Travel from Ao Nang to Koh Tao

By joint bus and ferry service the journey from Ao Nang to Koh Tao is scheduled to take from 6 to 15 hours depending upon which service you take.

Ferry Times from Ao Nang to Koh Tao

There are currently 10 direct services a day from Ao Nang to Koh Tao available to book online.

Ao NangKoh TaoTicketCompany
07:0014:20฿ 1,660Thubthim Siam Travel
09:0016:30฿ 1,430Krabi Sea Pearl
09:0017:30฿ 1,300Van2Travel
09:0017:00฿ 1,400Ramon Transport
11:0018:00฿ 1,650Koh Tao Booking Center
11:3017:30฿ 1,650Ramon Transport
14:3006:00฿ 1,300Ramon Transport
15:0005:30฿ 1,300Krabi Sea Pearl
15:0005:00฿ 1,200Sapthaweephol Tour and Travel
15:0006:00฿ 1,400Koh Tao Booking Center
  • All services include a pick up from any hotel in Ao Nang.

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Ao Nang Bus Stop

Joint bus and ferry services from Ao Nang to Koh Tao commence with an Ao Nang hotel pick up.

Google Map of Ao Nang Beach

Koh Tao Ferry Pier

Joint bus and ferry services from Ao Nang to Koh Tao terminate at Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao.

Google Map of Mae Haad Pier in Koh Tao

About Travel to Koh Tao

There are two different routes which direct services from Ao Nang to Koh Tao take.

Route 1: Travel via Surat Thani

All the services listed above which arrive in Koh Tao on the same day as departing travel via a ferry port in Surat Thani Province. These services take passengers by bus or minivan to board a ferry or speedboat service operated by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company. These ferry and speedboat services travel to Koh Tao via the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Travelling via Surat Thani is the fastest route from Ao Nang to Koh Tao.

Route 2: Travel via Chumphon

All the services which travel overnight involve taking passengers to join a ‘night boat’ service from a ferry pier in Chumphon Province. Chumphon is further away from Ao Nang than Surat Thani and travelling via this route requires 2 to 3 hours extra driving time in a bus or minivan.

There are several different night boat services. They all take 7 to 8 hours to travel from Chumphon to Koh Tao. Passengers are each allocated a mattress on the floor to sleep on. The night boat service can be uncomfortable and noisy and it’s not recommended for families or those requiring a higher level of comfort.

Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao
Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao
Diving on Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a beautiful island with some great beaches and a densely forested interior. Most visitors to Koh Tao, however, come to scuba dive. The island has lots and lots of scuba diving schools.

Koh Tao is among the cheapest places in the world to go scuba diving. A 3 day PADI Open Water course costs on average 11,000 THB per person, although the cheaper price of 8,000 THB is often available from some diving centres. One of the reasons the diving courses are so cheap is because there are plenty of good diving sites very close to the island, reducing fuel and other boating relating expenses. Diving courses are also cheap because they are often, for the greater part, staffed by trainee foreign diving instructors.

We recommend shopping around to find a good quality diving school at a reasonable price. The two most established diving schools on Koh Tao are Big Blue and Ban’s Diving Resort.

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