There are currently four companies which operate direct services from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport: 1. Raja Car Ferry Company. 2. Phantip Travel Company. 3. Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company. 4. Seatran Ferry.
- The fastest service takes 2 hours 30 minutes, and the slowest service takes 5 hours.
- Ticket prices range from 490 THB to 950 THB per adult.
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Ferry and Bus Times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
There are currently 27 direct ferry and bus services from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport available to book online.
|Company||Koh Samui||Surat Thani Airport||Ticket|
|Raja Ferry||05:00||10:00||฿ 516|
|Raja Ferry||05:30||10:00||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||06:00||10:00||฿ 470|
|Phantip Travel||06:00||10:45||฿ 490|
|Seatran Ferry||07:00||11:00||฿ 470|
|Raja Ferry||07:30||11:00||฿ 516|
|Phantip Travel||08:00||11:45||฿ 490|
|Raja Ferry||08:30||13:00||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||09:00||13:00||฿ 470|
|Raja Ferry||09:00||13:00||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||10:00||14:00||฿ 470|
|Phantip Travel||10:00||13:45||฿ 490|
|Raja Ferry||10:00||14:00||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||11:00||15:00||฿ 470|
|Raja Ferry||11:00||16:00||฿ 516|
|Raja Ferry||11:30||16:00||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||12:00||16:00||฿ 470|
|Phantip Travel||12:00||15:45||฿ 490|
|Seatran Ferry||13:00||17:00||฿ 470|
|Raja Ferry||13:00||17:30||฿ 516|
|Seatran Ferry||14:00||18:00||฿ 470|
|Phantip Travel||14:00||17:45||฿ 490|
|Raja Ferry||14:00||19:00||฿ 516|
|Raja Ferry||14:30||19:00||฿ 516|
Option 1: Raja Ferry from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
The Raja Ferry is a car ferry service using a variety of different models of boats, most of which are fairly old and have basic facilities inside. The seating though is comfortable enough for the short 1 hour 30 minute crossing over to the mainland ferry port of Donsak. Land travel with the Raja Ferry Company is by minivan.
When you arrive at Donsak ferry pier you transfer to a bus which takes you to Surat Thani airport. As you depart from the ferry walk along the ferry pier to the car park. There are normally several different buses and minivans waiting to take passengers onward to a variety of different destinations. To locate the correct bus show your ticket to one of the staff members waiting at the pier and they will point you in the direction of the correct bus or minivan for your onward journey to Surat Thani Airport
- Service: Car ferry and bus all the way to Surat Thani Airport.
- Journey Time: 4 hours 00 minutes to 5 hours 00 minutes.
- Cost: 516 THB
- Raja Ferry travel times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport:
- Route: Chaweng Beach to the Raja Ferry pier at Lipa Noi
- Distance from Chaweng to the Raja Ferry pier: 25.5 Kilometres
- Driving time from Chaweng to the Raja Ferry pier: 40 minutes
Option 2: Phantip Travel from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
The Phantip Travel company takes passengers by bus to the Seatran Car Ferry pier in Na Thon. After a 1 hour 30 minute sea crossing on the car ferry, passenger then transfer back to the bus for 1 hour 30 minute journey by road to Surat Thani Airport.
The Phantip Travel company offer a reliable, cheap and quick service and this is the service favoured by many of the residents of Koh Samui.
- Service: The Phantip Travel Service departs from the Phantip Office in Na Thon town centre.
- Journey Time: 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 45 minutes.
- Cost: 490 THB
- Phantip Travel times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport:
- Location of the Phantip Travel Office in Koh Samui
Option 3: Lomprayah Ferry from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
On this route the Lomprayah ferry departs from Na Thon Pier. You are advised to buy your tickets in advance as this is the most popular service from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport. The ferries are new and comfortable, with inside and outside seating as well as a small cafe selling drinks and snacks. Many passengers opt to head straight for the top sun deck to enjoy the views of the many islands set within the Gulf of Thailand visible on the way to the mainland. The main cabin is air-conditioned with comfortable seating.
Also, unlike the other ferry companies, the Lomprayah Company loads and unloads luggage for passengers. For those people travelling with young children will appreciate this additional help getting on and off the ferry.
- Service: The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company provides the quickest service: they use the fastest ferries on this route and they go direct from the ferry pier Donsak on the mainland to Surat Thani Airport.
- Journey Time: 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 00 minutes.
- Cost: 850 to 950 THB
- Lomprayah Ferry travel times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport:
- Route: Chaweng Beach to the Lomprayah pier at Na Thon
- Distance from Chaweng to the Lomprayah pier (Na Thon): 22.9 kilometres
- Driving time from Chaweng to the Lomprayah pier (Na Thon): 44 minutes
Arrival at Surat Thani Airport for Flights Departing Before 11:00
A word of caution with this journey: if your flight is before 11:00, you need to travel to Surat Thani the night before and stay in a hotel. For flights from Surat Thani Airport the minimum time you must arrive before the plane is scheduled to depart is 45 minutes. Arrive after this and you may miss your flight.
Travel in Thailand is frequently subject to unforeseeable delays. This is particularly the case when boat journeys are involved. The weather in the Gulf of Thailand can change suddenly and in stormy seas the journey can take longer than expected and the ferry might not arrive on time either. To avoid missing your flight when you travel from Koh Samui, you need to leave yourself extra time – don’t count on anything being exactly on time, as generally it is not.
In you are in doubt over whether you can make in time for your flight we advise you to book a hotel in Surat Thani. The best hotels are the Diamond Plaza, Wang Tai, and 100 Islands Resort. For a full list of hotels in Surat Thani, and how far they are from the airport, see Airport Hotels by Distance.