Getting to Koh Chang by Share Minibus and Bus – Hotel to Hotel, Khao San Road, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Public Bus Stations

UPDATED for 2019-20 SEASON

getting to koh chang bus minibusA share minibus or bus is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang or vice versa.

On this page, we give you a summary of the wide range of options available. You can jump immediately to the relevant section by choosing from the list below;

 
We only book the following services:- the hotel to hotel share minibus, the Khao San Road share minibus, our Suvarnabhumi share minibus, the Pattaya share minibus and the Khao San Road night bus. 

If these are of interest, please use the form below or the Contact Us page or email, giving us details of your dates of travel, number of people, flight arrival or departure, hotel in Bangkok or Pattaya and your resort in Koh Chang.

Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus – Getting to Koh Chang

share minibus bangkok koh changThe hotel to hotel share minibus picks you up from your hotel in the main central tourist areas at Silom, Sathorn, Pratunam, Sukhumvit, Khao San and Suvarnabhumi Airport hotels and delivers you direct to your resort on Koh Chang.

If you are unsure of whether your hotel is in the collection zone, please just ask.

From Bangkok to Koh Chang – Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

Prices for the hotel to hotel share minibus start at 950bt per person with ferry ticket with an additional 100bt per person for delivery to hotels in south Kai Bae Beach, Lonely Beach and Bailan. Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach are both on request. If travelling as one person only, there is an additional charge and its availability depends on hotel location at each end.

Pick-up in Bangkok is from 07.30 to 09.00 depending on your hotel location with Suvarnabhumi Airport hotels later, the last stop as the minibus heads east to Koh Chang.

Once all passengers are collected from their Bangkok hotels, journey time is between 4.5 and 5 hours to the mainland pier at Ao Thammachat (Koh Chang Ferry, the fast one).

Once on Koh Chang, delivery time is from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on resort location on the island, with the minibus dropping off passengers at different hotels as it moves down the island.

The minibuses are Toyota Commuters with seat belts.

From Koh Chang to Bangkok – Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

Return trips are offered from 900bt upwards with ferry ticket (if booked with the downward journey) to a central Bangkok Hotel. There is an additional 100bt for collection from south Kai Bae Beach, Lonely Beach and Bailan. Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach are both on request. If travelling as one person only, there is an additional charge and its availability depends on hotel location at each end.

There are two times for the return. The morning service leaves from Klong Goi bridge (Bang Bao Beach, the far end of the island) at 08.00 and works its way down the island to Ao Sapparot Pier and the 09.30 ferry across to Ao Thammachat Pier. There is also an afternoon service, 13.00 from Bang Bao Beach with the ferry at 14.30. The trip takes about 5.5 to 6 hours from the pier on the mainland side.

Please note traffic going into Bangkok can be very heavy in the evenings, so drop-off at hotels in the Sukhumvit area do take time. We recommend the morning departure in these cases. Low season will likely reduce to the morning service only, but please just ask.

Payment – Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

Payment is with an initial deposit via PayPal – you do not need a PayPal account to pay this, it can be done with any card – and then the balance on the day in THB cash.

We may sometimes take payment on the day direct, but please note if booking a return and paying on the day, payment is in full for both legs on the first day of travel.

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Book This with Us Here stating dates, hotel names, number of people, return if needed or use the booking form below or just email us at explorekohchang@gmail.com.

Share Minibus from Khao San Road

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From Khao San Road, there is a share minibus service which departs at 08.00 from a pre-arranged meeting point. Collection is also possible at 08.30 from Hualamphong Station. The price is 850bt per person including the fast ferry ticket at Ao Thammachat. Delivery is to your resort to all areas on the west coast, with final stop at Klong Goi (Bang Bao Beach) bridge around 17.30 to 18.00.

The return is 800bt per person with ferry ticket. Collection starts at 07.45 from Klong Goi bridge (Bang Bao Beach), 08.15 at Lonely Beach and then all beaches down the island till 09.00 at White Sand Beach.

Journey time back to Bangkok is 5.5 to 6 hours, calling at Rama 9 (Srinakarin) for the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (ARL), Hualamphong Railway Station and Khao San Road, arrival at 18.00+. You can then connect to country wide services if you are planning a mammoth trek, as many of these depart early evening.

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Payment is fully in advance via PayPal, no exceptions. We then send you a voucher to print and show on the day or show on your phone, together with full details on the meeting point.

Share Minibus direct from/to Suvarnabhumi Airport

From a pre-arranged meeting point at BKK Suvarnabhumi, there is also a share minibus service at 10.00 to 10.30 each day – timings are not exact as the vehicle is making its way out from Bangkok, not starting directly at the Airport. The cost is 850bt per person with (fast) ferry ticket and delivery to your resort on Koh Chang. Please note there are no refunds if you cannot make the meet point due to slow Immigration or flight delay.

The return is 800bt per person with ferry ticket, Collection times are from 08.00 (Klong Goi bridge) to 09.00 (White Sand Beach) or 13.00 to 14.00. You reach BKK Suvarnabhumi at around 16.30 or 20.30 respectively.

There is no share minibus from DMK Don Mueang Airport to Koh Chang, you need to go to the New Van Terminal at Morchit, see below.

From Koh Chang to DMK, there is a morning service at 900bt per person with ferry ticket, collection starting from Bang Bao Beach at 08.00. You reach DMK around 18.00.

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Payment is with an initial deposit via PayPal – you do not need a PayPal account to pay this, it can be done with any card – and then the balance on the day in THB cash.

Share Minibus from/to Pattaya

Share minibuses from Pattaya, hotel to hotel, are 800bt per person, with an additional 100bt for delivery to resorts in south Kai Bae, Lonely Beach and Bailan. Bang Bao is on request. Collection time is from 07.00 to 07.40 from central Pattaya hotels. If travelling as one person only, there is an additional charge and its availability depends on hotel location at each end.

The return is the same price, morning collections only starting at 07.45 from the Bang Bao area. There is an additional 100bt for collection from resorts in south Kai Bae, Lonely Beach and Bailan. Bang Bao is on request.

Payment is with an initial deposit via PayPal – you do not need a PayPal account to pay this, it can be done with any card – and then the balance on the day in THB cash.

Night Bus from Khao San Road

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From Khao San Road, there is a now a night bus service which departs at 23.30 from a pre-arranged meeting point. The price is 650bt per person including the ferry ticket at 06.30 at Ao Thammachat, arriving on Koh Chang at 07.00.

Once on the island, you take a songthaew taxi as needed.

The return is the same price at 650bt per person with ferry ticket, starting at 10.00 from Thammachat Pier. You make your own way from your resort (08.00 taxi) to the ferry and over to the mainland, with no refunds if you do not make it in time. You reach Khao San around 19.00

Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

Payment is fully in advance via PayPal, no exceptions.

Reservation Form for Share Minibus (Hotel to Hotel, Khao San Road, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Pattaya) and Bus (Night)

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***We do NOT book the services below***

Bus and Minibus direct from Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co runs a direct service from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal Level 1 Door 8 to the ferry at Ao Thammachat, with delivery to your resort up to Bailan Beach. In old webpages, you may sometimes see it listed as Bus 392 or the Lonely Beach Express – forget them completely, it is this service.

The company uses microbuses, minibuses and a bus depending on what time of the day, see the timetable below. If using a bus, you change to a minibus for the crossing and subsequent delivery to your resort. If using a minibus/microbus, you drive onto the ferry and off the other side.

The cost is 600bt per person with ferry ticket and resort delivery as far as Lonely Beach for the minibus or Kai Bae Beach if the microbus. A return ticket purchased at the Airport is 900bt but this does not include the transfer from hotel to the Klong Son depot for departure, 100 to 130bt extra dependent on where you stay. If one way only from Koh Chang, the price is 500bt to 600bt (dependent on the beach) with the same 100bt to 130bt extra for the transfer from your resort to Klong Son. Children are charged at full price as they require a seat. Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

***Please note you cannot book this Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang in advance. You must just turn up on the day and trust they have a seat available.***

The telephone numbers used are 089 113 3490 or 083 794 2122 (Bangkok Office) and 081 660 5926 or 039 550 078 (Koh Chang Office).

Timetable – Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co

From Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Koh Chang
From Koh Chang (Klong Son) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
07.50 (Bus)
07.00 (Minibus/Microbus)
09.30 (Minibus/Microbus)
**not available May to Oct**
12.00 (Bus)
11.00 (Minibus/Microbus)17.00 (Minibus/Microbus)
14.00 (Minibus/Microbus)

999 Bus direct to the ferries – Getting to Koh Chang by Bus

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The 999 service run by the Transport Company leaves from Bangkok Ekamai, the eastern Bus Terminal, via Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station, direct to Centrepoint Pier and Ao Thammachat Pier in the Laem Ngop area. Ekamai is located at the BTS (skytrain) station of the same name on Sukhumvit Road, literally just down the steps.

The first departure of the day at 07.45 (08.20 at BKK Suvaranabhumi Airport Bus Station) heads to Centrepoint Pier, arriving at 13.30 to 13.45. The second and last departure of the day at 09.00 (09.35 at the Airport Bus Station) goes to Ao Thammachat Pier but does then continue on to Centrepoint arriving at 14.45 to 15.00. Ferry details are here.

The return is daily at 14.30 and 16.30 from the mainland side at Centrepoint Pier, so you need to be on the 12.30 or the 13.30 for the 1st return bus and 14.30 or 15.30 ferry for the second one. This in turn means allowing ample time for your taxi down the island to reach the pier, leaving from Lonely Beach, for example, at 11.00 for the 12.30 and so on.

This service does run an additional bus, leaving from Ekamai via Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre (Bus Station), which goes to Trat Bus Station only, once a day at 11.05 (11.40 at the airport), 236bt.

***We do NOT book these services***

Timetable – 999 Bus

From Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station to Koh Chang Ferry Piers
From Centerpoint Pier to Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station
07.45
(08.20 Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station)
14.30

09.00
(09.35 Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station)
16.30

Public Bus from Bangkok to Trat

Bus to Koh Chang from Bangkok

From Bangkok to Trat, air conditioned buses depart frequently throughout the day from either Ekamai Bus Station or more sporadically from the northern bus terminal at Morchit. Morchit is a taxi ride away (not walking distance) from Morchit BTS station – use exit 3 to drop down to the highway and the taxis are lined up waiting. To reach either bus station from Khao San Road, you will need a taxi or you can walk to Hualamphong Railway Station and join the MRT (subway) and ride this to Morchit only or connect with the BTS for either Morchit or Ekamai.

Times given are taken direct from the listings at the respective Bus Stations in Bangkok and in Trat but even their listings do not always match up perfectly, so those in brackets below may or may not run.

***We do NOT book these services***

Taxis from Trat Bus Station to the Piers

Trat Bus Station is a couple of kilometres out of town – it is not walkable – with songthaew taxis costing 30bt per person to take you into the centre. Taxis direct to the Koh Chang piers cost 60bt per person but only leave when deemed full, so if you do not want to wait, expect to pay 300bt if 2 pax to hire the whole vehicle and go immediately.

In Trat itself, as you head out of town past the covered market, there is a another public taxi on the corner by the chemists, opposite the entrance to the temple, where taxis leave for 50bt to 60bt per person to the two ferry piers, again when deemed full.

Taxis coming back from the piers follow the same pricing and ‘full’ system, so, if there are only a few passengers, will either increase the cost per person for immediate departure or wait for the next boat.

Timetable – Ekamai Bus Station to/from Trat – Public Bus

Public BusFrom Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station to Trat Bus Station
From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station
Cherdchai Tour
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


Timetable – Morchit Bus Station to/from Trat – Public Bus

 From Bangkok Morchit Bus Station to Trat Bus Station
From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Morchit Bus Station
Cherdchai Tour (Booth 44)05.30, 17.3008.30, 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 the ferries

public-minibus-bangkok-koh-chang 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 06.00 up until 18.00. It takes 5 hours and costs 270bt. You can use the services from 06.00 to 12.00 to make a Koh Chang connection, by getting out about 30km outside of Trat at the Saen Tung junction and changing to an orange open songthaew taxi (50bt) which delivers you to Ao Thammacht Pier, about 30 minutes travel time. At the changeover, they will also sell you a ferry ticket at 80bt – it’s all very easy with the booth at Ekamai selling you the ticket including the songthaew.

The return leg is the same price and just as frequent, but you will need to get to the ferry pier at Ao Sapparot on Koh Chang (Ao Sapparot to Ao Thammachat), where you can buy tickets. If going from Trat Bus Station, the service starts at 04.00.

An identical Triple T (TTT) service runs from the New Van Terminal (C) opposite Morchit Bus Station to Trat Bus Station. Times are again very frequent at 05.00, 6.00, 9.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.30, 15.30 and 18.00. You can change as above at Saen Tung to a songthaew taxi for Ao Thammachat Pier and Koh Chang, but check when booking that your time will definitely make the connection.

Times back from Trat Bus Station are very similar but starting at 04.00 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***

Minibus from other areas to the ferries for Koh Chang

From Ban Phe (pier for Koh Samet), the minibus is 350bt to Ao Thammachat with the ferry tickets both ends included and 600bt to your resort door, with the prices the same for the journey in reverse.

There is a minibus service that leaves three times a day from Koh Chang at Ao Thammachat, going to Ban Phe (Koh Samet), Rayong and Pattaya with times of 11.00 (10.15 ferry), 12.30pm (11.45 ferry) and 15.30, (14.45 ferry) for 480bt. Public buses do operate along this route, but are slow and probably best avoided unless Trat is your destination.

***We do NOT book these services***

Minibus from Trat to Koh Chang East Coast

In Trat, you can pick up a minibus, with ferry ticket, for 140bt direct to the east side of the island. This daily service leaves at either 12.00 or 13.00 (you have to walk up and check in the morning) to Salak Phet, with drop offs possible right round the bay to Chek Bae. You’ll find the minibus parked up in the left hand corner behind the food stalls of the temple area, which itself is through the arch behind the old Trat Department Store, diagonally opposite the covered market in the centre of town. There is a return run at 05.00, with picks-ups from your resort possible and arriving in Trat about 07.30.

***We do NOT book these services***

The number of buses and their times are subject to change depending on demand and the different tourist seasons, with telephone numbers also not always picked up or discontinued.