Ready to explore the “City of Life”? Bangkok is Thailand’s Capital City, which is filled with amazing street food, excellent shopping and beautiful sights. Home to world-famous sights such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, you will find Thai culture in all corners of Bangkok.
When travelling the 780km distance from Koh Phangan to Bangkok, you have 3 options: you can board a flight (3 hours), take a bus (16.5 hours), or hop on a train (20 hours). Rates range from $32 to $96.50.
Flight via Koh Samui or Surat Thani, Ferry and Bus or Train?
Taking a flight is the fastest option and can take you from Koh Phangan to Bangkok in just 3 hours, including transfers. However, it can be very expensive at $96.50.
A cheaper option when travelling by flight is to fly from Surat Thani to Bangkok. Fares are only slightly pricier than taking the bus or train at $40. However, this route takes about 3 hours longer than flying from Koh Samui.
Still, we recommend travelling by land if you have the extra time because flights are harmful to the environment.
The combined bus and ferry ride is the cheapest option at $32. Although this takes 16 hours, you can save a night on accommodation if you travel by night.
The train is another good option for $39.50. But note that you will need 3 transfers if you take the train. First is a combined ferry and bus ride from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani, and then a train from Surat Thani to Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok.
There are multiple flights from Koh Samui to Bangkok daily. All flights are operated by Bangkok Airways and land at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The airport is about 33km east of the Khao San Road area.
Be sure to factor in the time it will take for your ferry crossing from Koh Phangan and the travel time from the pier to the airport.
You can get a ticket for as low as 2,450 THB ($81) and the flight takes about 1 hr 15 min.
A cheaper option to travel by flight from Koh Phangan to Bangkok is to fly from Surat Thani Airport (URT). This takes at least 3 hours longer than flying from Koh Samui, but is still much faster than taking the bus or train.
Step 1: Koh Phangan to Surat Thani by Ferry + Bus
Duration: 5 hours Cost: 515 THB ($17)
First, you have to take a combined ferry and bus ride from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Airport.
Ferries depart from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan and take you to Donsak Pier in Surat Thani. From there, a van or bus will be waiting to take you to the airport.
Fares start at 515 THB ($17) and travel time is 5 hours. But if you take the high-speed ferry of Lomprayah for a few more dollars, you can reach Surat Thani Airport in just 3h 15min.
There are some fantastic combination ticket deals that include both your bus ticket and ferry transfer. While travelling by bus may take more time, it’s a lot cheaper than taking a plane or train and will save you an additional few dollars in accommodation if you choose to take a night bus.
See below the schedules of the combined ferry and bus trip.
965 THB ($32)
1,050 THB ($35)
12h 11h 30m
1,500 THB ($50) 1,500 THB ($50)
To board the ferry, head to Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan. The ferry will take you to Donsak Pier and from there, you will transfer to the bus onward to Bangkok. The last stop for all our recommended bus operators is near Khao San Road.
If the bus route passes by your hotel in another area, you can request the driver to drop you off at the nearest stop. However, not all drivers will oblige.
Travelling by bus takes about 12 hours, making it the perfect time to catch up on some sleep.
The third option is to take the train. This option is cheaper than flying but it takes almost a full day to reach Bangkok and requires 3 transfers.
From Koh Phangan, you will take a combined ferry and bus or van ride to Surat Thani Train Station. From there, you can hop on a train going to Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok.
Step 1: Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Train Station by Ferry + Bus/Van
Duration: 4h 30min Cost: 465 THB ($15.50)
You can book a combined ferry and van ticket for 465 THB ($15.50). You will take a ferry from Thong Sala Pier to Surat Thani Pier. And then you will transfer to a bus or van, which will take you to the train station.
You can choose from 4 companies and see their schedules below:
The last leg of this journey is the train ride from Surat Thani to Hua Lamphong Railway Station. We recommend that you take a night train so that you won’t lose a day travelling.
There are several train options for this route and the price for a 2nd class sleeper berth starts at 730 THB ($24). For extra comfort, you can upgrade to a 1st class A/C sleeper for 1,400 THB ($46.50).
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