How to Get from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport

There are three travel operators provide direct ferry and bus transfers from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport. The other ways you can travel from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport are only slightly cheaper but take a lot longer: night boat to Surat Thani Town and minivan from there to the Airport, or a ferry to Koh Phangan and then a joint ticket with the Raja Ferry company for combined car ferry and minivan service from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Airport. A third alternative would be take a ferry to Chumphon, then a minivan to Surat Thani (a 179 km road journey taking around 2 hours 24 minutes) and finally a 50 minute journey by minivan from Surat Thani city to Surat Thani Airport. We advise our readers to take one of the direct services it is much easier.


Travel to Surat Thani Airport


Company Koh Tao Airport Cost
Lomprayah 06.00 10.45 ฿ 1,000
Seatran Discovery 06.30 13.00 ฿ 930
Seatran Discovery 09.00 15.30 ฿ 930
Lomprayah 09.30 15.45 ฿ 900
Songserm 10.00 18.00 ฿ 850

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Option 1: Lomprayah Ferry


The Lomprayah Ferry company has a fleet of high speed catamaran ferries which make the service provided by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company the fastest way to travel from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport. On arrival at the mainland ferry port passengers transfer to a modern luxury air-conditioned bus for the final leg of the journey by road to Surat Thani Airport.


One of the fleet of seven high speed catamaran ferries operated by the Lomprayah Company


We recommend booking your tickets to travel with the Lompayah from Koh Tao well in advance. This route becomes very busy often the time of the monthly Full Moon Party as the ferry stops on route to pick up customers from Koh Phangan where the Full Moon Party is held. Koh Tao itself also becomes very busy January to April and then again from July to September each year with people coming to the island to take diving courses.

  • Service: The Lomprayah provides a premium service with modern ferries and bus services.
  • Journey Time: 4 hours 45 minutes to 6 hours 15 minutes.
  • Cost: 900 THB to 1,000 THB
  • Travel Times from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport:
Koh Tao Airport
06.00 10.45
09.30 15.45

Option 2: Seatran Discovery


The Seatran Discovery Company provides the second best service on the Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport route. They use high speed ferries and then minivans to transport passengers from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport. The ferries themselves are fairly small but quite comfortable with indoor and outdoor seating and a small shop on board.


Seatran Discovery Ferry on route to Donsak


  • Service: High speed ferry and minivan transfer.
  • Journey Time: 6 hours 30 minutes.
  • Cost: 930 THB
  • Travel Times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao:
Koh Tao Airport
06.30 13.00
09.00 15.30

Option 3: Songserm


The Songserm Company provides a no-frills budget service from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport, although the cost of a ticket on this service is not much less than the cost of a ticket with the Lomprayah or Seatran Discovery Companies. A lot of people end up taking this service because it is recommended by a local travel agent or because they booked late and the Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery ferries were full. To be fair to the Songserm Company they have recently invested in faster and better ferries, but the overall standard of service has not dramatically improved from 20 years ago when they were one of the first companies providing ferry services to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao to an exclusively young backpacker crowd. The quality of the bus services they use from Donsak ferry pier to Surat Thani Airport are likewise very poor.


Seating in the Songserm Ferry


Even though this service is the poorest of the three direct services from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport you still need to book in advance during high season and just after the Full Moon Party as there is often a large number of people wanting to travel the same route at the same time.

  • Service: Basic ferry and transfer by a basic, old and slow bus.
  • Journey Time: 8 hours 00 minutes.
  • Cost: 850 THB
  • Travel Times from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport:
Koh Tao Koh Tao
10.00 18.00

Flights before 11.30


If your flight is scheduled to depart from Surat Thani Airport before 11.30 in the morning, then you need to travel from Koh Tao the day before or take the Night Boat from Koh Tao to Surat Thani town. You are required to check in for your flight from Surat Thani Airport at least 45 minutes before your flight is scheduled to depart. The earliest you can get to Surat Thani Airport from Kho Tao is 10.45. The night boat from Koh Tao to Surat Thani departs at 20.30 and arrives in Surat Thani town at 04.00 the next day. The night boat is unsuitable for families, or anyone with health, or who is unwilling to endure a long uncomfortable sea journey. The Night Boat is best suited to young men on a tight budget and they tend make up the majority of the passengers on the Night Boat. We recommend that if you have a flight departing from Surat Thani Airport before 11.30 that you travel to Surat Thani town the day and stay in a hotel for a night. The best hotels in Surat Thani are:

Minivans run from Surat Thani Town to Surat Thani Airport from 06.00 until 19.00 every day. The journey costs 140 THB per person and takes 50 minutes.


Location of Mae Haad Pier


  • All services to Surat Thani Airport depart from Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.


Next read about How to get from Koh Tao to Chumphon Railway Station


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