Train travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao

The best way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Tao is to book a sleeper seat on an overnight train from Bangkok to Chumphon. On arrival at Chumphon in the morning you can then take a joint bus and ferry service direct from outside the railway station to Koh Tao.

Stage 1: Train to Chumphon


  • Train times from Bangkok to Chumphon.
BangkokChumphonTrain No.Sleeper
08:0514:3643No
13:0021:12171Yes
14:4522:3431Yes
15:1023:1537/45Yes
15:3500:42169Yes
17:0501:1683Yes
17:3502:48173Yes
18:30 03:18167Yes
19:30 04:1385Yes
22:50 05:4939/41No

  • Buy tickets for travel from Bangkok to Chumphon.

Stage 2: Bus and Ferry to Koh Tao


  • Times of joint bus and ferry services from Chumphon Railway Station to Koh Tao.
Train StationKoh TaoTicketCompany
05:4508:45฿ 700KP Tripadvisor
06:0008:45฿ 700Lomprayah
06:0009:45฿ 500Songserm
06:0009:45฿ 500KP Tripadvisor
11:4515:15฿ 700KP Tripadvisor
12:0014:45฿ 700Lomprayah
21:3005:00฿ 500KP Tripadvisor
  • Buy tickets for travel from Chumphon Railway Station to Koh Tao.

Location of Bangkok Station


For the for first stage of the journey to Koh Tao you board the train at Bangkok Railway Station.

Google Map of Bangkok Railway Station

Location of Surat Thani Station


For the second stage of the journey to Koh Tao passengers need to leave the train at Chumphon Railway Station to board a bus to one of the ferry terminal with services to Koh Tao.

Google Map of Chumphon Railway Station

Location of Koh Tao Ferry Pier


Ferry services from Chumphon arrive in Koh Tao at Mae Haad Pier.

Google Map of Mae Haad Pier

About Travel to Koh Tao


Trains from Bangkok to Chumphon fun from 08:05 until 22:50. If you catch one of the earlier trains then you need to spend the night in Chumphon. We recommend the Euro Boutique Hotel which is a budget hotel only 850 metres walking distance from Chumphon Railway Station. The most lively place to eat in Chumphon is Papa Seafood opposite the railway station which has live music in the evenings.

Train to Chumphon at Bangkok Railway Station
Train to Chumphon at Bangkok Railway Station

The trains which depart from Bangkok in the early afternoon, however, are inconvenient because you end up arriving at Chumphon Railway Station in the middle of the night and have no option but to spend several hours waiting on the train platform, or on the street in front of the station, until the first transfer service to Koh Tao departs at 05:45. For this reason the best overnight train to take is Train #85 departing at 19:30, and scheduled to arrive at 04:13 (probably later as the train is often delayed). Train #85 has 1st and 2nd class A/C sleeper berths and a restaurant car.

Chumphon Railway Station
Chumphon Railway Station

There are two ferries companies which operate direct services from Chumphon: Songserm and Lomprayah High Speed Ferry. KT TripAdvisor uses both these ferries. The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry is the best of the two ferry services. They use high speed catamaran ferries with air-conditioned cabins which complete the sea-crossing to Koh Tao in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Thung Makham ferry pier in Chumphon
Thung Makham ferry pier in Chumphon

The cheaper of the two ferry services is the Songserm. Songserm has recently invested in new ferries which are better than the ones they previously had in service when Songserm had a reputation for awful service. The service provided by Songserm has improved a bit although the sea crossing to Koh Tao still takes a painfully slow 2 hours 45 minutes in a fairly cramped cabin with moderately effective air-conditioning. You can, however, sit outside on the Songserm which makes the journey more pleasant.

Next read about Travel from Koh Tao to Chumphon Train Station

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