How to get to Koh Samui: Plane, Ferry, Bus, Train?

Koh Samui is an popular island in the south of the Thai Gulf and connected to the Surat Thani province. Because of that reason, connections except airways will usually get you to Surat Thani province first. 

It is in the Samui island group and its neighbors are the Koh Phangan and Koh Tao islands. It is also close to Ang Thong Marine National Park.

How to get to Koh Samui by plane?

Koh Samui is available from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. There are also international flights from places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.

how to get to koh samui

However, since Koh Samui airport belongs to Bangkok Airways, domestic flights can only be flown with Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways. The fare for these airlines is also slightly higher than normal.

A cheaper but longer alternative is to fly to Surat Thani with low cost airlines such as Air Asia or Nok Air and then to Koh Samui by ferry.

How to get to Koh Samui by Bus – Ferry?

Koh Samui Bus – ferry combined tickets for government and private companies are sold in Bangkok. First of all, the bus goes to the city of Surat Thani and then the ferry to Koh Samui.

The combined ticket fare from Bangkok South Bus Terminal to Koh Samui is around 800 baht and the journey lasts about 13 hours. In addition, companies such as Lomprayah are able to provide a safe journey even though their ticket prices are slightly higher.

It is good not to use tourist buses from Khao San Road, a backpacker area. Private companies selling combined tickets at cheaper rates in agencies and hotels in this area are not very reliable. Some companies like Songserm regularly steal busses.

How to get to Koh Samui by Train – Ferry?

It is also possible to reach Koh Samui via Surat Thani with train-ferry combined services. It’s a pretty casual option to go especially with the bed train, but because it is quite popular the tickets are running out extremely fast.

  • Minibus-Ferry

It is possible to reach Koh Samui by minibus and ferry combined flights from places like Phuket.

  • Ferry

There are regular ferry or catamaran services between the mainland and the islands. The ferry boats of Seatran and Songserm depart from Don Sak port of Anakarada Surat Thani and they approach the port of Nathon in Koh Samui. Raja Ferry car ferries moving from Don Sak also approach the docks of Lipa Noi.

Koh Samui has ferry services to various locations in Koh Phangan. Seatran and Songserm ferries departing from Nathon in Samui are approaching Thong Sala in Phangan. There are also ferry services to Thong Sala Lomprayah and Seatran from the beaches of Mae Nam, Big Buddha and Bophut in Samui.

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How to get to Full Moon Party?

Haad Rin Queen ferries departing from Big Buddha beach in Samui are approaching Haad Rin beach where Full Moon Party is made. Thong Nai Pan Express, which departs from Mae Nam beach in Samui, also visits the various east coast beaches of Phangan on the way to the last stop, Thong Nai Pan beach. 

Full moon party is the king of Koh Samui nightlife!

There is no direct ferry service from Samui to Koh Tao, but Lomprayah, Seatran and Songserm ferries departing from Nathon go to Koh Tao via Koh Phangan. It is also possible to reach Koh Tao via Koh Phangan with ferries moving from Mae Nam, Big Buddha and Bophut beaches.

Samui from Surat Thani city center has a slow boat service every night.

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