There are several ways for you to get to Koh Tao You can choose to fly to Koh Samui or Chumphon or travel by surface transport (bus or train) via Chumphon. Whichever method you choose, the last leg will be a ferry ride to the island.
Flying: Fly from Bangkok Don Muang Airport (domestic airport) to Chumphon with Nok Air or Suratthani with Air Asia then take a ferry to Koh Tao. Both of these airlines have joined forces with a ferry companies enabling you to purchase a joint flight/ferry ticket on their website.
Bus: Take the bus from Bangkok to Chumphon, connecting with a ferry to Koh Tao - you should purchase your joint ticket in Bangkok.
Train: Take the train south to Chumphon. There are overnight sleeper options that connect with the morning ferry to Koh Tao. Your ferry ticket can be bought at the train station in Bangkok or Chumphon or online before you travel.
Flying is by far the easiest and fastest method to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao.
Bangkok Airways has regular services from Bangkok to Koh Samui (a short ferry ride from Koh tao) 19 times a day. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes.
If you choose to forego the pleasures of a brief stay in Bangkok in favour of rapid transport to Koh Tao, advise the airline you fly to Bangkok with of your Bangkok Airways connecting flight. Your luggage will be moved for you and you won't need to go through immigration at Bangkok Airport.
If you miss your connecting flight to Koh Samui due to delayed arrival in Bangkok, Bangkok Airways normally put you on the next plane to Koh Samui without surcharge, but it's still worth giving yourself a few hours grace between flights to make your life easier, and it gives you time to do a spot of duty free shopping in the airport.
There are three ferry companies offering 5 services a day from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. Boat tickets and pier transfers are available from the airport, at your hotel or from any travel agent. At busy times we do suggest that you book your ticket online before you travel. Remember that the last ferry transfer leaves at lunchtime so if you arrive after the last boat and have to stay the night then we suggest you stay at Cocooning.
Nok Air fly from Don Muang Airport (BKK) to Chumphon and connect with Lomprayah ferries to Koh Tao. Flights leave daily at 5.45am , you will arrive to Koh Tao around 3pm and 12:40pm, arriving in Koh Tao around 7pm.
As the service runs on small planes the luggage allowance is just 15-20 kilos (depending on your ticket) with excess baggages charged at 200B per kilo
Air Asia also fly from Don Muang Airport (BKK) in to Suratthani and connect via a bus to Don Sak ferry terminal and then on to Koh Tao via Seatran ferry. Flights leave daily at 06:50am & 07:00, you will arrive to Koh Tao around 14:30.
Both of these airlines have joined forces with a ferry companies enabling you to purchase a joint flight/ferry ticket on their websites.
The Lomprayah offers bus and ferry trips to Koh Tao:
They offer modern coaches for the 8 hour bus ride from Bangkok to Chumphon, followed by high speed ferries that take you from Chumphon to Koh Tao in approximately two hours. The full trip costs around 1,000THB.
They offer 2 trips per day, leaving Bangkok, near Khao San Road.
Train travel is cheap in Thailand, but not very fast. An overnight train from Bangkok to Chumphon will be in the region of 600 - 1,000THB.
Probably the best reason to choose travel by train is the opportunity to stretch out in a bed of sorts, in one of the sleeper carriages. You will need to book ahead to ensure a bed and you will find the 'lower' beds a little more roomy. These trains also have a small buffet car where you can eat, drink and even party!
For information on booking Thailands trains, click here.
Three ferry companies connect Koh Tao with Koh Phangnan and Koh Samui and the mainland cities of Chumporn and Suratthani. Each company runs two schedules each day, one first thing in the morning and the other around lunchtime. They also sometimes run an early morning and late afternoon trip.
The Songserm is is your cheapest option but also the slowest and not so comfortable as the newer boats. This service does dock very close to Master Divers though.
The Seatran connects the islands and the mainland but their mainland connections are further out of the cities of Chumpon and Surathani than the other operators. Their joint buses connect you with Bangkok and Hua Hin.
The Lomprayah is the fastest carrier and the most comfortable for both their buses and ferries but does cost a little more. Their joint buses connect you with Bangkok and Hua Hin.
Both the Seatran and the Lomprayah dock only a few mins walk from Master Divers, the Lomprayah being the closest.
Ferry time tables are subject to change so rather than give you bad information, follow the links above for bookings and their current timetables. At busy times we strongly recommend that you book your tickets online before your travel.
Once you are here, Master Divers is easy to find – for information to help you find us please click here.