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How to get from Surat Thani Railway Station to Koh Samui

There two ways to travel from Surat Thani Train Station, the easiest way to travel is direct departing from the train station forecourt. Alternatively if you miss the direct connection you need to travel into Surat Thani City Centre, 16 km away, to take a bus from there:

  • Via Surat Thani: There are two companies which have departures every hour from 06:00 to 17:00 from Surat Thani City to Koh Samui. 

Route 1: Train Station To Koh Samui Direct

See below for information about buying tickets and the three different direct services:

Travel Times of Direct Services from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Samui

Depart Arrive Company Ticket
07:45 12:30 Raja Ferry 500 THB*
08:00 11:30 Phantip Travel 300 THB
08:30 10:55 Lomprayah 500 THB

 Price includes hotel transfers on arrival in Koh Samui

Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Samui

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These services depart from a small car park in front of the station in front of a row of three cafes. It is easy to find the bus stop for all three services as there will be lots of other travellers waiting in the same area and there are always representatives of the various travel companies waiting on Platform 1 when the trains from Bangkok arrive. From Platform 1 there is gate leading directly onto the car park where the buses for each of the three services park. 

Option 1: Raja Ferry to Koh Samui (Any Hotel)

This service departs at 07:45 and is scheduled to transfer you to any hotel in Koh Samui by 12:30 all for 500 THB. This is a ‘no-frills’ service with transfer by minivan and a sea-crossing of 1 hour 30 minutes on a Raja Car Ferry. Both ferry and minivan are comfortable enough for the short period of time you are travelling.

Option 2: Phantip Travel to Koh Samui (Koh Samui Bus Station)

Another no-frills service, this one uses buses and the Seatran car ferry, departing at 08:00 and arriving at 11:30. There is no transfer to your hotel included in the price. This service terminates at Koh Samui Bus Station although most passengers opt to disembark at Na Thon Seatran Ferry Pier because there are better transport connections than at Koh Samui Bus Station.

  • Location of Koh Samui Bus Station

Option 3: Lomprayah to Koh Samui (Na Thon Pier)

Departing at 08:30 and arriving at 10:55, this by far the best the best quality service out of the three and it is an hour or more quicker than other travel services from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Samui. The journey involves a 1 hour 15 minute luxury bus journey and a 45 minute sea crossing on a high speed catamaran ferry. The ferry has an air-conditioned cabin with a shop and comfortable seats as well as open-air seating. The ferry arrives at Na Thon Pier in Koh Samui’s administrative capital town and there are plenty of shared taxis and private taxis waiting to take you to your final destination in Koh Samui.

  • Location of Na Thon Pier

About Surat Thani train station

Surat Thani Train Station

Surat Thani railway station is not in Surat Thani City, its in another town called Phunphin 16.2 km away from Surat Thani. To get from Surat Thani train station to Koh Samui you can either travel direct from the train station. Alternatively if you arrive at Surat Thani train station after 08.30, or you want to save money, then you travel to Koh Samui via Surat Thani city. If you travel via Surat Thani city then you need to organise your own transport from the train station to the city centre either by taxi or local bus.

Route 2: Train Station To Koh Samui Via Surat Thani City

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Surat Thani City to Koh Samui

You can also travel from Surat Thani Railway to Koh Samui via Surat Thani town. From Surat Thani city you have a choice of two transport companies: Phantip Travel and the Raja Ferry Company.

Option 1: Phantip Travel from Surat Thani Town

The Phantip bus departs from the Phantip travel office Soi Talad Mai 8, which is side street very close to Suat Thani’s downtown bus station. If you travel to Surat Thani by the 18 THB orange bus it terminates at the downtown bus station.

  • Phantip Travel Times from Surat Thani City to Koh Samui
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
08:30 12:00 09:30 13:00 10:30 14:00
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
11:30 15:00 12:30 16:00 13:30 17:00
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
14:30 18:00 15:30 19:00 16:30 20:00


  • Travel Route from Surat Thani train station to the Phantip Office

Option 2: Raja Ferry Service from Surat Thani City

The Raja Ferry Company service departs from Soi Wichai 16, which is on the road going from the train station into Surat Thani city, the office is 300 metres further along from the  Si Wichai Hospital. If you are travelling by bus ask the driver to stop at the Raja Ferry office when you board the bus. The price of 440 THB is inclusive of transfers from the ferry port in Koh Samui to your hotel.

  • Raja Ferry Travel Times from Surat Thani City to Koh Samui
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
06:00 11:00 07:00 12:00 08:00 13:00
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
09:00 14:00 10:00 15:00 11:00 16:00
Dept Arr Dept Arr Dept Arr
12:00 17:00 13:00 18:00 15:00 20:00
Dept Arr
17:00 22:00


  • Travel Route from Surat Thani train station to the Raja Ferry Office

Travel from Surat Thani train station to Surat Thani city

There are two ways to get from Surat Thani train station to Surat Thani City:

  • By public bus: These depart from the car park area in front of the railway station, to the left of the ticket hall as you depart from Platform 1. These orange bus departs every 20 minutes and cost 18 THB per person. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
  • By taxi: There is a taxi station in front of the main station building. The journey should cost between 140 THB to 160 THB for the whole taxi. The journey takes abut 15 minutes.

Lomprayah ferry crossing from Donsak to Koh Samui

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