Ferry Guide for Koh Tao

28 Jan 2024
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Koh Tao is a diving, snorkelling and pleasure-seekers paradise, giving the island a distinctly laid-back attitude and a plethora of activities.
There are a few things you should know before visiting Koh Tao: First and foremost, there is no airport on Koh Tao. To get to Koh Tao, you must travel via Surat Thani or Chumphon piers, or via Koh Samui Airport. This implies that if you're travelling from Bangkok or anywhere else on the Thai mainland or along the Andaman coast, you'll have to combine many types of transportation.
The Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao is where all the boats, ferries, and speedboats arrive and depart.

Koh Tao

Ferry Companies

 

Lomprayah

Lomprayah is a fleet of high-speed catamaran ferries. They take pleasure in providing you with a trip that is all about speed, elegance, and service. In the Gulf of Thailand, the company operates seven high-speed ferries, which allow for easier loading than traditional ferries.
Furthermore, the company provides additional services such as aircraft ticket buying, bus booking, and tour trips, among others.

 

Songserm

Songserm is a shipping company that operates in the Gulf of Thailand. Joint Ticket is a corporation that specializes in boat and bus transportation. The company has grown and diversified its services throughout the years, becoming the first and oldest ferry company to transport passengers between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, and one of Thailand's most powerful bus and ferry firms. Songserm specializes in bringing tourists to Thailand's Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan islands, which are popular vacation spots.

 

Seatran

Seatran established Seatran Ferry on July 24, 2002, with the primary goal of providing a new and improved transportation option to Samui and the surrounding islands for both local and foreign residents. The main objective was to provide better service and the greatest level of protection at a reasonable cost, as well as to support the eradication of transportation congestion between Samui and the mainland, which was a major setback in the development of Samui's tourism business.

Lomprayah

Ferry Routes to Koh Tao

 

Koh Samui or Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Between these two neighbouring islands and Koh Tao, there are three boats that run. Lomprayah Catamaran, Seatran Discovery, and Songserm Express.
The two most popular boats, the Lomprayah Catamaran and Seatran Discovery take 2 and a half hours from Koh Samui to Mae Haad on Koh Tao. On Koh Samui, the boats depart from Maenam and Bangrak Seatran Piers. Seatran requires reservations at least one day in advance, whereas Lomprayah requires reservations two days in advance. We recommend making a reservation ahead of time, especially during peak season.
Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery depart from Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan and arrive in Mae Haad on Koh Tao in about an hour and a half. It's best to book at least a day ahead of time to ensure a spot. At 5:30 p.m, the last boat departs from Koh Phangan.

 

Chumphon or Surat Thani (mainland)

Because Chumphon is the nearest area of the mainland to Koh Tao, boat travel is the fastest and shortest option when compared to Surat Thani. Between the mainland and Koh Tao, three boats provide service: Lomprayah Catamaran and Songserm Express from Chumphon and Surat Thani, respectively. Seatran Discovery has a departure point at Surat Thani.
Night boats (sometimes known as "sleeping boats") and ferries are also available, with mattresses that provide varying degrees of bed-like comfort. These boats take about 6 hours to get from Chumphon to Surat Thani and 9 hours to get from Surat Thani to Chumphon.

 

Summary

The Lomprayah Catamaran is generally speedier so if the waves are choppy and you get seasick easily, Seatran Discovery may be a better option.
In any case, both vessels follow the same schedule. Just remember to make your reservations as soon as you've finalized your arrangements. 

Koh Tao - Koh Samui More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Samui ฿ 600–44,200 1h 30m – 4h 30m
  •   Speedboat 07:00, 15:00
  •   Catamaran 09:30
  •   Private Speedboat 10 Pax + Van 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 20 Pax + Van 00:00
  •   Express 09:30
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:30
Koh Tao - Phuket More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Tao - Phuket ฿ 1,600 9h
  •   Express 09:30
Ferry Koh Tao - Phuket ฿ 1,300 16h
  •   Sleeper Ferry 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Krabi More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Tao - Krabi ฿ 1,300 6h
  •   Express 09:30
Ferry Koh Tao - Krabi ฿ 1,250–1,400 6h – 12h
  •   Speedboat + Express Bus 07:00
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Surat Thani More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Surat Thani ฿ 400–1,350 20m – 12h 40m
  •   Speedboat 07:00, 09:30
  •   Speedboat + Van 07:00
  •   Sleeper Boat + Van 21:00
  •   Long Tail Boat 6pax 10:00, 12:00
Koh Tao - Donsak More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Donsak ฿ 750 3h 15m
  •   Speedboat 09:30
Koh Tao - Surat Thani Airport More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Tao - Surat Thani Airport ฿ 1,100 5h
  •   Express 09:30
Ferry Koh Tao - Surat Thani Airport ฿ 1,150–1,200 4h – 9h 30m
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Speedboat + Express Bus 07:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Nakhon Si Thammarat More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Nakhon Si Thammarat ฿ 1,300 12h
  •   Sleeper Boat + Van 21:00
Bus Koh Tao - Nakhon Si Thammarat ฿ 1,100 5h
  •   Express 09:30
Koh Tao - Hat Yai More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Hat Yai ฿ 1,400 14h – 15h
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Ao Nang More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Ao Nang ฿ 1,350 12h 15m – 12h 30m
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Khao Sok More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Khao Sok ฿ 1,250–1,450 5h 30m – 12h 15m
  •   Speedboat + Van 07:00
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Koh Phi Phi More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Phi Phi ฿ 1,650–2,300 8h 30m – 14h 30m
  •   Speedboat 21:00
  •   Speedboat + Express Bus + Ferry 07:00
  •   Ferry + Van + Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Koh Lanta More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Lanta ฿ 1,550–1,700 9h 30m – 14h 30m
  •   Speedboat + Van 07:00
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Chumphon More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Chumphon ฿ 600–750 1h 30m – 8h
  •   Speedboat 10:15, 14:45
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
Koh Tao - Railay More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Railay ฿ 1,500–1,800 7h 30m – 13h
  •   Speedboat 09:30, 21:00
  •   Speedboat + Van + Longtail Boat 07:00
  •   Ferry + Van + Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Bangkok More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Tao - Bangkok ฿ 1,250 10h
  •   Express 14:45
Ferry Koh Tao - Bangkok ฿ 1,450–1,550 10h – 18h 30m
  •   VIP 10:15, 14:45
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
Koh Tao - Koh Phangan More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Phangan ฿ 500–37,700 50m – 2h
  •   Speedboat 07:00, 15:00
  •   Catamaran 09:30
  •   Private Speedboat 10 Pax + Van 00:00
  •   Private Speedboat 20 Pax + Van 00:00
  •   High Speed Ferry 09:30
Koh Tao - Surat Thani Town More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Surat Thani Town ฿ 900 8h
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
Koh Tao - Hua Hin More info / Tickets
Bus Koh Tao - Hua Hin ฿ 1,250 7h
  •   Express 14:45
Ferry Koh Tao - Hua Hin ฿ 1,350–1,550 7h – 13h
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   VIP 10:15, 14:45
Koh Tao - Khao Lak More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Khao Lak ฿ 1,280–1,300 14h 30m
  •   Sleeper Boat 21:00
  •   Ferry + Van + Bus 21:00
Koh Tao - Penang More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Penang ฿ 2,350 19h
  •   Ferry + Van + Van 21:00
Koh Tao - Songkhla More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Songkhla ฿ 1,700 17h 45m
  •   Ferry + Van + Van 21:00
Koh Tao - Pak Bara More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Pak Bara ฿ 1,650 18h
  •   Ferry 21:00
Koh Tao - Kuala Lumpur More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Kuala Lumpur ฿ 2,650 1d 30m
  •   Ferry + Van + Bus 21:00
Koh Tao - Koh Lipe More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Lipe ฿ 3,200 18h
  •   Ferry + Van + Speedboat 21:00
Koh Tao - Koh Yao Noi More info / Tickets
Ferry Koh Tao - Koh Yao Noi ฿ 2,000 15h 30m
  •   Sleeper Boat + Van + Speedboat 21:00

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