Travel from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

There are three ferry companies which provide passenger services from Koh Tao to Koh Samui, two use fast ferries and the other uses a slower boat.

Fast Boats

Two fast boat services from Koh Tao to Koh Samui are operated by:

  • Seatran Discovery Company (2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company (1 hour 50 minutes).

Booking these services in advance is a good idea in high season and around the time of Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party when demand for tickets can be high and some departures sell out several days in advance.

Slower Boats

The Songserm Company has a departure every day from Mae Haad pier departing at 10.00 and arriving at 13.15, a journey time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. The cost is 500 THB per person.

Buy Tickets to Koh Samui

Tickets for fast boat services can be purchased online in advance using the Search Box below.

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The price of the tickets is the same as buying the tickets at the pier.

Option 1: Seatran Discovery

The slower of our two recommended services.

Seatran Travel Times from Koh Tao to Koh Samui
CompanyKoh TaoKoh SamuiJourneyCost
Seatran Discovery06.3009.002 hrs 30 min600 THB
Seatran Discovery09.0011.302 hrs 30 min600 THB

This service is very useful if you have an early flight from Koh Samui airport as the first boat from Koh Tao arrives at 09.00. The arrival point for the Seatran Discovery service is Bangrak Pier which is only 5 minutes drive from Samui Airport.

Option 2: Lomprayah Ferry

The Lomprayah Company operates the quickest ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui.

Lomprayah Travel Times from Koh Tao to Koh Samui
CompanyKoh TaoKoh SamuiJourneyCost
Lomprayah06.0008.002 hrs 00 min700 THB
Lomprayah09.3011.201 hrs 50 min600 THB
Lomprayah15.0016.501 hrs 50 min600 THB

Lomprayah ferries have large sun decks on the top deck of the ferry from which passengers can get excellent views of the Ang Thong Marine Park on route. Inside the cabin there is a small shopping selling drinks, snacks and sandwiches.

Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao

Mae Haad Pier is the main ferry pier on Koh Tao, and all major ferry services leave from here. Mae Haad Pier is near Sairee Beach where the island’s main town is also located. From other parts of the island you can travel to Mae Haad Pier by shared taxi or taxi boat.

Arrival in Koh Samui

The two fast boat services from Koh Tao to Koh Samui each arrive at different piers.

  • Lomprayah Ferry arrives at Maenam Pier

This service arrives in Koh Samui at Maenam Pier. Maenam Pier is 750 metres (9 minute walk) from the main ring road around the island where you can easily flag down a shared pick up truck taxi which will charge around 60 THB per person for the trip to Chaweng. If 750 metres is too far to walk then speak to the Lomprayah check in staff about arranging a place in one of their minivans. It costs 150 THB per person to any point on the island from Maenam Pier.

Location of the Lomprayah Pier in Maenam

  • Seatran Discovery Ferry arrives at Bangrak Pier

This service takes you to the Seatran pier in Bangrak. Bangrak is near the northern most point of Koh Samui and very close to the airport. From here you can pick up a songthaew on the main road to Chaweng.

Seatran Discovery Ferry Pier in Koh Samui
Seatran Discovery Ferry Pier in Koh Samui

For other destinations in Koh Samui we recommend that you pre-book a place in a minivan service organised by the Seatran Discovery by speaking to the staff when you check in to start your journey from Koh Tao to Koh Samui. The charge is 150 THB per person to anywhere on the island.

Location of Bangrak Pier in Koh Samui

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