Koh Tao view on Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Samui to Koh Tao

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How to get from Koh Samui to Koh Tao?

Koh Tao may be just 1/10 the size of its neighbour Koh Samui, but you’ll still find here beautiful bays and beaches and gorgeous coral gardens with tons of fish. It’s not without a reason that Koh Tao is so popular with divers.

The only way to travel the 70km distance from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is by ferry. Tickets start from $17, but ferry operators offer hotel pick-up for an additional $5. Travel time by ferry is 3 hours. Speedboats are faster, but a bit more expensive.

Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry3 hours520 THB ($17)Check ferry tickets

Itinerary from Koh Samui to Koh Tao

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Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Ferry

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 520 THB ($17)

Koh Samui has different piers. When taking the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, we suggest checking the nearest pier from your current location.

The three ferry operators you can choose from are Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery and Songserm. To serve as your guide on where to board the ferry, see the schedules we have provided for each ferry departure port. All ferries arrive at Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.

From Na Thon Pier

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
1h 45m
700 THB ($23)
Songserm11:30-14:303h520 THB ($17)

From Mae Nam Pier

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
1h 30m
1h 45m
610 THB ($22)

From Bangrak Pier

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Seatran Discovery08:00-10:00
2h580 THB ($19)

Most ferry operators offer van pick-up from your hotel in Koh Samui for an additional $5.

Once you reach Koh Tao, you will need to arrange your own transportation or you can ask your hotel if they offer pick-up service from Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.

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Our favourite places to stay in Koh Tao

La Latina Hostel

If you’re looking for a fun and social atmosphere, La Latina is the perfect hostel for meeting new friends and having fun! The hostel offers an on-site restaurant, bar and garden area for socializing or relaxing. Located just 200m from Mae Haad Beach, it’s the perfect location for all you want to do and see on Koh Tao.

  • Social and fun atmosphere
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Garden and terrace areas
  • Great location

Single bunk starts at $10 per night

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The Earth House

Enjoy the natural surroundings with these private bungalows and rooms located on a coconut plantation, walking distance from Mae Haad Beach.  The perfect escape to soak up the peace and quiet this resort has to offer. Walking distance to restaurants, bars, and amenities. Wifi is provided throughout the resort and the staff is known to be very friendly.  

  • Private bungalow
  • Natural surroundings
  • Near Mae Haad Beach
  • Privacy, peace, and quiet

Private bungalow starts at $13 per night 

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Budchui Village2

This lovely hotel is located just 500m from Sairee Beach and offers an on-site swimming pool.  The stunning mountain views, lush greenery surrounding the hotel and tranquility will make for a perfect escape from the busy streets of Koh Tao. An affordable breakfast can be added to your stay for just $3 per day.  Staff are very helpful and will assist in booking tours, onward travel plans and renting motorcycles or bicycles. 

  • Swimming pool
  • Close to the beach
  • Stunning mountain views
  • Friendly and helpful staff

Private room starts at $25 per night 

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The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel

Located in the Chalok Baan Kao area this hostel is surrounded by nature, lush scenery and tranquility.  The Hostel has a large outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and bar and a great rooftop terrace for guests to soak in all the sights. There is also a common area for socializing with a TV, books and a shared computer.  The Hostel is clean, the staff is friendly and the location is convenient. 

  • Swimming pool
  • Surrounded by nature 
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Extremely clean

Private room starts at $36 per night

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More routes to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

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