: ฿2800 (Bangkok to Koh Samui)
Pros: 2nd fastest route, good value
Cons: Economy not always available
Operators: Air Asia, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile
Always check prices, combining a flight to Surat Thani in mainland, bus to Donsak and ferry to Koh Samui. This itinerary is comfortable and should take under 6 hours. Pricing wise you may spend half the cost of a direct flight to Samui International Airport. Flights to Surat Thani from Don Mueang Airport and Suvarabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Train to Surat Thani + Bus to Donsak + Ferry to Koh Samui
Total Travel Time: Around 18 hours
Changes/Stops: 2. Train, bus and ferry
Comfort: Acceptable (1st class sleeper)
Average Price: ฿2000 (Bangkok to Koh Samui)
Pros: Overnight - Saves a hotel night
Cons: Long itinerary - wait at
Operators: Thai Rail
A train - bus - ferry combination is both economical and comfortable. Make sure you take a night train and book in advance to reserve a 1st class sleeper cabin. Travelling at night may save you 1 or even 2 hotel nights!
It can be a good fun experience for kids too. Sleeping on a moving train and taking a big boat? It doesn't get better than this
Bus to Donsak + Ferry to Koh Samui
Total Travel Time: 14 to 16 hours
Changes/Stops: 1. Bus and ferry
Comfort: Many hours sitting
Average Price: ฿1400 (Bangkok to Samui)
Pros: Inexpensive - Overnight options
Cons: Sleeping can be challenging for light sleepers
If you are on a budget, look no further! A trip by bus + Ferry is the
Where Do You Stay in Koh Samui?
Samui International Airport:
Koh Samui Airport is a great arrival point in the North, North East or East of Koh Samui island. Chaweng, Chaweng Noi, Bophut, Bangrak, Plai Laem or Choeng Mon
Nathon Pier - For: Donsak, Chumphon, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
Operators: Lomprayah, Seatran Ferry, Songserm, Phantip
Best to get to: Nathon, Thong Krut, Lipa Noi, Maenam, Bophut
Lipa Noi Pier - For: Donsak, Koh Phangan
Operators: Raja Ferry
Best to get to: Lipa Noi, Nathon, Thong Krut
Bangrak Pier - For: Donsak, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
Operators: Seatran Discovery
Best to get to: Bangrak, Bophut, Maenam, Plai Laem, Choeng Mon, Chaweng, Chaweng Noi
Maenam Pier - For: Donsak, Chumphon, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
Best to get to: Maenam, Bophut, Chaweng, Chaweng Noi
Getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui
Bangkok to Koh Samui flight time is 70 minutes. If money is not an issue take a direct flight and save yourself up to 15 hours to lay on the beach.
Sleeping on an overnight train across Thailand can be an experience. 1st Class Sleeper cabins are comfortable. Affordable itinerary and fun!
Take a bus if you want to save.
The difference in price between a direct flight to Koh Samui and the bus route can pay for few nice dinners!
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