Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Last updated on April 23, 2024

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Island hopping is the best way to experience the stunning beaches and welcoming culture of Southern Thailand. Two top destinations are Koh Samui, known for its coconut groves, palm-fringed beaches, and luxury resorts, and Koh Phangan, famous for its nightlife, backpacker beaches, and the world-renowned Full Moon Party. Read on about how to travel between these two very different islands.

In this guide, you’ll find:
Ferry options from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
Speedboat charters for flexibility
Traveling during the Full Moon Party
Arriving at Thong Sala Pier and onward transport
Comparison of ferry operators
Frequently asked questions

Lomprayah ferry at Mae Nam/Pralarn Pier
Lomprayah ferry at Mae Nam/Pralarn Pier

Travel Options from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

As Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are islands, the only way to travel between them is by boat. The good news is that even the slowest ferries take just 90 minutes, so you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast on Koh Samui and arrive at Koh Phangan in time for lunch!

Ferries from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Seatran Discovery ferry
Seatran Discovery ferry docked at Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui

With four ferry companies operating throughout the day, there are plenty of options to choose from. Each company distinguishes itself in terms of price, comfort, and speed, allowing passengers to select the service that best meets their needs. Additionally, your choice might be influenced by your preferred departure and arrival locations.

Ferry OperatorDeparture TimesDuration
Seatran Discovery 🛳️10:30, 16:0030-45 min
Lomprayah ⛴️08:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 19:0020-30 min
Raja Ferry 🛳️Hourly from 05:00 to 18:0090 min
Haad Rin Queen 🚢10:30, 12:30, 15:00, 17:0060 min

Seatran Discovery

  • High-speed ferries with indoor and outdoor decks, A/C, toilets, and a snack shop
  • Departs from Bangrak Seatran Pier (Koh Samui) to Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan)
  • Journey time: 30-45 minutes
  • Two daily departures: 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM
  • Fares: THB 330-371 per adult
Ferry Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
Tourists boarding a Lomprayah Ferry © charnsitr / Shutterstock.com


  • Modern catamarans with similar amenities to Seatran
  • Slightly faster at 20-30 minutes, often cheaper than Seatran
  • Departs from various piers on Koh Samui (see schedule below) to Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan)
  • Multiple daily departures from early morning to evening
  • Fares: THB 200-350 per adult

Raja Ferry
Raja Ferry travels between Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Donsak Pier, near Surat Thani © OlegD / Shutterstock.com

Raja Ferry

  • Budget-friendly option popular with backpackers
  • Ferries are older but safe, fewer amenities
  • Journey time: 90 minutes
  • Departs from Lipa Noi Pier (Koh Samui) to Thong Sala Pier (Koh Phangan)
  • Hourly departures from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Fares: Around THB 200 per adult
  • Book Raja Ferry tickets

Haad Rin Queen

  • Another low-cost option, but often crowded with wooden bench seating
  • Journey time: 1 hour
  • Departs from Samui Haad Rin Queen Pier (Koh Samui) to Phangan Haad Rin Queen Pier (Koh Phangan), the site of the Full Moon Party
  • Schedules: 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Fares: THB 299-300 per adult
  • Book Haad Rin Queen tickets

Speedboat Charters from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Speedboat Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

For greater flexibility and privacy, consider chartering a speedboat. While more expensive than ferries, speedboats can depart from and arrive at most points on both islands. Splitting the cost with friends makes this a more affordable option.

  • Private and flexible service
  • Can depart from and arrive at various points on both islands
  • Faster than ferries, with journey times as short as 20 minutes
  • Prices vary depending on group size and route, but expect to pay more than ferries
  • Ideal for groups and those seeking a more exclusive experience

To book a speedboat charter, research reputable operators on Koh Samui and inquire about rates and availability for your desired travel dates.

Traveling to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party

Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
Full Moon Party Koh Phangan © PinntoSlothbear / Shutterstock.com

If you’re heading to Koh Phangan for the famous Full Moon Party, book your ferry tickets well in advance as they fill up quickly. Consider a combined ticket that includes a transfer from your Koh Samui hotel to the ferry terminal for a hassle-free experience.

The Haad Rin Queen ferry is a popular choice for party-goers as it arrives directly at Haad Rin Pier, just steps away from the Full Moon Party beach. However, it can get very crowded, so consider opting for a more comfortable ferry like Seatran Discovery or Lomprayah and taking a taxi from Thong Sala Pier to Haad Rin.

Arriving at Thong Sala Pier and Onward Transport

Thong Sala Pier
Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan

Most ferries arrive at Thong Sala Pier, a bustling hub on Koh Phangan’s southwest coast. The pier is located in the heart of Thong Sala town, with easy access to markets, cafes, and shops.

To reach your hotel from the pier, you have several options

TransportationDestinationPrice per Person (THB)
Songthaew Taxi 🚛Haad Rin / Baan Tai100-150
Songthaew Taxi 🚛Other Destinations200
Songthaew Taxi 🚛Thong Nai Pan300
Songthaew Taxi 🚛Bottle Beach / Northeast200-250
Songthaew Taxi 🚛Haad Salad / Northwest150
Motorbike Taxi 🏍️Various DestinationsFrom 50 (varies by distance)
Private Taxi 🚕Various DestinationsMore expensive, price varies

Comparison of Ferry Operators

Lomprayah interior
Lomprayah interior

When choosing a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, consider factors like speed, comfort, amenities, and price. Here’s a quick comparison of the main operators:

  • Seatran Discovery and Lomprayah
    • Fastest options (20-45 minutes)
    • Modern vessels with air-conditioning, toilets, and snack shops
    • Slightly higher prices but more comfortable
  • Raja Ferry and Haad Rin Queen
    • Budget-friendly but slower (60-90 minutes)
    • Fewer amenities and often more crowded
    • Ideal for backpackers and those on a tight budget

Ultimately, the best ferry for you will depend on your priorities, budget, and travel plans. Book your tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons and Full Moon Party dates, to ensure a smooth journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the best ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan?
A: The best ferry depends on your priorities. For speed and comfort, choose Seatran Discovery or Lomprayah. For budget travel, opt for Raja Ferry or Haad Rin Queen.

Q: Can I bring luggage on the ferry?
A: Yes, ferries allow luggage, but space may be limited. Keep valuables with you and secure larger items properly.

Q: What should I do if my ferry is cancelled due to bad weather?
A: In case of cancellations, ferry operators will usually offer a refund or help you reschedule your journey. Have a flexible travel plan and consider purchasing travel insurance for added peace of mind.

Q: Are there ATMs on Koh Phangan?
A: Yes, there are several ATMs in Thong Sala town and other popular areas like Haad Rin. However, it’s wise to bring some cash with you just in case.

With this comprehensive guide, you’re now ready to plan your island-hopping adventure from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Book your tickets, prepare for a scenic journey, and get ready to experience the best of these stunning Thai islands.

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Kamolchat Thanaditsayakun
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My name is Kamolchat - a writer with a passion for travel who loves sharing stories of new destinations and unforgettable adventures. I was born and raised in Thailand and I have always been captivated by the beauty and diversity of my homeland which inspired me to venture out and discover the world.

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