Whether you are flying to Bangkok from North America, Scandinavia and Europe or just a short distance from neighbouring Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, we all know it is great to finally get checked in, open your suitcase, change into swimwear and jump in the pool.
IVL, experts on Koh Samui, have compiled the following list of options based on the most frequently asked questions from our villa guests who want to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
What is the Easiest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui?
The quickest and most convenient way to get to Koh Samui is on one of the frequent flights operated daily by Bangkok Airways from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Starting at 3,600 THB, this is the preferred method of travel for IVL villa guests.
The flight time is approximately one hour for the 466 kilometre flight and includes a light snack as well as juice, tea, coffee, and water.
There are 23 flights daily or approximately 2 flights per hour, depending on the season and code sharing with other airlines.
Don’t forget to look out the window on the starboard side of the plane for views of Haad Rin beach, Koh Phangan a few minutes before landing at Samui Airport.
For full flight information please check with your local travel agent or online
In Suvarnabhumi Airport the Domestic Counters for Bangkok Airways check-in are located in ROW F, Passenger Terminal level 4. The ticketing office is located in the passenger terminal on level 6.
More more information on Bangkok Airways here Bangkok Airways FAQ
Thai Airways, the national carries, also has two flights a day starting at 5000 THB. Good news for Star Alliance members, the final leg of your trip can be booked at the same time as your international leg which allows your suitcases to arrive at the same time as you do, as opposed to having to pick them up in Bangkok.
Famous for their high level of service, great food and top notch in-flight entertainment, Thai Airways is sure to please. Don’t forget to show your Star Alliance card to collect valuable travel points.
Operated by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia based L.C.C. (low cost carrier) AirAsia, this is the second most frequent flight option for getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
Guests first take a convenient shuttle bus for about 10 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang International Airport to check in at the Air Asia terminal. The flight is approximately one hour. No meals are served, which is common with L.C.C. flights. Meals available for extra charge, they have menu on board
From Surat Thani Airport (URT) you will be transferred to a bus, which takes approximately 1.5 hours, to Don Sak pier then board a ferry for a 1.5 hour sail to Koh Samui. All transfers are included in the price.
NOK, the Thai word for bird, is a Thai based L.C.C. that operates 3 flights every morning for a typical price of 1,700 THB and even lower with early booking discounts. This option also includes transfers by bus and high-speed ferry to reach Koh Samui
As with AirAsia, guests take a shuttle from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang International Airport then proceed to check in at the Nok Air counter to check in. The flight is approximately one hour. No meals are served.
From Surat Thani Airport (URT) you will be transferred to a bus, which takes approximately 1.5 hours, to Don Sak pier then board a Hi-Speed Catamaran Service operated by Lomprayah High-Speed Ferries Co., Ltd. For a 1 hour trip to Koh Samui. All transfers are included in the price.
Best connections and cheapest prices should be booked directly on the Nok Air website.
Yes, during high season flights may be sold out. Luckily, options are available. It is possible to take a train or a bus to the mainland close to Koh Samui then take a ferry. These options are also popular with budget travellers, train buffs and guests with long holidays who sleep well during overnight trips.
The train and bus options are sold packaged with bus and ferry transfers and the helpful staff will direct you from one form of transportation to the next making your trip as easy as possible, albeit, longer. Massage upon arrival at your villa is recommended to get the kinks out of your neck and the knots out of your back.
Bangkok Railway Station, commonly referred to as Hua Lamphong Station, is the starting point for trains from Bangkok to Koh Samui.
This option provides travellers with a view of the lush green countryside during the day then a chance to sleep after a long flight in a train berth.
The train takes approximately 12 hours and has three classes of cabins ranging from sleeper berths with fans, sleeper berths with AC and first class cabins at a cost of 500 THB , 700 THB and 1200 THB respectively.
Several IVL guests have told it is it quite a charming option and recommend spending a little extra money for the first class cabin. The preferred itinerary is train 85 which arrives at Surat Thani to allow travellers to catch the bus at 8:00 a.m. to arrive at the ferry terminal at 9:30 in time to catch the 10:00 a.m. ferry to Koh Samui
Please note: soft drinks, snack and light meals are available but, alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the trains.
IVL suggests booking the train+bus+ferry here
The combination bus and ferry service from Bangkok to Koh Samui is operated by Lomprayah and offers travellers the 750 km journey for a fraction of the charge of an air ticket, though it does take 12 hours. The comfortable and modern double decker buses leave the Bangkok bus Terminal, referred to as Sai Tai Mai by the locals, providing travellers with a reclining seat in an aair-conditionedbus with a light snack provided. Not bad, considering it is, afterall, a night bus. Cost, including ferry and handling fee approximately 1200 THB.
For schedules and bookings please click here.
Yes and no. A combination bus + ferry option is available. As the city of Bangkok is not on the shore, travellers must first take a short bus ride from the city centre before taking boarding a boat to Koh Samui. IVL villa guests have made this journey tell us the boat is a better option than the bus and train as there is more space to move around, the views are lovely and the sea breeze is refreshing.
Starting at the Seatran offices on Tanao Road, near back packer central Khao San road in Bangkok, travellers board a bus for a one hour trip to Seatran ferry which then stops at Koh Tao then Koh Phangan before arriving at Koh Samui approximately after approximately 16. 5 hours for the low cost of 900THB.
Meals, snacks and drinks are available on the ferry. Select ferries have massage services available. Movies are played on a wide screen TV, wifi is often available and there are outlets to recharge your electronic devices.
Travellers are free to move from the air conditioned lower decks to the upper decks where they can enjoy the views and the sun. Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen! Seatran ferries arrive at Nathon Pier on the west coast of Koh Samui.
Book at the Seatran offices in Bangkok or on the website
A combination bus + ferry option is available. Travelers start their journey at the Lomprayah meeting point on Khao San road for an 8:00 p.m. short bus road to the ferry port then an overnight journey stopping briefly at two or three islands along the way before arriving at Bangrak Pier at 11:30 the next morning. The 15.5-hour journey costs approximately 1000 THB, depending on the boat and season.
Let IVL know your flight number or ferry company name and arrival time and the number of people in your group so we can schedule a pick-up to whisk your group and your baggage to your villa.
Upon arrival an IVL staff will walk you through the villa and point out various features to make your stay world class. Villa guests benefit from pre-stocking the villa with their favorite drinks and food.
Massage upon arrival at the villa is highly recommended to ease you quickly into Koh Samui holiday mode.
For information on taking a ferry to Koh Samui from Surat Thani Airport or Donsak port on the mainland please read our article Getting to Koh Samui by Ferry.
Based on questions frequently asked by IVL villa guests.
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