How to get from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui

There are four companies which will take you directly from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui. Your other alternatives are: (1) to get a taxi direct to ferry port Donsak or (2) go to Surat Thani centre and take a bus to the ferry terminal from there or (3) catch the Night Boat which leaves from a pier in Surat Thani city centre.

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

Ticket Price Travel Time
Raja Ferry * 600 THB 6 hrs 00 min
Seatran Discovery 600 THB 4 hrs 30 min
Lomprayah 600 THB 3 hrs 15 min
Phantip Travel 450 THB 3 hrs 15 min

* Price includes minivan transfer from the pier on Koh Samui to your hotel


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Tickets from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui – from 450 THB


Option 1: Raja Ferry Company

  • The Raja Ferry Company will take you all the way from Surat Thani Airport, first by bus and then by ferry, to Lipa Noi Pier in Koh Samui which is on the west side of the Island near Na Thon, and the other side of Island from major resorts such as Chaweng and Lamai.
  • The cost is 600 THB including transfer to your hotel on Koh Samui.
  • There is no need to book in advance as you can purchase a ticket when you arrive at Surat Thani airport. The ticket kiosk is on the Ground Floor of the airport opposite the exit once you clear customs.
Raja Car Ferry

Seating on the Raja Car Ferry

The journey to Donsak Raja Ferry Port by bus takes 1 hour 30 mins. The ferry journey from the mainland to Koh Samui takes 1 hours 30 mins. If, for whatever reason, you miss your connection ferry or arrive early, there is a fairly cheap restaurant (the food is generally OK), clean toilets and a small shop at Donsak ferry terminal. The last Raja ferry from Donsak to Koh Samui is 19.00.

  • Travel Times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Samui:
    • Departure: 15.00    Arrival: 21.00
    • Departure: 16.05    Arrival: 22.05
    • Departure: 17.25    Arrival: 23.25
  • Arrival Point for this Service: Your Hotel in Koh Samui

Option 2: Seatran Discovery Service

Seatran Discovery ferry

The Seatran Discovery service is virtually identical to the Raja Ferry service (their kiosks are by each other in the Airport) save for four differences:

  1. The Seatran is a bit more expensive (600 THB for the one way journey from Surat Thani Airport to the ferry pier in Koh Samui and transfers from there cost 150 THB making a total of 750 THB).
  2. Seatran boats are more comfortable than the the Raja Car Ferry.
  3. The Seatran goes to Bangrak Pier which is on the North East Side of the Island and close to the tourist centres of Bohput, Lamai and Chaweng as well as Koh Samui airport. For most travellers it is more convenient to arrive at Bangrak Pier than Lipa Noi (the pier used by the Raja Ferry Company).
  4. They have earlier departure times which may be more convenient for you if you are arriving in Surat Thani on an early morning flight.
  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.30    Arrival: 13.00
    • Departure: 10.45    Arrival: 16.30
  • Arrival Point for this Service: Bangrak Seatran Pier in Koh Samui

Option 3: Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Service

Lomprayah

The Lomprayah Service is the most popular

  • This is a much quicker and more comfortable service which goes direct from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Sami (Nathon pier). 
  • The cost is 600 THB
  • The most popular of the four services.

You can buy your ticket on arrival at Surat Thani Airport: they have a ticket kiosk on the Ground Floor near where you exit after clearing customs. However, this service is the most popular one and often sells out before day of travel in high season so booking in advance is advisable. The same boat which travels to Koh Samui carries onto Koh Phangan. This means that for a week before the monthly Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan and a week after the Lomprayah boat becomes very busy transporting the tens of thousands of party goers making their way to and from the Full Moon Party. The closer your dates of travel coincide with the date of the monthly Full Moon Party the more important it is that you book in advance.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.30    Arrival: 11.45
    • Departure: 10.50    Arrival: 14.05
    • Departure: 13.30    Arrival: 16.45
  • The Arrival Point for this Service: Na Thon Lomprayah Pier in Koh Samui

Option 4: Phantip Travel

  • Seatran Car Ferry used by Phantip Travel

    This is a no frills service taking passengers rapidly and cheaply by minivan to Donsak Seatran Pier and then over to Na Thon Pier on the Seatran Car Ferry.

  • The cost is 450 THB

The minivan journey takes around 1 hour 30 minutes and the sea crossing also takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. Neither the minivan or the ferry is particularly luxuriously but this is a cheap, quick and efficient service and it represents excellent value for money.

  • Travel Times:
    • Departure: 08.30    Arrival: 11.45
    • Departure: 10.50    Arrival: 14.05
    • Departure: 13.30    Arrival: 16.45
  • The Arrival Point for this Service: Na Thon Seatran Pier in Koh Samui

Taxi from Surat Thani Airport to the ferry terminal

You can also take a Taxi from the Airport to Donsak ferry terminal for around 1,500 THB – you need to agree the price with the driver in advance. The journey time is quicker than the bus at around 1 hour. A word of caution though as it is not always possible to find a taxi at Surat Thani Airport. Surat Thani Airport is one of the only airports in the world where there is not a line of taxis waiting for customers.

The Raja and Seatran ferry companies operate from piers a couple of kilometres apart from each other. Raja ferries run on the hour every from 05.00 to 19.00 at night from Donsak to Koh Samui. Seatran also runs every hour, on the hour every hour from 06.00 to 19.00 from Donsak to Koh Samui.

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

      • Distance from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak ferry pier: 95.5 Kilometres
      • Travel time from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak ferry pier: 1 hour 32 minutes

Arrival at Surat Thani Airport After 16.30

If you are coming into the airport after 16.30 at night you are probably better off spending the night in Surat Thani as it is too late to travel to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao unless you take the Night Boat. The accommodation near the Donsak ferry terminals is not very good and not near any restaurants or bars. By far the best hotels are in the centre of Surat Thani are:

Minivan depart from Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani town (Bus Station) at 07.40, 08.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.20, 14.00, 16.00, 17.20, 19.20 and 21.15 and cost 100 THB per person.

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