Trains from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani (for Koh Phangan and Koh Samui)

To travel by train from Chiang Mai to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan you need to:

  • Take a train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
  • Take another train from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

There are direct bus and ferry services from Surat Thani Railway Station to both Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. See below for more information about travel from Surat Thani Railway Station.

Buy Tickets to Surat Thani


Use the Search Box below to find your train tickets from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and then Bangkok to Surat Thani:

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You will need to make two separate bookings:

  • Chiang Mai to Bangkok Train: For the first section of the journey search for ‘Chiang Mai train station’ to ‘Bangkok’ to find Surat Thani to Bangkok train tickets.
  • Bangkok to Surat Thani Train: For the second section of the journey search for ‘Bangkok’ to ‘Surat Thani’ to find Bangkok to Surat Thani train tickets.

Trains to Bangkok


There are 5 trains a day from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

Chiang MaiBangkokTrain No.Service
06:3021:10102Rapid
08:5019:258Special Express
15:3005:2552Express
17:0006:1514Special Express
18:0006:5010Special Express

All trains except for the two day time train (#102 and #8) departing at 06:30 and 08:50 from Chiang Mai have sleeper berths available.

Train Times to Surat Thani


There are 10 trains a day from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

Train No.BangkokSurat ThaniService
4307:5018:50Special Express
17112:3001:33Rapid
3114:3002:40Special Express
37/4515:1003:46Special Express
16915:3504:34Rapid
8317:0005:35Express
17317:3506:55Rapid
16718:3007:47Rapid
8519:3008:32Express
39/4122:0509:25Special Express

All services except Train #43 (departing at 08:05) and Train #39/41 have sleeper berths available. The most popular train service from Bangkok to Surat Thani is Train #85 departing at 19:30 because this train has a full range of seat types and a convenient arrival time in Surat Thani.

Chiang Mai Train Station


Chiang Mai Railway Station is on the Charoen Muang Road 3.3 km from Chiang Mai’s Old Town.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Railway Station

A tuk-tuk to the train station should cost around 60 THB from most part of Chiang Mai.

Surat Thani Train Station


Surat Thani Railway Station is located 16 km from Surat Thani city in the town of Phunphin.

Google Map of Surat Thani Railway Station

There is a public service from the train station to Surat Thani as well as taxis which wait for customers at a taxi rank in front of the station. the taxi fare from Surat Thani train station to Surat Thani city is 140 THB.

Travel from Surat Thani


You do not need to travel into Surat Thani city to travel from Surat Thani train station to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Surat Thani train station is  transport hub with a variety of direct bus services departing from the small car park to the left hand side of the station building to the ferry ports in Donsak. From Donsak you have a wide choice of ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan
Ferry services to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan depart from Surat Thani
  • Direct bus and ferry services to Koh Samui depart from Surat Thani train station at 07:30, 07:45, 08:00 and 08:30.
  • Direct bus and ferry services to Koh Phangan depart from Surat Thani train station at 07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:30 and 09:00.

If you miss the direct services because your train is delayed then make your way by bus or taxi into Surat Thani city centre. Joint bus and ferry services on the inexpensive car ferry (which runs until 17:00) depart from the Phantip Travel office on the Talad Mai Road in the centre of Surat Thani city very near to where the public bus from the train station terminates.

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