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With the island’s development, the number of options on how to get to Koh Chang has grown in step with the increasing visitor numbers.

  • For style, speed and comfort, we recommend a private transfer by SUV car or minibus. Travel time from east Bangkok to the Koh Chang ferry piers is between 4.5 and 5 hours.
  • You could also fly down to Trat Airport in just under an hour but remember you still need to get to and from the Airports at both ends.
  • For a more economical choice, the hotel to hotel share minibus service is very popular. It has fixed pick-up times, 5 hours+ to the pier.
  • If you are on a tight budget, you can hop on the public bus. Allow 6 hours or more for this transprtsdtravel time.
  • The two car ferries make the crossing continuously throughout the day till 19.30. It’s 30 to 45 minutes from the mainland piers to the island.
  • Once docked, it takes from 10 minutes to 45 minutes to reach your resort – dependent on its location.
  • To travel between Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kood and Koh Wai, there’s a full island hopping service with speedboat, catamaran or wooden boat.
  • On Koh Chang, you can hire cars or motorbikes to get around or use the island taxi service.

As marked below, certain services are reduced or not running due to Covid 19.

About the Page

To get you started, we summarise each method of how to get to Koh Chang below. Follow their links to our individual pages for all the comprehensive details, including up-to-date timetables, prices and booking request forms.

Alternatively, please contact us directly with your travel questions or those booking requests – we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Private Transfers – Car, Minibus – How to Get to Koh Chang

Private transfers by car or minibus are our recommended way of getting to Koh Chang from Bangkok and other areas of Thailand.

These are a door to door service from either your Bangkok hotel at a time of your choosing or from a pre-arranged meeting point at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Trat or U-Tapao Airports. We use the fast ferry at Ao Thammachat. Final delivery is always direct to your resort.

Prices, which start from 3,800bt, include all ferry tickets, tolls and diesel. Additionally, we can also plan your complete travel itinerary so you can visit the other beautiful islands of Koh Mak and Koh Kood.

Alongside other transfers from cities like Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi or Ban Phe Pier (Koh Samet), international transfers to and from Cambodia complete our package.

Private Transfer Prices and Information

Flying to Trat Airport

As of November 2021, only the PG305 at 11.40 from Bangkok and the return PG306 at 13.10 from Trat are flying.

The quickest but most expensive way on how to get to to Koh Chang is flying to Trat Airport. You can book early-websavers from 2,850bt per person excluding taxes. Only one airline, Bangkok Airways, operates this route, leaving from BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport. Trat Airport itself is located about 30 minutes from the ferry piers.

There are four flights daily, PG301 at 08.20, PG305 at 11.40, PG309 14.45 and PG307 at 16.45. Returns are PG302 at 10.10, PG306 at 13.10, PG310 at 16.25 and PG308 at 18.15. There will be slight variations on these timings at different times of year, high and low tourist season. Flight time is just under an hour.

Bangkok Airways and Ferry Koh Chang (the faster one) co-ordinate, so the PG307 evening flight will always make the last boat. Conversely, you can leave the island early enough to catch the PG302 morning flight back to Bangkok.

On landing at Trat Airport, you use either a private transfer by car or minibus (1,800bt or 2,300bt with ferry) or a share minibus (550bt to 600bt per person with ferry) to make the journey to Thammachat Pier. The vehicle drives on the ferry and then off the other side, with delivery to your resort.

Trat Airport/Koh Chang – Book the Transfer here

To contact Bangkok Airways by phone, use these numbers, 02 270 6699 (Bangkok), 039 551 654-5 (Trat), with online booking here at bangkokair.com.

Koh Chang Ferries

As of November 2021, these services are running  with reduced timetables due to Covid-19, Centrepoint especially. The latest timetables are here.

Two car ferries, Ferry Koh Chang and Centrepoint Ferry shuttle back and forth from the mainland to Koh Chang. Prices are 80bt for a single journey, 120bt for a car, 40bt for a motorbike.

Ferry Koh Chang, the fastest service at 30 to 40 minutes, runs between Ao Thammachat and Ao Sapparot Piers from 06.30 to 19.00, leaving every 45 minutes or when ready. Centrepoint Ferry, slower at 45 minutes, runs between the Centerpoint Piers from 06.00 to 19.30, leaving every hour.

Our private transfers and hotel to hotel share minibuses use the fast ferry.

The last flight into Trat Airport always makes the last ferry from Ao Thammachat. If coming from Cambodia by the cheap share minibus, you will make the last crossing with the Centrepoint ferry.

Buses, Minibuses

These services are operating with reduced timetables due to Covid-19. As of November 2021, the Khao San Road service below is at 05.00 (return 11.00) only, the 999 at 07.45 (return 14.30) only and the Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co at 06.00 (return 12.00) only.

Getting to Koh Chang by share minibuses, public buses and public share minibuses are the cheapest ways to travel to the island from Bangkok.

From the Khao San Road area, a daily bus departs at 05.00 and 07.30, 750bt per person with Centerpoint ferry ticket. Once on the island, you swap to a share taxi or minibus for final delivery to your resort. You can book this with us.

Public bus and minibus services leave almost hourly from 05.00 to 23.30 from Ekkamai, the Eastern Bus Terminal. Of these, the 999 bus at 07.45 or 09.00, priced at 240bt drives direct to the ferry piers. Other buses and public minibuses will swap you to a share taxi near Trat for the final 25km to the ferry. There are also selected times from Morchit, the Northern Bus Terminal.

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co has a direct connection from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal at 07.50 (bus), 09.30 (minibus), 11.00 (minibus), 14.00 (minibus) from Gate 8, Level 1, single price 600bt with the ferry and transfer to your hotel on Koh Chang. This service is much reduced  as of November 2021.There are no direct buses or minibuses from DMK Airport.

Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

These services are currently not running due to Covid-19.

The very convenient hotel to hotel share minibus, Bangkok to Koh Chang or the other way round, is available, with prices starting from 950bt per person one way with fast ferry ticket.

With direct collection in the morning from all the central areas in Bangkok, travel time is around 5 hours to the pier. After the 30 to 40 minute crossing, the same minibus then delivers you direct to your resort.

Returns back to Bangkok leave twice a day, morning and lunchtime, with collection once again directly from your resort and drop-off in Bangkok at your hotel door.

We also offer a service early morning from hotels and condos in central Pattaya (2 persons minimum) as well as a pick-up from a pre-arranged meeting point at BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, once daily 10.00 to 10.30.

Koh Chang Island Hopping – How to Get to Koh Chang

The speedboat and catamaran services are currently suspended due to the pandemic. The wooden boat run by Bang Bao Boats has now restarted as of 15/11/21, with times of 09.00 from Koh Chang and 13.00 from Koh Kood.

Three companies, Bang Bao Boats, Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats and Boonsiri provide the island hopping services between Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai.

Speedboats run by Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats leave three times daily from Koh Chang at 09.00, 09.30 and 12.00. The same number come back from Koh Kood at 09.00, 11.00 and 12.00. Prices start at 400bt to Koh Wai, 600bt to Koh Mak and 900bt to Koh Kood. Koh Kood to Koh Mak either way is 400bt. There is also a cheaper (slower) wooden boat run by Bang Bao Boats, which travels once a day between Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Departure time is 09.00, 3 hours duration, returning at 13.00 (15/11/21).

The Boonsiri catamaran leaves from Koh Chang at 10.00 daily, calling at Koh Mak at 11.00 (500bt) and Koh Kood at 11.45 (750bt). The return from Koh Kood leaves at 12.15, reaching Koh Mak at 12.45 and Koh Chang at 14.00, same prices. Koh Kood to Koh Mak either way is 300bt.

More Information and Booking

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Car Hire and Motorbike, Scooter Rental

Our round-up on car hire and motorbike rental on Koh Chang, a great way to explore the island at your own pace.

Sedans are from 1,300bt per day, Innovas from 1,600bt with pick-ups also available. Hiring a car will require you to leave your passport for the duration or failing that, a 15,000bt cash deposit together with a copy of your passport.

Motorbike rentals, the standard 125cc or the newer 150ccs are anything from 150bt to 450bt a day. There are literally dozens of outlets along the roads in all the beaches so do shop around. Separate to that, we can also organise 250cc Honda CRF for daily or weekly rental.

East and west coast tours are another option for getting around. We cover them here too.

Island Taxis (Songthaews)

Public transport on Koh Chang is by songthaew (literally, two rows in translation) taxi. There are no public buses.

On arrival on the island, the public taxis run from the ferry piers to all the beaches on the west coast, but  they do not leave until full (12 persons). 

If full, the cost per person from the piers is 50bt for White Sand Beach, 60bt for Chai Chet, 70bt for Klong Prao Beach, 80bt for Kai Bae Beach, 100bt for Lonely Beach (and south Kai Bae), 120bt for Bailan Beach, 150bt for Bang Bao and 200bt for Bang Bao Beach.

East coast taxis are far less frequent just three times daily, 09.00, 11.00 and 15.00, 100bt per person but they don’t need to be full.  

Otherwise, you can simply flag down the taxis any time of day or night to get about. Click through to see the rates per route but bear in mind all prices do go up after 22.00.

UPDATED November 2021
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