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

A share minibus or bus is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang, in either direction.


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Hotel to Hotel Hoppa Share Minibus

As of November 22, this service is currently only running in the mornings from Koh Chang to Bangkok . There is no service from Bangkok to Koh Chang yet to low demand, hopefully it will restart as the 22/23 season kicks off in earnest.

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

The 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. It 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.

Prices for the hotel to hotel share minibus start at 950bt per person with ferry ticket. There is an additional 50bt per person for delivery to hotels in Lonely Beach and Bailan, 100bt for Bang Bao Pier and Bang Bao Beach bridge. If travelling as one person only, there may be an additional charge, with its availability dependent also on hotel location at each end.

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

Pick-up in central Bangkok is from 07.30 to 09.00 depending on your hotel location. Suvarnabhumi Airport hotels are 09.45 to 10.00, 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. Please note the minibus drops off passengers at different hotels as it moves down the island – if you are in Lonely Beach to Bang Bao, you will be last off.

The minibuses are Toyota Commuters with seat belts.

From Koh Chang to Bangkok

Going back the other way, the price is 950bt with fast ferry ticket to a central Bangkok hotel. If travelling as one person only, there may be an additional charge, with availability dependent on hotel location at each end.

The morning service leaves from Klong Goi bridge (Bang Bao Beach, the far end of the island) at 08.45 and works its way down the island to White Sand Beach at 10.00 and then to Ao Sapparot Pier for the fast ferry (around 10.15 to 10.30) across to Ao Thammachat Pier.

The trip takes approximately 5.5 to 6 hours from the pier on the mainland side but it is always dependent on Bangkok’s notoriously heavy traffic.

The afternoon service, 13.00 from Bang Bao Beach with the ferry at 14.30 is currently not in operation (June 22).

From Koh Chang – Other Destinations

The share minibus from Koh Chang can also drop you at:-

  • BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport – 750bt per person with ferry ticket – see here also
  • Lad Krabang Airport Link – 750bt with ferry ticket
  • Victory Monument – for north Bangkok/DMK – 850bt with ferry ticket – see here also
  • Khao San Road – 850bt with ferry ticket

Collections from your hotel on Koh Chang are as above for the hotel hoppa (08.45 Bang Bao Beach to 10.00 White Sand Beach).

Payment

Payment is with an initial deposit via Thai bank transfer, Wise or PayPal and then the balance on the day in THB cash. If using PayPal, you do not need an account, it can be paid with any card.

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

If you would like to go ahead, you can use either the form below or our Contact Us page. Please provide as many details as possible – number of people, date of transfers, hotel names, flight times, returns and so on.


Share Minibus direct from/to Suvarnabhumi Airport

November 22 – this service is currently only running from Koh Chang.

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 750bt 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. As an alternative, we do offer a private SUV car from BKK to Koh Chang, details here.

The return is 750bt per person with ferry ticket, with, as of June 2022, only morning collection, 08.45 (Klong Goi bridge) to 10.00 (White Sand Beach). You reach BKK Suvarnabhumi at around 16.30 to 17.00.

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

Payment

Payment for the down leg is in full upfront as per payment methods outlined above . For the leg back to Bangkok, we take an initial deposit as per payment methods outlined above and then the balance on the day in THB cash.

If you would like to go ahead, you can use either the form below or our Contact Us page. Please provide as many details as possible – number of people, date of transfers, hotel names, flight times, returns and so on.


Share Minibus – DMK Airport

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. Though more expensive, it’s far easier, more relaxing and more comfortable after a long flight to use our private SUV car transfer service, door to door – full details here.

To get from Koh Chang to DMK, you use the morning share minibus service, 850bt with ferry ticket, which drops you at Victory Monument. From there, you can take a bus or taxi (30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic).

On Koh Chang, collection from your resort starts in Bang Bao Beach at 08.45, White Sand Beach 10.00. You reach Victory Monument around 17.00 to 17.30 depending on traffic. It’s really only suitable for flights after 21.30.

We can book this service for you, payment as above.


Khao San Road Bus – Both Directions

From Khao San Road, there is a daily bus service which departs at 05.00 from a pre-arranged meeting point. The price is 900bt per person including the ferry ticket at Ao Thammachat (Ferry Koh Chang). You swap to a share minibus or taxi for the island delivery, with all areas covered on the west coast.

boonsiri bus to koh chang

Journey time is around 5 hours to the pier, ferry (once boarded) 45 minutes and final delivery to your resort time dependent on location.

Children 4 and under are charged at 450bt, 5 and over are charged at full price.

From Koh Chang to Khao San – Bus

The return is the same price per person with ferry ticket. Collection starts at 11.00 from Klong Goi bridge (Bang Bao Beach), around 11.20 at Lonely Beach and then all beaches down the island till the Centerpoint ferry at 13.00. The bus departs from the mainland side at 14.00 to 14.30.

Journey time back to Khao San Road Bangkok is 5.5 to 6 hours depending on traffic. This return service can drop you at Lad Krabang, the Airport Rail Link Station, from where it is about 20 minutes to Suvarnabhumi Airport, 3 to 4 trains an hour, 40bt per person. It does not go to the Airport direct.

Payment

Payment is fully in advance via PayPal, WISE or Thai bank transfer, 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.

If you would like to go ahead, you can use either the form below or our Contact Us page.


Microbus from/to Pattaya

Microbuses from South Pattaya are 700bt per person, with an additional 50bt to 100bt for delivery to resorts in Lonely Beach, Bailan and Bang Bao. The meet time is at 08.00 though for an additional fee, you can be collected from some central Pattaya hotels.

The return is the same price, with departure at 10.00 from White Sand Beach on Koh Chang. Collection is possible from resorts further up to the island, with an additional 50bt to 100bt for resorts in Lonely Beach, Bailan and Bang Bao.

We can book this service for you, payment as above.


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Bus and Minibus direct from Suvarnabhumi Airport

suvarnabhumi burapa bus

Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co (SWB) runs a direct service from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal Level 1 Door 8 to the ferry at Ao Thammachat, with delivery to your resort. In very 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 (service post pandemic is much reduced). 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 650bt per person with ferry ticket and resort delivery up to Kai Bae Beach. For resorts in Lonely Beach, Bailan, you pay another 50bt, Bang Bao and Bang Bao Beach another 100bt.

If from Koh Chang, the price is 650bt to 750bt (dependent on the beach). Children over 100cm pay full price, under 100cm 1/2 price/ Babies, not toddlers, if on the parent’s lap, are free.

***Please note if you do try and book Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang in advance, there is no refund for delayed flights. ***

The telephone numbers used are 092 939 9426 or 083 794 2122 (Bangkok Office) and 081 660 5926 or 080 357 1251 (Koh Chang Office).

Timetable – Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co

From Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Koh Chang

Updated September 2022
From Koh Chang (White Sand Beach) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Updated September 2022
06.00 (Minibus/Microbus)
10.00 (Minibus/Microbus) - this 2nd daily service not running as of August 22, not enough customers.
10.00 (Minibus/Microbus)

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

As of November 2022, this service has a reduced timetable, with only the 07.45 from Bangkok and 14.30 in operation.
999 koh chang bus ekamai counter

The 999 service run by the Transport Company leaves from Bangkok Ekamai, the eastern Bus Terminal, via Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station, direct to 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) arrives at 13.30 to 13.45. The second and last departure of the day at 09.00 (09.35 at the Airport Bus Station) arrives at 14.45 to 15.00. Ferry details are here.

Back to Bangkok

The return is daily at 14.30 and 16.30 from the mainland side at Thammachat 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.

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Timetable – 999 Bus

From Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station to Koh Chang Ferry Piers

Updated September 2022
From Centerpoint Pier to Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station

Updated September 2022
07.45
(08.20 Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station)
14.30

09.00
(09.35 Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station)

(Currently not running - August 2022)
16.30

(Currently not running - August 2022)

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.

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Trat Share Taxis

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. Here, 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

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Public Minibus from Bangkok to the ferries

From Ekamai

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.

public minibus to Koh Chang from Bangkok

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.

From Morchit

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).

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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.

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Minibus from Trat to Koh Chang East Coast

In Trat, you can pick up a minibus, with ferry ticket, for 150bt 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.

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


UPDATED NOVEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season

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