By ferry and public bus or minivan it takes between 12 hours 00 minutes and 15 hours 30 minutes to travel from Koh Samui to Bangkok. You can also fly from Koh Samui to Bangkok, which takes slightly over an hour but costs 4 to 5 times as much as travelling by ferry and bus.
Bus Timetable: Koh Samui to Bangkok
- Click on the ‘Koh Samui – Bangkok’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 750–1,550 14h – 17h 30m|
|Koh Samui - Bangkok ฿ 1,200–1,400 12h – 17h 10m|
Ferry Pier in Koh Samui
Lomprayah services from Koh Samui to Bangkok depart from Pralan Pier in Koh Samui.
Arrival in Bangkok
Lomprayah bus services from Koh Samui terminate on the Sip Sam Hang Road which is near the Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Travel in Bangkok
There are lots of different ways to get around in Bangkok. Meter taxis are cheap in Bangkok if you can get the taxi driver to actually use their meter and if you can get the driver to agree to take you to your destination. By law Bangkok taxi drivers must use their meters and they are not allowed to refuse to take a passenger. In practice the law is largely ignored. Tuk-tuks in Bangkok are a relatively expensive option as they tend to overcharge foreign visitors and there are no rules governing what they are allowed to charge, and tuk-tuks do not have meters. Bus services in Central Bangkok are very cheap but, with the exception of the bus services from Bangkok’s two airports into the city, they are very slow and difficult to work out even for Thai people who are not resident in Bangkok.
A much better option for travelling around Bangkok is to use the BTS (overhead suburban railway), the MRT (underground train service), or Chao Phraya Express Boat service. The BTS and MRT services are fast, clean and relatively cheap. The BTS and MRT networks connect with each other as well the Airport Link, which is train line to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Neither the BTS or MRT system, however, currently covers the area near the Royal Palace or Khao San Road in Bangkok. To travel to and from these areas try the Chao Phraya Express Boat which operates very cheap commuter boat services up and down the Chao Phraya river, which runs through the centre of Bangkok.