Getting to Koh Chang by Public Bus and Minibus

getting-to-koh-chang Buses and minibuses give you several choices for getting to Koh Chang from Bangkok, either direct to the ferry piers at Ao Thammachat and Centrepoint or going via Trat, the main provincial town some 20 kilometres away. We can reserve selected services for you, so please follow the links below to make enquiries by email, giving us details of your dates of travel, number of people, hotel in Bangkok and resort in Koh Chang. Or use the booking form here.

Getting to Koh Chang – Share Minibus – Hotel to Hotel Hoppa

share-minibus-bangkok-koh-changThe share minibus hotel to hotel Hoppa can be booked to pick you up from your hotel in the main central tourist areas at Silom, Sathorn, Khao San Rd, Pratunam, Sukhumvit and Suvarnabhumi Airport hotels. Prices are from 950bt per person with ferry ticket. Pick-up is from 08.00am to 10.30am depending on hotel location.

Return trips are offered from 850bt with ferry ticket (if booked with the downward journey) to a central Bangkok Hotel, 750bt to the Airport, 950bt to Don Mueang and its hotels.

There are two times for the return, The morning service leaves from Bang Bao Beach (the far end of the island) at 08.00am and works its way down the island to the ferry by 09.30am. There is also an afternoon service, 13.00 from Bang Bao Beach with the ferry at 14.30. The trip takes about 5.5 to 6 hours from the pier on the mainland side. Please note traffic going into Bangkok can be very heavy in the evenings, so drop-off at hotels in the Sukhumvit area do take time. We recommend the morning departure in these cases. Low season will likely reduce to the morning service only, but please just ask.

The minibuses are Toyota Commuters with seat belts.

Payment is on the day direct, but please note if booking a return, payment is in full for both legs on the first day of travel. Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Getting to Koh Chang by Bus – VIP Bus from Khao San Road to the ferries

getting-to-koh-chang-bus-minibus-khao-san-road-vip From Khao San Road, there is a VIP bus (or minibus if numbers are very low) service which departs at 8.00am, with local guesthouse pick-up, which arrives at the ferries (Centrepoint) at 15.30, price 450bt per person including the ferry ticket. After the crossing, you can then take a taxi or they offer a minibus delivery to the door of your resort (up to Bailan Beach) for a further 150bt.

The return is 450bt per person with the ferry ticket and again, transfer from your resort can be organised for a further 150bt. If you take your own taxi, you must be on the 10.30am ferry at Centrepoint. The bus leaves from the mainland side at 12.00pm. Journey time back to Bangkok is 5.5 to 6 hours, calling at Rama 9 (Srinakarin) for the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link, Hualamphong Railway Station and Khao San Road, arrival 17.30 to 18.00. You can then connect to country wide services if you are planning a mammoth trek, as many of these depart early evening.

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Getting to Koh Chang by Bus – Reservation Form

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Getting to Koh Chang by Bus – Bus and Minibus direct from Suvarnabhumi Airport

getting-to-koh-chang-bus-minibus Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co runs a direct service from the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal, Level 1, Door 8 to the ferry at Centerpoint and off the other side, terminating at Klong Son, the first local town. From there, it has songthaews or minibuses waiting to take you to your resort as far as Lonely Beach and at a stretch, Bailan Beach. You will have to pay extra for Bang Bao and if travelling to the east coast, it is best to see what your resort suggests. On return, the company organises the collection from your resort back to Klong Son for 100bt.

The company uses buses and minibuses depending on what time of the day (see the timetable below) to and from Bangkok. You may sometimes see it advertised as Bus 392 or the Lonely Beach Express. The telephone numbers used are 083 794 2122 (Bangkok) and 081 660 5926 (Koh Chang).

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Survarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang (Klong Son)

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co
083 794 2122 (Bangkok)
081 660 5926 (Koh Chang)
081 101 4788

Dep: 07.50 (Bus), 09.30am (minibus), 11.00am (minibus) and 14.00 (minibus)
09.30am (minibus) does not run May to October
6 hours including ferry
600bt inc ferry and island transfer as far as Lonely Beach or 900bt return but this does not include transfer from your hotel to Klong Son for departure. PRICES ONLY APPLY IF BOUGHT DIRECT.

Koh Chang (Klong Son) to Survarnabhumi Airport

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co
Dep: 07.00am (minibus), 12.00 (Bus), 17.00 (minibus), 19.00 (minibus, high season ONLY if numbers allow)
6 hours including ferry
450bt with 100bt for transfer from your resort to Klong Son PRICES ONLY APPLY IF BOUGHT DIRECT

We do NOT book this service but your can book them in advance with our affiliate here at Bus Online Ticket Thailand. Just follow the links either using the bus route or the bus operator, Suvrarnabhumi Bupara Co.

Getting to Koh Chang by Bus – 999 Bus direct to the ferries

getting-to-koh-chang-bus-minibus-999 The 999 leaves from Bangkok Ekamai, the eastern Bus Terminal, via Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station, direct to the Ao Thammachat and Centrepoint Piers near Laem Ngop. Ekamai is located at the BTS (skytrain) station of the same name on Sukhumvit Road, literally just down the steps.

The first departure of the day at 07.45am (08.20am at the Airport Bus Station) heads to Ao Thammachat Pier, arriving at 13.30 to 13.45 but does then continue on to Centrepoint. The second and last departure of the day at 09.00am (09.35am at the Airport Bus Station) goes direct to Centrepoint arriving at 14.45 to 15.00. Ferry details are here.

The return is daily at 14.00 from the mainland side at Centrepoint, so you need to be on the 12.30pm ferry from the island. This in turn means allowing ample time for your taxi down the island to reach the pier, leaving from Lonely Beach, for example, at 11.00am.

This service does run an additional bus, leaving from Ekamai via Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre (Bus Station), which goes to Trat Bus Station only, once a day at 11.05 (11.40 at the airport), 263bt.

***We do NOT book these services***

Bangkok (Ekamai) to the ferries

999 Express
02 391 6846 (Bangkok)
089 752 5732 (Trad)

Dep: 07.45 (08.20 at airport),
Dep: 09.00 (09.35)

6 hours
263bt

Centrepoint Ferry (mainland) to Bangkok (Ekamai)

999 Express
Dep: 14.00
6 hours
263bt

Getting to Koh Chang – Public Minibus from Bangkok to the ferries

public-minibus-bangkok-koh-chang There is a cheap efficient minibus service to Koh Chang/Trat leaving from Victory Monument in the centre of Bangkok, which goes via the Airport Rail Link at Lad Krabang. This is almost hourly, starting from 4.30am up until 16.30. It takes 4 to 5 hours and costs 300bt. Near to Chantaburi at the Saen Tung junction, it may change vehicles with those for Koh Chang getting off and those for Trat continuing on. The last few kilometres to the pier at Ao Thammachat pier (for Koh Chang) is by songthaew, normally charged as extra at 130bt including the ferry ticket. The return leg is the same price and just as frequent, but you will need to get to the ferry pier at Ao Sapparot on Koh Chang (Ao Sapparot to Ao Thammachat), where you can buy tickets.

An identical service runs from Ekamai Bus Station to Trat Bus Station, with the change as above for Ao Thammachat pier, again very frequent with times of 5.00am, 6.00am, 9.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 14.30 and 16.30 coming out of Bangkok and 8.00am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 14.30 and 16.30 going back, these times being from the mainland not the island.

The telephone numbers for these services are 084 148 1551 (Morchit), 090 818 1855 (Ekamai) and 090 818 1844 (Koh Chang at Ao Sapparot).

***We do NOT book these services***

Getting to Koh Chang by Bus – Public Bus from Bangkok to Trat

Bus to Koh Chang from Bangkok From Bangkok to Trat, air conditioned buses depart frequently throughout the day from the Ekamai or more sporadically from the northern bus terminal at Mo Chit. Mo Chit is a short taxi ride away (not walking distance) from Mo Chit BTS station. To reach either from Khao San Road, you will need a taxi or you can walk to Hualamphong Railway Station and join the MRT (subway) and ride this to Mo Chit only or connect with the BTS for either Mo Chit or Ekamai.

***We do NOT book these services***

Taxis from Trat Bus Station to the Piers

Trat Bus Station is a kilometre or so out of town, with songthaews costing 30bt per person to take you into the centre. Taxis direct to the Koh Chang piers cost 60bt per person but only leave when deemed full, so if you do not want to wait, expect to pay 250bt to 300bt to hire the whole vehicle and go immediately.

In Trat itself, as you head out of town past the covered market, there is a another public taxi on the corner by the chemists, opposite the entrance to the temple, where taxis leave for 50bt to 60bt per person to the two ferry piers, again when deemed full.

Taxis coming back from the piers follow the same pricing and ‘full’ system, so, if there are only a few passengers, will either increase the cost per person for immediate departure or wait for the next boat.

We recommend Cherdchai as the better service.

Bangkok (Ekamai) to Trat Bus Station

Cherdchai Tour
02 391 2237 (Bangkok)
039 511 062 (Trad)

Dep: 05.00, 06:00, 07:00, 08.30, 09:30, 10.30, 11:30, 12:30, 13.30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:30
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Tanakawee
090 818 1855 (Bangkok)

Dep: (to the pier & Trat) 06.00, 08.00, 10:00, 12.00, (Trat only) 14.00, 16.00, 18.00
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Trat Bus Station to Bangkok (Ekamai)

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, 09.30, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, 19.30, 21.30, 23.00, 23.30
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 08.30, 10.30, 12.00, 14.30, 17.00, 23.00
5 to 6 hours
around 265bt

Bangkok (Morchit) to Trat Bus Station

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 08.30, 17.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 06.00, 09.30, 12.30, 15.30, 23.00
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Trat Bus Station to Bangkok (Morchit)

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 08.30, 14.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 07.30, 09.30, 12.30, 16.00, 23.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

***We do NOT book these services***

Minibus from other areas to the ferries for Koh Chang

There are plenty of minibuses from Pattaya which costs around 250bt to 300bt direct to the ferries, whilst other agents offer tickets including the ferry and transfer to your resort for 650bt to 750bt. From Ban Phe (pier for Koh Samet), the minibus is 350bt to Ao Thammachat with the ferry tickets both ends included and 600bt to your resort door, with the prices the same for the journey in reverse. There is a minibus service that leaves three times a day from Koh Chang at Ao Thammachat, going to Ban Phe (Koh Samet), Rayong and Pattaya with times of 11.00am (10.15am ferry), 12.30pm (11.45am ferry) and 15.30, (14.45 ferry) for 480bt. Public buses do operate along this route, but are slow and probably best avoided unless Trat is your destination.

***We do NOT book these services***

Minibus from Trat to Koh Chang East Coast

In Trat, you can pick up a minibus, with ferry ticket, for around 150bt direct to the east side of the island. This daily service leaves at either 12.00pm or 13.00 (you have to walk up and check in the morning) to Salak Phet, with drop offs possible right round the bay to Chek Bae. You’ll find the minibus parked up in the left hand corner behind the food stalls of the temple area, which itself is through the arch behind the old Trat Department Store, diagonally opposite the covered market in the centre of town. There is a return run at the unholy hour of 5.00am, with picks-ups from your resort possible and arriving in Trat about 7.30am.

***We do NOT book these services***

The number of buses and their times are subject to change depending on demand and the different tourist seasons, with telephone numbers also not always picked up or discontinued.