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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 and 4.5 hours.
  • You could also fly down to Trat Airport in just under an hour with Bangkok Airways but remember you still need to get to and from the Airports at both ends.
  • If you are on a tight budget, you can hop on the public bus or microbus. Allow 5.5 to 6.5 hours or more travel time for this.
  • With a service provided by two car ferries, you can makes the crossing continuously throughout the day from 06.30 till 18.30 (Ferry Koh Chang, 25 to 35 minutes) or selected times up to 17.20 (Centerpoint, 60 minutes).
  • 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 – note that the wooden boat is closed May to mid October and speedboats closed May to start of November. The catamaran is running in low season.
  • On Koh Chang, you can hire cars, motorbikes or island tours to get around or use the island taxi service.

UPDATED May 2024


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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.

As a guide, it’s 4,200bt for our SUV car for 2 persons from BKK Airport to your resort on Koh Chang. This includes the fast ferry tickets (Ao Thammachat), tolls and diesel.

If you plan to visit the other nearby beautiful islands of Koh Mak and Koh Kood,  we can of course set up the full itinerary for you.

We also provide transfers from Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Rayong, the Issan provinces and Ban Phe Pier (Koh Samet). International transfers to and from Cambodia complete our package.

Please note that in the busy peak periods such as Xmas/New Year from 24/12/24 to 5/1/25 and Chakri Day, Songkran and Constituion Day (April and May), there will be a supplement on our normal prices due to increased demand.

Private Transfer Prices and Information

Flying to Trat Airport

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 (TDX) itself is located about 30 minutes from the ferry piers.

From 31/3/24 to 26/10/24, the airline runs its summer timetable – two flights daily, PG305 at 11.40 from BKK, with the return PG306 at 13.10 from Trat and PG307 at 16.15 from BKK, with its corresponding return, the PG308 at 17.50. Flight time is just under an hour.

Bangkok Airways switches to its winter timetable from 27/10/24 till around 30/3/25. PG305 moves to 12.40 departure, landing at 13.40, with the return PG306 at 14.10. PG307/PG308 are unchanged.

From Trat Airport to Koh Chang

On landing at Trat Airport, you use either a private transfer or share minibus to Ao Thammachat Pier.

A private car is 2,000bt for 2 adults or 2 adults/2 small children or a private minibus is 2,500bt for 4 adults – beaches up to and including Kai Bae. For delivery to resorts in Lonely Beach to Klong Goi (Bang Bao), please add 200bt.

A share minibus is 800bt per person with fast ferry ticket, round trip at 1,500bt.

All transfers include the ferry tickets, with the vehicles driving on and off the ferry and then delivery to your resort. Note the share minibus is not direct but drops off other passengers as it moves down the island.

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

Ferry Koh Chang and Trat (formerly Centerpoint) Ferry are the only two ferry services from the mainland to Koh Chang. Prices are 80bt for a single journey, 120bt for a car, 40bt for a motorbike.

Crossing with Ferry Koh Chang takes 25 to 35 minutes, runnning between Ao Thammachat Pier (mainland) and Ao Sapparot Pier (island). Times start at 06.30 and then are hourly at 07.45, 08.45 and so on until 16.45, 17.45 and the final one daily at 18.30.

Running between the two piers of the same name, Trat Ferry offers a much more limited service aimed at locals, with just 4 daily sailings in each direction. From the mainland,  it starts at 07.15, 10.30, 14.00 and finishes at 17.20. From the island, it’s 06.00, 09.00, 12.00 and 16.00.

After Hours

If you are unable to get to the the pier before the last ferry – late flight arrivals to BKK, work commitments in Bangkok etc. – we can organise a private transfer connecting to  a private wooden passenger boat to the island and final transfer from the pier to your resort. Please contact us for details but it must be booked in advance.

Buses, Minibuses – How to Get to Koh Chang

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

Khao San Bus

From the Khao San Road area, a daily bus departs at 07.30 (08.00 from 1/6/24 to 30/9/24), 900bt per person with Thammachat ferry ticket. Once on the island, you swap to a share taxi or minibus for final delivery to your resort. The return leaves in the afternoon, same price. You can book this with us, click through to the page for the booking form. 

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co (SWB)

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co has a direct connection from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal at 07.00 and 11.00 from Gate 8, Level 1, single price 650bt with the ferry and transfer to your hotel on Koh Chang up to Kai Bae, additional charges 50bt for Lonely Beach and Bailan, 100bt for Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach. 

With hotel collection starting from 08.45 in Bang Bao, the morning return service leaves at 10.00 from White Sand Beach, same price, reaching BKK at 16.30 to 17.30. There is also now a 2nd daily service at 13.00.

The same company also has a service at 08.00 from South Pattaya to Koh Chang, 700bt with ferry ticket. Delivery to your resort is priced the same as above. Return services leave at 10.00.

Public Services

Public buses (Cherchai, The Transport Company) at 279bt per person and microbus services (Koh Chang Transport Co) at 290bt per person, leave from Ekkamai, the Eastern Bus Terminal to Trat Bus Station. Times are from 05.00 to 18.00, with the microbuses more frequent than the larger 43 seater buses . There is one night bus daily at 23.30.

For Koh Chang, you take one of the earlier departures up to 11.00. At Saen Tung Junction (about 35km from Trat), you then swap to a songthaew taxi (60bt to 80bt) for the final 25km to the ferry pier. 

The 999 bus at 07.45, priced at 292bt, drives direct to Ao Thammachat Pier.

There are microbuses from 05.00 to 18.30 from Morchit, the Northern Bus Terminal, with you again needing one of the early ones to make the connection to Koh Chang. There is only one public bus from here at 07.30 (The Transport Co). Prices from Morchit are the same as above.

DMK Airport

There are no direct buses or minibuses from DMK Airport. Head to Morchit Bus Station by using the A1 shuttle bus and jump on one of the services above. You will not make the island in one day unless you arrive early morning.

Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

As of May 24, this service is currently mornings only from Koh Chang to Bangkok.

The hotel to hotel share minibus leaves once a day in the morning from Koh Chang back to Bangkok. It’s 990bt per person with ferry ticket,  with collection once again directly from your resort and drop-off in Bangkok at your hotel door. This is 2 person miniumum and only covers hotels in central Bangkok.

Collections start at 08.20 from Bang Bao Beach, picking up customers as it moves down the island reaching White Sand Beach around 09.30 and the ferry at 09.45.

Other Services – Koh Chang to Bangkok

We also offer share minibuses with hotel collection on the island (08.20 Bang Bao Beach to 09.30 White Sand Beach) to BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport (750bt, arriving at 16.30 to 17.00), Lad Krabang Airport Link (750bt), Victory Monument for north Bangkok/DMK (850bt) and Khao San Road (850bt) – see here for full details.

Koh Chang Island Hopping – How to Get to Koh Chang

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 twice daily from Koh Chang at 12.00 and 09.00 respectively, with returns from Koh Kood at 09.00 and 11.00.

Prices with Bang Bao Boats start at 900bt to Koh Mak (30 minutes) and 1,200bt to Koh Kood (1 hour), with Koh Kood to Koh Mak either way at 700bt (30 minutes).

Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou is a little slower, with prices at 800bt to Koh Mak (1 hour) and 1,200bt to Koh Kood (2 hours), 600bt between Koh Mak and Koh Kood (1 hour). 

Wooden Boat

There is also a cheaper (slower) wooden boat run by Bang Bao Boats, which travels once a day between Koh Chang and Koh Klum, Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood (400bt, 400bt, 500bt, 700bt). Departure time is 09.00, 3 hours duration, returning at 13.00.


Boonsiri runs a catamaran service between the islands (in addition to its regular Laem Sok to/from Koh Kood route). It’s at 09.00 from Bang Bao Pier on Koh Chang, 600bt to Koh Mak (1 hour) and 900bt to Koh Kood (1.5 hours). Koh Mak to Koh Kood is 400bt (30 minutes). Please note resort collection is at 07.30 with this service, much earlier than the other 2 companies.

The return service is at 14.00.

**Boonsiri’s catamaran keeps running all year unless of course there are severe storms or waves.** Kai Bae Nor Nou (speedboat) stops for rainy season from the early May to early November; Bang Bao Boats (wooden boat and speedboat) shuts down from early May to mid October (wooden boat)early November (speedboat); Visit the island hopping page for alternative travel arrangements during this period.

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Car Hire and Motorbike Rental, Island Tours

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 a day, pick-ups from 1,500bt and  SUVs from 1,600bt – reduced rates for weeks and months. Hiring a car will require you to leave your passport for the duration or failing that, a 10,000bt cash deposit (or $300 or EUR 300) together with a copy of your passport.

Motorbike rentals, the standard 125cc or the newer 150ccs to 160ccs 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.

East and west coast tours with a private minibus are another option for getting around. We cover them here too and can organise them for you.

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 (10 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, 120bt for Bailan Beach, 150bt for Bang Bao and 200bt for Bang Bao Beach (the bridge).

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 May 2024

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