Bangkok to Koh Chang – Private Transfer, Share Minibus, Bus, Flights

To travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang, you can use a private transfer, share minibus or scheduled bus. Flights are also available from BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat Airport, with either an onward private or share option from there to the island. And of course, you could hire a car and head down under your own steam.



Bangkok to Koh Chang – At a Glance

  • It’s about 320km from central Bangkok to the fast ferry pier at Ao Thammachat.
  • To the pier, journey time ranges between 4 to 4.5 hours (BKK Suvarnabhumi by car) and 6.5 to 7 hours (Khao San Road, North Bangkok by bus).
  • Flying takes just under an hour but you must add on travel time to and from the airports at each end.
  • Private transfers from Bangkok to to Koh Chang start from 3,950bt with fast ferry tickets (Ferry Koh Chang from Thammachat), door to door.
  • Flying at standard rate is around 3,600bt per person, though there are web saver deals available. A private car from Trat Airport to your hotel on Koh Chang is 1,800bt (2 persons) with fast ferry ticket. Depending on your resort location, a share minibus from Trat Airport is 550bt to 600bt per person with fast ferry ticket.
  • Share minibuses from your Bangkok hotel to your Koh Chang hotel or resort are from 950bt per person with fast ferry ticket, door to door.
  • From Suvarnabhumi Airport and Khao San Road, buses run by two specific companies cost either 650bt per person with fast ferry ticket and resort delivery or 900bt per person with slow ferry ticket (Centerpoint) and resort delivery.
  • A public bus to Trat or to the slow ferry pier at Centerpoint is the cheapest way to travel at around 250bt per person. A public minibus to the pier is 320bt. These prices exclude the ferry ticket at 80bt.

Private Transfer – Bangkok to Koh Chang

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Private SUV Car from Bangkok to Koh Chang

A private transfer is a convenient, comfortable and safe way to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang, with the service using either a car or a minibus depending on the size of your group. This a door to door service with collection from BKK Suvarnabhumi or DMK Don Mueang Airports, your Bangkok hotel or Airbnb at a time of your choosing. They are also of course available from other Thailand locations such as Kanchanaburi, Hat Yai National Park, Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Ranong and Ban Phe (Koh Samet).

With stops along the way for snacks, refreshments and toilet breaks, journey time is around 4 to 4.5 from BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport to the fast ferry pier at Ao Thammachat. From a central Bangkok hotel, add another 45 minutes to an hour. Similarly, if coming from DMK Don Mueang Airport, you should allow around 5.5 hours.

With a private transfer, you drive onto the boat, where you can then wander upstairs, a nice vantage point for the approach to the island. The crossing itself takes 25 to 35 minutes. Once docked at Ao Sapparot on the Koh Chang side, you are delivered direct to your resort door, 5 minutes to an hour depending on where you are staying.

Private Transfer Guide Prices

  • The cost for a transfer by private SUV car from Bangkok to Koh Chang is from 3,950bt for 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children in an Innova or Fortuner style car.
  • It’s 5,200bt for a minibus for up to 5 pax.
  • Round trip discounts are available.
  • Car and baby seats can also be provided.
  • All ferry tickets, tolls and diesel are included.
Please do contact us if you would like to book the Bangkok to Koh Chang private transfer service or if you need a quotation.

State the date of travel, how many people in your party, your hotel in Bangkok and in Koh Chang, return required or not.

We will back to you within 24 hours with a confirmed price and details.

Share Minibus from Bangkok to Koh Chang

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Share Minibus – hotel to hotel

You can also travel with a share minibus from Bangkok to Koh Chang, hotel door to hotel door.

The vehicles used are 10 seater Toyota Commuters which whizz around central Bangkok collecting passengers directly from their respective hotels before heading out east onto the highway for Koh Chang.

Collection time from your hotel is generally from 08.00 to 09.00 depending on its location. There may be earlier pick-ups for hotels nearer the river such as in the Khao San area and certainly pick-ups are later if staying in one of the Suvarnabhumi Airport hotels, the last stop for the minibuses on their way out of town.

The hotel to hotel share minibus reaches Ao Thammachat Pier mid afternoon, where it then drives onto the fast ferry. Passengers are then dropped at their individual hotels and resorts as the minibus makes its way down the island.

The share minibus is 950bt per person, with an additional 100bt per person for delivery to hotels in south Kai Bae, Lonely Beach, Bailan and 200bt for Bang Bao Pier and Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi) bridge. Discounts are available for round trips.

As of July 2022, this service is currently only running from Koh Chang to Bangkok. When tourist numbers pick up later in the year, the down leg, Bangkok to Koh Chang, will resume.

Bus Services – Bangkok to Koh Chang

public bus bangkok to koh chang

There are also bus and other share minibus services from Bangkok to Koh Chang. None of these pick you up from your hotel direct.

Khao San Road Bus

The Boonsiri bus leaves from near Khao San road daily at 05.00 arriving at Centerpoint Pier (the slower one) late morning. It’s 900bt per person with the ferry ticket. Kids 5 and over pay full price, 4 and under 1/2 price.

As the bus cannot go directly on the ferry, you are swapped to a share minibus for the final delivery to your resort on Koh Chang.

Please do contact us to book this for you. Payment is upfront .

Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus

From Door 8 Level 1 at BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, there is currently one daily bus or microbus at 06.00 run by Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co. (SWB). Come high season 22/23, assuming tourist numbers finally pick up, the company will probably add extra times to the schedule, most likely at 10.00 and maybe at 14.00.

The seat price is 650bt per person with fast ferry ticket and delivery to your resort on Koh Chang. For resorts in Bailan and Lonely Beach, add 50bt. For Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach, add 100bt. Children over 100cm pay full price, under 100cm 1/2 price. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

For more details on this service, visit their website here.

Public Bus

999

From Ekamai Bus Station in the east of Bangkok, the 999 Bus, run by The Transport Co., leaves daily at 07.45 and 09.00, price at 245bt per person, no ferry ticket.

This heads to Centerpoint Pier, home to the slower ferry to Koh Chang, though the earlier bus does also call in at Thammachat. Respective arrival times at Centerpoint Pier are 13.30 to 14.00 and 15.30 to 16.00.

The return service is at 14.30 and 16.00 from the mainland side of Centerpoint Pier.

Once on the island, you make your own way to your resort using share taxis, 50bt to White Sand Beach, 100bt to Lonely Beach, 150bt to Bang Bao. Please note the taxis only leave when full unless you agree with the other passengers to all pay a higher price.

This bus is also popular for passengers heading to Koh Mak, with the main speedboat pier, Laem Ngop, 10 minutes down the road from Centerpoint.

As of July 2022, only the 07.45 999 down and the 14.30 999 back are running.

Cherdchai

Also from Ekamai Bus Station, Cherdchai operate very regular public buses. Departures start at 05.00 daily and continue throughout the day, mostly hourly, till 23.30, prices from 240bt per person.

Travel time is around 6.5 hours. At Trat Bus Station, you jump in a share songthaew taxi to the Koh Chang Piers at Thammachat or Centerpoint, distance of about 20 km. You pay either 60bt per person if full or negotiate a price if only a couple of you.

Morchit

Morchit Bus Station in the north of Bangkok also offers bus services to Trat from 06.00 till 22.00 but they are much less frequent than those from Ekamai, just 3 or 4 a day.

There are no direct buses from DMK Don Mueang Airport to Koh Chang. Use a private transfer direct to the island (quickest and easiest). Or cheapest, hop on the A1 shuttle bus to Morchit Bus Station and pick up a bus from there to Trat. The A1 fare is 30 THB, every 12 minutes from 07.30 to 24.00, duration 30 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic.

Public Minibus

Again from Ekamai, for Koh Chang, you can also use the the public share minibuses run by TTT. These run from 05.00 till 12.00. These take you down to Saen Tung Junction, about 35km outside of Trat, at which point you are swapped to a share songthaew taxi for the last 25 kilometres to Thammachat Pier. The price is 320bt, with a further 80bt for the ferry ticket. You make your own way to your resort with the songthaew taxis.

Leaving hourly, you can also take share minibuses from Morchit New Van Terminal (opposite the Bus Station) to Trat and that Saen Tung junction, prices similar to those from Ekamai.


Flights – Bangkok to Trat Airport

trat airport

From Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), you can fly down to Trat Airport (TDX), four times daily at 08.20 (PG301), 11.40 (PG305), 14.45 (PG309) and 16.45 (PG307), 1 hour duration. Prices are from 2,400bt if you book early on the web saver.

Return flights are at 10.10 (PG302), 13.10 (PG306), 16.45 (PG310), 18.30 (PG308).

You can book your flight direct at Bangkok Airways.

As of July 2022, only the lunchtime flights, PG305 down and PG306 back are in service. From 30/10/22, the evening flights, PG307 and PG308, will be added.

From Trat Airport to Koh Chang

Once landed at Trat Airport, you can use either a private transfer or a share minibus.to continue on to Koh Chang,

  • A private car is 1,800bt for 2 persons with ferry tickets, door to door. A private minibus is 2,300bt with ferry tickets for 4 persons. Please contact us for more information.
  • You can jump on the share minibus for 700bt 650bt per person (depending on which beach), also with ferry ticket and door to door. Remember this drops off other customers as it moves down the island, not just you.

Self Drive from Bangkok to Koh Chang

Companies like Hertz and Budget operate in Thailand, so one other option is renting a car and driving from Bangkok to Koh Chang under your own steam.

The route is not complicated, but the car rentals come with English GPS too or Google Maps gives a clear route explanation.

As a quick guide, follow Highway 7 out of east Bangkok and continue on this until turning onto Highway 344 near Chon Buri.  Once on the 344, carry on until near Klaeng and then join Highway 3. Stay on this past Chantaburi until you reach Saen Tung, about 25km before Trat. Take a right at the T-junction onto the rural road 3156, signposted to Laem Ngop.  It’s about 20 minutes to the fast ferry pier. If you do want Centerpoint Pier, then simply stay on the 3156 for another 5km or so.

Road signs are in both Thai and English. The main highways are 3 to 4 lanes, fast. You’ll find frequent police checkpoints along the 344 (and they are keen on unwarranted stops).


Other Options

You cannot take a scheduled boat to Koh Chang from Koh Samet, Rayong or Pattaya. There are no train routes in eastern Thailand.


UPDATED AUG 22 FOR 22/23 Season

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