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Koh Samui to Koh Chang


Koh Samui to Koh Chang by Bus


Traveling from Koh Samui to Koh Chang by bus takes about 20 hours. Leaving from Nathon on the west coast of Koh Samui (hotel transfer to the bus station included), you’ll take the 90 minute car ferry crossing to Donsak on the mainland where you’ll continue up to Bangkok, which takes about 10 hours. In Bangkok there are connecting services to Koh Chang, which takes a further 7 hours to get you to your destination.

Buses are fully air conditioned with 2 classes available: VIP and Standard. The main differences between them are that there is more leg room and space to recline your seat, and snacks & drinks included with the VIP service. There are usually periodic rest breaks along the way at Thai service stations, where you’ll find toilet facilities, restaurants & convenience stores.

You’ll board 2 ferries during the trip, both car ferries, which are large and therefore unaffected by even the roughest seas. On board you can expect basic toilet facilities, an air-conditioned cabin and a small shop to buy food & drinks. For motion sickness suffers, we recommend taking medicine around 20 minutes prior to ferry departure.


Koh Samui to Koh Chang by Ferry


The ferry is used from Koh Samui to Chumphon (half the distance to Bangkok), where a bus is provided the rest of the way, travelling overnight to the capital. From Bangkok, you change transport to Koh Chang. It’s a little slower than solely by bus, taking about 23 hours to Koh Chang, however this service specifically caters for foreigners/tourists. The ferry & coach is air-conditioned, seating is comfortable, English movies are played to occupy your time and decent toilet facilities are provided. The ferry has the added advantage of giving you the ability to walk around inside the cabin or outside where smokers have the freedom to light up, and it a little more social with plenty of beautiful scenery.

Unlike the public bus service, you’ll arrive in Khao San Road not the bus station, which is a popular tourist spot in Bangkok. On arrival, you’ll get a transfer to Ekamai station before getting the bus to Koh Chang.


Koh Samui to Koh Chang by Train


Unfortunately it is not possible to travel by train to Koh Chang or Trat.


Koh Samui to Koh Chang by Plane


There are no direct flights from Koh Samui to Koh Chang but flights via Bangkok are available to Trat, which is on the mainland adjacent to Koh Chang. Journey time with Bangkok Airways for both flights is 3hr 30min to 5hrs and costs between 5,900 THB and 8,500 THB. This is the simplest way to Koh Chang, with connecting mini bus services from the airport to the island for 300 THB including ferry ticket. Remember you need to check-in at least 45 minutes prior to departure and hotel transfers are not included but can be arranged with us separately.

Flights to Trat are only available with Bangkok Airways from Suvarnabhumi Airport, taking 1hr and costing 2,500 THB to 3,800 THB but there are other options to get to Bangkok, with flights from Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Tammarat, as well as bus, ferry & train routes.

Flying from Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Tammarat adds around 5-6 hours on to your journey. It involves a ferry and bus from Koh Samui island to their respective airports. Hotel transfer is included on Koh Samui and the price is around 1,300 – 2,500 THB, which represents a significant saving on the Bangkok Airways service.


Private Transfer to Koh Samui to Koh Chang


We provide private transfers from Koh Samui to Koh Chang by car or mini bus. Depending on the number of people this can work out cheaper than public transport and often quicker as there is no schedule or route that needs to be adhered to. Private transfers give you the ability to leave Koh Samui in your own time and travel directly to Koh Chang without any bus/ferry/train changes. Please contact us for more details.


Routes to Koh Chang



What's the Schedule from Koh Samui to Koh Chang?


VIP Bus to Bangkok (for connecting services to Koh Chang)

DepartArrive
07:3019:30
15:3003:30
16:3004:30
17:3005:30
Hotel Transfer 1 hour before departure

Standard Bus to Bangkok (for connecting services to Koh Chang)

DepartArrive
14:0002:00
Hotel Transfer 1 hour before departure

Ferry to Bangkok (for connecting services to Koh Chang)

DepartArrive
08:0000:00
12:3004:00
Hotel Transfer 1 hour before departure

Flights from Koh Samui to Trat

DepartArrive
06:0009:30
07:4512:40
08:4512:45
12:4518:10
13:0018:10
13:5018:10
15:0018:10

Flights from Bangkok to Trat

DepartArrive
08:3009:30
11:4012:40
17:0518:05


What's Included on the Trip from Koh Samui to Koh Chang?


VIP Bus to Koh Chang

  • Hotel transfer in Koh Samui
  • Ferry ticket from Koh Samui
  • Bus ticket
  • Snack box & refreshments
  • Evening meal (Thai food)
  • Onboard toilet

Standard Bus to Koh Chang

  • Hotel transfer in Koh Samui
  • Ferry ticket
  • Bus ticket

Ferry to Koh Chang

  • Hotel transfer in Koh Samui
  • Ferry ticket
  • Bus ticket

Private Transfer to Koh Chang

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • Ferry ticket from Koh Samui (*passenger tickets not included – 120 THB per person)
  • Ferry ticket to Koh Chang (*passenger tickets not included – 120 THB per person)
  • Insurance


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