Raja Ferry

The Raja Ferry Company provides the cheapest ferry services between Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and the mainland Province of Surat Thani. Raja Ferry uses large car ferries which can sail in stormy conditions when most other ferry services cannot, making the Raja Ferry the most reliable and safest ferry operator in the Gulf of Thailand.

About the Raja Ferry


Since starting up 1981 with a single ferry operating between Surat Thani and Koh Samui, Raja Ferry has now expanded to operating 13 ferries on a total of 3 routes in the Gulf Of Thailand:

  • Between Donsak (Surat Thani Province) and Koh Samui.
  • Between Donsak (Surat Thani Province) and Koh Phangan.
  • Between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

The company also has plans to start operating new services in the future to the island of Koh Phaluai in the Angthong Marine Park and between Phuket and Koh Yao Yai in the Andaman Sea.

Raja Ferry
Raja Ferry

All 13 ships are different, and some are newer and better than others. All the ships has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as on board toilets. Some of the ships on the routes between Surat Thani and Koh Phangan and Surat Thani and Koh Samui have air-conditioned cabins, however, the majority do not.

Inside seating area on the Raja Ferry
Inside seating area on the Raja Ferry

All Raja Ferry ships also have a shop. The shop sells drinks and snacks. On servicess to and from Surat Thani Province there are a small number of boxes of freshly cooked food on sale. If you want to get one of these boxes of fresh food then you need to go to the shop as soon as it opens as they tend to sell out very quickly. If you are sailing from Donsak in Surat Thani Province it is advisable to buy fresh food before you board the ferry or alternatively to eat in the excellent and cheap restaurant at the ferry port, which has stunning views over the port and nearby coastline.

Shop on the Raja Ferry
Shop on the Raja Ferry

Raja Ferry services are primarily car and lorry transportation services and this is historically where the company has made most of its revenue. A number of bus services between Koh Samui and Bangkok, as well as between Koh Phangan and Bangkok, travel on the ferry. The Raja Ferry Company, as well as several private transport operators such as Phangan Tour 2000, operate bus services connecting the ferry port with Surat Thani city, Surat Thani Railway Station and Surat Thani Airport, all of which are around 90 minutes by road away from the port in Donsak.

Car deck in the Raja Ferry
Car deck in the Raja Ferry

Raja Ferry services travel relatively slowly. If you are in a rush you can travel a lot quicker on a Lomprayah High Speed Ferry, but the tickets will cost you almost twice as much. For foot passengers Raja Ferry services are a budget option, and not an unpleasant one if you simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sea crossing. In the know travellers also opt to use the Raja Ferry when sea is rough because the other smaller ferries become unpleasant as they are affected a lot more by the waves.

Ferry Timetable: Surat Thani to Koh Samui


There 15 daily departures from Donsak in Surat Thani Province to Koh Samui.

Surat ThaniKoh SamuiPassenger Fare
05:0006:30140 THB
06:0007:30140 THB
07:0018:30140 THB
08:0009:30140 THB
09:0010:30140 THB
10:0011:30140 THB
11:0012:30140 THB
12:0013:30140 THB
13:0014:30140 THB
14:0015:30140 THB
15:0016:30140 THB
16:0017:30140 THB
17:0018:30140 THB
18:0019:30140 THB
19:3021:00140 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Surat Thani to Koh Samui.

Ferry Timetable: Koh Samui to Surat Thani


There 15 daily departures from Koh Samui to Donsak in Surat Thani Province.

Koh SamuiSurat ThaniPassenger Fare
05:0006:30140 THB
06:0007:30140 THB
07:0018:30140 THB
08:0009:30140 THB
09:0010:30140 THB
10:0011:30140 THB
11:0012:30140 THB
12:0013:30140 THB
13:0014:30140 THB
14:0015:30140 THB
15:0016:30140 THB
16:0017:30140 THB
17:0018:30140 THB
18:0019:30140 THB
19:3021:00140 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Koh Samui to Surat Thani.

Ferry Timetable: Surat Thani to Koh Phangan


There 6 daily departures from Donsak in Surat Thani Province to Koh Phangan.

Surat ThaniKoh PhanganPassenger Fare
05:0007:30210 THB
07:3010:00210 THB
09:3012:00210 THB
13:3016:00210 THB
15:3018:00210 THB
18:0020:30210 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Surat Thani to Koh Samui.

Ferry Timetable: Koh Phangan to Surat Thani


There 6 daily departures from Koh Phangan to Donsak in Surat Thani Province.

Koh PhanganSurat ThaniPassenger Fare
05:0007:30210 THB
08:0010:30210 THB
10:3013:00210 THB
12:3015:00210 THB
16:3019:00210 THB
18:0020:30210 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Koh Samui to Surat Thani.

Ferry Timetable: Koh Samui to Koh Phangan


There 5 daily departures from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

Koh SamuiKoh PhanganPassenger Fare
08:0009:30150 THB
10:0018:30150 THB
13:0014:30150 THB
15:0016:30150 THB
18:0019:30150 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

Ferry Timetable: Koh Phangan to Koh Samui


There 5 daily departures from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui.

Koh PhanganKoh SamuiPassenger Fare
07:0008:30150 THB
10:0018:30150 THB
13:0014:30150 THB
15:0016:30150 THB
17:0018:30150 THB

  • Check for availability of ferry tickets from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui.

Surat Thani Raja Ferry Pier


Raja Ferry services to and from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan dock at Donsak Raja Ferry Port 66 km from Surat Thani city centre.

Koh Samui Raja Ferry Pier


Raja Ferry services to and from Surat Thani and Koh Phangan dock at Koh Samui Raja Ferry Port in Lipa Noi which is 28 km from Chaweng Beach.

Koh Phangan Raja Ferry Pier


Raja Ferry services to and from Surat Thani and Koh Samui dock at Koh Phangan Ferry Port located 11 km from Haad Rin, where the Full Moon Party takes places.

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