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How to get from Phuket to Koh Samui

There are two companies providing direct services linking Phuket to Koh Samui. Both services take about the same length of time.

  • Phantip Travel: The cheaper service with Phantip Travel departs from Phuket Bus Station, whilst the more expensive service with the Lomprayah Company departs from their office in Phuket Town centre.
  • Lomprayah High Speed Ferry: Families and people on short holidays to Thailand tend to use the more expensive service provided by the Lomprayah Company because it is more comfortable and is easier because the staff take your luggage on and off the ferries and buses.
  • Seatran Discovery: Slightly quicker, slightly more comfortable and slightly more expensive version of the service provided by Phantip Travel.

Travel Times to Koh Samui


There are three daily direct services from Phuket to Koh Samui which you can book online.

Company Phuket Samui Ticket
Phantip 08.45 16.30 499 THB
Seatran 09.00 16.00 600 THB
Lomprayah 10.00 16.45 1,300 THB
  • The fastest service from Phuket to Koh Samui is the 10.00 departure with the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company.
  • The cheapest service from Phuket to Koh Samui is the 08.45 departure with the Phantip Travel Company.

Buy Tickets to Koh Samui


Tickets for both the Phantip Travel and Lomprayah services can be purchased in advance online by using the Search Box below. The ticket price is no more expensive than if you purchase a ticket directly from either travel company.

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Option 1: Phantip Travel


This service involves a bus journey to mainland Thailand and then across to Donsak near Surat Thani where you catch the car ferry over to Koh Samui. This is the cheapest way to do the journey and the quickest, although it involves the longest bus journey. The car ferry takes 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Koh Samui which is slower than the boats used by the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company and the Seatran Discovery Company..

  • Phantip Travel departs from Phuket Bus Terminal 2

Phuket Bus Terminal 2 is located 4 km to the North of Phuket Town. This modern bus station is the island’s transport hub. Getting to and from the bus station is relatively easy as there are lots of shared songthaew (converted pick up trucks) doing the journey.

  • Location of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

Option 2: Lomprayah Ferry


This company’s service has four stages. 1. Minivan transfer to a ferry pier near Phuket Town. 2. Ferry from Phuket to Krabi. 3. Bus journey from Krabi to Donsak ferry pier. 4. High speed ferry from Donsak to Koh Samui. The service is comfortable and the staff are helpful with the luggage. The ferry from Donsak on the mainland to Koh samui takes only 45 minutes.

  • The Lomprayah service departs from Phuket Town

This service leaves from the Lomprayah ticket office on the Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road near the centre of Phuket Town, the cost of the transfer to the ferry pier to start the journey is included in the price.

  • Location of the Lomprayah Bus Stop in Phuket Town


Option 3: Seatran Discovery


This service follows the same route as the Phantip Travel Service which three differences. 1. It is 45 minutes quicker. 2. The quality of the bus and ferry is better. The Seatran Discovery Company has its own fleet of fairly fast ferries whilst passengers on the Phantip Travel service travel on the Raja Car Ferry. 3. The Seatran Discovery Service is 100 THB more expensive than the Phantip Travel service.

Seatran Discovery ferry to Koh Samui

Seatran Discovery ferry to Koh Samui

  • Phantip Travel departs from Phuket Bus Terminal 2

Phuket Bus Terminal is located to the North of Phuket Town. See above for location map and details. This is the same departure point as the service provided by Phantip Travel.


Arrival in Koh Samui


Each service arrives at a different place on Koh Samui.

Option 1: Pantip Travel

The bus goes to Koh Samui bus station in Na Thon town. However, many passengers opt to take their bags off the bus when they arrive at ferry pier. At the ferry pier there will be many taxis and songthaew waiting to take you to any destination in Koh Samui. 

  • Location of Koh Samui Bus Station

Option 2: Lomprayah Company

Arrives at Nathon Pier in the centre of Na Thon Town. The Lomprayah Company will transfer you by minivan to any point on Koh Samui for 150 THB per person. Book the transfer when you check in. Alternatively shared songthaew taxis available at the car park in front of the pier can be slightly cheaper than a pre-booked transfer if other people share the car, however, bear in mind the shared songthaew taxi take a set route and you may need to walk from your drop-off point to your hotel or resort.

  • Location of Na Thon Lomprayah Pier in Koh Samui

Option 3: Seatran Discovery

Arrives at Bangrak Seatran Pier on the North Coast of Koh Samui. This is the closest ferry pier to the resort towns of Bophut and Chaweng. The Seatran Discovery Company also provides a fixed price minivan transfer service for 150 THB per person to any destination in Koh Samui which you can book also book when you are on the ferry.

  • Location of Bangrak Seatran Pier in Koh Samui

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