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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.
Direct Services from Koh Samui to Phuket

Travel from Koh Samui to Phuket

Direct Services from Koh Samui 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. The Phantip service is only 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.

Timetable of Direct Services from Koh Samui to Phuket

Company Dept Arr Journey Time Cost
Phantip 07.30 15.00 7 hr 30 m ฿ 500
Lomprayah 08.00 15.00 7 hr 00 m ฿ 750
Phantip 09.30 17.00 7 hr 30 m ฿ 500
Lomprayah 12.45 19.45 7 hr 00 m ฿ 750
Independent travel 

Watchalong Temple in Phuket

Watchalong Temple in Phuket

The cheapest way to do the journey is take the car ferry from Nathon to Donsak ferry port, and book a bus transfer to Surat Thani city with the ferry company at the same time as you purchase the ferry ticket. From Surat Thani bus station, or the private travel agents on the Talad Mai road, there are frequent bus and minibus departure to Phuket bus station. The journey should take 9 to 10 hours in total from the time you depart Koh Samui on the ferry.

Option 1: Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company

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 with the Lomprayah company
  • Cost: 750 THB
  • Journey time: 7 hours  
 Depart  Arrive
 08.00  15.00
 12.45  19.45  

Location of the Departure Point in Koh Samui for the Lomprayah Service to Phuket

Option 2: Phantip Travel Company

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 with Phantip Travel
  • Cost: 500 THB   
  • Journey Time: 7 hours 30 min
 Depart  Arrive
 07.30  15.00
 09.30  17.00   

Location of the Departure Point in Koh Samui for the Phantip Travel Service to Phuket
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 on the Bangkok Road 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.

Map of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

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