There are several ways to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao. Because it is an island you will need to take several forms of transport and there is a choice of routes. There are several options available, including the following, starting with the most expensive through to the cheapest.
Bangkok to Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways and Nok Air and from Samui by boat to Koh Tao. Both Lomprayah Catamaran and Seatran run several ferry trips to Koh Tao, however the last departure is at 15:00 for Seatran and 17:00 for Lomprayah so if your flights arrives later than this time you will need to spend the night on Koh Samui.
Bangkok Airways has 11-13 flights daily so it should be possible to book a flight that arrives before 13.00 pm.
In case you would like to stay on Samui, we recommend 2 resorts on Samui which are centrally located close by the airport and departure piers of the ferry companies.
Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Chumphon with Nok Air and then by ferry to Koh Tao is another option with 2 flights a day, usually one early morning and one departing early evening. Also be aware that Songserm and Lomprayah ferries depart at 7am and only Lomprayah has a afternoon ferry which departs at 1pm from their relevant piers
- From Bangkok to Chumphon, then boat to Koh Tao.
First Class - Not outrageously expensive. Maximum 2 passengers per private cabin with a large upper and lower sleeping bed. Price from Bangkok to Chumphon is approximately 1,200 Baht per person.
Second Class - Consists of a carriage with 35 beds, upper and lower. For westerners (due to their size) we would recommend the lower beds. There are two options of second class, fan or air con. Prices range from 400 to 700 Baht per person depending on berth location and whether it is air con or fan.
Third Class - Only for those who like to experience true local travel. This is the cheapest form of train travel, tends to be very busy and is difficult for storage of backpacks. It is recommended only for those hardened travelers who are being careful with finances.
These are probably the most widely used for travelers and are sometimes the simplest.
Departing from Khao San Road in Bangkok and will connect directly with boats to Koh Tao (JointTickets).
The major companies traveling to Koh Tao is Lomprayah who run comfortable boats and buses. Songserm is a cheaper alternative but the savings in your wallet don’t reflect the lower standard and comfort of their boats and buses.
Lomprayah buses leave daily at 21.00 pm from Khao San to Koh Tao, Lomprayah also has a trip leaving at 6.00 am to Koh Tao from Bangkok.
Tickets can be bought in any travel agency in Bangkok and include your bus and boat ticket.
In case of doubt which would be your preferred method of coming to Koh Tao, please contact us and we will be happy to advice you.