By joint bus and ferry service the journey from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao is scheduled to take 5 hours 45 minutes. The alternative to taking a direct service is to take a bus or train from Nakhon Si Thammarat city centre to either Surat Thani or Chumphon to board a ferry to Koh Tao.
Bus Times from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao
There is currently 1 direct combined bus and ferry service a day from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST) to Koh Tao available to book online.
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About travel to Koh Tao
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport is located 16.9 km by road to the north of the nearest long distance bus terminal in Nakhon Si Thamarat city centre, and 17.5 km from Nakhon Si Thammarat Railway Station. Travelling into Nakhon Si Thammarat city to board a bus or train travelling north would involve a considerable waste of time and money on taxi fares.
- Location of Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport:
The much easier and cheaper option for travel from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao is take a direct joint bus and ferry service. These services all follow the same route, which is to travel to one of the ferry ports in Surat Thani Province for a sea crossing to Koh Tao via the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. It’s a slightly longer journey to travel to Koh Tao from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport than it is from Surat Thani Airport, and at least 2 hours longer than it would be to travel from Chumphon Airport to Koh Tao.
Lomprayah services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao
The fastest and most comfortable service from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao is provided by the Lomprayah High Ferry Company. The first stage of the journey from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Tao is by bus from in front of the main terminal building at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Laem Thuat Pier in Donsak, which is a district of Surat Thani Province. The distance by road from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Laem Thuat Pier is 113 km which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. The bus does not normally stop on route because its a relatively short journey.
- Location of Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao:
The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company operates two types of passenger boat services: large catamaran ferries and large shared speed boats. Since the pandemic the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company has been tending to use shared speed boat services on routes between the mainland and the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, as well as for travel onward to Koh Tao. The total journey time by shared speed boat from Donsak to Koh Tao is 2 hours 30 minutes, with stops on route at Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, befoe finally arriving in Koh Tao at Mae Haad Pier in the main town on Sairee Beach.