Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport

Ferry and Airport Bus

There are two types of direct travel service from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport. The fastest services are the daytime services operated by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company. The other type of service travels overnight on a large ferry.

Bus and Ferry Times from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport


There are currently 4 direct services a day from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport available to book online.

Koh TaoAirportTicketCompany
07:0011:00฿ 1,200Lomprayah
11:0015:00฿ 1,200Lomprayah
21:0006:30฿ 1,150Koh Tao Booking Center
21:0006:30฿ 1,150Fame Tour

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Option 1: Lomprayah Ferry from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport


The Lomprayah Ferry company has a fleet of high speed catamaran ferries which make the service they provide 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
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 Company from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport 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 00 minutes.
  • Cost: 1,200 THB
  • Lomprayah Ferry travel times from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport:
Koh TaoAirport
07:0011:00
11:0015:00

Option 2: Seatran Discovery from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport


  • Please note: This service is not currently operating.

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
Seatran Discovery Ferry on route to Donsak
  • Service: High speed ferry and minivan transfer.
  • Journey Time: 6 hours 00 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes.
  • Cost: 1,050 THB
  • Seatran Discovery travel times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao:
Koh TaoAirport
06:3012:30
09:0015:30

Option 3: Songserm from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao


  • Please note: This service is not currently operating.

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
Seating in the Songserm Ferry

Even though this service is the least confortable 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 bus.
  • Journey Time: 8 hours 00 minutes.
  • Cost: 800 THB
  • Songserm travel times from Koh Tao to Surat Thani Airport:
Koh TaoAirport
10:0018:00

Arrival at Surat Thani Airport for Flights before 12:00


If your flight is scheduled to depart from Surat Thani Airport before 12:00, then you need to either:

  • Travel from Koh Tao the day before.
  • Or take the Night Boat from Koh Tao to Surat Thani town.

The reason is that you are required to check in for your flight from Surat Thani Airport at least 45 minutes before your flight is scheduled to depart and the earliest you can get to Surat Thani Airport from Koh Tao is 11:00.

The night boat from Koh Tao to Surat Thani departs at 21:00 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 12:00 that you travel to Surat Thani town the day and stay in a hotel for a night. The best hotels in Surat Thani are:

  • Diamond Plaza
  • 100 Islands Resort
  • Wang Tai Hotel

Minivans run from Surat Thani City to Surat Thani Airport from 06.00 until 19.00 every day. The journey costs 180 THB per person and takes 45 minutes.

Location of Mae Haad Pier


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

Google Map of Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao

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