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How to get from
Koh Tao to Bangkok

About the journey from Koh Tao to Bangkok

The island paradise of Koh Tao is somewhere that you will not want to leave due to its beautiful scenery, nightlife, and nature. However, when you do finally have to go, there is still an abundance of Thai culture waiting for you to explore in the capital city of Bangkok. 

The 415 kilometer (257 mile) journey from Koh Tao to Bangkok will take you from the southern islands right to the heart of the country. And in Bangkok you can expect to explore the incredible architecture of the Buddhist temples, wander in the markets, try the famously delicious street food or take a tuk-tuk (rickshaw) on a fun ride around the city.

Traveling from Koh Tao to Bangkok is an easy two-step journey, first by catamaran ferry and then by bus which will take you all the way to Bangkok. From either Mae Haad Pier or Songserm Pier (handily right next to each other) in Koh Tao, you will take the ferry to the mainland of Thailand. From there you will board a bus which will take you all the way to Bangkok. Nice and simple.

Your bus into Bangkok will take you right into the center of the city. One such bus stop is on Khao San Road which is famous for its street market and nightlife. From there you can easily find somewhere to grab a bite to eat before heading to your nearby accommodation and planning your activities for the days ahead.

Getting to Bangkok from Koh Tao is easy due to the Thai travel operators that take care of both the ferry and bus ride with one ticket and align their timetables for as much convenience as possible. This takes the complexity and stress out of the journey allowing you to rest and enjoy the sights of the trip.

 

What to see when traveling from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Traveling from Koh Tao to Bangkok means you get to see Thailand from both the sea and land. On the ferry you can head to the top deck for a breath of fresh sea air and to wave goodbye to the islands that sit peacefully in the calm, blue waters that surround them.

Once on the bus to Bangkok, the journey offers beautiful sea views as you travel up the highway that runs alongside the coast. You will also pass some beautiful regions of jungle vegetation and national parks for wildlife spotting opportunities. Once you are driving into the city, look out for some of the beautifully ornate temples that are a common sight throughout Bangkok.

 

How to get from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Taking a bus and ferry

The bus and ferry journeys from Koh Tao are comfortable and relaxing, with reclining seats, air conditioning, toilet facilities, and sometimes power sockets. The air conditioning can sometimes be quite strong on both the bus and ferry, so bring along some comfy warm clothes to layer up with. 

The catamaran ferry from Koh Tao is approximately a 2 to 3 hour journey depending on the operator and weather conditions. In monsoon season when the weather can sometimes be stormy, the ferry from Koh Tao may be cancelled. In this case the ferry operator can offer you next day travel or you can cancel for a full refund. 

Once you arrive on the mainland of Thailand you may have a few hours wait before you can board the bus. Thankfully, there will be seating areas, toilet facilities, and possibly small food shops and restaurants so you can fill your belly and stock up on snacks before you start the bus ride to Bangkok.

The bus leg from the mainland pier to Bangkok is the longest part of the journey. Some operators will stop along the way to pick up more travelers or for rest stops which will increase the journey time. 

Depending on the travel operator there are two possible stops in Bangkok that the bus can arrive in, but both are right in the city center for your convenience.

 

When is the best time of year to visit Koh Tao?

The best time of year to visit Koh Tao is when the climate is dry, and the temperature is pleasant: approximately between December and February. The high season is between January and March. The influx of people to the islands around this time can be a benefit as the nightlife will be vibrant every night.

 

When is the best time of year to visit Bangkok?

If you are hoping to avoid the monsoons, the best time of year to visit Bangkok, like Koh Tao, is between December and February when the temperature is comfortable, the weather is dry, and the skies are clear. 

Travel Schedule Options from Koh Tao to Bangkok

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Koh Tao to Bangkok Trip Overview

Distance415 km (259.4 miles)
Price range$31-$48
Ride Duration Range10h-19h
Earliest Departure14:00
Latest Departure14:00

A bus-ferry option is the easiest way to get from Koh Tao to Bangkok. If you prefer a more relaxing ride, there are also train-ferry options available that are only a little more expensive. While many people like to travel in the summer, the winter season has cooler but very pleasant and dry weather. In Bangkok, you’ll want to visit the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Take advantage of its exotic nightlife and enjoy some of its famous restaurants.

Taking a bus+ferry from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Fastest bus+ferry: 10h

Cheapest bus+ferry: $39

The fastest: 10h

The cheapest: $39

Pros

Toilet on board

Free cancellations

Comfortable cabins

Transfer schedules of bus and ferry are aligned

Cons

Long bus journey

Makes stops for miscellaneous pick ups

Possible motion + sea sickness

Pricey option

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

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Reclining Seats

The fastest: 16h

The cheapest: $44

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

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A beautiful view from within central Bangkok

About the ride from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Koh Tao to Bangkok Route Information

The distance between Koh Tao and Bangkok is 259 miles, or approximately 415 kilometers.

There are 2 ways to get from Koh Tao to Bangkok, including bus + ferry,van-ferry.

The earliest departure leaves at 14:00 and has a duration of 19 hours.

The fastest way to travel is by bus+ferry, which takes approximately 10 hours.

Depending on how you choose to travel, the following amenities are available: .

Koh Tao to Bangkok by bus + ferry

  • Starting Price: $39.16
  • 12 departures a day, or 84 departures a week

There are 3 travel classes for this journey, including: VIP, Speedboat and Express.

Each bus + ferry ticket offers an individual seat with basic passenger necessities. Conditions and amenities vary by provider. For more detailed information and availability see all options.

Koh Tao to Bangkok by van-ferry

  • Starting Price: $44.4
  • 3 departures a day, or 21 departures a week

The only travel class available is Standard.

Each van-ferry ticket offers an individual seat with basic passenger necessities. Conditions and amenities vary by provider. For more detailed information and availability see all options.

Companies Operating from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Average time

10h - 10h 15m

Average price

$31 - $39

(852)

Average time

16h - 19h

Average price

$44

(20)

Popular stations and stops in Koh Tao and Bangkok

Departure stations in Koh Tao

Mae Haad Koh Tao

Mae Haad Pier

Mae Haad Koh Tao

Arrival stations in Bangkok

Khao San Lomprayah

Starbucks near Khao San Road

Boonsiri Ferry (Bangkok)

Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)

Khao San Montanatip

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