How to get to Samui from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport

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Distance from Bangkok to Koh Samui - more than 600 kilometers. To do this route, it will take time from several hours to days, and it depends on how much you are willing to spend money. You can choose a plane, train, bus and ferry. As for the ferry, he completes any of the routes except the plane.

If you want to get to Samui from Bangkok international airport Suvarnabhumi (Suvarnabhumi), the only direct route out of here is by plane. But these flights are quite expensive, and to save money, you can use the route via Bangkok by bus, train or Shuttle company Lomrayah, or to get through the old Bangkok airport Don Mueang. About all the ways in detail below, and also see further information on the topic:

On the plane

Samui international airport USM (Samui airport on the map), and fly directly from Bangkok international airport Suvarnabhumi (Suvarnabhumi) two companies, Thai Airway and Bangkok Airways. Their prices are monopolistically high, from $ 100 per one way flight, and then only when booking in advance. Flights are frequent, almost hourly.

Check out the prices on cheap flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui:

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Find and book tickets to Koh Samui 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.:

Upon arrival from the airport to the hotel can be reached by taxi or drive to popular beaches on the van. Can also order a taxi by using the search form:

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

Another option for flights is much more economical – through the airport of Suratthani town, located on the mainland (the airport is Surat Thani on the map). To get there budget airlines Air Asia,Nok Air, Lion Air and Thai Smile from 1000 baht. From the airport next to Koh Samui without problems can be reached by purchasing on the spot ready a Shuttle bus+ferry from 350 baht (the journey takes 2,5 hours) on the counter at the airport. Besides, the airlines offer a ready tickets+bus+ferry on their websites.

But keep in mind that they not depart from Suvarnabhumi international airport and the old airport Don Muaeang (except Thai Smile, she is flying from Suvarnabhumi). So, if you just arrived in Thailand, you first have to move to the airport Don Muaeang on the free Shuttle bus, which will take less than one hour, and it is better to stock up on a couple of hours. To find the Shuttle bus on the ground floor of Suvarnabhumi at gate 2 (Gate 2). A taxi will cost 400 baht, about half an hour.

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By train+ferry

Поезд в Тайланде

To Samui by train can be reached via the railway station to Suratthani (also called Phun Pin Railway Station) (railway station of Surat Thani on the map). From Bangkok daily from the station Hualamhpong there goes 11 trains, fare 150 baht (seats) up to 1,500 (reclining seats in the compartment), with a journey time of 8-12 hours. Besides, 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 fail to buy a combined ticket, on arrival at the train station in Suratthani you will still meet with suggestions to get to Samui by bus+ferry. It makes sense not to agree immediately, but to find out the prices of other sellers, because they often lomyat prices once the threshold of the train. To ensure that you pay the right price, is to go directly to the buses in the Parking lot, and there buy a ticket (but the tickets are not the drivers and touts-conductors). The normal price for the bus+ferry to the landmark (2014) – 280 baht.

Train timetables 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, the sale of electronic tickets has been 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. It is approximately 100 metres from Nathon pier, the landmark - Krungsri Bank.

In General, it makes sense to go with a night train that early in the morning to arrive on the island. The more that the morning train is only one in 8:05 (arrives in Surat Thani at 16:45). If you still use it, on arrival you will be practically running to escape and look for the bus and ferry. Is the train a little late, and you have no chance, except the night ferry to Samui from Surat Thani centre. But in the end you will come again in the morning.

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

The Lompraya Catamaran (Loprayah)

Катамараны Lomprayah, Самуи

This is a great and quick way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui, if you are already in Bangkok, especially in Khao San road. There is the office of the company, and from there go to flight. But you can also request a Shuttle service from/to hotel or airport, so that the services of the company you can use immediately on arrival in Thailand through Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi.

The company offers a comprehensive transfer on their high-speed catamarans to the island. Of course, part of the journey is by bus. The route in General looks like this: you put on the bus in the area of Khao San road; next, drive to Chumphon, where the change to a high-speed catamaran; sailing to O. Tao, Koh Phanganand finally Koh Samui.

Catamarans arrive in Samui on a private pier at Maenam beach. Additional service available to/from your hotel or the airport.

The total cost of the route is 1400 baht. Departure at 06:00 (arrival at Koh Samui 16:40), and at 21:00 (arrival at Koh Samui 11:20).

Booking tickets and timetable see website

By bus+ferry

Автобус в Суратани

By bus from Bangkok to Koh Samui can be reached from the southern bus terminal (Southern bus terminal, Sai Tai Mai). Read more about the terminal Sai Tai Mai and where it is here.

Arriving at the station need to find the cash and buy the earliest flight compound or a combined ticket bus+ferry to Samui (the so-called Joint Tickets). If these will not appear, you need to take to Surat Thani (Surat Thani). To purchase tickets in advance is not required, they are always there if not the next, then after one flight. Exception when tickets may not be, is only the holidays: Thai and Chinese new year.

The cost of a ticket to Surat Thani – from 550 baht to Koh Samui by ferry – from 800. In the way of 10/13 hours, respectively. Better to take a night flight, because even if you will take the earliest bus there is a chance not to catch the last ferry in the case of non-composite ticket to Surat Thani, and then you have to spend the night on Samui, either sail slow night ferry. From the bus station to Surat Thani directly to Koh Samui to get not difficult. Here a Shuttle bus to pier+ferry from 250 baht.

Some 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.

The bus schedule and rates for reference:

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💲 Pay the ticket online

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🚌 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.

You can work around all these difficulties with the need to get to the bus terminal and find buses, and just buy a ticket at a travel Agency in Bangkok (especially the area of Khaosan road). Then you'll either drop you at the bus terminal and put in a large corporate bus (this is the preferred option), or the company uses its own transport. The price of the bus of private companies is very attractive, from 1000 baht for the entire route, but we highly recommend to use their services as they are often breaking their own schedules, sometimes "throw" tourists halfway or "lose" them, of the buses lost bags and other troubles. This does not happen with every tourist, but cases are not rare.

On the ferry

If you get here by yourself, not using a plane and a United ticket, the last stage of your journey to the island will include the ferry. Details about ferries to Samui read here. Direct way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui on the water does not exist.

The schedule of ferries and buses to Koh 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. ...