How to get from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan

There are four companies which will take you directly from Surat Thani Airport to Thong Sala in Koh Phangan. Your other alternatives are (1) to get a taxi from the Airport to Donsak Ferry Port (a taxi will cost 2 to 3 times the price of a joint boat and bus ticket), or (2) go to Surat Thani town and take a bus to the ferry terminal from there, which is slightly cheaper option than travelling direct from the airport but takes around 2 hours longer, or (3) catch the Night Boat from a pier in Surat Thani town centre.

Comparison of the Four Services from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan


Ticket Price Travel Time
Raja Ferry 480 THB 4 hrs 25 min
Phantip Travel 550 THB 5 hrs 15 min
Seatran Discovery 700 THB 5 hrs 00 min
Lomprayah 700 THB 4 hrs 00 min

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Tickets from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan – from 480 THB


Option 1: Raja Ferry Company

  • The Raja Car Ferry company will take you all the way to Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan’s main port town) from Surat Thani Airport by bus and then by ferry.
  • The cost is 480 THB.
Suratthani - Donsak bus

The first part of the journey is by bus to Donsak Ferry Port

Except for the very busiest days, there is no need to book in advance; you can purchase a ticket when you arrive at Surat Thani Airport. The ticket kiosk is on the Ground Floor of the airport pretty much opposite the exit after you reclaim your baggage.

The journey to Donsak (where the ferry terminal is) by bus takes 1 hour 30 mins. The ferry journey is 2 hours 30 minutes. If, for whatever reason, you miss your connection ferry or arrive early, there is a restaurant, toilets and shop at Donsak ferry terminal. The last Raja Ferry from Donsak to Koh Phangan is 18.00.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 15.00   
      • Arrival: 20.30
    • Departure: 16.05    
      • Arrival: 20.30

Option 2: Phantip Travel Company

  • The Phantip Travel Company follows the same route as the Raja Ferry Company with passengers making the sea crossing on a Raja car ferry.
  • The cost is 550 THB.

The Phantip Travel Company charges 70 THB more for the same journey as the Raja Ferry service, however, they more departure times available for booking online than the Raja Ferry Company.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.15   
      • Arrival: 14.30
    • Departure: 11.15    
      • Arrival: 16.30
    • Departure: 13.15    
      • Arrival: 18.30
    • Departure: 15.15    
      • Arrival: 20.30
    • Departure: 16.00   
      • Arrival: 20.30

Option 3: Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company

  • The Lomprayah service is the quickest and most comfortable service, and these reasons it is also most popular and most expensive transfer between Surat Thani Airport and Koh Phangan.
  • The cost is 700 THB 0r 800 THB for the 16.00 departure.
lomprayah

The Lomprayah Company uses high speed catamaran ferries

The Lomprayah is the most popular service from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Phangan. In high season and during the period around the time of the Full Moon Party tickets often sell out in advance of the day of travel. Booking in advance is recommended.

You can also buy a ticket on arrival at Surat Thani Airport: they have a ticket kiosk on the Ground Floor near where you exit after collecting your bags.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.30     
      • Arrival: 12.30
    • Departure: 10.50     
      • Arrival: 14.50
    • Departure: 13.30
      • Arrival: 17.30
    • Departure: 16.00
      • Arrival: 19.30

Option 4: Seatran Discovery Company

  • This service is very similar to the Lomprayah service, it costs the same and leaves at roughly the same times, but it tends to be around 1 to 2 hours slower to get to Koh Phangan than travelling with the Lomprayah service.
  • Tickets cost 700 THB.
  • We recommend using this service if the Lomprayah has already sold out

You can buy a ticket in the arrival all at Surat Thani Airport; the ticket kiosk is on the Ground Floor near where you exit after collecting your bags. However, in high season and around the time of the Full Moon Party they often sell out before the day of travel and we advise that you book online.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.30
      • Arrival: 13.30
    • Departure: 11.20
      • Arrival: 17.00

Independent Travel
: Taxi from the Airport to the ferry terminal

You can travel independently by taking a Taxi from the Airport to Donsak ferry terminal for around 1,500 THB. The journey time is quicker than the bus at around 1 hour. A word of caution: it is not always possible to find a taxi at Surat Thani Airport. This is one of the few airports in the world where there is not a line of taxis waiting for people.

The best ferry to take is the Raja Car Ferry, as you are guaranteed to be able to purchase a ticket and they have the most regular sailing times which are:

  • Departure: 07.00
    • Arrival: 09.30
  • Departure: 10.00    
    • Arrival: 12.30
  • Departure: 13.00
    • Arrival: 15.30
  • Departure: 16.00
    • Arrival: 18.30
  • Departure: 18.00
    • Arrival: 20.30

Route Map from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak ferry pier for services to Koh Phangan

  • Distance from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak ferry pier: 110 Kilometres
  • Travel time from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak ferry pier: 1 hour 21 minutes

Arrival at Surat Thani Airport after 4pm

If you are arriving at Surat Thani Airport after 4pm in the afternoon you will be unable to make it to Koh Phangan the same day (unless you take the Night Boat from Surat Thani city centre) and you will need to spend the night in a hotel on the mainland before travelling onto Koh Phangan. We recommend that travellers stay in Surat Thani city for the night as the accommodation options near the ferry terminals are limited. The best hotels in Surat Thani are the Diamond Plaza, 100 Islands Resort or Wang Tai Hotel. Minivans run from Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani town (Talad Mai Bus Station) at a cost of 100 THB per person.

Minivan Times from Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani Town

Minivan services from Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani Town depart from in front of the terminal building.

  • 07.40
  • 08.30
  • 10.30
  • 11.30
  • 12.20
  • 14.00
  • 16.00
  • 17.20
  • 19.20
  • 21.15

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