How and what to get to Samui

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Паром на Самуи Visitors disembark the ferry to Koh Samui

To get to Koh Samui even tourists with a complete lack of experience of independent travel will not be easy. Here are many ways to get to the island too, all of them well organized carriers, and which one to choose – depends on how much you are willing to spend money and time on the road. The easiest way is of course to buy a ticket to the island with a stopover in Bangkok, and preferably without a change of airport for the transplant. But if you want to save money and you don't mind spending additional time on the road, can get from Bangkok to Koh Samui by train, bus or ferry. Below detail all the modes of transport and methods in detail, but if you need specific direction, then read the article:

On Samui by plane

Samui is a small international airport Samui International Airport (IATA code USM). Airport website Located two kilometers from the main Chaweng beach (Samui airport on the map). There is no terminal building and arrivals and departures arranged just under the roof on poles. However, on arrival you can obtain a visa on arrival and go through customs. In the future plans to build another state of the airport, but it will have to be satisfied with.

The airport receives flights from cities in Thailand as well as from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The most frequent flights from Bangkok (almost every hour). Also flies from Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket, Pattaya airport (U-Tapao). By local standards the prices for flights are very expensive, budget airlines here do not fly.

Airlines flying to Koh Samui:

Bangkok Airways Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport), Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Phuket, Singapore, Pattaya airport (U-Tapao)
Berjaya Air Kuala Lumpur (airport Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah)
Firefly Kuala Lumpur (airport Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah)
Nok Air Bangkok (Don Mueang airport), offers multiple destinations flight+bus+ferry
AirAsia Bangkok (Don Mueang airport), offers multiple destinations flight+bus+ferry
Silk Air Singapore
Thai Airways International Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport)

The lack of direct flights to the island is the high price. Prices in this area is high due to the monopoly of companies (airport on the island is private and belongs to Bangkok airlines). But there is a way to get on the plane to Samui a bit cheaper. On the mainland near the island is the airport Surat Thani (Surat Thani Airport, Surat Thani Airport on the map), where from Bangkok from the Don Mueang airport flights are carried out by the budget airlines Air Asia, Nok Air, Lion Air and Thai Smile (flies from Suvarnabhumi airport) and Thai Airways. On arrival at the airport to the island can be easily reached with a comprehensive Shuttle bus and ferry-350 baht (about 2.5 hours in time), which can be purchased directly at the airport when you exit or book in advance using the search form below. This way you get cheaper from Bangkok around 1000 baht than a direct flight, but will spend 5 hours on more time. Also airlines Air Asia and Nok Air offer existing group ticket (Joint Ticket), including flight+transfers organized by bus and ferry. For example, Nok Air offers flight+transfer from 3000 baht there and back, and the AirAsia and also cheaper. However, if you arrive in the airport and will acquire the Shuttle service to the island, it will be cheaper than if you buy ready-made flight+airport transfer.

Find and book tickets to Koh Samui on the date, you can through the search form. Search is very flexible, and allows you to search for flights on different dates, with or without transfers, in both directions or one, etc.:

Find and book tickets you can through the search form:

The cheapest flights from Russia to Koh Samui:

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How to get from Koh Samui airport

From Samui airport to the hotel can be reached by airport mini bus (depart at occupancy) or taxi. To buy tickets for mini bus or taxi at the airport on the rack.

Unable to book a taxi transfer in advance using this form of search, and the driver will meet you at the airport with a sign:

How does a transfer bookingDetails >
Поиск трансфераFind the right route
Бронирование онлайнBooking a transfer online
Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station

The fare from Samui airport in 2015:

Route Van in baht per person Taxi in baht per trip
Airport - Big Buddha 100 380
Airport - Chaweng 130 440
Airport - Lamai 200 700
Airport - Bo Phut 130 540
Airport - Mea Nam - Banntai 150-200 630
Airport - Chaweng - Nathon 200 760

At the airport you can rent a car in one of the companies of Hertz, Sixt, Budget, Avis.

On Koh Samui by bus

This is an excellent, cheap and convenient way to get to the island. Despite the fact that Samui is an island, bus tickets are sold to the end point on the island. The crossing to the island is by ferry, and its cost is included in the total ticket price (this is the so called joint ticket, i.e. bus + ferry). Some, mainly buses, delivered directly to the new bus station Koh Samui near Lipa Noi (from the same place they go, and they need them to buy tickets, not at travel agencies), some deliver to Don Sak pier on the mainland and just transplanted passengers on the ferry.

In General, there are tour buses and Shuttle. Flight tour buses, organized tour companies, and tickets are purchased in advance. Tourist buses are not very reliable, and comfort is often greatly inferior regular. It is recommended to use regular buses which leave from the bus stations, ticket can be purchased directly before departure. Can also book and purchase tickets in advance via the form:

And then there are carrier branded on the buses in southern provinces of Thailand - The company developed route network, own transport, there are Join Tickets, transfers from/to hotels. You can buy tickets in travel agencies around the island, on the pier Naton, and also in the office of the company at 11/4 Moo 3, Taveeradpakdee Rd, about 100 metres from Nathon pier, the landmark - Krungsri Bank.

The tickets of most companies can also be by using this search form:

🔍 Search

💲 Pay the ticket online

Will receive an itinerary receipt by email

🚌 Arrive to departure

When searching for tickets on buses and trains for pay attention to the ranking of tickets/carriers (marked with asterisks on a five-point scale) and the reviews of actual users who traveled on this route. Selecting carriers with the highest rated according to user reviews, you will protect yourself from possible problems during the trip.
  • From Bangkok to Samui by bus

    Buses from Bangkok depart from the southern (Sai Tai Mai) and Northern (Mo Chit) bus terminal. See schedule above. The bus 12-13 hours.

    Purchase tickets before departure, but you can book in advance by clicking on the link for the right flight in the schedule. The cost of tickets depending on the class of bus is 400 to 1000 baht.

    Samui buses from Bangkok now arrive at the new bus station near the village of Lipa Noi (bus station Koh Samui on the map), and not to the pier DonSak on the mainland, as it was before. Thus, sitting on the bus in Bangkok you without any direct links are on the island because the bus is forwarded to the ferry, Raja ferry. However, there is one disadvantage - the bus station is far from Nathon pier, where you catch taxis on the ring road in Chaweng and Lamai. Now the station is possible to walk to the ring road literally 200 metres away, and there catch a taxi to Lamai, or drive it in the opposite direction to Nathon, where you can transfer to Chaweng etc Tickets for buses from Koh Samui to Bangkok are sold at the box office on the same bus station.

    Also from Bangkok Khao San road (Khao San Road) every day is lots of tourist buses to Koh Samui, which is also in General is a good option to get to the island, but these buses bad fame, and tourists frequently complain about the missing items in these buses and even the fact that they just do not deliver to places or lose track.

    There is still a transfer of the company lompraya (Lomprayah) by bus+high speed catamaran, but more on that below.

    Read more about all the ways to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui here...

  • From Pattaya to Samui by bus

    From Pattaya to the island and back can be reached by bus firms Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan), also called Yellow Bus. The bus departs from Rayong (Rayong) and makes a stop in Pattaya for the selection of passengers. From Pattaya bus leaves at 16:30 and 18:30 and 20:30, back at 13:30, 14:30 and 16:30. The journey time is 13 hours and 40 minutes.

    The ticket price of the standard class 659 baht, VIP class is 1025 baht. Tickets to Pattaya are sold in the cashier of the company, Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan), located to the North of the station of Pattaya. Samui flights to Pattaya are sold in the company's office close to Wat Chaeng.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance and must specify where and how many will be fit, because it is possible that the bus at the North station stop will not, and will select you on the road of Sukhumvit (Sukhumvit Road). Information about the schedule can be found on the website of the carrier

    If you fail to get on the bus, you can buy tickets for the tourist bus to local tourist agencies, however, the quality of these buses here, no one can guarantee.

    Read more, how to get from Pattaya to Koh Samui here...

  • From Phuket to Koh Samui by bus

    Despite the short distance, to travel between the Islands by bus+ferry should devote almost a full day. Night journeys between the Islands there, so you need to plan the shipment in the first half of the day.

    There are regular buses and tourist buses. We traditionally recommend you to use a Shuttle that will depart from the bus stations.

    Buses – the most reliable method, although not the most convenient in terms of the places of departure and arrival, as well as schedule. Sometimes you have to do to transplant them. In Phuket they depart/arrive from the new Phuket bus station (read more about the bus station of Phuket and how to get it here), Samui arrive/depart from Don Sak pier on the mainland. Further from the pier by ferry Seatran will remain to cross to Koh Samui (about 1.5 hours), the cost of the ferry is included in the price of a bus ticket. In the end, the end point in Koh Samui – Nathon pier, where the desired location on Samui can already be reached by taxis, songthaews or simply by taxi. Perhaps in connection with the introduction into operation in 2014 in Samui new bus terminal (bus station Koh Samui on the map), in a short time it will become the end point of the route. But even in this case, you had better get off the bus at the pier to Nathon, because there is easier access to popular beaches on songthaews.

    Now, about another fashion – branded carrier Phantip Travel. It is a well-known company with a well-developed route network in the South of Thailand and my own transportation. On this route, a convenient Shuttle service from 450 baht including ferry. Depart daily from Koh Samui at 07:30 and 09:30, Phuket to 08:00, 09:00, 10:00. E. strange, but on the official website of Samui to Phuket is 2 buses and 3!?

    Omnipresent, the company, Lomprayah also offers transfers on the route Phuket-Koh Samui and back. Unlike Phantip, lompraya almost never happens no unpleasant surprises, the transportation is very fast, but the cost is high. Part of the route passes from Phuket by bus, and on Samui is already on a fast catamaran.

    Read more, how to get from Phuket to Koh Samui here...

On Koh Samui by train

Поезд в Тайланде

To Koh Samui and can be reached by train from Bangkok, Hua hin and even from Malaysia (direct train from Butterworth, Penang island) or Singapore with a change of trains. Tickets need to take to the station of Surat Thani (also called Phun Pin Railway Station), which is located on the mainland near Koh Samui (train/railway station is Surat Thani on the map).

Daily from the railway station Bangkok Hualamphong go here 11 trains. Travel time by train 8 to 12 hours depending on the train type. The cost of travel from 150 (seats) up to 1,500 (reclining seats in the compartment) baht. Read more about trains in Thailand here. The schedule can be found on Tickets can be purchased at the station, better. You can buy a travel Agency on the street with a small markup. Unfortunately, prodip electronic tickets suspended since 2013.

The train tickets all over Thailand from Koh Samui you can buy without any problems in travel agencies, but with additional fees. There is an office in Nathon, where you can buy train tickets without a fee. This is the office of the company Phantip at 11/4 Moo 3, Taveeradpakdee Rd, about 100 metres from Nathon pier, the landmark - Krungsri Bank.

In addition, at the station or in travel agencies Bangkok you can buy a combined ticket for train, includes transportation (bus+ferry) to Koh Samui. It will cost about 300 baht more expensive. If you don't buy a combined ticket, no problem: at the exit from the railway station in Surat Thani you will have to wait for the buses that will take you to the island for 200-300 baht, including the cost of the ferry (Donsak pier), and approximately two and a half hours time.

More about trains in Thailand read the information in "Trains of Thailand: travel by train in Thailand".

Samui by boat/ferry

Паромы Songserm Express, Самуи

Ferries to Koh Samui, not only with the mainland but also with the neighbouring larger Islands Ko Tao (Koh Tao) and Phangan island (Ko Phangan). As a rule, a boat or a ferry used in conjunction with bus, plane or train from other cities of Thailand, as mentioned above.

To get on the water in Koh Samui is accessible from several ports and various companies. This files most often on the mainland leave from DonSak pier in Surat Thani. In fact, he is quite far from the city (see Donsak pier on the map), but it strongly should not worry. Almost all ferry companies offering transfers to and from the city center, railway station Surat Thani airport, bus station. As soon as you arrive at one of the featured places, you immediately cast aside suggestions to get to Samui. Moreover, do not rush immediately to buy tickets from the first, and to look at the price. For example, right at the exit from the train/railway station you will be asked to get to Samui for 350 baht, but it is necessary to go to the site with buses, as the price drops to 280 on the same bus+ferry. Also in the centre of Suratthani is Ban Don pier (see the map), where you can catch the night ferry. Island ferries arrive at several piers. All the piers, ferries to Samui and schedule in detail you can read here...

And here is a brief schedule of the ferries and the cost for reference:

The carrierRouteThe costSchedule
Seatran Ferries Donsak pier (Suratthani) to Nathon pier (Samui) 130 baht for adults/ 65 - children's departures from 06:00 to 19:00 every hour, in 1 hour 30 minutes. The current schedule on the website -
Ferries Songserm Surat Thani (city center, airport, railway station), Bangkok (Khaosan Road), Hua hin, Phuket, Krabi, Lanta O., O. PI PI – Nathon pier (Samui) Cost: 250 baht Schedule: depart from Don Sak - 09:00, 14:00 / uprvlenie with Nahton - 8:00, 13:00. Cost and schedule on the website
The Lomprayah Catamaran Bangkok(Khaosan Road) , Hua hin (office center), O. Tao, Koh Phangan (Thong Sala pier) - pier Lomprayah (Maenam, Koh Samui), Surat Thani (city center, airport, railway station), Phuket, Krabi, pee Pee,. Lanta, Koh Phangan island, Tao Nathon pier (Samui) Surat Thani - 600 baht/ Koh Phangan - 300 baht / O. Tao – 700 baht the schedule is quite complicated, look at the office.the website Moreover, not all services on the website are reflected in the schedule, it is best to watch them through the Ticket booking.
Ferries Raja Ferry Donsak pier (Surat Thani) - Raja Ferry pier (to Samui) 130 baht / child – 65 run c 5:00 to 19:00 hourly. Travel time – half an hour
Seatran Discovery Ferries Donsak pier (Suratthani), Koh Phangan (Thong Sala pier), O. Tao, Bang Rak pier (Koh Samui) Donsak - 350 baht Koh Phangan - 300 baht / O. Tao – 600 baht
Ferries from the Big Buddha pier to Koh Phangan Koh Phangan (Haad Rin pier) – a pier, the Big Buddha (Koh Samui) 200 baht Samui to Phangan boats depart at 10:30, 13:00, 16:00, 18:30, back 09:30, 11:40, 14:30, 17:30
Night Ferry pier, Bandon (the centre of Suratthani) to Nathon pier (Samui). 100 baht Bandon 22:00 – Nathon 04:00; Nathon 22:00 – Bayndung 04:00

The schedule of ferries and buses from Samui

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
AnyChek 27 August, 2017

Hi! Just got back from Samui, August 2017, when in all of Thailand the rainy season. It there is absolutely not there! For two weeks the rain was twice in the late afternoon, when the sun set.
Have levolo as follows - the next day heat! The prices in this period, we were pleased!) ...
Alkor55 3 April, 2018
The rainy season in Thailand is nonsense.All the different provinces. For Koh Samui in July ,August and until mid September is the best time of rest. And this time, not the rainy season. There is a month can go 3-4 rain for 15 minutes. And this is the peak season. In Italy from August 1 to September 1 all the holiday( in Spain too) and at this time the island crowded with Italians(but not the Spaniards,there are a few). 10 times vacationing with his wife on Koh Samui this summer for a month each time. Russian tour guides(friends) we were told that winter here is worse.A few years ago I went to Koh Samui in winter from 20 January to 15 February. Really did not like.Every three days the storm in the sea grass, boards, logs and other debris. And weather is normal, you can relax. But it is not a rule, sometimes worse, but sometimes better.Therefore, from 1 November the best place to relax on Koh Chang until March, then worse.But the ball there is a zero. So everybody is looking for what suits him. Someone like Phuket, some don't, also the winter vacation is good there, but for us in winter, Koh Chang better.I will add that to Chang the wild tides and need to get serious about the choice of hotel. ...
admin April 4, 2018

All true, and nobody on this website never claimed that in Thailand the rainy season is one for the whole country, and on this account even sickly seasons sign is - But you draw conclusions about the weather on several trips at one time, and one trip to another - not objectively. Still the best season in Samui is in January-April. And the fact that you were not so lucky... well, weather is unpredictable because almost... ...
Alkor55 4 April, 2018
Read the post above. This answer for AnyChek. And what about January-April , I live here told friends, operating guides. It is friends, just guides I'm not going to listen. Been there, done that. And about the spring floods you forget about autumn I will not say, you do know about them and during them happening. And that weather is unpredictable, you're right... But for our 10 year old travel to Samui had no problems with the weather. ...
Nadine Mahler May 16, 2018
Samui is a wonderful island!
We flew from Moscow with a stopover in Bangkok, the tour was in early March. The weather was great, and just in the last day the sun hid, and we learned what a tropical rain. :lol:
We stayed in the wonderful hotel briza resort. The hotel consists of many small two-storey houses, each house a maximum of 4 rooms. The whole hotel look like the garden of Eden, is buried in verdure.
The island is very interesting because on one side you can only see the dawn, and on the other the decline. We lived in Chaweng, there are only sunrises, so we decided one evening to go to the other end of the island to watch the sunset, and absolutely do not regret it, it is very beautiful! ...
nausla May 16, 2018
The puzzles are beautiful. ...
of Satanta 17 September, 2018
Going to Thailand for a month. Plans 5 days in Koh Samui! The main question is, what dostoprimechatelnosti better to take the tour and where you can go on their own ...
admin 17 September, 2018

I have a strong opinion that trips to a guide which tells about the sights, only needed for historical sites. And considering that there are places on Samui not, then excursions are not necessary, if you are able to reach on their own. If you drive a motorbike, take it in rent and go, all you will see. ...
Travel Johnny December 28, 2018
Hello!Tell us about the school Windian that Bali - I say very cool! And the Russian coaches, and the program is great ...
admin December 28, 2018

You ask like "Tell", and in the end not a question mark, and exclamation marks. More like advertising :THINK . Anyway the topic is about Samui and not Bali, it's even different countries. ...

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