Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao

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Transportation from Bangkok to Koh Tao

Bangkok to Koh Tao destination reviews

ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Apr 6, 2021
Between the lights, air con temperature and noise, we spent the whole journey with our eyes shut but zero sleep.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 17, 2021
It was a Nice trip and everything went smoothly. Except from that it was very cold on the bus and i couldnt control the Air condition. Even with a blanket and a sweater i was still very cold and had trouble sleeping because of it.
Train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 27, 2020
Its a long journey but train was comfy, bus was great & the transfer to koh tao via speed boat was bumpy but not toooooo bad. The train was delayed by 2 hrs so the connecting bus at 6am was well timed by 12go. (However the journey to Tao via Speedboat is based on your luck and the weather. Try to book a ferry ticket if the ferries are running to avoid seasickness. Not 12go’s fault tho!) 12go’s customer service was also very helpful. Thank you!
Train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Dec 22, 2020
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Train #83.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Nov 21, 2020
Everything went smoothly, on time very friendly and helpful staff. I can recommend this service.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Oct 24, 2020
There could be more leg-room.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 10, 2020
The purchasing of tickets was straightforward -- just followed the instructions. However, we booked an overnight train that was to arrive 3 hours before our connecting ferry to Koh Tao departed ...and the train was 4 hours late. There was only one ferry per day so we had to wait 24 hours. When we went to the station to get the bus to the ferry pier the following morning THAT train was also late! 12go does their job of selling tickets -- but the buyer should beware that Thai trains aren't as efficient, and this can dramatically impact a short trip.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Sep 3, 2020
Great and helpful service from 12Go's staff. Dissapointed with the train arrived 2hours late and missed the bus and boat transfer.
ferry Speedboat, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Sep 2, 2020
Everything went smoothly
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 22, 2020
Tiring trip, old bus, lousy bus bathroom. Long trip and they don't even stop for a snack.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 20, 2020
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 18, 2020
Everything went smoothly since the beginning, picking up the tickets very easy and friendly staff
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 15, 2020
The train was late, causing us to miss our ferry. Fortunately our ferry tickets worked for a later trip. Others had to buy new tickets.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 11, 2020
Train-ride was all god, cmfy bed, but very old and run-down train. We arrived in Chumphon 3 hours late! So we missed the morning ferry and had to wait 5 hurs at the pier. Katmaran to koh Tao was good
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Mar 9, 2020
De treinreis van Bangkok naar Champhon was helemaal prima. Paar weken van tevoren online geboekt. Binnen een dag de bevestiging in de mailbox. Tickets lagen keurig klaar. De treinreis is een belevenis op zich. Om 20.00 uur worden de bedjes al klaar gemaakt. Iedereen gaat al vroeg slapen. Niet dat dat bij mij lukte maar hé, t is een avontuur. Niet klagen. We werden keurig gewekt toen we er bijna uit moesten stappen. De transfer naar de pier verliep zonder problemen. Op tijd vertok de catamaran naar t heerlijke Ko Tao. Onze ervaring met deze combinatie ticket is dus erg positief.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 4, 2020
No leg room on buses, and if you recline your seat, the person behind you cant move at all. We did, however, get a 30 minute rest stop about 4 hours into the drive, so that was a pleasant surprise. Arrived to ferry pier around 0445, so had to wait almost 2 hours to depart the 2nd leg of trip. If you are a western height person, you will definitely struggle with the bus ride/ lack of leg room.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 1, 2020
It went better than expected. Bus was not luxurious but ok. The downside is that we arrived at the pier at 4:30 and had to wait 2.5 hours until departure. I feel like this could be improved.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Mar 1, 2020
There was a lot of waiting between the bus and the ferry. It would have better if this was avoided and the bus left Bangkok by 10 instead.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 29, 2020
The bus should leave latter from Bangkok so we don't have to wait 4 hours at the pier for the ferry
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 28, 2020
Very comfortable, our beds were done by someone, we did not had to do anything. Great trip
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 25, 2020
12go has been excellent my whole trip and this was no exception. It is super easy to get around using them :)
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 23, 2020
On of the seats was broken, they fixed it. Other than that it was an OK buss ride.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 21, 2020
If the bus would be an Antartica simulator it would be a solid 10/10. Airco is great, but why it has to be so cold is beyond me. Also our chairs wouldn't go down, so we hardly had any sleep. The ferry was a great experience.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 21, 2020
Clear information, well arranged, fast and on time. Did not expect it to be this easy!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 19, 2020
straight forward but the people were puking into bags the whole way because the boat was going so fast in the swells. probably not the boats fault but something to consider if you get sea sick
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 14, 2020
Fantastic service! Everything was well explained and very easy to use. Highly recommend!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 12, 2020
Good trip we left Bangkok and arrived on time. It would have been nice that the driver informed how long time we stoped at every step of the trip. And at least a bottle of water and one snack is more than welcome
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 12, 2020
The journey was great, there wasn't any issue.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 6, 2020
Im Großen und Ganzem ganz gut. Wir haben unsere Tickets online gebucht und sind dann mit dem e-Ticket ins Office. Hat alles wunderbar geklappt. Man bekommt einen Sticker mit seinem Ziel und einen mit seiner Sitzplatznummer für den Bus. Am Abfahrtsort standen drei Busse. Die mit dem weißen Sitzplatz Sticker mussten in Bus 1 , grün und Bus 2 und rot in Bus 3. Der Bus an sich ist schon sehr in die Jahre gekommen. Es wurden Decken verteilt. Glücklicherweise war es nicht so kalt im Bus. Was sehr schade war, dass allgemein keine einzige Durchsage gemacht wurde. Gerade bei der Pause gegen 2 Uhr morgens wäre es gut gewesen. Wir waren etwas zwei Stunden vor Abfahrt am Fährhafen. Die Fahr mit der Fähre war gut.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Feb 5, 2020
Train ride was as smooth and comfortable!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 5, 2020
Very friendly driver, the bus was just quite uncomfortable. Cramped space for such a long trip. The public buses I’ve taken elsewhere for long trips more comfortable.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 4, 2020
Well organized, on time. Meeting point at Rambuttri road not far from ibis hotel.
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Feb 3, 2020
It gets you there, but not much opportunity to sleep. Had to wait 1.5 hours at a service station in the middle of the bus ride and then 3 hours at the ferry port.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 31, 2020
The conection from Bangkok to Koh Tao by bus and ferry was well organised. 10 minutes after the busses arrived the pier the ferry leave the habour. The bus was not luxury but fortunetly not full booked. A bad experience was a fight between chinese people. The driver didn't stop the bus though I knocked at the small window. What will happen in a case of emergency?
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 29, 2020
Excellent organisation from the office getting everyone and luggage on board the bus. I was expecting a small stop on the way but it never happened which stops me giving 5 stars. Especially when the driver pulls over to the side of the road for his toilet stop. 7 hour journey everyone needs a 15 minute stop.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 27, 2020
Service is well organized. The equipment of the coaches drastically needs to be fixed or changed. A short 15 mnts stop by is needed : 7 hours non stop, seating in an inconfortable seat without being able to walk a bit, is far too much !
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 26, 2020
IT was surprisingly good !!! One comment : we were asked tot hurry to get on the train, then it left early, had to go back and left more than half an hour late....... !!??!!..... Further no comment, train good, bus good, boat good !! With compliments !!
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 26, 2020
Bus ok, i can't really complain for the money and the waiting at the ferry was understandable. My main problem was the food stop, very overpriced and very rude. Basically just taking advantage of the tourist and showing them bo respect. My advice would be to take the bus as a cheap option make sure you take your own food unless you like being ripped off and treated like dirt!
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 25, 2020
Nice coach. Comfy seats and good air con. Quick transfer to boat. No stops but toilet on bus.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 25, 2020
Confusing and bad driving. The service office was on the other hand great help
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 22, 2020
The staff didn't have our ferry TKTs so we had to wait until last moment. There is no seat reservation so as we had to wait finely we had to go on the worst places, close to the bathroom, where smells horrible.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 17, 2020
Very well orginized, thank you !
Bus Express, Songserm (ส่งเสริม), Jan 15, 2020
Le voyage s'est plutôt bien passé, malgré une tentative de vol dans le premier étage du bus (rdc), par un individu manifestement complice des conducteurs. Vers 1h du matin (nous étions partis à 19h30), pendant que nous dormions, un des membres de l'équipe a tiré deux sacs à l'arrière de nos sièges et a entrepris de les fouiller, dans un but assez clair. Ayant entendu le bruit de la fermeture éclair, l'un de nous l'a interpellé alors qu'il faisait semblant de dormir, nos sacs à côté de lui. Bref, un bon voyage malgré ce petit incident; faites-donc bien attention à vos affaires, et gardez tout objet de valeur à portée de main et sous surveillance.
Train #167.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 15, 2020
Slept well, the staff made the bed, good service. Frequent vendors sold food/drink. The toilet was thai style.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 13, 2020
Pretty well organized except maybe for onboarding. There were three buses departing to different locations at the same time and it was a bit messy finding which one to take. The bus trip was shorter than expected however the boat arrived late. Be sure to arrive well in advance for check-in (ours started at 19:30 for departure at 21:00 a bit further from the Lomprayah office). You can leave your luggage in front of the Lomprayah office if you want. I don’t know if it’s very safe so if you do so, I’d suggest only leaving clothes and unexpensive toiletries in that luggage. Keep your valuables with you. This is what I did for pretty much an entire day and it went fine. Do the same for your trip. I read stories about people missing things. I can confirm the previous comments about strong a/c and quick night stop. As long as you know all this, it’s a good and cheap trip.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 13, 2020
My bus seat had a piece of metal that even pierced the fabric of the upholstery. I was forced to put on clothes so that I could sit on top. I found that several seats had the same hole with a piece of pointed metal.
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 10, 2020
The train left on time and was very comfortable. We slept in 2nd class and had no issues whatsoever on the train. We had read that the car would be very cold and had prepared with warmer clothes but it wasn't needed. We had booked two beds but the beds were big ebough for two people to sleep in (if you're travelling with a partner for example - however you still have to book separate beds). The conductor came and woke us up in time for our arrival in Chumphong. The transfer (bus) to the dock left on time and the ride to the dock was fast. I had not expected the boatride to be as bumpy as it was - alot of people were motion sick and occupied the toilets. It's best if you take medicine for motion sickness before and sit in the VIP-area in the boat (where you can't feel the waves as much). We arrived in Koh Tao on time.
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 7, 2020
Was a clear and simple process!
Train #85.2 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย), Jan 6, 2020
Nice train, they wake you up when you're almost at your destination. Connections were very smooth
Bus Express, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 5, 2020
Smooth ride and really nice team in Lomprayah Bangkok!
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How to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao

Travelling between Bangkok and Koh Tao is possible by Bus, ferry and train. Bus+ferry guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Ferry+train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you THB 2,177 if you go by Bus+ferry+Train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus+ferry which will set you back mere THB 1,250.

How long does it take to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

It can take you anywhere between 12 and 19 hours to travel between Bangkok and Koh Tao depending on the means of transport you choose.

Bus+ferry is the fastest way to travel between Bangkok and Koh Tao. Bus+ferry will bring you to your destination in 11h 30m. Ferry+train does a much slower job and take about 18h 25m to reach Koh Tao.

How much does it cost to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

Travelling between Bangkok and Koh Tao can be as cheap as THB 1,250 if you opt for a Lomprayah (ลมพระยา) bus+ferry and as expensive as THB 2,177 if you buy a Thai Railways (การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย) Bus+ferry+Train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Bangkok and Koh Tao ?

  • 2 by Train+Bus+ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 17:35 Hua Lamphong until 19:30 Hua Lamphong
  • 1 by flight+ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 08:05 Koh Tao until 08:05 Koh Tao
  • 1 by flight+ferry+van from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 06:05 Koh Tao until 08:05 Koh Tao
  • 1 by flight+van+ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 08:05 Don Mueang Airport until 08:05 Don Mueang Airport
  • 1 by Bus+ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 22:00 Mae Haad Koh Tao until 22:00 Mae Haad Koh Tao
  • 1 by Bus+ferry+Train from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 17:35 Hua Lamphong until 19:30 Hua Lamphong
  • 1 from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 08:05 Koh Tao until 08:05 Koh Tao
  • 1 by ferry+Train from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 17:00 Mae Haad Koh Tao until 19:30 Mae Haad Koh Tao
  • 1 by ferry+van from Bangkok to Koh Tao starting from 06:40 Koh Tao until 06:40 Koh Tao

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Bangkok to Koh Tao.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Ferry may be a tiring experience especially if you are prone to seasickness and often is not the cheapest option available but it almost always makes for a very picturesque journey.

Things to remember: Ferry rides may be cancelled due to rough seas.

Companies operating ferry routes between Bangkok and Koh Tao

Nok Air (นกแอร์)

What is the most popular transport to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus+ferry remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 40% chosen Bus+ferry
  • 20% chosen Bus+ferry+Train
  • 20% chosen ferry+Train
  • 20% chosen Train+Bus+ferry