|By Bus Bangkok
to Samui: First class air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s
Southern bus terminal in Thonburi twice in the morning and oncein the
evening Journey time to Surat Thani is 11 hours and the fare is 315
baht. There is also one second class air-conditioned departure at 10.00pm
that costs 250baht and one VIP departure at 8.00pm for 400baht . Private
Companies also run ‘Super VIP’ buses with only 24 seats for 500baht.
Ordinary buses leave the Southern bus terminal in the morning and once
in the evening for 180 baht. Public buses and share taxis run from the
Talat Kaset 1 or 2 markets.Samui to Bangkok: Depart 2.00pm from Nathon,
arriving 4.00pm at Surat Thani pier. It’s then a 30-minute bus journey
into Surat Thani. The main bus then departs Surat Thani at 7.00pm and
arrives into Koa Sarn Road, Bangkok the next morning. The boat journey
portion can commence from any of the local islands, but there will be
a surcharge for this. En-route, the buses stop regularly for refreshments.
The fare for the VIP bus is 450 baht.
Bangkok to Samui: Trains for Surat Thani, which
actually stop in Phun Phin, 14kms. west of Surat Thani, leave Bangkok’s
Hualamphong station at 12.20pm (rapid), 2.15pm and 2.35pm (special express),
3.50pm (rapid), 5.05pm (express), 5.35pm and 6.20pm (rapid), 7.15pm
(express) and 10.30pm and 10.50pm (express diesel railcar), arriving
10 to 11hours later. The 6.20pm (rapid) train is most convenient as
it arrives at 5.28am allowing you plenty of time to catch a boat to
Ko Samui (if that’s where you are going). Fares are about 519 baht in
1st class, 248 baht in 2nd class and 107 baht in 3rd class, not including
the rapid/express/special express surcharges or berths.
50 baht/person for the express train, 30 baht/person for the rapid train,
and 70 baht/person for the special express train. Extra charges for
an air-conditioned sleeping berth are: 520 baht/person for a 1st class
double cabin, and 220 baht/person for an upper bed on the 2nd class
rapid service (270 baht for the lower bed.)
Tickets for the
train can be booked at Bangkok Railway Station and many travel agencies
in Bangkok. A combination ticket can be purchased from the State Railway
of Thailand that allows you to go straight through to Ko Samui or to
Ko Pha-Ngan from Bangkok on a train, bus and boat combination, The saving
is typically little more than 50 baht.
Bangkok: Take the 2.00pm boat from Nathon to the mainland,
a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surat
Thani. The train departs at 6.20pm from Surat Thani and arrives at 8.00am
the next morning in Bangkok. There are other later trains leaving from
Surat Thani, but that means a longer wait at the train station. You can
opt for a seat or a bed. Upper beds are cheaper than the lower as they
are smaller, but people 6ft or taller would be advised to request a lower
bed. Tickets purchased from agents in Samui normally include the boat,
bus and train fares. The ticket is cheaper if you go to the station yourself
but there is a good chance that the train will be fully booked as much
as a week in advance.
Bangkok Airways is the only airline that flies directly to Koh Samui.
They operate approximately 17 flights per day during high season between
Bangkok and Samui International Airport. From Samui International Airport
you can take a pick-up truck (they operate as small buses in Thailand)
or taxi to your hotel.
Thai Airways does not fly directly to Samui, but flies to Surat Thani
from Bangkok twice daily, flight time is 70 minutes. Passengers must
then make the onward journey to Samui by bus and ferry (approx. 3 hours).
Air-con vans from Surat Thani airport to town cost about 80 baht per
person. Thai also runs a limousine service for 150 baht or 280 baht
all the way to Ko Samui.
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Surat Thani can be most conveniently reached by car from Bangkok by
taking Highway 4 (Buddha Monthon Road) to Nakhon Pathom, and thence
to Chumphon via Phetchaburi, Hua Hin and Chumphon, and thence onto Highways
41 and 401.
Surat Thani-Ko Samui Connections
1. Express boats leave Tha Thong pier two times daily at 08.00 and 14.00
hours. Duration 2 hours.
2. Night ferry leaves Ban Don pier nightly at 11 p.m. and reaches Na
Thon around 5 a.m.
3. Vehicle ferry leaves Don Sak pier 7 times daily. Duration 1 ? hours.
Daily boat services connect the two islands. Contact the TAT office
in Surat Thani for full details.