Phuket to Koh Samui



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How to get from Phuket 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

If cost is a important factor planning your trip, taking a flight from Phuket to Koh Samui is going to sting. Flight are very expensive...

Take a bus and a ferry and you will pay a fraction of the price of flying straight to Koh Samui

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 longer itinaryr from Phuket to Koh Samui may be a hustle of are tired of island hopping.

If you Travel With Kids

If you travel with babies the flying to Koh Samui should be your prefer option.

The only Phuket to Koh Samui flights to consider are direct unless your any member of your traveling party has mobility challenges.

Bus and ferry is available and suitable with small children. 

Direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui

Total Travel Time: 55 minute flight

Changes/Stops: Direct

Comfort: Best option

Average Price: ฿4000  (one way ticket)

Pros: Fastest route - Direct route

Cons: Expensive - Limited luggage

Operators: Bangkok Airways 

The only Phuket to Koh Samui flights we recommend are direct. There are not direct flights form Phuket to Surat Thani Airport either to make a flight + ferry trip a viable option.

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 Phuket International Airport HKT.

Bus to Donsak + Ferry to Koh Samui

Total Travel Time: 7 to 8 hours

Changes/Stops: 1. Bus and ferry (2 if you are picked up at your resort)

Comfort: Acceptable

Price: From ฿480 (one way) Average ฿800

Pros: Inexpensive - Beautiful scenery

Cons: Longer than flight. Some operators are more comfortable than others. You can't get wrong with Lomprayah who can even provide transportation to your resort from the Koh Samui piers.

Operators: Lomprayah, Seatran, Phantip

TIP, You can't get wrong with Lomprayah. They can even provide transportation door to door. From your resort in Phuket to your resort in Koh Samui. They have shuttle vans waiting a the Samui piers.

Where Do You Stay in Koh Samui?

Try to get to the closest arrival point to your destination in Koh Samui. It will save you time and money!

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

Operators: Lomprayah

Best to get to: Maenam, Bophut, Chaweng, Chaweng Noi

Getting from Phuket to Koh Samui

Fast & Comfy

Flying from Phuket to Koh Samui takes 55 minutes. If money is not an issue take a direct flight and save yourself 8 hours laying on the beach.

Fun Experience

Scenery is interesting if you take the bus + ferry option. Flying direct to Koh Samui is faster but you don't have to go through security at the Airports.

On a budget

Bus + ferry offers the best value.

Just make sure you chose an operator with good level of comfort that leaves you close to your resort.


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