Bangkok is the Capital City of Thailand and is often referred to as “The City of Life” or “The City that Never Sleeps.” Home to famous sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and over 400 other temples, Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world.
Thailand’s capital offers world-famous street food like “pad thai,” live music, nightlife, fine dining and so much more. Bangkok is full of life, lights and busy streets. When you’re completely relaxed after island life on Koh Chang, it’s time to travel (back) to Bangkok.
To travel the 350km journey from Koh Chang to Bangkok, you have 3 options; you can take the bus for 7 hours ($21), hop on a flight for 2 hours (from $71) or take a taxi for 4-5 hours (around $130).
We recommend to take the bus and ferry when travelling from Koh Chang to Bangkok. A combined bus and ferry ticket costs only $21 and it will take you straight to either Bangkok city center or Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Taking a flight is the quickest option at only 2 hours, including transfers. But we don’t recommend flying on short distances as it is very unsustainable.
You can also take a taxi from Trat to anywhere in Bangkok. A 3-seater taxi costs about $130, not bad if you’re travelling with a small group.
For a hassle-free journey, you can book a combined bus and ferry ticket online from Koh Chang to Bangkok for as low as 630 THB ($21). With this option, you will take a ferry from Koh Chang to Trat, where a bus will already be waiting to take you to Bangkok.
There are three well-known companies operating on this route.
Travel Mart departs from Ao Sapparot Pier in Koh Chang and arrives at the Travel Mart Office in Chao Fa Road, just a 10-min taxi ride or walk to Khao San Road.
Thai Sriram departs from Ferry Center Point in Koh Chang and arrives at 169 Chakrabongse Road, which is a 5-min walk to Khao San Road.
If you are heading straight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can take the Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus, which departs from Klong Son Bus Station in Koh Chang.
Note: If you booked a round trip ticket with the mini-bus service operated by Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co., be sure to communicate with them directly about your return trip so you can be accommodated accordingly. The last stop for this bus is at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
If you want to do it more like a local, you can also travel this route on your own. This method looks cheaper at only about 330 THB ($11) for the combined bus and ferry ticket.
However, note that the local bus stops at the Eastern Terminal in Bangkok, which is another hour away from the city centre and 40min away from Suvarnabhumi Airport. If you add the additional taxi and/or train fares, it might even be more expensive than booking your ride online.
Still want to take the local transport from Koh Chang to Bangkok? Check out the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Koh Chang to Trat by Ferry
Duration: 45min Cost: 80 THB ($2.10)
You’ll first need to head to the pier in Koh Chang, you can catch a local songthaew or motorbike taxi along the main road for about 60 THB ($2).
The ferry ride costs 80 THB ($2.10) for an adult ticket. Below we provide the ferry schedules to guide you on your trip.
Try to get on an early ferry so you can catch the connecting bus when you arrive at the pier.
During low season, Centerpoint Pier ferries only depart at 09:30, 10:45 and 12:30, the afternoon schedules remain the same.
Step 2: Trat to Bangkok by Bus
Duration: 6 hours Cost: 265 THB ($8.50)
It’s best to be in Trat before 14:00 so you can catch the #999 bus that passes by the pier. This bus has 2 trips daily and departs Trat at 14:00 and 16:00. Only the 14:00 bus trip passes by both piers.
You can pay for the bus ride at the terminal. The bus fare is 240 THB ($8) and you are required to pay a 15 THB ($0.50) commission to the ticket seller.
If you miss the 14:00 trip, you will need to take a songthaew to the bus terminal in Trat. There are buses departing every hour from the terminal that charge 250 THB ($8.20).
Bus #999 drops off passengers at the Eastern Bus Terminal in Ekkmai, Bangkok.
Koh Chang to Bangkok by Flight
Duration: 2 hours Cost: 2,150 THB ($71)
When taking a flight from Koh Chang to Bangkok, you first have to take a ferry to Trat, where the nearest airport is located.
After your ferry ride from Koh Chang to Trat, you will need to arrange a transfer from the pier to the airport. You can take a songthaew for this part of the journey.
If you purchased a round trip mini-bus transfer, they will take care of your transfer from Koh Chang to the airport.
We recommend asking your hotel to assist you with arranging your transfer, especially if you’re carrying big bags. It might be a little pricey but you will not have to deal with the hassle of haggling with taxis or packing luggage in and out of busy songthaews.
Flight fares from Koh Chang to Bangkok (via Trat) starts at 2,150 THB ($71).
There are 4 daily flights departing at 10:00, 13:10, 16:25 and 18:30 and it only takes about 1 hour to fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok.
If you prefer to take the taxi from Trat, make sure to book in advance with a taxi company. This way, you will have a car waiting for you when you arrive at the pier in Trat. You may also ask your hotel to help you book a car or you can contact a local travel agency.
See the first step of the bus option above to find out how you can take the ferry from Koh Chang to Trat.
When booking via your hotel or a local agency, taxis and rented cars can cost about 4,000 THB ($132) for the trip back to Bangkok.
You can also book a taxi online via Klook for 4,320 THB ($143) for a 3-seater car. This can also fit up to 4 persons if you are carrying little luggage.
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