Bangkok to Koh Chang

Last updated:

Overview Compare Bus + Ferry Flight + Ferry Taxi To Stay

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang?

Koh Chang is a haven for travellers who enjoy both the jungle and beach. The “sabai sabai” (relaxing) atmosphere of the island will allow you to kick back and take in all the stunning scenery. If you’re into the party scene, the island offers plenty of that too, and even hosts festive Full Moon parties during peak season.

The distance from Bangkok to Koh Chang is 350km (218 miles). In this post, we compare the three options to travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang: by bus + ferry (6.5-8 hours), by flight + ferry (2 hours), or by taxi (5-6 hours). Ticket prices range from 400 THB ($10.50) to 3,950 THB ($105).

3 ways to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus + Ferry6.5-8 hours800 THB ($21.50)Check Bus + Ferry Tickets
Flight from Trat1 hour1,300 THB ($35) Check Flights
Taxi5-6 hours3,950 THB ($105)Book a taxi

We recommend traveling from Bangkok to Koh Chang with a combined bus and ferry ride. First, you will take a 6-hour bus ride from Bangkok to Trat and then transfer to a ferry bound for Koh Chang.

The entire journey takes at least 7 hours and combined tickets start from 800 THB ($21.50). If you book separate, you can make the trip for a slightly cheaper price at around 400 THB ($10.50).

Alternatively, you can also take a 1-hour flight from Bangkok to Trat and then continue by ferry to Koh Chang. The total cost for the combined journey from Bangkok to Koh Chang by flight including the transfer are around 1,800 THB ($48.50).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to help reduce your impact on the environment.

Travelling with a group? You can also take a taxi from Bangkok straight to your hotel in Koh Chang. Fares start at 3,950 THB ($105) and this includes boarding a ferry from Trat to Koh Chang. Quite a good option if you travel with a group!

Itinerary from Bangkok to Koh Chang

Bangkok to Koh Chang by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 6.5 to 8 hours
Cost: 800 THB ($21.50)
Duration: 6.5 to 8 hours
Cost: 800 THB ($21.50)

We recommend travelling by bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Chang. The bus will go from Bangkok To Trat and from there you have to transfer to a 45-minute ferry from Trat to Koh Chang.

You can book combined bus+ferry tickets online for 900 THB ($24) from Bangkok city centre or 800 THB ($21.50) when departing from Bangkok Airport (BKK).

When you book your tickets separately, you might be able to save some money, but it also comes with more hassle. With a combined ticket, you don’t need to worry about the transfer and also don’t need to buy separate tickets.

Below we will start with the combined options from Bangkok to Koh Chang. After the table, you will find the info on how to make the journey with two separate bookings.

Bus departure in Bangkok

The buses heading from Bangkok to Koh Chang depart from either Khao San Boonsiri or from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Khao San Boonsiri, is conveniently located in Bangkok city centre. Suvarnabhumi Airport is more convenient if you come from the Airport. However, as there is only one departure in the early morning, this usually doesn’t match with any flight schedule.

Therefore we would recommend travelling with Boonsri. Not only do they leave from Bangkok city centre, also do they drop you off at your hotel in Koh Chang.

Burapha Bus drops off passengers at Koh Chang bus station. It’s located in the most popular area of Koh Chang, but likely still requires a taxi ride to your hotel. Also, does their trip take several hours longer.

Bus + Ferry Schedule from Bangkok to Koh Chang

OperatorScheduleCosts
Boonsiri High-Speed Ferries5:00 – 11:30900 THB ($24)
Check Bus Tickets
Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus
(from Suvarnabhumi Airport)
6:00 – 14:15800 THB ($21.50)
Check Bus Tickets

Booking Tickets Separately

Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 400 THB ($10.50)
Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 400 THB ($10.50)

Another option when travelling via bus and ferry is to book your tickets separately. This method is cheaper, but it won’t give you the same level of comfort and ease when booking online.

The total cost of booking tickets separately starts 400 THB ($10.50).

See the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Bangkok to Trat by Bus/Minivan

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 320 THB ($8.50)
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 320 THB ($8.50)

The first step requires a bus from Bangkok to Trat.

Triple T is the most popular (mini) bus company on this route and offers 8 departures each from two different stations in Bangkok a day.

Another popular bus company is the Transport Co. They also used to operate several buses a day, but currently, only have one departure a day (10 April ’22).

Bus departures from Bangkok

The buses either depart from Eastern Bus Terminal in Ekkamai or from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak – Mochit).

If you want to travel by taxi from your hotel to the bus terminal, it’s best to depart from Mochit which is closest to Bangkok centre. The taxi drive to Mochit takes about 20-30 minutes while the drive to the eastern bus terminal will take double the amount of time.

On the other hand, if you want to travel by public transport, go for the eastern bus terminal. Ekkamai is conveniently connected with the Bangkok BTS metro line. Mochit bus terminal is only accessible by bus.

Bus departing from Bangkok to Trat

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Triple T – Ekkamai Terminal8x a day, every 2 hours between
5:30 to 18:00
5.5 hours320 THB ($8.50)
Check Bus Tickets
Triple T – Mochit Terminal8x a day every, 2 hours between
5:30 to 18:00
5.5 hours320 THB ($8.50)
Check Bus Tickets
Transport Co. – Mochit Terminal1x a day at
07:30-13:00
5.5 hours260 THB ($7)
Check Bus Tickets

Note that most buses won’t drive directly to the pier, but to the bus terminal in Trat.

From the bus terminal, you can take a blue Songthaew to the pier. This is a shared taxi bus that basically looks like a converted pick-up truck. This journey costs only about 60 THB ($1.60) per person but the driver might charge more if no other passengers are travelling.

Step 2: Trat to Koh Chang by Ferry

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 80 THB ($2.15)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 80 THB ($2.15)

The two main ferry companies operating on this route are Ferry Koh Chang and Centrepoint Ferry. They both leave from different piers which are about 10km from each other. Koh Chang ferry leaves from Thammachat Pier and Centerpoint Pier from, you guess it – Centre Point Pier.

While there also used to go a different speedboat ferry to Koh Chang, these two car ferry companies are the only choice for now. Luckily they have both many departures per day.

Ferry Schedule from Trat to Koh Chang

Pier (Departure & Arrival)SchedulesDurationCosts
Ferry Koh Chang13x a day, every 1 hour between
06:30-18:30
45 minutes80 THB ($2.15)
Centrepoint Ferry5x a day, every 2-3 hours between
7:00-18:00
45 minutes80 THB ($2.15)

The ferries arrive at different ferry ports in Koh Chang. Ferry Koh Chang arrives closer to the tourist area, but the Centrepoint Ferry arrival port is only 3km more east.

Ferry tickets only cost 80 THB ($2.15) if you buy your ticket at the terminal. You can also book the ticket online with BookAway, but for this route, they are more expensive at 180 THB ($4.85).

If you want to take your car on the ferry, expect to pay 100 THB ($2.70) extra. Taking the motorbike? Then it will cost about 30 THB ($0.80).

Bangkok to Koh Chang by Flight from Trat

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,300 THB ($35) excl. ferry
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,300 THB ($35) excl. ferry

Taking a plane from Bangkok to Trat and then continuing with the ferry is the fastest way.

Bangkok Airways is the only airline operating along this route. The airline used to have 4 flights daily but currently, they have only 1 flight per day. The flight to Trat is leaving from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and departs at 11:40. After a 1 hour flight, you will land at Trat Airport (TDX).

One-way airfare starts are normally between 1,300 THB ($35) and 2,000 THB ($54). Book early for the best fares.

Check Flights on Skyscanner

Once you arrive at the airport, you will need to take a transfer to the pier to catch the ferry to Koh Chang.

There is an airport minibus service that goes straight from the airport to Koh Chang. This costs 500 THB ($13.50) for a single journey and 900 THB ($24)) for a round trip fare. The vehicle boards the ferry and takes you to the island.

Bangkok to Koh Chang by Taxi

Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Cost: 3,950 THB ($105)
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Cost: 3,950 THB ($105)

If you are with a group, it’s worth it to consider taking private transportation from Bangkok to Koh Chang. The taxi will drive to Trat, then board the car ferry and from there continue to any hotel in Koh Chang.

When splitting the costs, it’s still a cheap option for the 5-6 hour journey. Note that this is the price when booking online. When you book a taxi via your hotel it’s likely more expensive.

Included pick-up areas in Bangkok

Online booked taxis will bring you to any hotel in Koh Chang and pick you up from any location in Bangkok including:

  • Khao San Boonsiri, Bangkok
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Don Mueang Airport

Book a Taxi

 

Our favourite places to stay in Koh Chang

Koh Chang Accommodation

Pajama’s Koh Chang

Pajama’s Koh Chang is the perfect place for solo travelers looking for a dorm room.  The hostel is extremely social, fun and has an on-site bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Just a short walk to the beach and nightlife in the area, this hostel is an excellent location.  The staff is known to be extremely fun and happy to assist with tours and planning your future travels.

  • Swimming pool
  • Excellent location 
  • On-site bar 
  • Social atmosphere

Single bed in dorm room starts at $18 per night 

Read more

Koh Chang Accommodation

Chill House Koh Chang

Located on the Bang Bao pier, built over the water, the Chill House Koh Chang offers a great experience. Wake up to the stunning sunrises and enjoy the views from the terrace overlooking the sea.

Excellent food and friendly staff make this guesthouse the perfect home away from home. Walking distance to beaches, shopping, bars, and restaurants. 

  • Stunning sea views from the terrace
  • On-site restaurant
  • Friendly staff
  • Walking distance to sights and amenities

Private rooms start at $19 per night

Read more

  Koh Chang Accommodation

Beach Jungle

Located in the popular Lonely Beach area, Beach Jungle is a great choice for those looking for some extra comfort yet still wanting a social atmosphere.

Spend your days at the beach soaking up the sun and your evenings playing table tennis and billiards at the hostel or enjoying a drink at the on-site bar.  Private rooms come with air-con, fridge, and your own bathroom. 

  • Clean & comfortable 
  • On-site bar and activities
  • Excellent location in Lonely Beach
  • Private bathroom & fridge in the room

Private rooms start at $25 per night

Read more

    Koh Chang Accommodation

Harley Moon Hideaway

Located in quiet Bailan Bay and just a short distance to Lonely Beach and Kai Bae Beach, it’s the perfect getaway!

Harley Moon hideaway boasts a beautiful outdoor pool, bbq and terrace for your enjoyment as well as on-site bar and restaurant. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for relaxation and nature. 

  • Swimming pool
  • On-site bar and restaurant
  • Quiet and relaxing 
  • Surrounded by nature

Private rooms start at $45 per night

Read more

 

Most popular routes in Thailand

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Phuket to Surat Thani

Bangkok to Phuket

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Koh Samui to Koh tao

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Phuket to Krabi

Was this post helpful?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 4.8 / 5. Vote count: 5

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Your feedback is very valueable to us

How we can improve this post?

620 views