Bangkok to Koh Phangan

2 May 2024
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Most of the tourists who arrive to Koh Phangan come from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.

You can either arrange a transfer straight to the island of Koh Phangan or maybe spend a few days in the city to recharge after a long flight or discover the crazy yet cultural city of BKK.
bangkok to koh phangan
There are few ways to travel between Bangkok and Koh Phangan.

Let’s start with the quickest yet most expensive way; to fly.

Bangkok to Koh Phangan by Air​

Reaching Koh Phangan from Bangkok by air involves a choice between two main destinations: the neighboring island of Koh Samui and Surat Thani on the mainland.

Air Travel to Koh Samui

Koh Samui, located a short distance from Koh Phangan, is the more convenient but pricier option for air travel. From here, a taxi to the pier followed by a brief ferry ride of approximately 30 minutes will transport you to Koh Phangan. Bangkok Airways is the sole operator for flights to Koh Samui, contributing to the higher cost.

Air Travel to Surat Thani

As an alternative, flying to Surat Thani offers a more budget-friendly route. Although the subsequent ferry journey to Koh Phangan is lengthier, taking about 2.5 hours, the overall travel costs are often lower.

Flight Options and Prices

Direct flights from Bangkok are available to both Koh Samui and Surat Thani. The price range for these flights varies:

  • Bangkok to Koh Samui: Approximately 2000 - 6000 Baht one way.
  • Bangkok to Surat Thani: Around 700 - 3500 Baht one way.

Booking your flights early, especially for travelers coming from outside Asia, can lead to significant cost savings. It's also possible to include either of these destinations in your long-haul flight itinerary for added convenience.

Connecting to Koh Phangan from the Airports

Upon arriving at either Koh Samui or Surat Thani Airport, you can find transportation options to the respective ferry piers. The cost for a combined minibus/taxi and ferry ticket should not exceed 1000 Baht. These can be arranged at the airport's travel desks or pre-booked online for ease.

Ferry Services to Koh Phangan

From Koh Samui, the closest ferry pier is Seatran, offering direct access to Thong Sala, the main port of Koh Phangan. Most ferry services arrive at Thong Sala, with the exception of the Haad Rin Queen boat, which docks at Haad Rin. Both locations on Koh Phangan offer convenient access to various parts of the island, with Haad Rin being just an additional 15 minutes away from Thong Sala.

Thong Sala Pier

 

Bangkok to Koh Phangan by Train

For those who prefer a more scenic and leisurely journey, traveling by train from Bangkok to Surat Thani is an excellent option, providing a comfortable alternative to bus travel and a different experience from flying.

Departure and Arrival by Train

Trains depart from Bangkok's main train station and arrive at Surat Thani Train Station. This journey, threading through the heart of Thailand, offers a unique opportunity to witness the country's authentic rural landscapes.

Connecting to the Train Station from Bangkok Airport

Upon arrival at Bangkok's airport, travelers can easily connect to the main train station via bus or the Express Train Service (ETS), providing a seamless transition for those continuing their journey to Koh Phangan.

Duration and Comfort of Train Travel

The train journey to Surat Thani typically takes around 9 hours, although it's advisable to allow extra time for common delays. For added comfort, especially on overnight trips, travelers can opt for sleeper cabins, which are best reserved in advance to ensure availability.

Experiencing Thailand's Countryside

One of the highlights of train travel is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the picturesque views of Thailand's countryside, offering a peaceful and authentic travel experience as you head towards your island destination.

From Surat Thani to Koh Phangan

After arriving at Surat Thani Train Station, you'll need to transfer to Donsak Pier. Here, you can catch a ferry operated by Raja Ferry, Lomprayah, or Seatran to Koh Phangan. For convenience, consider booking your train ticket all the way to Koh Phangan, which often includes the ferry transfer. Alternatively, ferry tickets can be purchased directly at the train station.

Booking and Travel Tips

Booking your train and ferry tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons, is highly recommended. This ensures a smooth connection and a hassle-free start to your adventure on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan.


seatran ferry phangan


Bangkok to Koh Phangan by Road/Bus

For those seeking an economical way to travel, the bus journey from Bangkok to Koh Phangan offers an affordable and popular option, especially favored by backpackers and budget travelers.

Purchasing Bus Tickets

Bus tickets to Koh Phangan can be acquired from various tourist offices, notably around Khao San Road in Bangkok, where competitive prices can be found. Additionally, the convenience of online booking is also available, offering an easy way to secure your travel plans in advance.

Departure Points in Bangkok

Buses to Koh Phangan depart from several locations, including the bustling Khao San Road and the Southern Bus Station in Bangkok. These locations provide easy access for travelers staying in different parts of the city.

Cost and Types of Buses

The cost of bus travel to Koh Phangan varies, ranging from about 500 to 2000 Baht, depending on the type of bus service chosen. Options range from standard buses with basic amenities to more luxurious VIP services, catering to different comfort preferences and budgets.

Comfort and Facilities on the Bus

Modern buses equipped with air-conditioning ensure a comfortable journey. Most buses also make several stops along the route for food, rest, and bathroom breaks, making the long journey more bearable.

Combining Bus and Ferry Travel

Many bus services offer packages that include the ferry transfer to Koh Phangan. This combination is a convenient way to manage your travel, providing a seamless transition from road to sea as you head towards the island.

Arriving in Koh Phangan

Upon reaching Koh Phangan, you will find yourself in a tropical paradise, renowned for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture. The island offers an array of activities and experiences to cater to every traveler's taste.

Traveling to Koh Phangan by bus is not only cost-effective but also an adventure in itself, providing a glimpse into the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Thailand en route to an unforgettable island destination.

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Bangkok - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Bus Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 1,200–1,440 10h 10m – 18h 30m
  •   VIP 24 19:00
  •   VIP 32 18:50
  •   Express 06:00, 19:00, 21:00
  •   Bus + Ferry 19:00
  •   VIP Bus 19:00
Taxi Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort 3pax
  •   Luxury VIP Van 9pax
  •   Luxury SUV 4pax
Ferry Bangkok - Koh Phangan ฿ 1,650 10h 10m – 13h 30m
  •   VIP 06:00, 21:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort
  •   Luxury VIP Van
  •   Luxury SUV
Don Mueang Airport - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Taxi Don Mueang Airport - Koh Phangan ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort
  •   Luxury VIP Van
  •   Luxury SUV
Koh Phangan - Bangkok More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Phangan - Bangkok ฿ 1,180–1,435 11h 45m – 18h 30m
  •   VIP 24 11:00
  •   VIP 32 11:00
  •   Ferry + Van + Bus 14:00
  •   Express 13:00, 14:30
Taxi Koh Phangan - Bangkok ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort
  •   Luxury VIP Van
  •   Luxury SUV
Ferry Koh Phangan - Bangkok ฿ 1,650 11h 45m – 12h
  •   VIP 08:30, 13:00
Koh Phangan - Suvarnabhumi Airport More info / Tickets
Taxi Koh Phangan - Suvarnabhumi Airport ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort
  •   Luxury VIP Van
  •   Luxury SUV
Koh Phangan - Don Mueang Airport More info / Tickets
Taxi Koh Phangan - Don Mueang Airport ฿ 13,500–19,500 11h
  •   Comfort
  •   Luxury VIP Van
  •   Luxury SUV

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