Last updated: Jan 10, 2020

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How To Get From/To Koh Samui Airport?

The Gulf of Thailand hosts 3 popular Islands of which Koh Samui is the largest one. Not only is it the largest, it is also the only island with an airport and often used as a hub to reach the other nearby islands.

While the other two islands are mostly known for its full moon parties (Koh Phangan) or for its miracle diving (Koh Tao), Koh Samui is the place where you can relax at popular white-sand beaches or drive around with your motorbike to explore its many viewpoints. It’s often referred to as the Resort Island of the Gulf of Thailand.

Arranging your transfer from Koh Samui Airport can be a bit tricky, and here’s why: regular taxis are not allowed to queue at the airport.

This means you can’t just walk out of the airport and hop in the first taxi you see. You will need to either book a taxi through one of the travel companies designated at the arrival area or ask your hotel to arrange for a transfer.

Booking a taxi at the airport can be more pricey so we suggest asking your hotel in advance to arrange your ride. Prices start at $13 when booking online.

Koh Samui Airport is located on the northeast side of the island, close to the popular Chaweng Beach. The journey by taxi from the airport takes somewhere between 15 minutes and 1 hour. This completely depends on which part of the island your hotel is located.

Instead of booking a taxi, there is also the option of using a shared van. The shared minivan will save you some money, but you’ll have to wait until the van is full.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Taxi15m - 1 hour395 THB - 1,000 THB  ($13 - $33)Reserve a taxi ride
Shared van15m - 1 hour100 THB ($3.30) to 600 THB ($20)No online bookings

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Koh Samui Airport by Taxi


Duration: 15 minutes – 1 hour
Costs: 395 THB – 1,000 THB  ($13 – $33)

Metered taxis are not permitted to queue at Koh Samui Airport, which means you’ll either have to use the transport services that are offered by the airport or arrange your transport in advance.

Prices range from 395 THB – 1,000 THB  ($13 – $33), depending on your destination and the number of persons.

If you book online with Klook, you can get a 3-seater car for only 395 THB ($13) and a 10-seater van starting at 440 THB ($14.50). Aside from being cheaper, another advantage is that the driver will be waiting for you with a sign once you enter the arrival hall of Koh Samui Airport.

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Koh Samui Airport by Shared Minivan


Duration: 15 minutes – 1 hour
Costs: 100 THB – 600 THB  ($3.30 – $20)

For those who are on a tighter budget, there is an option to take a shared minivan from the airport.

The van needs to have a minimum of 5 passengers before the vehicle departs and the time before the van leaves can easily take up to 30 minutes.

During peak season, the waiting time will be shorter as many travellers are looking to save a few dollars and share a ride.

The transport company charges 100 THB ($3.30) to 600 THB ($20) per person depending on your destination.

For destinations such as Lamset, Lipa Noi, Taling Ngam or the Conrad Hotel, the service costs 600 THB ($20) for 1-2 persons from Koh Samui Airport.

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