UPDATED for 2018-19 Season
There are various cheap options of getting to Koh Kood by direct bus, public bus and share minibus from Bangkok and indeed Pattaya.
Direct Bus to Laem Sok Pier – Koh Kood Bus and Minibus
The Boonsiri catamaran company offers a direct bus from Bangkok to Laem Sok Pier, the departure point for Koh Kood.
This service leaves twice daily at 05.00am and 08.00am (07.30am starting 16/10/18) from Tanit Place at the bottom of Khao San Road/Rambuttri Road, price 850bt (900bt from 16/10/18) for the bus and boat ticket combined.
The 05.00am bus makes the 10.45am boat which goes direct to Koh Kood, duration 60 to 70 minutes and then onto Koh Mak. The 08.00am bus makes the 14.20 boat, which goes to Koh Kood via Koh Mak, adding an additional 30 minutes duration.
Once on Koh Kood, the boat company provides a free share shuttle taxi from the arrival pier at Ao Salad to your resort.
Returns are the same price with the boat leaving Koh Kood at 09.00am to connect to the bus at 11.00am, arriving in the Khao San area around 17.30. The 2nd boat of the day leaves Koh Kood at 12.00pm, connecting to the bus at 14.30, arriving in the Khao San area at 20.30+. This return service can drop you at Lad Krabang, the Airport Rail Link Station, from where it is about 20 minutes to Suvarnabhumi Airport, 3 to 4 trains an hour, 40bt per person. It does not go to the Airport direct.
On Koh Kood, the boat company again provides a free share shuttle taxi from your resort to the departure pier.
From 16/5/18 to 15/10/18, this service is once daily only at 07.00am linking to the changed boat timetable at 13.30. The return is with the 9.00am catamaran only linking to the 11.00am bus, 850bt (900bt from 16/10/18) per person each way.
Children aged 4 years to 10 years are 600bt. 3 and under are free provided they share the parent’s seat on bus and boat. **From 16/10/18, this policy changes to 4 and under free, 5 and over adult price.**
You cannot use the Boonsiri bus to connect to the other boat companies..
|Boonsiri Bus/Catamaran||Bangkok to Koh Kood||Koh Kood to Bangkok||Price THB|
|Meeting and Drop-off: Near Khao San Road|
Can drop at Lad Krabang Airport Rail Link
|05.00 Bus for 10.45 Boat|
07.30 Bus for 14.20 Boat
16/5/18 to 15/10/18 07.00 only
|09.00 Boat for 11.00am Bus (Bangkok 17.00 to 18.00)|
12.00 Boat for 14.30 Bus (Bangkok 20.30 to 21.00)
16/5/18 to 15/10/18 09.00 only
|850bt per person (From 16/10/18 900bt per person)|
Child 4 to 10 600bt, 3 and under free
From 16/10/18, child 5 and over full price, 4 and under free
Public Bus and Minibus Bangkok to Trat – Koh Kood Bus and Minibus
Public transport from Bangkok whether by public bus or share minibus does not go directly to Laem Sok Pier. Instead, it heads for Trat, the nearest provinical town, some 30 kilometres away.
Public Bus – Koh Kood Bus and Minibus
Departing daily from Bangkok to Trat, a/c buses leave from either Ekamai, the eastern bus terminal or Morchit, the northern bus terminal.
Buses from Ekamai are almost hourly. You can reach the bus station by getting out at the BTS (skytrain) station of the same name.
Buses from Morchit are just a couple of times daily. Morchit Bus Terminal is not the same as Morchit BTS Station. If you do not go direct to the bus station by taxi, you need to take a 15 to 20 minute taxi ride from Morchit BTS or Chatuchak Station on the MRT (metro). Head down to the highway using Exit 3.
From Trat, the different boat companies lay on free share shuttle buses to the pier, leaving at 90 minutes to an hour before the actual departures times of the boats. Those companies and boats are the 12.30pm Koh Kood Princess and 13.00 Koh Kut Express express boats, both 350bt per person, duration 90 to 100 minutes, Boonsiri, twice daily catamaran, 10.45am and 14.20 at 500bt per person and Koh Kut Express Speedboat, 10.00am and 15.00 at 600bt per person.
If you take the night bus or very early morning bus at 05.00am, you should make the connections to the free transport which waits at the Trat Bus Station. Leave much later and you will be likely staying a night. If you do stay in Trat, the free share shuttle taxi is easily organised the next morning by your guesthouse, just tell them on arrival what you require.
The same free services run in reverse to Trat for your journey back. Boats leave Koh Kood at 09.00am, Boonsiri docking at Laem Sok at 10.15am, 10.00am Koh Kood Princess and Koh Kut Express docking at Laem Sok at 11.30am, 12.00pm Boonsiri docking at Laem Sok at 13.30 or finally the 11.00am and 13.00 Koh Kut Express Speedboat docking at Laem Sok at 12.00pm and 14.00 respectively.
Trat Bus Station is about 3km out of town, with songthaew taxis costing 30bt per person to take you into the centre. It is not walkable from the guesthouse area or city centre.
Bangkok to Trat Timetables – Public Bus
|Public Bus||From Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station to Trat Bus Station||From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station|
02 391 2237 (Bangkok)
039 511 062 (Trat)
|05.00, 06:00, 07:00, 08.30, 09:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:30|| 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, (09.30am), 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, (18.00), 19.30, 21.30, (23.00), 23.30|
|From Bangkok Morchit Bus Station to Trat Bus Station||From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Morchit Bus Station|
|Cherdchai Tour (Booth 44)||05.30, 17.30||08.30, 14.30|
|Transport Company (Booth 21)||07.30, 11.00, 22.00||09.30, 14.00, 23.30 - via BKK Suvarnbhumi Airport|
***We do NOT book these services***
Public Minibus from Bangkok to Trat – Koh Kood Bus and Minibus
There is a cheap minibus service run by Triple T (TTT) to Trat leaving from Ekamai Bus Station, with the booth located in the middle of the row on the right hand side of the ticket hall.
This runs every 2 hours, starting from 06.00am up until 18.00. It takes 5 hours and costs 270bt. You can use the earliest service to make a Koh Kood connection.
An identical Triple T (TTT) service runs from Morchit Bus Station to Trat Bus Station. The booth, number 16, is 3 lanes over out the back of the terminal in the main area from where the vehicles are all departing. Times are again very frequent at 05.00am, 6.00am, 9.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 13.30, 15.30 and 18.00. As above, use the 05.00am or 06.00am to make the connections at Trat Bus Station to the free share shuttle taxi to Laem Sok.
Times back from Trat Bus Station are very similar but starting at 04.00am and ending at 18.00.
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***
From 16/10/18, Boonsiri will also run a once daily service at 05.00am from Pattaya, with central hotel and resort pick-up. This links to the 10.45am boat, with cost for the bus/boat at 900bt per person.
The return uses either the 09.00am or the 12.00pm boat, reaching Pattaya 16.00 or 20.00 – same price at 900bt per person, all-in.
A bus or minibus is used dependent on numbers.