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Bus & ferry times – Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan

There are 9 daily direct services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan departing from in front of the main entrance to the passenger terminal of Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport. 


Travel Times to Koh Phangan


All services follow the same route from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan which is a journey with two stages.

Airport Phangan Journey Ticket Company
07:30 13:30 6 hrs 00 m 700 THB Seatran Discovery
07:30 11:45 4 hrs 15 m 700 THB Lomprayah
08:20 12:30 4 hrs 10 m 540 THB Raja Ferry
08:30 14:00 5 hrs 30 m 700 THB Seatran Discovery
10:40 14:00 3 hrs 20 m 700 THB Lomprayah
12:00 18:30 6 hrs 30 m 540 THB Raja Ferry
12:00 17:00 5 hrs 00 m 700 THB Seatran Discovery
13:00 17:30 4 hrs 30 m 700 THB Lomprayah
16:00 20:30  4 hrs 30 m 540 THB Raja Ferry

  • Stage 1: The first part of the journey from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan is a bus journey to a ferry port near the town of Donsak. This bus journey takes approximately 90 minutes.
  • Stage 2: The second part of the journey from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan is a sea crossing arriving at Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.

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The three companies operating direct travel services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan using a combination of bus and ferry are:

  • Seatran Discovery Company
  • Raja Ferry
  • Lomprayah High Speed Ferry

Option 1: Seatran Discovery


seatran discovery logoThe Seatran Discovery Company has three daily services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Phangan. This is one of the more expensive of the companies operating on the route and the earliest departure also has the longest journey time. The reason that the 07.30 departure is so slow is that passengers arrive at the ferry pier in Donsak at around 09.15 and have to wait until 11.00 before the ferry departs to Koh Phangan.

Travel Times with the Seatran Discovery Company
Airport Phangan
07.30 13.30
08:30 14.00
12.00 17.00
About the Seatran Discovery Service

The Seatran Discovery Service uses a modern and comfortable ferry for the sea crossing, which is why it is the more expensive of the two services. 

seatran discovery ferry

Seatran Discovery ferry

Seatran Discovery ferries have comfortable seating downstairs in an air-conditioned cabin with an outdoor seating area on the upper deck. Seatran Discovery ferries also have a small shop selling drinks and food as well as toilets. 


Option 2: Raja Ferry


raja ferry logoThe Raja Ferry company provides 3 direct services a day between Nakhon Si Thammrat Airport and Koh Phangan. The journey from the airport to the ferry pier is by minivan, which is comfortable enough for a 90 minute journey. The Raja Ferry Company offers a value for money service and is the cheapest option for travel from Nakhon Si Thammrat Airport to Koh Phangan.

Travel Times with the Raja Ferry Company
Airport Phangan
08.20 12.30
12.00 18.30
16.00 20.30
About the Raja Ferry Service

The Raja Ferry Company is the operator of the car ferry service between Koh Phangan and the Thai mainland. The Raja car ferry is not a luxury service, it is a commuter service used by local travellers as well as tourists. 

Elephant trekking in Koh Phangan

Elephant Trekking in Koh Phangan

The car ferry is, however, comfortable enough for a 2 hour 30 minute sea journey. The ferry has plenty of seating inside and out. The seating area inside is fan cooled and the outside seating is cooled by the wind. The car ferry has shop and toilets as well as plenty of room to walk around. They are are big boats which can travel in most weather conditions, and are rarely cancelled even if other ferry services cannot operate due to the rough seas. If you travel on the Raja car ferry bear in mind that you will need to be able to carry your bags up and down 3 flights of step stairs. This may be a struggle for the elderly or people travelling with young children and lots of baggage. 


Koh Phangan Ferry Port


Both services arrive at Koh Phangan’s main ferry port in Thong Sala. The only transport available on Koh Phangan is shared taxis and motorbike taxis. Both types of taxi are always waiting at the pier whenever a ferry arrives.

  • Travel Tip: The prices of shared taxis at Thong Sala Ferry Port tend to be fixed and there is no difference in price if you go with one of the taxi touts who waits at the pier or approach the drivers directly.

Location of Thong Sala Pier


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