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How to Get from Koh Samui to Phuket

This journey can be done by bus and boat in two ways:

  • Firstly, you can choose to travel independently via Surat Thani city using a number of different transport providers to complete each section of the journey.
  • Secondly, you can choose to direct service, where the same company provides transport all the way from Koh Samui to Phuket.

Travel Times to Phuket

There are two direct services from Koh Samui to Phuket which I would recommend using: the quicker more luxurious Lomprayah service and the much cheaper service by the reliable Phantip Travel company.

Company Samui Phuket Journey Cost
Phantip 07.30 16.30 9 hr 00 m ฿ 499
Lomprayah 08.00 15.00 7 hr 00 m ฿ 750
Lomprayah 12.45 19.45 7 hr 00 m ฿ 750

The Phantip service is 1 hour and 30 minutes slower than the Lomprayah service, however, depending upon where you are staying in Koh Samui and your final destination in Phuket you may find that the Lomprayah service has more convenient departure and arrival points.

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Independent travel 

The cheapest way to do the journey is take the car ferry from Nathon to Donsak ferry port, and book a bus transfer from Donsak to Surat Thani city with the ferry company at the same time as you purchase the ferry ticket.

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From Surat Thani bus station, or the private travel agents on the Talad Mai road in Surat Thani city, there are frequent bus and minivan departures to Phuket bus station. The journey should take 9 to 10 hours in total from the time you depart Koh Samui on the ferry.

  • Travel Tip: This is a much longer journey time than travelling direct because you will need to travel the 65 km from the ferry pier to Surat Thani city and then wait for the next bus or minivan departure to Phuket. 

Option 1: Lomprayah Ferry

This services departs from the Lomprayah Pier in Nathon, which is the administrative capital of Koh Samui, and goes direct to the centre of Phuket Town. The sea crossing to the mainland is on a high speed catamaran with comfortable seating and a sun deck. Food and drink can be purchased on the boat.

Travel Times from Koh Samui to Phuket (Lomprayah)
Samui Phuket
08.00 15.00
12.45 19.45
  • Cost: 750 THB
  • Journey time: 7 hours  
Location of Na Thon Lomprayah Pier
  • The Lomprayah service to Phuket departs from Na Thon Pier in Koh Samui.

Option 2: Phantip Travel

This service departs from Koh Samui Bus Terminal, which is near Nathon town, and goes direct to Phuket Bus Terminal 2, the main transport centre for Phuket. The journey goes via the car ferry pier from Lipa Noi pier to Donsak ferry pier where passengers transfer to a minivan which goes direct to Phuket Bus Terminal 2.

Travel Times from Koh Samui to Phuket (Phantip Travel)
Samui Phuket
07.30 16.30
  • Cost: 499 THB   
  • Journey Time: 9 hours 00 min
Location of Koh Samui Bus Station
  • The Phantip Travel service to Phuket departs from Koh Samui bus station.

Arrival in Phuket

The two services terminate in different places in Phuket.

  • Option 1: Lomprayah Service

This service terminates at the Lomprayah Company office which is located in Phuket Town.

Location of the Lomprayah Bus Stop in Phuket Town

  • Option 2: Phantip Travel

This service terminates at Phuket Bus Terminal 2, which is 4 km north of Phuket Town.

Location of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

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