In the past, it was just a public bus to Trat, but happily things have moved on and nowadays there are a myriad of ways, private transfer, flying to Trat Airport with Bangkok Airways, public bus or minibus, Bangkok taxi even, with which to make the journey.
To help smooth your weary way, we have broken it all down into the different categories, added timetables where appropriate, prices and a few pointers. Time wise, unless you fly, it will take a minimum of 4 to 5 hours (private car or shared minibus) to reach the ferries and more like 6 to 7 hours or longer on the buses. Throw in the crossing time of about 30 to 45 minutes and travel time to your resort once on the island and yes, it’s a long day but if you leave from Bangkok in the morning, you’ll be sipping a sundowner with the sand between your toes that evening.
Incidentally, Trat Airport is not on the island as you may have guessed and it’s not that near Trat either, sort of in the middle of nowhere, a journey time of roughly 30 minutes to the boats.
Private transfers by car for two people or minibus for 3 or more is a very popular way of getting from Bangkok to Koh Chang. You are picked up at your hotel door or met at a pre-arranged meeting point at Suvaranabhumi Airport or indeed Don Meuang Airport (budget airlines) and then driven all the way to the door of your resort on Koh Chang.
Prices include the ferry tickets and compare very favourably with flying down to Trat Airport. We can organise and plan your trip for you and transfers are also possible from the piers for the other islands, Koh Mak and Koh Kood. International transfers to and from Cambodia complete our package. Full details here.
Getting to Koh Chang by public bus or minibus is the cheapest way to travel to the island from Bangkok. Services leave from Ekamai, the Eastern Bus Terminal or Morchit, the Northern Bus Terminal, Victory Monument in the centre of town or Khao San Road.
The Khao San Road bus leaves at 08.00am, with local pick-up and costs 450bt per person with the ferry ticket.
Suvarnabhumi Bupara Co (also known as Lonely Beach Express/Bus 392) has a direct connection from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal at 07.50am (bus), 09.30am (minibus), 11.00am (minibus), 14.00 (minibus) from Gate 8, Level 1, single price 600bt with the ferry and transfer to your hotel on Koh Chang.
The Victory Monument minibuses (hourly, 300bt) and the 999 bus from Ekamai (07.45am, 09.00am, 263bt) drive direct to the ferry piers. Other buses go to Trat, from where it is very easy to catch a taxi.
Getting to Koh Chang by air means flying to Trat Airport with Bangkok Airways and then taking a shared or private minibus to your resort on the island, with the same possible in reverse. There are three flights daily, morning, lunchtime and evening. The schedule ensures the evening flight (PG307) lands in time for the evening ferry crossings or conversely, you can leave the island early enough to catch the morning flight back to Bangkok (PG302).
It is also possible to fly on to Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket in the same day.
Private transfers are also available, great if you are travelling in a group or as a couple, please Contact us for reservations.
To contact Bangkok Airways by phone, use these numbers, 02 270 6699 (Bangkok), 039 551 654-5 (Trat), with online booking here at www.bangkokair.com.
Two car ferries, Ferry Koh Chang and Centrepoint Ferry shuttle back and forth from the mainland to Koh Chang. They leave from 06.00am to 19.30, with prices at 80bt for a single journey, 100bt to 120bt for a car, 30bt to 40bt for a motorbike.
Journey times are 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Buses and share minibuses coming out from Bangkok do drive direct to the piers.
The last flight into Trat Airport does make the last ferry and if coming from Cambodia by the cheap share minibus, you will make the last crossing with the Centrepoint ferry.
Two companies, Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats provide the island hopping services between Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai.
Speedboats leave three times daily from Koh Chang at 09.00am, 09.30am and 12.00pm, with the same number back from Koh Kood at 09.00am, 11.00am and 12.00pm. Prices start at 400bt to Koh Wai, 600bt to Koh Mak and 900bt to Koh Kood. There’s also a cheaper but slower wooden boat that goes back and forth once a day.
Public transport on Koh Chang is by songthaew (literally, two rows in translation) taxi. On arrival, these operate from the ferry piers to all the beaches on the west coast, though they do not leave until full. Otherwise, they can be flagged down any time of day or night to get about, with prices set at different rates depending on the route. We include all the rates on our taxis page, but bear in mind prices do go up after 22.00.
Motorbike rentals are anything from 150bt to 250bt a day and there are literally hundreds of shops offering them. Car rental is another option at 1,000bt upwards a day. You will need your driving licence and a copy of your passport.