There is currently only 1 company operating direct services from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao. Your other alternatives are to (1) get a taxi to one of the Donsak ferry ports to board a ferry to Koh Tao, or (2) take the Night Boat from Surat Thani city or (3) catch a bus from Surat Thani city centre to a ferry port.
Bus & ferry times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao
There are currently 3 direct services a day from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao available to book online.
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Option 1: Lomprayah Ferry from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao
This service goes direct from the bus stop in front of Surat Thani Airport terminal building to Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao. The bus journey to the ferry port near to Surat Thani city takes 27 minutes, where you transfer to a high speed ferry for the sea crossing to Koh Tao via Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The ferry stops at each island for around 15 minutes to load and unload passengers and cargo on the way to Koh tao. The Lomparah ferry has lots of inside and outside seating with a shop selling drinks and snacks. We recommend the sandwiches on the Lomprayah ferry as being tasty and good value at 90 THB to 100 THB.
You can 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. During low season there is no need to book in advance, however during high season and the Full Moon Party period (the same boat first goes to Koh Phangan where the party is held) if you do not book in advance then you are not guaranteed to be able to travel.
- Service: The Lomprayah service uses luxury buses and high speed catamaran ferries to take customers quickly, comfortably and safely from the Airport directly to Koh Tao.
- Journey Time: 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours 00 minutes.
- Cost: 1,100 THB to 1,200 THB
- Lomprayah Ferry travel times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao:
The Lomprayah Service is the fastest direct service from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao.
Option 2: Seatran Discovery from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao
- Please note: Seatran Discovery are currently suspended.
We recommend using this service if the Lomprayah has already sold out or your plane arrives after the 09:30 Lomprayah service has already departed.
Like the Lomprayah service the Seatran Discovery services departs by bus from in front of Surat Thani Airport, however, the ferry port is a 90 minute bus journey away in Donsak where passengers transfer to a modern boat with outside seating and a small shop selling drinks and snacks.
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. Again, in high season and around the Full Moon Party period, both these services provided by the Seatran Discovery company sell out in advance of the day of travel and advance booking is required if you would like to travel the same day to Koh Tao.
- Service: This service is very similar to the Lomprayah service, it costs nearly the same amount, but takes 1 to 2 hours longer to reach to Koh Tao than travelling with the Lomprayah service.
- Journey Time: 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours 45 minutes.
- Cost: 900 THB
- Seatran Discovery travel times from Surat Thani Airport to Koh Tao:
Arrival at Surat Thani Airport after 12:30
If you are arriving at Surat Thani Airport after 12:30 in the morning you will need to spend the night in a hotel on the mainland before travelling onto Koh Tao, or alternatively take the Night Boat which leaves at 23:00 and takes 9 hours to reach Koh Tao. The Night Boat is the least comfortable boat to take to Koh Tao and is unsuitable for families, but may suit some younger travellers on budget. We recommend that travellers stay in Surat Thani City for the night before continuing onto Koh Tao the next day. The accommodation options near any of the Donsak ferry terminals is limited and there are few restaurants or bars near to the ferry terminals, and most people choose to stay in Surat Thani for the night rather in Donsak. The best hotels in Surat Thani are:
- Diamond Plaza
- 100 Islands Resort
- Wang Tai Hotel
For an inexpensive option aimed at backpackers consider booking a room at the Thairungruang Hotel.
Minivans run from Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani City (Local 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.
Location of Mae Haad Pier
- All services from Surat Thani Airport arrive at Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.