How to get from PATTAYA to KOH SAMUI?

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How you can travel from Pattaya to Koh Samui? You can travel by plane or bus/train + ferry or speedboat.

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    • Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, the specific thing is that firstly, you have more options to get there and secondly, the island is not so prone to the rainy season and you can go there for a holiday all year round. Until the end of the 20th century, the island was relatively isolated and almost neglected by visitors. Boats full of tourists have been coming here since the 1990s, and the island is experiencing a huge boom in tourism. Koh Samui is currently the second most popular Thai island. Koh Samui is still an oasis of natural beauty with its white beaches, coral reefs, magical lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, coconut trees and crystal clear water. The administrative center of the island is the port of Nathon. The most popular beaches in Koh Sumai are Chaweng and Lamai. On the contrary, if you want a little peace, the beaches in the north of the island near the settlements of Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Rak (Big Buddha) and Choeng Mon are ideal for you. There are 3 popular transport options how you can travel from Pattaya to Koh Samui: Bus+Flight via U-Tapao Airport, bus+ferry or train+ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani.
    • Book your tickets+flights from Pattaya to Koh Samui on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square

From Pattaya to Koh Samui you can get by bus/train/ferry or plane.

    • Travel distance from Pattaya to Koh Samui is about 900 km by land via Bangkok + Surat Thani and about 400 km by plane from U-Tapao Airport. Travel by bus/taxi+flight from Pattaya to Koh Samui via U-Tapao Airport takes totally about From 3-4 hours. Travel by bus/taxi+flight to Pattaya via U-Tapao Airport costs about $60-150/pp. Flight from U-Tapao Airport to Koh Samui is the most fastest option of transfer. There are also direct flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Another way how you can get to Koh Samui from Pattaya is to travel by bus or train and ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani town. Travel by bus/train + ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani takes totally about 13-23 hours. Travel by train/bus+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui costs about $25-70/pp. There are sleeper trains or buses from Bangkok to Surat Thani and speedboats and ferries from Surat Thani to Koh Samui. From Koh Samui you can also travel by ferry/boat to Koh Phangan. Book your bus/train/ferry tickets or flights from Pattaya to Koh Samui very easily online.

How do I get from Pattaya to Koh Samui?


1. BUS / TAXI + FLIGHT from Pattaya to Koh Samui


A) Bus or Taxi from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport

    • from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport you can travel by bus or private taxi/car
    • U-Tapao Airport is about 40 km from Pattaya
    • travel by taxi or bus from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport takes about 1 hour
    • travel by bus costs about $7-9/pp, travel by private car costs about $20-35/car
    • private taxi from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport: Glassflower, Thailand Limo, Five Star Taxi
    • Book your private car from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • book bus tickets to U-Tapao Airport with SWBBusTour

B) Direct Flight from U-Tapao Airport to Koh Samui

    • the fastest and comfortable way how to get from Pattaya to Koh Samui
    • flight from U-Tapao Airport to Koh Samui Airport takes about 1 hour
    • airlines to Koh Samui: Bangkok Airways
    • price of the one-way direct flight from U-Tapao Airport to Koh Samui is about $50-100/pp
    • flight from U-Tapao Airport
    • flights to Koh Samui International Airport
    • Book and buy your flight from U-Tapao Airport to Koh Samui on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • there are also various direct flights from Bangkok
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Bus and flight from Pattaya (U-Tapao Airport) to Koh Samui is the most fastest option of transport.


2. BUS + FERRY from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok)


A) Bus or Minivan from Pattaya to Bangkok

    • from Pattaya to Bangkok you can travel by bus or van/minivan
    • bus companies from Pattaya to Bangkok: 12GO Transport, Pannipa Pattaya, T-Tour,
    • bus tickets from Pattaya to Bangkok costs about $6-10/pp
    • travel by bus from Pattaya to Bangkok takes about 2-3 hours
    • buses arrive to various bus stations: Makkasan Station, Mochit New Van Terminal, Ekkamai…

B) Bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani

    • from Bangkok to Surat Thani town you can travel by tourist bus
    • bus companies to Surat Thani: Nakhon Si Racha, Krung Siam Tour, Sir Suthep Tour, Bangkok Busline
    • bus tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani costs about $15-28/pp
    • travel by bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani takes about 9-11 hours
    • tourist buses arrive to Surat Thani Bus Terminal or Sri Racha Market 1
    • read this article: How to go from Bangkok to Surat Thani?

C) Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani to Koh Samui

    • from Surat Thani to Koh Samui you can take a speedboat or ferry
    • travel by speedboat or ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui takes about 1.5-2 hours
    • ferries and boats of Raja Ferry Port, Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery
    • there are also some bus transports from the town to the port (travel time is about 2 hours)
    • read this article: How to go to Koh Samui from Surat Thani?
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From Pattaya to Koh Samui you can travel by bus+ferry via Bangkok (photo: Lomprayah, 12go.asia).


3. TRAIN + FERRY from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok)


A) Train from Pattaya to Bangkok

    • from Pattaya to Bangkok you can travel by train of Thai Railways
    • train ticket from Pattaya to Bangkok starts already at $1-2/pp (seats)
    • travel by train from Pattaya to Bangkok takes about 3.5-4 hours
    • train arrive to Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok

B) Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani

    • from Bangkok to Surat Thani town you can travel by train of Thai Railways
    • train tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani costs about $8-50/pp
    • travel by train from Bangkok to Surat Thani takes about 9-12 hours
    • Surat Thani Railway Station is the closest train station to Koh Samui
    • read this article: How to travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani?

C) Ferry/Boat from Surat Thani to Koh Samui

    • from Surat Thani to Koh Samui you can travel by speedboat or ferry
    • travel by speedboat or ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui takes about 1.5-2 hours
    • ferries and boats to Koh Samui: Raja Ferry Port, Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery
    • there are also some buses or minivans from the town to the port (travel time is about 2 hours)
    • read this article: How to travel to Koh Samui from Surat Thani?
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From Pattaya to Surat Thani you can travel by train via Bangkok (photo: 12go.asia).


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Pattaya to Koh Samui:

How to book and buy tickets from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • You can book tickets+flights from Pattaya to Koh Samui on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can search and book another routes, e.g. Pattaya > Bangkok, Bangkok > Koh Samui…

How long does it take to get from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • Travel by plane from Pattaya (U-Tapao Airport) to Koh Samui takes about 1 hour.
    • Travel by bus+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 13-20 hours.
    • Travel by train+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 17-23 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/car+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) takes about 12-18 hours.

What is the travel distance from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • Travel distance from Pattaya to Koh Samui is about 900 km by land via Bangkok and Surat Thani and about 400 km by plane from U-Tapao Airport. U-Tapao Airport is about 40 km from Pattaya town.

How much does it cost to travel from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • Travel by plane from Pattaya (U-Tapao Airport) to Koh Samui costs about $60-140/pp.
    • Travel by bus+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $30-60/pp.
    • Travel by train+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $25-70/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/car+ferry from Pattaya to Koh Samui (via Bangkok, Surat Thani) costs about $450.

What is the best and fast way of transfer from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • The most comfortable and fastest option of transport to Koh Samui from Pattaya is to travel by bus+plane via U-Tapao Airprot. You can take a bus or taxi to U-Tapao Airport (about 1 hour) and from U-Tapao you can take a direct flight to Koh Samui. Flight schedule from U-Tapao Airport is limited, so you can also travel to Bangkok and from Bangkok you can also choose from various direct flights every day.

What is the cheapest way of transport from Pattaya to Koh Samui?

    • The cheapest option of getting to Koh Samui from Pattaya in Thailand is to travel by train+ferry via Bangkok and Surat Thani. There is a seat train to Bangkok and seat or sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From Surat Thani you can take a boat/ferry to Koh Samui.

How to travel from Surat Thani to Koh Samui?

    • The closest port to Koh Samui is in Surat Thani. There are ferries and speedboats from Surat Thani to Koh Samui. Travel time by ferry/boat is about 1.5-2 hours. Read this article: Surat Thani to Koh Samui – Ferry Schedule.

Is it possible to travel by private car or taxi from Pattaya to Surat Thani?

    • Yes, you can take a private car or taxi from Pattaya to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Surat Thani. You can search and book private car or taxi to Bangkok and Surat Thani from Pattaya online with 12go.asia.

How you can go from Koh Samui to Koh Tao?

    • Koh Tao is an island and it is accessible only by speedboat or ferry. There are various speedboats or ferries from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. Travel time is about 2-2.5 hours. Read this article: Koh Samui to Koh Tao – Ferry Schedule.
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Big Buddha Temple sits on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s northeastern corner.
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Koh Samui is one of the most visited islands in southern Thailand.
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Koh Samui in Thailand offers various large and small sandy beaches.


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(It is possible to book another travel route and tickets, e.g. Pattaya > Bangkok, Bangkok > Koh Samui…)


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