A beautiful view from within central Koh Tao-mobile

How to get from
Chumphon to Koh Tao

Chumphon to Koh Tao Trip Overview

Distance84 km (52.5 miles)
Price range$17-$17
Ride Duration8h
Earliest Departure14:00
Latest Departure14:00

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Travel Schedule Options from Chumphon to Koh Tao

Taking a ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao

Fastest ferry: 8h

Cheapest ferry: $17

The fastest: 8h

The cheapest: $17



Free cancellations

Luggage allowance

Very short journey


Inclement weather cancellations possible

No personal pick ups or drop offs

Photo ID necessary to show

High demand: quick to overbook






Free cancellations

Luggage allowance

Short journey

Transfer schedules of bus and ferry are aligned

Purchasable weather cancellations insurance ($3)


Limited departure times per day

Possibly cramped cabin onboard ferry

No time advantages provided

High demand: quick to overbook

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A beautiful view from within central Koh Tao

About the ride from Chumphon to Koh Tao

The town of Chumphon in southern Thailand is approximately six hours' drive from Bangkok and many travelers will make the journey overnight so as to save on accommodation and spend more daylight hours on the ground. Upon arrival in Chumphon Province there's plenty to enjoy with coral reefs and a long sandy coastline providing snorkelers and scuba divers with some exceptional underwater action.

However, for many, the ride from Chumphon to Koh Tao is the only reason to get excited. The island of Koh Tao is approximately 85 kilometers from Chumphon and can be reached by ferry in just two hours. Bus rides can also be booked as part of a travel package. This means you can travel from Chumphon airport, or the town center, to Koh Tao in under four hours.

All in one travel tickets let you take a bus from central Chumphon followed by a ferry, which saves you the hassle of having to get to the ferry terminal under your own steam. Alternatively, you can purchase just a ferry ticket which is the cheaper option although does involve a bit more legwork. 

No matter which way you choose to arrive on Koh Tao from Chumphon, a whole lot of diving, snorkeling and general lazing around on white sand beaches await. The food is not that bad either (massive understatement!), and many travelers claim that Koh Tao is their absolute favorite when it comes to eating out in southern Thailand. 


What to see when traveling from Chumphon to Koh Tao

If you're taking the bus to the ferry terminal in Chumphon you can depart as early as 5.30am. This means that you'll be able to catch the sunrise as you approach the coast before boarding the ferry and making the two hour journey over the water to Koh Tao. 

The latest bus and ferry departure from Chumphon is at midday. The sun will be at its full capacity by then so be prepared to keep bus curtains closed if you're still nursing a sore head from time spent in Bangkok. Air conditioning and comfy seats on board the bus, however, will keep conditions as relaxed as possible. Once you've embarked on the ferry ride from Chumphon to Koh Tao you can expect to watch the waves from a lower deck cabin window or from up on the sun deck. Koh Tao also has ferry connections to lots of other Thai islands, including Koh Samui, Phuket and Koh Phangan, so keep your eyes peeled for 'land ahoy!' as you make the two hour crossing from Chumphon to Koh Tao. 


How to get from Chumphon to Koh Tao

Taking a bus 

If you’re looking for the most efficient and affordable way to get to Koh Tao from Chumphon, you’ll want to travel by bus followed by ferry. Bus pick ups are throughout central Chumphon, including the airport, and save you the hassle of traipsing down to the ferry terminal with your bags before facing a lengthy queue for the gangplank. As all buses are air-conditioned this is also the best option if you don't want to get all hot and sweaty before you've even arrived on Koh Tao.

Buses include onboard bathrooms, comfy seats and air conditioning as standard. Ferries are rated as either high speed or speedboat. Both types of boat include air conditioning, onboard bathrooms and seating areas. The earliest bus and ferry departure from Chumphon is around 5am and the latest is midday. Arriving at least 30 minutes before the designated departure time is recommended and some overnight buses from Bangkok will drop you off in time to continue the ride onward to Koh Tao from Chumphon.

Taking a ferry 

You also have the option of taking just the ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao. The earliest departure is 7am and the latest is 7pm. The ride lasts for just a couple of hours and can get a bit choppy on occasions. There's not a great deal to do during the journey so why not consider brushing up on your Thai language skills or chatting to a few fellow travelers? You'll arrive on Koh Tao before you know it and if you've got accommodation booked you might also be lucky enough to be met at the harbor. If you haven't, then there are bound to be plenty of welcoming taxi drivers and hotel representatives looking to make your acquaintance!

Companies Operating from Chumphon to Koh Tao

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Popular stations and stops in Chumphon and Koh Tao

Departure stations in Chumphon

Chumphon Songserm

Chumphon Train Station

Chumphon Airport (CJM)

Thung Makham Noi Pier

Arrival stations in Koh Tao

Mae Haad Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier)

Mae Haad Koh Tao

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