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How to get from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Phangan

There are three companies which will take you directly from Surat Thani train station to Koh Phangan. All three services arrive in Koh Phangan in Thong Sala, the main town town in the South of the Island.

Travel Times to Koh Phangan

Station Phangan Company Ticket
07:00 12:30 Phantip Travel 400 THB
07:45 12:30 Raja Ferry 380 THB
08:00 12:30 Phantip Travel 400 THB
08:30 11:45 Lomprayah 600 THB
09:00 14:00 Phantip Travel 400 THB

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 to Koh Phangan

Book your ticket in advance. Although all three services follow the same route, each uses different ferries, has different journey times and service standards. The most popular service is the o8:30 Lomprayah departure and this is the service that will sell out first during the Full Moon Party period and at weekends during the High Season.

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Journey Information

This journey has two parts:

  • Part 1: Bus connection from the train station to the ferry port in Donsak. This bus journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The bus is modern and has a toilet.
  • Part 2: A boat journey of around 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes on a ferry. 

Surat Thani train station

Surat Thani Railway station is 23 minutes drive away from in Surat Thani City, in a small town called Phunphin. Fortunately for people going to Koh Phangan there is one direct high speed ferry service in the morning from the train station to Koh Phangan. It leaves from the car park which is to the left main entrance to the station. There are some small cafes in this area where you can eat breakfast and check your e-mails (they have free WiFi) whilst you wait for your bus connection to the ferry pier for Koh Phangan.

Bus services to Koh Phangan depart from in front of these Cafes by Surat Thani station

Route map to Koh Phangan

  • Total distance to Koh Phangan: 134 kilometres
  • Distance to Donsak ferry pier: 78.6 kilometres
  • Distance by ferry from Donsak ferry pier to Koh Phangan: 55.3 kilometres

Local Transport from Koh Phangan Ferry Port

All ferry services arrive at Koh Phangan Ferry Port in Thong Sala. Thong Sala is the administrative capital of Koh Phangan. At the pier there are always a large number of shared pick up truck taxis (songthaew). As you exit the ferry the taxi sales people will ask you where you want to go and direct you to one of the shared taxis to await other customers. If there are not enough customers to fill or nearly fill the taxi you may need to negotiate a private hire or you can opt to simply wait for the next boats when more passengers may arrive. Its a less time consuming process than you might imagine and generally you can get from the main ferry port to anywhere on Koh Phangan within no more than an hour of arrival.

Lomprayah ferry Surat Thani train station to Koh Phangan

Location of Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan

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