Last updated: Aug 06, 2019


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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 one, 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 party’s (Koh Phangan) or for its miracles diving (Koh Tao), Koh Samui is the place where you can relax at the 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 one at the airport can be more pricey so we suggest asking your hotel in advance to arrange your ride.

Koh Samui airport is located on the North East side of the island, close to the popular Chawang beach. The journey by taxi ($15-$30) from Samui 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. This will save you some money, but you’ll have to wait until the van is full.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Taxi15m - 1 hour470 THB - 1,000 THB  ($15.50 - $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: 470 THB – 1,000 THB  ($15.50 – $33)

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

The cost will depend on your destination and you can save a few bucks if you book your transport in advance.

The price ranges from 470 THB – 1,000 THB  ($15.50 – $33) for a vehicle that seats up to 3 persons. If you prefer a bigger vehicle, you may have to pay more, depending on your final destination.

Booking online with Klook is often a bit cheaper than the price at airport arranged transfers. 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 Mini-van

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

For those who are on a tighter budget, there is the option of the shared minivan taxi service at 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 30 minutes.

During peak season, the waiting time will be shorter as many travelers 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, Lipanoi, Talim Ngam or the Conrad Hotel, the service costs 600 THB ($20) for 1-2 pers from Koh Samui Airport.


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