How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang?
Koh Chang is a haven for travellers who enjoy both the jungle and beach.
The amazing “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 easiest way to travel the 350km journey from Bangkok to Koh Chang is by bus. The bus ride takes about 7 hours (including ferry) and tickets start from $19. A faster option is to fly, which takes 2 hours and costs about $83. Or you can also take a taxi and a ferry for $131.
Bus, Flight or Taxi?
|Bus||7 hours||570 THB ($19)||Check bus + ferry tickets|
|Flight||2 hours||2,500 THB ($83)||Check flights|
|Taxi||5-6 hours||4,000 THB ($132.50)||No online tickets|
We recommend to travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang via a combined bus and ferry ride as this option is both cheap and convenient. You will take a 6-hour bus ride from Bangkok to Trat before transferring to a ferry bound for Koh Chang. The entire journey takes at least 7 hours.
The flight is the fastest option at only 2 hours, but we don’t suggest it as its emissions are very harmful to the environment. We’d rather skip short-haul flights anytime we can and opt for land and sea travels.
Travelling with a group? You can also take a taxi from Bangkok to Trat and then hop on a ferry to Koh Chang. Fares start at $132.50.
Itinerary from Bangkok to Koh Chang
- 6 hours
- 45 mins
- Koh Chang
- 1 hour
- Trat Airport
- 45 mins
- Koh Chang
- 5-6 hours
- 45 mins
- Koh Chang
Bangkok to Koh Chang by Bus
Duration: 7 hours
Cost: 570 THB ($19)
We recommend travelling by bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Chang. If you book a combined bus and ferry ticket, you won’t have to worry about your transfer when you reach Trat.
You can book your tickets online for as low as 570 THB ($19). This is more expensive than taking local transport, but you will be able to book your tickets even weeks before your trip and skip the risk of tickets getting sold out.
If you’re carrying little luggage, there is also an option to take a minivan and ferry for a cheaper price. Triple T receives very good reviews, although it might feel a bit cramped for taller passengers.
The journey from Bangkok to Koh Chang takes 6 to 7.5 hrs.
|Thai Sriram||07:30-13:30||6h||660 THB ($22)|
|Boonsiri High Speed Ferries||05:00-14:00|
|570 THB ($19)|
|Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus |
(from Suvarnabhumi Airport)
|720 THB ($24)|
(from Mochit New Van Terminal)
|7h 30m||490 THB ($16)|
(from Eastern Bus Terminal)
|7h 30m||490 THB ($16)|
|7h||560 THB ($18.50) + |
If you want to travel with Triple T, you can book your ticket via 12go.asia.
Another option when travelling via bus and ferry is to do it on your own. This method is cheaper, but it won’t give you the same level of comfort and ease when booking online. Total cost is 340 THB ($11.50). See the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Bangkok to Trat by Bus
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 260 THB ($8.50)
Head to the Eastern Bus Terminal in Ekkamai. This is easy to spot as it’s located along Sukhumvit Road, about a minute walk from Exit 2 of the BTS Ekkamai Station. Bus #999 is the most preferred bus as it drops off passengers in the pier area.
There are 2 trips daily – the first departs at 07:45 and the second departs at 09:00. The first trip passes by the Centerpoint Pier while the second trip passes by both Ao Thammachat Pier and Centerpoint Pier. The journey from Bangkok to these 2 piers in Trat takes about 5-6 hours. You can purchase your bus tickets at the bus terminal.
Note: If you miss either of these trips, you can still hop on a bus operated by Cherdchai Tour. This bus heads to the city of Trat and departs every hour from 06:00 to 23:30. Expect to pay 230 THB ($7.50) for the fare. From Trat City, you can take a songthaew or a motorbike taxi to either of the piers for 50 THB – 60 THB ($1.70 – $1.90). The bus is parked on the ground floor, outside Gate 8 at the Eastern Bus Terminal in Ekkamai.
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang by Bus
There is a mini-bus service operated by Suvarnabhumi Burapa Company that runs from the airport. Bus #392 takes you straight to Koh Chang so you won’t have to arrange for a ferry transfer from the mainland.
The one-way fare costs 600 THB ($20) and the round trip fare costs 900 THB ($29.50). The bus leaves at 07:50 and heads to Ao Thammachat Pier. Depending on the level of the tide, the bus may get on the ferry or arrange for a smaller vehicle to transport passengers.
Step 2: Trat to Koh Chang by Ferry
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 80 THB ($2.70)
You can either take a ferry from Ao Thammachat Pier or Centerpoint Pier to go to Koh Chang. We provide an overview of both the piers in the table below. The ferry trip takes about 45 minutes and costs 80 THB ($2.70).
|Pier (Departure)||Pier (Arrival)||Schedules||Duration||Costs|
|Ao Thammachat Pier||Ao Sapparot Pier||06:30|
every 45 min until 18:30
|40m||Adult: 80 THB ($2.10)|
Kids (age 8-10): 30 THB ($1)
Car: 120 THB ($4)
Motorbike: 40 THB ($1.30)
|Centerpoint Pier||Centerpoint Pier|
(in Koh Chang)
|45m||Adult: 80 THB ($2.10) / 160 THB 160 THB ($5.50) |
Kids (below 9): Free
Car: 100 -120 THB ($3.30-$4)
Motorbike: 30-50 THB ($1 - $1.70)
If you’re departing from Centerpoint Pier, you can purchase a round trip ticket for 160 THB ($5.50). It’s worth knowing that during the low season, Centerpoint Pier only has trips departing at 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 noon. The afternoon schedule remains unchanged.
Bangkok to Koh Chang by Flight
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 2,500 THB ($83)
Going by plane from Bangkok to Koh Chang is fast but much more expensive than taking the bus.
Bangkok Airways is the only airline operating along this route. They have flights departing daily from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 08:20, 11:40, 14:45 and 16:55. One-way airfare costs about 2,000 THB ($66).
The flight time to Trat Airport is 1 hour. From the airport, you will need to take a transfer to the pier to catch the ferry to Koh Chang.
But there is also an airport minibus service that goes straight to Koh Chang. This costs 500 THB ($16.50) for a single journey and 900 THB ($29.50) 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: 4,000 THB ($132.50)
If you are with a group, you can decide to travel from Bangkok to Trat by taxi and then continue by ferry.
However, this option is quite expensive and you will still need to book a ferry once you arrive in Trat.
Travelling by taxi from Bangkok to Koh Chang can cost you upwards of 4,000 THB ($131).
My favourite places to stay in 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
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
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
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
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