UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
For style, speed and comfort, you can use a private transfer by car and minibus or you can fly down to Trat Airport. For a more economical choice, the hotel to hotel share minibus is very popular and if you are on a tight budget, you can hop on the public bus.
By road, travel time from east Bangkok to the Koh Chang ferry piers is between 4.5 and 5.5 hours for a private car or share hotel to hotel minibus. Allow 6 hours or more on the buses. You can fly in just under an hour but of course also need to get to and from the Airports at both ends.
With 2 car ferries making the crossing continuously throughout the day, it takes from 30 to 45 minutes from the mainland pier to the island. Final delivery to your resort is a further 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on its location.
For comprehensive information on how to get to Koh Chang, including up-to-date timetables, prices and the chance to book, please click on the individual categories below.
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 Suvaranabhumi, Don Mueang or U-Tapao Airports. We use the fast ferry at Ao Thammachat and 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 on how to get to Koh Chang. Please click here for full details or to ask for a quotation/make a booking.
Getting to Koh Chang by hotel to hotel share minibuses, public buses and public share minibuses are the cheapest ways to travel to the island from Bangkok.
Public services leave almost hourly from 05.00 to 23.30 from Ekamai, the Eastern Bus Terminal and there are also selected times from Morchit, the Northern Bus Terminal.
There is a daily share minibus at 08.00 and night bus at 23.30 from Khao San Road, a 4 times daily bus or microbus (up until 14.00) from Suvarnabhumi Airport. There are no direct buses or minibuses from DMK Airport.
Share minibuses no longer leave from Victory Monument to Koh Chang.
The very convenient hotel to hotel share minibus, Bangkok to Koh Chang or the other way round, is available from 950bt per person one way with ferry ticket.
With direct collection in the morning from central areas, you are delivered to your resort on the island mid afternoon.
Returns leave twice a day, morning and lunchtime.
Meeting at a specific point on Khao San Road, the backpacker share minibus leaves at 08.00 daily, 850bt per person with fast ferry ticket and hotel delivery on Koh Chang. Returns are morning only with collection from your resort.
The night bus is at 23.30, 650bt per person with fast ferry ticket from Ao Thammachat Pier. The return is at 10.00 from the Ao Thammachat Pier.
Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co (previously known as Lonely Beach Express/Bus 392) 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.
The 999 bus from Ekamai at 07.45 or 09.00, priced at 240bt drives direct to the ferry piers. Other buses and public minibuses go to Trat, from where it is very easy to catch a taxi.
Flying is the quickest way on how to get to to Koh Chang but it is, of course, the most expensive, the cheapest option a book-early websaver from 2,850bt per person excluding taxes.
Only one Airline, Bangkok Airways, operates this route, leaving from BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat Airport, which 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, returning with 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 or a share minibus to make the journey to Thammachat Pier, drive on the ferry and then off the other side, with delivery to your resort.
The ticket for the share minibus from Trat Airport to Koh Chang costs 550bt per person, with the ferry ticket included. You can pre-book these with us by filling in the form here.
Private transfers are also available, great if you are travelling in a group or as a couple, please Contact us for reservations.
It is also possible to fly on to Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket in the same day.
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.
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 as does the Night Bus from Khao San Road.
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.
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, with the same number 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 but slower wooden boat run by Bang Bao Boats that goes back and forth once a day between Koh Chang and Koh Kood, 09.00 3 hours duration, return at 13.00.
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.
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, also covered here.
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 detail all the prices for you, but bear in mind prices do go up after 22.00.