This is the updated travel guide from Koh Tao to Koh Samui and from Koh Samui to Koh Tao by ferry. This guide includes ferry schedule and corresponding fare. This is last updated on 6 June 2023.
Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui are both tropical paradises located to the east of the mainland. Koh Samui, the larger of the two, offers a diverse range of activities to suit all tastes – from exploring cultural sites to indulging in extravagant parties.
With idyllic beaches that are perfect for relaxation, snorkeling and soaking up the sun, Koh Samui also boasts a vibrant dining and shopping scene. Here, you can savor the delectable flavors of traditional Thai cuisine and sample the local fare while browsing through bustling markets and shops.
To reach Koh Samui from Koh Tao, taking a ferry is the only option as there are no airports on Koh Tao. The ferry ride typically takes between 1.5 to 3 hours and is a scenic way to enjoy the Gulf of Thailand. Prices for ferry tickets start at around 600 Baht (US$17), depending on the ferry company and the type of ticket you choose. It’s recommended to book your tickets in advance, especially during peak travel season, to avoid any last-minute hassles.
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Koh Tao to Koh Samui Ferry Schedule
- 9:30 am
- 3:00 pm
Koh Samui to Koh Tao Ferry Schedule
- 8:00 am
- 10:30 am
- 12:15 pm
- 12:30 pm
- 3:30 pm
The ferry fare between Koh Tao and Koh Samui starts at 600 Baht (USD17).
When choosing a ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui, it’s important to note that all ferries depart from Mae Haad Pier, but they dock at different ports in Koh Samui. Therefore, it’s essential to select a ferry that docks at a port close to your accommodation to avoid additional travel expenses or a long journey to reach your destination. Make sure to check the port destination of arrival when you book your ticket online.