If you want to travel the 770km distance from Koh Samui to Bangkok, you have 3 options: you can book a flight (1 hour), take the bus (16 hours) or ride the train (12.5 hours). The flight is the only direct option, but it is also the most expensive at $95.
Tickets for a combined bus and ferry ride start at $24.50 and the journey takes 16 hours. If you’re willing to spend a few more dollars, you also book a quicker option to travel from Koh Samui to Bangkok in just 12 hours.
The journey by train takes between 12.5 to 18 hours, but offers the advantage of getting a good night of sleep in the sleeper train. Remember that sleeper trains are often more comfortable than bus journeys.
If you don’t want to pay for an expensive flight, a combined bus and ferry ride from Koh Samui to Bangkok is a good alternative. It requires more time to travel but it is also a lot cheaper.
You can board a ferry from Maenam Samui Pier, Na Thon Pier or Lipa Noi Pier. It’s best to get on the ferry at the pier that is closest to you. The ferry brings you to Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani, where you will board a bus that will take you to Bangkok.
Below are the schedules of the combined bus and ferry trips from Koh Samui to Bangkok, categorized by the different piers.
Mae Nam Samui Pier
12h 30m 12h
1,400 THB ($46)
The trips from Mae Nam Samui Pier are operated by Lomprayah. The last stop in Bangkok is at Lomprayah Office in Khao San Road.
Lipa Noi Pier
850 THB ($28)
Raja Ferry operates regular ferries that you board at Lipa Noi Pier. Your last stop will be at Chaophya Park Hotel Ratchada, 15km away from Bangkok city center.
Na Thon Pier
750 THB ($24.50)
When travelling with Songserm, you have to board the ferry from Na Thon Pier. The last stop is less than a minute walk away from Khao San Road.
The advantage of taking a train compared to a bus is that sleeper trains are more comfortable and you can get a good night of rest. By taking the night train, you won’t waste a complete day on travelling.
The nearest train station from Koh Samui is at Surat Thani. To reach the Surat Thani train station, you will first have to take a combined ferry and bus/van from Koh Samui.
Step 1: Koh Samui to Surat Thani Train Station by Ferry + Bus/Van
Duration: 3 hours Cost: 365 THB ($12)
The combined ferry and bus/van journey from Koh Samui to Surat Thani takes at least 3 hours. Fares start at 365 THB ($12). You can choose which company fits your budget and schedule from the table below:
3h 3h 30m
356 THB ($12)
every hour from 06:00-15:00
400 THB ($13)
07:30-12:00 09:30-14:00 13:30-18:40
4h 30m 4h 30m 5h 10m
356 THB ($12)
2h 20m 2h 15m
735 THB ($24.50)
Songserm, Phantip Travel and Lomprayah depart from Na Thon Pier. Raja Ferry departs from Lipa Noi Pier.
Tickets for a 2nd class A/C sleeper berth start at 640 THB ($21). You can also book a 1st class berth for 1,400 THB ($46.50). Travel time is at least 9.5 hours, but some train options can take up to 12.5 hours.
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