Flights depart daily from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Chumphon, and Surathani. The most direct way of flying is to Koh Samui on Bangkok Airways, and then getting a ferry transfer to Koh Tao. Nok Air offers service to Surathani and Chumpon. The ferry crossing from Chumphon is quicker than from Surathani. For ferry service to Koh Tao from Surathani, Koh Samui, or Chumphon, check out Lomprayah Catamaran or Seatran Discovery link for tickets and travel times.
There are daily buses from Bangkok to Chumphon. Travel times vary from early morning to late evening departures. Transfer packages are available for bus from Bangkok and and a ferry transfer to Koh Tao. Visit the Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran website (www.lomprayah.com) for schedules.
Train service is available from Bangkok to Chumphon. Ferries depart daily from Chumphon to Koh Tao. Joint tickets are available with Lomprayah Catamaran services. Visit the website www.railway.co.th for train departure information and the Lompraya High Speed Catamaran website (www.lomprayah.com) for schedules.
There are 2 options for ferry service from Suratthani to Koh Tao. Night boat and Lomprayah Catamaran service.
There is an international airport in Phuket offering flights to Koh Samui. From there ferry services run daily with Lomprayah and Seatran Ferry service. A slower option is a bus and then ferry transfer.
Transport on Koh Tao
Traveling around Koh Tao is easy. The island itself is 15 square km so walking is a great option for getting around. There are many local taxis that can take you anywhere on the island. Most taxis are 4-wheel drive so it is easy to travel over rough terrain. Rates are set, however prices are higher after hours so expect to pay more for your journey home in if traveling late at night. Most resorts also offer private taxis for their guests.
Long-tail boat taxis are located around the island. You can usually find one by simply walking along the beach. You can hire a taxi per single trip or hire one for the day.
Motor bikes are available to rent, however are only recommended for the experienced driver. Take caution when driving on the roads. There are some parts on the island where roads may be washed out due to rain and run-off. Motorbikes are expensive to repair on Koh Tao if damaged so be careful when driving. There are sadly many notorious motorcycle scams on the island too. Please ask us for advice before renting and have a good look through reviews on tripadvisor where you will see that there are clearly some stand out no go rental shops on the island.
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