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.
Approximately 1,100 THB.
Catch the bus from the Ko San Road area (Banglampoo) of Bangkok with Lomprayah. The bus departs twice daily, at 06.00 and at 21.00. The bus arrives in Chumphon on the mainland in time to catch the 13.00 & 07.30 ferries (respectively) to Koh Tao.
Overnight (Sleeper) or Day Train from Bangkok to Chumphon, then boat to Koh Tao. Approximately. 2,200 THB
1st class sleeper cabin, 1,700 THB
2nd class A/C sleeper, 1,500 THB
2nd class sleeper Fan (all prices including boat ticket 600 THB).
3rd class seated not recommended!!
Day prices are cheaper.
The Trains get very booked up now well in advance. The overnight train leaves Bangkok about 7.30pm to get you into Chumphon at 4-5am and then you are met and transferred by your chosen boat company to their pier for your crossing to Koh Tao. Day trains will likely mean you have to stop over the night in Chumphon or get the night boat to Koh Tao. Please see Thai Railways for pre-booking the train portion of this journey, or you can contact our local western travel agent for help in booking the trains and boats: Island Travel.
Once you are in Thailand, these can be booked, in person, at the main train station (Hua Lumphong) in the centre of Bangkok’s CBD, or by calling 1690, or any travel agent/hotel travel desk in Bangkok, (boat travel is with Lomprayah or Songserm or
Flying **Once you arrive…
With most airlines, you can now book flight and boat connecting tickets. If not, you will be able to but the boat tickets and add-on transfers with Seatran, Lomprayah or Songserm from the airports to the piers.
Whenyou are booking your flights ensure you have checked boat times so you can connect to a ferry boat over to Koh Tao.