How to get from PHUKET to KOH TAO?

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How to travel from Phuket to Koh Tao? You can travel by bus/minivan, taxi, flight + ferry or speedboat.

Bus + Ferry to Koh Tao 
Taxi + Ferry to Koh Tao 
Flight + Ferry to Koh Tao
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    • Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is located about 60 km north of Koh Samui. It is a very quiet place with unspoiled nature and beautiful sandy beaches. It is one of the best diving areas in East Asia. Visibility in the water around Koh Tao reaches up to 25 meters. Of course there are diving courses with the possibility of obtaining an instructor’s license. A boat regularly sails around the island, allowing you to reach excellent places for swimming and snorkeling. Otherwise, the possibilities for swimming are relatively limited, as the sharp coral reefs reach as far as the coast. Hat Luk beach in the southeast of the island is generally considered the best for swimming. The island of Koh Tao is chosen for recreation especially by those who do not like mass tourism, but prefer a quiet rest and exploring the secrets of nature. The center of the island is the village of Ban Mae Hat, where there is a port, restaurants, shops, beach bars, internet cafes and massage centers. There are more than 40 diving bases. The pedestrian zone, which stretches from the port along Hat Sairi Beach for 2 km, is lined with pleasant beach bars, restaurants, shops and internet cafes. Koh Tao has no airport, the closest airport is on Koh Samui. And from Koh Samui you can travel by boat to Koh Tao. There are 3 ways how you can get to Koh Tao from Phuket – bus+ferry, taxi+ferry or flight+ferry via Koh Samui.
    • Book tickets from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani) online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square

From Phuket to Koh Tao you can travel by bus/van + ferry or plane + ferry.

    • Travel distance from Phuket to Koh Tao is about 380 km via Surat Thani (Donsak Pier) by bus+ferry. The most popular way how to reach Koh Tao from Phuket is to travel by bus + ferry/boat via Surat Thani. Travel by bus+ferry is the most cheapest option of transport to Koh Tao. Bus + ferry ticket to Koh Tao from Phuket costs about $45-50/pp. Travel time by bus + ferry to Koh Tao via Surat Thani takes about 8-9 hours. Another comfortable option how to get to Koh Tao from Phuket is to travel by private car/taxi + ferry, also via Surat Thani town. Travel by private car + ferry to Koh Tao costs about $160-220/pp and this way takes totally also about 8-9 hours. There is no train to Surat Thani from Phuket , there are only tourist minivans, buses and private cars on this route. The fastest way of transport from Phuket to Koh Tao is to take a direct flight to Koh Samui and ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. Travel by plane + ferry to Koh Tao via Koh Samui Airport takes about 5-6 hours and it costs about $95-170/pp, the most expensive option of transfer. It is an opportunity visit also this island. From Koh Tao you can travel by ferry or boat to Chumphon town. Book your bus, ferry tickets or flights from Phuket to Koh Tao online in advance.

How do I get from Phuket to Koh Tao?


1. BUS/VAN + FERRY from Phuket to Koh Tao


A) Bus / Minivan from Phuket to Surat Thani

    • travel by bus or minivan from Phuket to Surat Thani takes about 2.5 hours
    • travel by bus from Phuket to Surat Thani costs about $6-11/pp
    • comfortable and modern private minivans or tourist buses
    • bus companies from Phuket Surat Thani: Lomprayah, Phantip 1970
    • the most cheapest option of transport to Surat Thani from Phuket

B) Ferry / Speedboat from Surat Thani to Koh Tao

    • travel time by ferry/boat from Surat Thani (Donsak Pier) to Koh Tao is about 4 hours
    • comfortable and modern ferries or speedboats for tourists
    • ferry companies to Koh Tao: Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery
    • travel by ferry or speedboat from Surat Thani to Koh Tao costs about $30-35/pp
    • Book bus + ferry tickets from Phuket to Koh Tao online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you can also search this route > Phuket to Surat Thani, Surat Thani to Koh Tao
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From Phuket to Koh Tao by bus + ferry via Surat Thani – the most popular transfer (photo: Lomprayah, 12go.asia).


2. TAXI + FERRY from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani)


A) Private Taxi / Car from Phuket to Surat Thani town

    • travel by taxi/car from Phuket to Surat Thani takes about 3.5-4.5 hours
    • travel by taxi/car from Phuket to Surat Thani costs about $130-180/vehicle
    • there are modern car and vehicles or private modern minivans
    • the fastest and comfortable waz of transfer to Surat Thani town from Phuket
    • Book private taxi/car from Phuket to Surat Thani town online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

B) Ferry / Speedboat from Surat Thani to Koh Tao

    • travel time by ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Tao is about 4 hours
    • comfortable and modern ferries or tourist speedboats
    • ferry companies to Koh Tao from Surat Thani: Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery
    • travel by ferry or boat from Surat Thani to Koh Tao costs about $30-35/pp
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You can also take a taxi + ferry/boat from Phuket to Koh Tao via Surat Thani (photo: Bangkok Taxi24 + Lomprayah, 12go.asia).


3. FLIGHT + FERRY from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Koh Samui)


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e is no direct flight from Phuket to Koh Tao, but you can take a direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui. From Koh Samui to Koh Tao you can travel by ferry or speedboat. There are various ferries and boats between these islands, you can also travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan and from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.

A) Direct Flight from Phuket Airport to Koh Samui

    • the fastest way of transport from Phuket to Koh Samui
    • travel time by direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui is about 1 hour
    • airlines to Koh Samui from Phuket: Bangkok Airways
    • direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui costs about $75-145/pp
    • direct flights are operated from Phuket International Airport
    • read this article: How do I get from Phuket to Koh Samui?

B) Ferry or Boat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao

    • travel time by ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is about 1.5-2 hours
    • ferries depart from various ports and piers in Koh Samui
    • ferry companies to Koh Tao from Koh Samui: Lomprayah, Raja Ferry Port, Seatran Discovery
    • travel by ferry or boat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao costs about $19-25/pp
    • read this article: Koh Samui to Koh Tao – Ferry Schedule
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From Phuket to Koh Tao you can travel by plane + ferry via Koh Samui, the most fastest option of transport.


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Phuket to Koh Tao:

How to book tickets + flights from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • Book tickets or flights from Phuket to Koh Tao online on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can also search and book another tickets, Phuket > Koh Samui, Koh Samui > Koh Tao…

How long does it take to get from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • Travel by bus + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani) takes about 8-9 hours.
    • Travel by taxi + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani) takes about 8-9 hours.
    • Travel by plane + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Koh Samui) takes about 5-6 hours.

What is the travel distance from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • Travel distance from Phuket to Koh Tao is about 380 km by land via Donsak Pier in Surat Thani.

How much does it cost to travel from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • Travel by bus + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani) costs about $45-50/pp.
    • Travel by taxi + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Surat Thani) costs about $160-220.
    • Travel by plane + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao (via Koh Samui) costs about $95-170/pp.

What is the cheapest way of transport from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • The cheapest way of travel from Phuket to Koh Tao is to travel by tourist bus + ferry via Surat Thani (Don Sak Pier). The most cheapest way of bus + ferry to Koh Tao should cost about $45-50/pp.

Is it possible to travel by train from Phuket to Surat Thani?

    • No, Phuket has no railway station, so there is no train to Surat Thani from Phuket.

What is the best and fast way of transfer from Phuket to Koh Tao?

    • The best and fastest way how to get to Koh Tao from Phuket is to take a direct flight to Koh Samui and from Koh Samui you can travel by ferry/boat to Koh Tao. This option of transport is the most expensive and it takes about 5-6 hours.

Is there a flight to Koh Tao from Phuket?

    • No, there is no direct flight from Phuket Airport to Koh Tao. Koh Tao has no airport, the closest airport to Koh Tao is in Koh Samui. There are direct flights from Koh Samui to Bangkok or Phuket and other sites of Thailand.

Where you can travel by ferry from Koh Tao?

    • From Koh Tao you can travel by ferry or boat to Koh Phangan or Koh Samui, the closest islands. You can also take a ferry to Chumphon and from Chumphon you can travel by train to Bangkok.

Is it possible to travel via Koh Phangan?

    • Yes, you can travel and visit from Surat Thani or Koh Samui to Koh Phangan by ferry and from Koh Phangan you can travel by another boat to Koh Tao. Read this article > Koh Phangan to Koh Tao – Ferry Schedule.

Where to stay in Koh Tao? Resort, bungalow or hotel?

    • There are various beach hotels, private luxury resorts, bungalows, almost everywhere around the island.
    • Search and book hotel or resort in Koh Tao > Book hotel or resort in Koh Tao.
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Koh Tao offers one of the best beach resorts or bungalows in Thailand.
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Koh Tao is the smallest island after nearby Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
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Tourists in Koh Tao can also buy various boat trips to nearby beaches and other sites.


icon-arrow-circle-right Book bus / minivan tickets + ferry from Phuket to Koh Tao + Schedule:

(You can change another travel route, e.g. Phuket > Surat Thani, Surat Thani > Koh Tao…)

Khao Sok > Koh LantaKhao Sok > K.SamuiPhuket > Khao SokKhao Lak > Khao SokPhuket > Khao LakBangkok > Khao LakVinh > Da Nang

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