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How to Travel from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Samui

There are 6 daily direct services from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Samui departing from the front entrance of Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport from 07:30 to 15:00. 


Travel Times to Koh Samui 


The first stage of the journey is by bus to a ferry pier in Donsak in Surat Thani province.

Airport Samui Journey Ticket Company
07:30 12:30 5 hr 00 m 600 THB Seatran Discovery
08:00 12:30 4 hr 30 m 600 THB Raja Ferry
10:00 14:30 4 hr 30 m 600 THB Raja Ferry
12:00 16:00 4 hr 00 m 600 THB Seatran Discovery
13:30 18:30 5 hr 00 m 600 THB Raja Ferry
 15:00 19:30  4 hr 30 m 600 THB Raja Ferry

The bus journey takes around 1 hour 46 minutes to travel 100 km from the airport to the ferry port. From there passengers transfer to a ferry for a sea crossing to Koh Samui. The service offered by the Raja Ferry Company includes the cost of a transfer from the ferry pier in Koh Samui to any hotel in Koh Samui.


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Option 1: Seatran Discovery


The connecting ferry for the 07:30 service from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Samui departs at 11:00 and the connecting ferry for 12:00 service from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Koh Samui departs at 14:30. This means that passengers on the Seatran Discovery Service have between 1 and 2 hours to wait at the ferry pier in Donsak before the ferry departs. The sea crossing with the Seatran Discovery Company takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

Travel Times with the Seatran Discovery Company
Airport  Samui 
07.30 12.30
12.00 16.00
About the Seatran Discovery Service

The Seatran Discovery Service arrives at Bangrak Seatran Pier on the North Coast of Koh Samui. Bangrak Seatran Pier is 7.4 km from Chaweng Beach and 4.4 km from Bophut Beach. There are regular shared songthaew taxis running from the main road close to Bangrak Seatran Pier to Chaweng, with a fare per person of around 50 THB. The shared songthaew taxis are less frequent for travel in the other direction to Bophut Beach and towards the main town of Na Thon. For onward travel from Bangrak Seatran Pier to any other destination than Chaweng we recommend booking a minivan transfer with the Seatran Discovery Company when you check in at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport for your transfer to Koh Samui. The Seatran Discovery Company  charges 150 THB per person for a minivan transfer from Bangrak Seatran Pier to any hotel in Koh Samui.

Wat Plai Laem Temple in Koh Samui

Location of Bangrak Seatran Pier in Koh Samui


Option 2: Raja Ferry Company


The Raja Ferry also takes 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Koh Samui. Although the boats used by the Raja Ferry are slower they have less far to travel because they arrive at Lipa Noi Ferry Pier which is on the West Coast of Koh Samui. The wait between the arrival time at the ferry pier and the time when the ferry departs is 30 minutes. The arrival time allows for 60 minutes from the time the ferry arrives in Koh Samui to complete the minivan transfer from Lipa Noi Ferry Pier to your final destination in Koh Samui.

Travel Times with the Raja Ferry Company
Airport  Samui 
08.00 12.30
10.00 14.30
13.30 18.30
15.00 19.30
 About the Raja Ferry Service

The Raja Ferry Company has a fleet of large car ferries which it uses on the route between Donsak Raja Ferry Port, on the Thai mainland, and Koh Samui. The Raja service is used as much by Thai people travelling to Koh Samui, often in their own cars, as it is by foreign holiday makers. The car ferry is not a luxury option but they are comfortable enough for a 90 minute sea crossing. These large ferries have plenty of seating on foam and vinyl covered seats, as well as toilets, a shop selling drinks and food, and outside areas. One of the advantages of travelling with the Raja Ferry Company is that the car ferry can complete the crossing in almost all weather conditions. Raja ferries are large enough to cope with large waves and are rarely cancelled due to the weather.

Donsak Raja Ferry Port

Location of Lipa Noi Ferry Pier

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