There are currently four companies which operate direct transfer 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 quickest service takes 2 hours 45 minutes, and the slowest service takes 5 hours. Ticket prices range from 470 THB to 850 THB per adult.
Ferry and Bus Times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
There are currently 21 direct ferry and bus services from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport available to book online.
|Travel Company||Koh Samui||Surat Thani Airport||Ticket|
|Raja Ferry||05:00||10:00||฿ 500|
|Seatran Ferry||06:00||10:00||฿ 500|
|Phantip Travel||06:00||10:45||฿ 470|
|Seatran Ferry||07:00||11:00||฿ 500|
|Seatran Ferry||08:00||12:00||฿ 500|
|Phantip Travel||08:00||11:45||฿ 470|
|Raja Ferry||09:00||13:00||฿ 500|
|Seatran Ferry||09:00||13:00||฿ 500|
|Phantip Travel||10:00||13:45||฿ 470|
|Seatran Ferry||10:00||14:00||฿ 500|
|Raja Ferry||11:00||16:00||฿ 500|
|Seatran Ferry||11:00||15:00||฿ 500|
|Phantip Travel||12:00||15:45||฿ 470|
|Seatran Ferry||12:00||16:00||฿ 500|
|Seatran Ferry||13:00||17:00||฿ 500|
|Raja Ferry||13:00||17:30||฿ 500|
|Phantip Travel||14:00||17:45||฿ 470|
|Seatran Ferry||14:00||18:00||฿ 500|
|Raja Ferry||14:00||19:00||฿ 500|
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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: The Raja Ferry Company will take you all the way from your hotel anywhere on Koh Samui all the way to Surat Thani Airport.
- Journey Time: 4 hours 00 minutes to 5 hours 00 minutes.
- Cost: 500 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. However, the downside of using this service is that you need to make your own way to Koh Samui Bus Station. To get to Koh Samui Bus Station cheaply take a shared songtheaw taxi to Na Thon Pier and then take another shared or private taxi from there to the turning on the ring road to both the bus station and the Koh Samui hospital. it is a very short walk from the turning on the ring road to Koh Samui Bus Station.
- Service: The Phantip Travel Service departs from Koh Samui Bus Station. Koh Samui Bus Station is 2.2 km South of Na Thon Town. From the bus station passengers travel to Na Thon Seatran ferry pier for the journey to Donsak Seatran Ferry Port and from there by bus to the airport.
- Journey Time: 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 45 minutes.
- Cost: 470 THB
- Phantip Travel times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport:
- Location of Koh Samui Bus Station
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 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
Option 4: Seatran Discovery from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport
- Please note: Seatran Discovery services from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport are currently suspended.
The Seatran Discovery ferry pier at Bangrak is the closest pier to the popular towns of Chaweng, Lamai and Bophut. The journey from the Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport may take longer than with the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company, but for most visitors to Koh Samui the journey from their hotel to ferry pier will be the shortest. For most foreign visitors the Seatran Discovery service will be the quickest service to Surat Thani airport because they need to travel a shorter distance from their hotel to the ferry pier.
Seatran Discovery Ferries have inside seating downstairs and an outside covered deck upstairs. There are toilets on board and a small shop selling drinks and snack in the downstairs part of the boat.
- Service: The Seatran Discovery Company uses modern ferries and buses for the journey from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport.
- Journey Time: 4 hours 00 minutes.
- Cost: 700 THB
- Seatran Discovery travel times from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Airport:
- Route: Chaweng Beach to the Seatran Discovery Pier at Bangrak
- Distance from Chaweng to the Seatran Discovery pier (Bangrak): 6.8 kilometres
- Driving time from Chaweng to the Seatran Discovery pier (Bangrak): 16 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.