How to go to Koh Tao?

Find your way to Koh Tao, Thailand!


Koh Tao is a small island located in the Gulf of Thailand in Koh Phangan District and Surat Thani Province. Koh Tao is approximately 67 kilometers from Koh Samui and 45 kilometers from Koh Phangan.

Traveling to Koh Tao is relatively easy, and many options are available. Below, we list the most convenient and popular travel methods to Koh Tao.

You can go to Koh Tao by car, bus, train, or plane and connect a boat to Koh Tao.


Even if Koh Tao is in the Surat Thani province, it's closer to Chumphon, and the trip is shorter.


Bangkok Airways from Bangkok

There are many flights along the day from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM) starting from 07:15. It takes about a 1h15 flight to go to Koh Samui.

Airline company: Bangkok Airways


Air Asia from Bangkok

Daily flights from Bangkok

Bangkok - Don Mueang (DMK) Chumpon (CJM)
07:25 08:40


Airline company: Air Asia


Nok Air from Bangkok

Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday from Bangkok

Bangkok - Don Mueang (DMK) Chumpon (CJM)
06:50 07:50


Airline company: Nok Air


Lomprayah Bus from Bangkok

Lomprayah High-Speed ​​Ferries company propose travel packages including the bus ticket from Bangkok and the boat from Chumphon to Koh Tao. The bus drops you directly at the Khao San Road pier, which is very convenient.

Daily flights from Bangkok

Bangkok (Khao San Road) Chumpon (Thung Makham Noi Pier)
21:00 05:00


Bus company:


Train from Bangkok to Chumphon

If you are not in a hurry and want to see some lovely landscapes, the train is an excellent option to reach the Koh Tao island through Chumphon.

Bangkok - Don Mueang (DMK) Chumpon (CJM)
7:50 16:26
12:30 22:00
14:30 23:05
15:10 00:06
15:35 01:37
17:00 02:30
17:35 04:10
18:30 04:45
19:30 05:38
22:05 06:57


Railway website:


Lomprayah Ferry

Lomprayah Ferry from Chumphon

The trip takes 1h30 from Chumphon to Koh Tao. This is the faster way to reach Koh Tao.

Chumpon (Thung Makham Noi Pier) Koh Tao
07:00 08:45
13:00 14:45


Lomprayah ferry from Surat Thani

The trip takes 2h30 from Surat Thani to Koh Tao.

Surat Thani (Donsak Pier) Koh Tao
11:00 14:15
14:30 17:00


Lomprayah ferry from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

The trip takes 2h30 from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. It makes a stop at Koh Phangan.
It’s an excellent option to visit Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Those islands are very different from one another.

Koh Samui (Pralarn Pier) Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier) Koh Tao
08:30 09:00 10:30
12:30 13:00 14:30
Koh Samui (Nathon Pier)
15:30 16:00 17:30



Surat Thani Night Boat

The night boat can be a good idea if you arrive late in the day to Surat Thani or if you want to spend a night on the boat.

Even if it allows bringing a car to Koh Tao, this is not recommended; Koh Toa is better experienced by walking or with a scooter.

Surat Thani (Night Boat Pier) - Departure Koh Tao - Arrival
21:00 06:00

Arrival time on Koh Tao depends on conditions.

Contact them: Surat Thani Night Boat


From Bangkok to Chumphon by car

If you have a car, you can drive from Bangkok to Chumphon, it takes about 6h30.


  • From Bangkok, take Highway No. 35 (Rama 2 Road)
  • Turn left onto Highway No. 4 (Petchkasem Road) through Phetchaburi Province Prachuap Khiri Khan until reaching the Pathomporn intersection
  • Turn left in the direction of Chumphon town
  • Follow Highway No. 4001 to Highway No. 4098. The distance from Chumphon town to Thung Makham Noi Pier is about 30 kilometers.

There is a 50 baht/night car deposit service at the harbor.


Please notify us in advance

Please inform us about your boat schedule so we can organize your pick-up at the pier.


Final recommendations

We recommend booking tickets in advance during the high season, long holidays, or significant festivals.

Bus, train, and plane times are subject to change. Please check before every trip. Refrain from flying after diving. PADI recommends a minimum interval of 18 hours before taking a flight after multiple dives.

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