Getting to Koh Tao

How to Get to Koh Tao

Thailand has some of the best public transportation systems in the world so getting to Koh Tao is simple.

Arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok you have 3 choices:

Book a domestic flight from Bangkok to Chumphon.

Take a taxi to the bus station and go by bus.

Take the train from the airport to Bangkok train station, and go by train to Chumphon.

Train

Taking the train is very easy, just hop on the Airport Railway Link to Hua Lamphong train station.

One you’re at Hua Lamphong, head to the ticket office where the staff will be able to help you book. There are eight trains leaving daily for Chumphon; the first train leaves at 8am, while the last one departs at 6.30pm. Click here to get a detailed Train Time Table of Thailand.

You can book your ferry ticket while you’re there, saving stress and time at the other end. The Lomprayah Catamaran offices are right next to the train station in Chumphon. With your Lomprayah ticket, the bus from the train station to the pier is also included, so there’s no need pay for a taxi.

The price of the train ticket, depending on the class, will cost between 400 – 1,200 baht (£8-£25)

Plane

Depending on the season or how far in advance you book your ticket, a domestic flight from Bangkok to Chumphon starts from 1,200 baht (£25) one way.

You have two options:

Don Mueang International Airport to Chumphon there are daily flights with Nok Air

Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chumphon there are 5 flights a week with Happy Air

Don Mueang International Airport to Surat Thani there are daily flights with Nok Air
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui there are daily flights with Bangkok Airways

Once you arrive, you’ll need to grab a taxi and head to the train station/pier to catch the ferry to Koh Tao.

Automobile…aka Bus

All destinations south of Bangkok are served by the Southern Bus Terminal. From there you can buy your ticket and make your way to Chumphon Bus station.

Again, you can also book combination tickets through Lomprayah, who have their offices on the Khao San Road. Bus tickets start from 400 baht (£8).