The island of Koh Samui is a favorite among travellers. There is a great mix of activities you can enjoy from cultural sites to extravagant parties. The beaches are famous for relaxing, snorkeling and soaking up the sun, while the restaurants and shopping areas are known for traditional Thai flavors and local fare.
When travelling the 760 km distance from Bangkok to Koh Samui, you have 3 options; you can fly in just over an hour ($87), take the bus for at least 12.5 hours ($25), or take the train for nearly 15.5 hours ($44.50).
In just over an hour you can reach Koh Samui from Bangkok if you choose to fly. This saves you not only time but also the hassle of having to arrange different transfers. The only downside to this option is that the tickets are quite expensive.
Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui are solely operated by Bangkok Airways. They offer multiple flights daily with one-way fares starting at 2,650 THB ($87). Be sure to book a flight well in advance as this route is very popular and prices can increase substantially.
Flights depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and arrive at Koh Samui Airport, which is located in the northeastern part of the island.
When you arrive in Koh Samui, you’ll need to arrange a transfer to your hotel. To learn more information about this, read Koh Samui Airport.
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When you want to travel this distance by bus, a combined bus and ferry trip from Bangkok to Koh Samui is the easiest way to go.
You can purchase the combined bus and ferry tickets both in the bus terminal and online, the terminal is usually a little cheaper. But we recommend booking your ticket in advance as trips tend to sell out, especially during the peak season.
Several well-known companies operate on this route. Most departures are from Khao San Road and most of the arrivals are at Nathon Pier. Still, some depart and arrive at varying points, so make sure to check these before you book your trip.
760 THB ($25)
19:00-10:00 (Express) 19:30-10:00 (VIP)
15h 14h 30m
940 THB ($31)
20:00-08:30 (VIP) 17:30-08:30
12h 30m 15h
1,050 THB ($35) 940 THB ($31)
17h 20m 16h 20m
820 THB ($27) 1,050 THB ($35)
10h 40m 14h 20m
1,400 THB ($46.50)
Buses will drop you off either at Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani or Thung Makham Noi Pier in Chumphon. From here, you will transfer to a ferry bound for Koh Samui. Depending on traffic and the company you’re travelling with, the journey takes between 10.5 to 17.5 hours.
On the day of your departure, you can claim your train boarding pass from the designated counter in Hua Lamphong Railway Station. You cannot board the train by only showing your online booking voucher so be sure to pick up your boarding pass.
Upon arrival at Surat Thani Railway Station, you can then board a bus or van to the pier.
Ferries bound for Koh Samui arrive at Nathon Pier or Bangrak Seatran Pier, depending on which operator you booked your trip with.
For trips operated by Thai Railways, a shuttle service to the pier is provided. This shuttle service will be waiting outside the train station. You can seek assistance from train staff to locate your shuttle service.
If you choose to book with Seatran Discovery, head to the Phantip Office outside of the train station to board your transfer to the pier.
If you’re travelling with Lomprayah, turn left as soon as you exit the train station towards the intersection. Cross the intersection and the Lomprayah office will be on your right-hand side.
When you book with Lomprayah, you can request for a hotel transfer prior to your trip. The staff will give you a hotel transfer ticket in Surat Thani. Present this ticket to the assigned staff when you reach Koh Samui.
If you’re looking for a fun and social atmosphere, this is the perfect hostel! On-site swimming pool, bar and lounge area for socializing with other travelers. Extremely close to the beach, restaurants, bars and all amenities. The hostel offers very comfortable beds and is extremely clean. The hostel staff is very friendly and will assist with arranging tours and forward travel plans.
If you’re traveling alone but prefer a little more luxury and a quiet place then The Rock Hostel is a perfect choice. This hostel offers private beach access with lounge chairs, a swimming pool, and stunning sea views. The location is perfect, the hostel is quiet and relaxing and the staff is amazing. Treat yourself to a few days of luxury and relaxation here.
This adults-only beach house located in Taling Ngam Beach comes with countless recommendations. The beds are extremely comfortable, the hostel is very clean and a small breakfast of fruit with bread and jam is provided daily. There is an on-site bar, lounge and bbq area and the beach is right next door. The host is known to be exceptionally friendly, even taking guests on tours or dropping them off at the pier on departure day.
Located on a hill, this hotel offers amazing sea views from your private balcony and room. The outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink from the on-site bar. The restaurant offers a variety of western and Thai food to choose from. This hotel is the perfect getaway for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
These beautiful beachfront bungalows, located at the Bophut area of Koh Samui, are an absolute luxury! Relish in the privacy these bungalows offer while still being just steps from the beach. There is an on-site swimming pool, bar, beachfront restaurant and a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy. Soak up the luxury, stunning views and comforts this resort has to offer.