How to get from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Railway Station
There are three companies which will take you directly from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani train station, which is located 16.2 km from Surat Thani city in the town of Phunphin. Surat Thani train station is the closest train station to Koh Phangan.
Tickets: Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Train Station
Click on the Book button for any of the departures listed above. After purchasing a ticket online you will be sent an Electronic Voucher which you exchange for a ticket at the ferry port before you board the boat.
Location of Thong Sala Ferry Pier
All three services depart from Thong Sala ferry pier, which is Koh Phangan’s main port on the South of the Island.
Option 1: Raja Ferry Service
Raja Ferry at Thong Sala
The Raja Ferry service takes a total of 4 hours 15 minutes to reach Surat Thani train station after departing from Thong Sala ferry pier. The journey starts with a 2 hour 30 minute journey on a car ferry. The car ferry is large and the most stable of all the types of ferry which travel between Koh Phangan and the mainland. The Raja Ferry is the most reliable service when the weather is bad as it can still sail in all but the worst storms. The car ferry, however, is not the most comfortable boat although it does have inside seating and a small shop selling drinks and snacks. On arrival at Donsak ferry port, the point of disembarkation on the Thai mainland, passengers transfer to a fairly old bus (with no bathroom) for the 1 hour 20 minute journey to downtown Surat Thani. From there passengers sometimes change buses again, and sometimes the same bus carries onto the train station after a wait approximately 10 minutes.
Option 2: Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company
Lomprayah Ferry departing from Koh Phangan
The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company is the quickest service between Koh Phangan and Surat Thani train station, taking only 3 hours 30 minutes from the time it departs from Koh Phangan to the time it arrives at Surat Thani train station. The Lomprayah ferries are the fastest ferries serving the islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao and they take slightly under 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the mainland from Koh Phangan, with a 10 minute stop on the way at Koh Samui to pick up more passengers. The Lomprayah ferries are also the most comfortable with plenty of indoor seating, a small cafe and shop, and two sun decks which provide an opportunity for views across to the Ang Thong marine park. Once at Donsak ferry pier on the mainland, passengers transfer to modern buses with on board toilets for the 1 hour 20 minutes direct journey to Surat Thani train station before carrying onto Surat Thani Airport.
Option 3: Seatran Discovery Company
Seatran Discovery Ferry docking in Thong Sala
The Seatran Discovery Company provides the slowest of the three services between Koh Phangan and Surat Thani train station. This service takes 7 hours 10 minutes to reach Surat Thani train station after leaving Koh Phangan. The reason for the slowness of this service is not the ferries which they use, which are fast modern and comfortable, or the buses they use for the connection from Donsak ferry port, which are also fast and modern, but rather inconvenient connections from their office in Surat Thani onto the train station.