Phuket to Koh Samui: Best Transportation

January 20, 2024 - 1542 views

How to transfer from Phuket to Koh Samui? What is the best transportation from Phuket to Koh Samui? Let’s find out all detail through this article.

Koh Samui is famous as a pearl in Thailand, second only to Phuket. As a result, most tourists visiting famous destinations in Thailand such as Bangkok, Phuket, or from Singapore, Malaysia visit there because transportation is relatively convenient and quite close. Certainly, many travelers are looking for answers to the question “How to transfer from Phuket to Koh Samui?”. We will provide the most detailed information about it right now.

travel to Koh Samui from Phuket

Beautiful Koh Samui is waiting for you to explore 

The distance between Phuket and Koh Samui is about 365 km. Depending on the transportation you choose, the travel time will vary. But the travel time ranges from 1 hour to 8 hours.

1. Transferring from Phuket to Koh Samui by airplane

Because the airport price in Koh Samui is costly, you can choose the flight route from Phuket to save costs and taxi costs, because the airport is close to the famous beach here. Air tickets are not cheap with prices ranging from $ 172.38 to $ 258.57 for a one-way ticket.

However, this is the fastest and most comfortable way with only 1 hour. Not only that, but the plane is also very safe and convenient for travelers. You will fly straight to its airport without taking a ferry to the island.

2. Transferring from Phuket to Koh Samui by bus and ferry

Normally, people buy tickets with a bus + ferry combination. You should take a bus from Phuket to Surat Thani and take a ferry from Donsak ferry terminal to Samui Nathon ferry terminal.


The Phuket - Koh Samui (and vice versa) route has three ferry companies: Songserm, Seatran, and Lomprayah. Experience is the cheapest Songserm firm but also the worst quality, these ferries are dirty, often late, and go long. Seatran and Lomprayah are a bit more expensive but the service is much better, very comfortable, and clean. After all, you should go to Seatrans.
Samui is to the Nathon ferry terminal, from here you will have to take a taxi to go to other beaches, resorts, and hotels.

ferry to Koh samui

Taking a ferry to Koh Samui


The bus ticket is $ 4.82 and the ferry ticket is $ 6.43. According to our Thailand travel experience, you had better buy both types of tickets. If you take a bus, you should take the Phaptip car company available at the ferry terminal.

Because the Phantip bus is associated with the Seatrans ferry company, after about 90 minutes you will ride to Don Sak ferry.  When buying a bus ticket at a dealer, you should ask about the type of car and the car company, so go for a 40-seater car for comfort, not for a 16-seater minibus.

Phuket to Koh Samui bus

The bus from Phuket to Koh Samui


Besides Donsak pier, you can go to Tha Thong port for fast trains, which cost about $ 12.21 and Ao Bandong port for night trains costs $ 3.21 and to Koh Samui the next morning. Then the train will continue to Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao.

If you move this way, you do not need to stop in Surat Thani and spend the night there. In case of traveling by plane to Surat but not timely to Donsak port, you should go by night train to save cost and time.

train to Koh Samui from Phuket

The train station in Surat Thani @hotelgods

Because this beautiful island is located quite isolated from the Thai mainland, the cost of moving from Phuket to Koh Samui is not too cheap. We hope this article has been helpful to you.

Jenny Tran

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