There are three ferry companies providing passenger services between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao:
- Seatran Discovery Ferry
- Lomprayah High Speed ferry
- Songserm Ferry
The sea journey takes from 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes depending on which ferry you use and the weather conditions. This route becomes very busy during some times of the year and I advise people to book a ticket in advance if they have a fixed travel itinerary.
Travel times to Koh Tao
There are 7 ferry services a day from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.
|08:30||10:00||500 THB||Seatran Discovery|
|13:30||15:00||500 THB||Seatran Discovery|
|17:00||18:30||500 THB||Seatran Discovery|
- The fastest service from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao is the Lomprayah which completes the journey from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao in 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
- All services depart from Thong Sala on the South Coast of Koh Phangan.
Buy Tickets to Koh Tao
Use the Search Box below to buy ferry tickets from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.
Booking in advance is recommended particularly during the week after the monthly Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan and large numbers of people travel from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao after the Full Moon Party to take diving courses on Koh Tao.
Option 1: Seatran Discovery
Fast modern boats with seating inside and outside. These boats have a small shop inside selling drinks and snacks. My only complaint about this service is that you need to carry your own bags on and off the ferry. A small problem unless you have a lot of bags, or children, or both, then some help from the staff would be better than the current arrangements.
Travel Times to Koh Tao (Seatran Discovery)
|08:30||10:00||1 hr 30 m||฿ 500|
|13:30||15:00||1 hr 30 m||฿ 500|
|17:00||18:30||1 hr 30 m||฿ 500|
Option 2: Lomprayah Ferry
The Lomprayah ferry is slightly more expensive than the Songerm and Seatran Discovery ferries but the service is much better. Large items of luggage are taken on and off the boat by the staff and the seating on the Lomprayah ferries is better and there is more of it.
Travel Times to Koh Tao (Lomprayah)
|08:30||09:30||1 hr 00 m||฿ 500|
|13:00||14:15||1 hr 15 m||฿ 500|
|18:00||19:15||1 hr 15 m||฿ 600|
Koh Phangan Ferry Port
Ferry services to Koh Tao depart from Koh Phangan’s main port in Thong Sala. Thong Sala in the South of Koh Phangan and no more than 45 minutes drive away from all points in the island.
There many shared and private taxi services on Koh Phangan and it is normally very simple to get a taxi in time for the boat. If you are staying in Mae Haad, Than Sadet, or Thong Nai Pan you should book a taxi in advance. My advice is to ask at your hotel or resort about getting to Thong Sala on time for a boat connection as they can normally provide you with the best advice about local taxi services and prices.
Location of Thong Sala Pier
Arrival in Koh Tao
All ferry services from Koh Phangan arrive at Mae Haad Pier in Kao Tao. This pier is located by the island’s largest town and it main beach, Sairee Beach. If you do need to go further afield than is comfortable by walking then are plenty of shared taxis and water taxis waiting for customers at the pier whenever boats come in.
Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao