Koh Tao to Koh Samui

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How to get from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Koh Tao and Koh Samui are two paradise islands in the Gulf of Thailand, located east of the mainland. The island of Koh Samui is the largest of the two and offers a great mix of activities you can enjoy from cultural sites to extravagant parties.

The beaches are famous for relaxing, snorkelling and soaking up the sun, while the restaurants and shopping areas are known for traditional Thai flavours and local fare.

Ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry1.5-2 hours625 THB ($18.50)Check Ferry Tickets

As Koh Tao doesn’t have an airport, your only way to travel the 70 km (50 miles) distance from Koh Tao to Koh Samui is by ferry. The journey takes about 1.5-2 hours to reach Koh Samui. Tickets start from 625 PHP ($11).

Itinerary from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Koh Tao to Koh Samui by Ferry

Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 625 THB ($18.50)
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 625 THB ($18.50)

All ferries operating from Koh Tao to Koh Samui depart from Mae Haad Pier. However, they dock at different ports in Koh Samui. Make sure you choose a ferry that docks near your accommodation.

Due to the pandemic, the number of ferry companies operating between Koh Samui and Koh Tao is limited. The last time we checked (June 2022), the route is only served by Lomprayah and Marine Passion. Both are good choices, but they each offer only one ferry trip daily.

Seatran Discovery and Songserm used to operate 4-hour rides at slightly cheaper prices, but they haven’t resumed their operations yet.

Departure and arrival ports

All ferries heading to Koh Samui depart from Mae Haad Pier on the east side of Koh Tao.

Being the more popular and bigger island, Koh Samui has many ports spread around the island.

We recommend checking the location of your hotel first, so you can choose the pier that is closest to your hotel. The ferries leaving from Koh Tao to Koh Samui arrive at either Bangrak Pier or
Nathon Pier.

To help you plan your trip, we have provided an overview of the ferries to Koh Samui, ordered per pier. You can book your ferry tickets through the link below.

Ferry schedule from Koh Tao to Bangrak Pier, Koh Samui

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Marine Passion10:00-11:30625 THB ($18.50)
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The ferry of Marine Passion arrives at Marine Passion Koh Samui office next to Bangrak Pier. This pier is located in the north of Koh Samui. This port is only about 10 km from Chaweng Beach, which is one of the most popular areas to stay in Koh Samui.

Ferry schedule from Koh Tao to Nathon Pier, Koh Samui

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Lomprayah09:30-11:30700 THB ($21)
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Lomprayah also operates a ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui leaving from Lomprayah office at Maenam Samui pier.

This pier is also located in the north of Koh Samui, but more on the western side. This is a bit further than Bangrak if you stay around Chaweng beach area.


Our favourite places to stay in Koh Samui

UBOX Hostel

If you’re looking for a fun and social atmosphere, this is the perfect hostel! On-site swimming pool, bar and lounge area for socializing with other travelers. Extremely close to the beach, restaurants, bars and all amenities. The hostel offers very comfortable beds and is extremely clean. The hostel staff is very friendly and will assist with arranging tours and forward travel plans.

  • Swimming pool
  • Bar 
  • Social atmosphere
  • Comfortable beds

Single bunk starts at $9 per night 

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The Rock Hostel

If you’re traveling alone but prefer a little more luxury and a quiet place then The Rock Hostel is a perfect choice.  This hostel offers private beach access with lounge chairs, a swimming pool, and stunning sea views. The location is perfect, the hostel is quiet and relaxing and the staff is amazing.  Treat yourself to a few days of luxury and relaxation here. 

  • Private beach
  • Swimming pool
  • Excellent location
  • Extremely clean and comfortable 

Single bunk starts at $15

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Aforetime Beach House

This adults-only beach house located in Taling Ngam Beach comes with countless recommendations. The beds are extremely comfortable, the hostel is very clean and a small breakfast of fruit with bread and jam is provided daily.  There is an on-site bar, lounge and bbq area and the beach is right next door. The host is known to be exceptionally friendly, even taking guests on tours or dropping them off at the pier on departure day.

  • Extremely helpful staff
  • Breakfast included
  • Very comfortable beds 
  • Beach nearby

Single room starts at $20 per night

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Palm Coco Mantra

Located on a hill, this hotel offers amazing sea views from your private balcony and room.  The outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink from the on-site bar. The restaurant offers a variety of western and Thai food to choose from.  This hotel is the perfect getaway for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • Swimming pool
  • Stunning sea views
  • On-site restaurant & bar
  • Extremely clean, luxury hotel 

Private rooms start at $33 

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Pico Beach Bungalows

These beautiful beachfront bungalows, located at the Bophut area of Koh Samui, are an absolute luxury! Relish in the privacy these bungalows offer while still being just steps from the beach. There is an on-site swimming pool, bar, beachfront restaurant and a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy.  Soak up the luxury, stunning views and comforts this resort has to offer. 

  • Beachfront
  • Swimming pool
  • On-site bar and restaurant
  • Private bungalow 

Private bungalows start at $46 

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Most popular routes in Thailand

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Phuket to Surat Thani

Bangkok to Phuket

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Koh Samui to Koh tao

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Phuket to Krabi

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Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.

Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.

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