A beautiful view from within central Suratthani-mobile

How to get from
Koh Phangan to Suratthani

Koh Phangan to Suratthani Trip Overview

Distance107 km (66.9 miles)
Price range$11-$28
Ride Duration Range1h 55m-10h
Earliest Departure22:00
Latest Departure22:00

To get from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani, you will want to take one of the three daily ferries available. The ride time is approximately 90 minutes. The weather in Surat Thani is pretty warm all year round, but October through February is less humid and more comfortable than the other months. There are great parks to visit and take pictures of, especially Ang Thong National Marine Park. It’s also a great city for shopping and dining.

Travel Schedule Options from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

Taking a ferry from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

Fastest ferry: 1h 55m

Cheapest ferry: $15

The fastest: 1h 55m

The cheapest: $15


Many cabin class options



Good amount of A/C

Decent price


Possible itinerary confusion

Inclement weather cancellations

Few departure times

Personal pick up: non-common & limited locations

Possible crowdedness





The fastest: 2h 30m

The cheapest: $11


Many cabin class options

Consistent and accessible pricing

Quick journey

Free cancellations possible


Possible inclement weather cancellations

Possible confusions and delays during transfer time between vehicles

Possible motion + sea sickness

No personal pick ups offered

Possible crowdedness on board




The fastest: 2h 30m

The cheapest: $12




A beautiful view from within central Suratthani

About the ride from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

     Suratthani is both a province - encompassing the island of Koh Phangan and nearby Koh Samui - and a town, which serves as the gateway to the beautiful islands. 

     Koh Phangan is must-visit for travelers in Thailand, famous for its beautiful beaches, rich and lush nature, and vibrant nightlife, and once you’re ready to leave this wonderful island, you’ll need to travel the 106 kms/67 miles to Suratthani. 

     You have two options to go from Koh Phangan to Surrathani, with both including a beautiful ferry ride on the blue sea; a bus+ferry combo, or just booking a ferry ticket and making your own way from Suratthani once you arrive.  

     Within those two options, you can choose between standard or high speed buses, and standard or high speed ferries, allowing you to customize how you travel. 

     The standard bus and ferry combo typically takes about 4 hours, whilst the high speed ferry takes about 2.5 hours. 

     Suratthani is an overlooked location by many travelers, who only stop by on their way to and from the nearby islands, but if you have time and want to see a less explored part of Thailand, you can visit temples, night markets, and numerous national parks. 


What to see when traveling from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

     When travelling from Koh Phangan to Suratthani the highlight is definitely the sea! The ferry ride is wonderful, as you glide over the clear blue sea.

     Depending on your departure time you can even watch the sun rise or set over the sea, so you might like to consider that when booking your ticket. A sunrise on the sea is pretty hard to beat!

     Once you’re back on land, the bus will take you down winding roads and bigger highways, with local life bustling all around you as you make your way back to the mainland and leave island life behind. 


How to get from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

Taking a bus+ferry 

     The bus+ferry combo is a popular, and easy way to travel from Koh Phangan to Suratthani. The ferry leaves from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan, and there are a variety of bus drop-off points available for once you arrive in Suratthani, including the airport and train station. 

     If you will be immediately traveling onwards from Suratthani this is a great option for you, and will make your journey smooth and simple. 


Taking a ferry

     If you want to spend some time in Suratthani or want to make your own way to the next leg of your travels, you can book a standalone ticket on a high speed ferry. 

     The ferry is comfortable, air conditioned and reliable, taking you from your island paradise of Koh Phangan to the mainland. Suratthani is often overlooked by travelers, seeing it as ust a pitstop on the way to and from the nearby islands, but if you have time it’s worth exploring the markets and nature surrounding Suratthani Town. 

Companies Operating from Koh Phangan to Suratthani

Average time

4h - 5h 30m

Average price



Average time

1h 55m - 3h 30m

Average price



Average time

3h 30m - 5h

Average price

$11 - $13


Average time

4h 30m - 6h

Average price

$15 - $19


Popular stations and stops in Koh Phangan and Suratthani

Departure stations in Koh Phangan

Thong Sala Pier (Raja, Lomprayah, Seatran)

Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan

Lomprayah Ticket Office, Thong Sala pier

Thong Sala Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan hotel transfer

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Arrival stations in Suratthani

Suratthani Train Station

Surat Thani Airport (URT)

Raja Ferry Ticket Office

Surat Thani Bus Station (Suttisa Tour)

Seatran Coach Bus Terminal

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