You can get to Koh Tao either by flying to Koh Samui or by using the bus/train to Chumporn and then catching a high-speed ferry across to the island.
Fly to Koh Samui and then take a ferry over to Koh Tao. The Seatran pier is within 10 minutes of the airport and has two departures per day: 08.00 and 13.30.
Bangkok Airways offer 18 daily direct flights to Koh Samui, with the first flight departing Bangkok at 0600 the last departing at 2200. The best option is to extend you international Ticket to Samui Airport.
Regarding flights to Samui, Bangkok Air has the sole and exclusive rights to fly to Koh Samui although Thai Airways now operates two flights per day as well between Bangkok and Koh Samui.
You can book flights directly on Bangkok Airways website.
Note that the first and the last flight of the day have special rates, almost 50% cheaper than the standard rate. If you sign up for their Flyer Bonus program, you also receive an additional 10kg luggage allowance, amongst other benefits. Signing up for the Flyer Bonus program can be done here.
Tickets for the Seatran Discovery ferry are available to purchase from the taxi service desk within Koh Samui Airport, or if you prefer then you can book directly online on Seatran's website.
Solar Air is now also operating a service from Bangkok to Chumporn and Chumporn to Bangkok once a day, which then connects with the Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran service across to Koh Tao. Links to booking this online can be found through Lomprayah's website
Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran service offers one of the simplest ways of getting to Koh Tao. With the service operating an air-conditioned coach service from Kao San Road in Bangkok to Chumporn with a direct connection onto Koh Tao by ferry. You can book directly online on Lomprayah's website. The coaches leave Bangkok twice a day with a day time or night time journey down to Chumporn, that connects with their high speed catamaran service direct to Koh Tao.
Overnight sleeper from Bangkok Hualampong Station departing between 1800-1900 arriving in Chumporn 0300 where there is a bus shuttle and ferry link service to Koh Tao
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