Transport

Koh Chang Taxi (Songtaew) Fares

Shared pick up truck taxis on the road on Koh Chang, Thailand

How Much Does a Taxi Cost on Koh Chang? 

Firstly, there aren’t any metered taxis on the island.  The only public transport that is available are the white, shared pick up trucks ( songtaews) which provide the only type of public transport on Koh Chang.  

As soon as you get off the ferry the drivers will herd you onto them, packing as many passengers as possible into the back and piling luggage onto the roof.  If you want to stand on the back, hold on tight.  As when you start going over bumpy roads or up the hills you’ll find it much harder to cling on.  People have fallen off the taxis in the past. 

Inside every pick-up truck taxi is a price list for fares.  However this is only applicable for trips from the ferry pier to the west coast beaches and to Bangbao.  Just because it costs 150 Baht to get from the ferry pier to Bangbao, doesn’t mean it will be cheaper to get from, say Klong Prao – half way down the West coast to Bangbao.  

The reason for this is simple, it’s a welcome gift from the friendly drivers  there are 12 to 14 of you squashed in like pigs being transported to the slaughterhouse in the rear of the pick up.

Ideally the drivers would love nothing more than to spend their day only picking people up from the pier, however they have to take turns to do this.  There is a rota system in place and so with around 90 licensed songtaews on the streets each driver doesn’t get to the pier as often as they would like.  Therefore, fares for trips along the west coast are higher than they should be given the distances involved.  

The drivers should always take you for the prices on this page.  And most drivers are OK, but there are always some who will want to try to rip people off.   Prices can’t usually be haggled or negotiated.  Getting them to go lower won’t be easy unless you have a large group and even then don’t expect a big discount as drivers aren’t supposed to undercut each other.  

Fares increase after 10pm at night. By 50 Baht per journey.  

Shared Taxi Fares From and To The Ferry Piers

Prices are per person

FROM / TOTO / FROMPRICE (THB)
Ao Sapporot or Centrepoint pierWhite Sand beach50
 Pearl beach50
 Chai Chet60
 Klong Prao70
 Kai Bae ( until KB Resort )80
 Lonely beach plus Seaview Resort, Porn’s bungalow and Siam Bay Resort100
 Bangbao150
 Klong Kloi beach 200

 

Price list for taxi ( songtaew) fares on Koh Chang island, Thailand

 

The songthaews run to coincide with the arriving ferries.  However, if you are arriving at Centrepoint pier ( the quieter of the two piers) in the morning, you can expect to have to wait for the next boat before the driver departs.  The reason for this is that they want to fill the taxi.  So if there are only a handful of passengers, you’ll be give then option to pay double and he will leave immediately, or wait an hour for the next boat and pay the regular fare. 

Taxi timetable from hotels on Koh Chang to the ferry pier

To get a taxi you just wait patiently roadside until you see one of the distinctive white pick ups with black roof.  The taxis that are going to the pier usually have a sign in the window in English with ‘Ferry pier’ or something similar on it. 

Songtaews will leave the different beaches every hour and pick up passengers on the way to the pier.  

The first taxi leaves Bangbao at 07:00 and this will pick up in Bailan and Lonely beach about 110 – 15 minutes later.  These run every hour until 17:00.  

Taxis from Kai Bae and Klong Prao beaches begin running earlier at around 06:00 – 06:15, they also run hourly until 17:00 – 17:15

For people staying on Pearl beach or White Sand beach, the first taxi will at 06:15 – 06:30 and the last around 17:30 – 17:45

Shared Taxi (Songthaew) Prices Between Beaches

Prices are per person

FROMTOPRICE (THB)
White Sand BeachChai Chet50
White Sand BeachKlong Prao50
White Sand BeachKai Bae50
White Sand BeachLonely Beach100
White Sand BeachBailan120
White Sand BeachBangbao150
White Sand BeachKlong Kloi200
   
Klong PraoKai Bae50
Klong PraoLonely Beach100
Klong PraoBailan120
Klong PraoBangbao150
Klong PraoKlong Kloi200
   
Kai BaeLonely Beach50
Kai BaeBailan70
Kai BaeBangbao100
Kai Bae Klong Kloi150
   
Lonely BeachBailan50
Lonely BeachBangbao70
Lonely beachKlong Kloi100
  • These prices are for hopping on a songtaew that already has other passengers on it.
  • For  ‘private hire’ i.e. you stop an empty songtaew and ask him to take you somewhere, prices should be the same but there will always be a two person minimum.  Or if you are alone, you pay double.
  • There is only a limited service on the east coast. But there are three services from the ferry piers to Salakphet at 09:00, 11:00 and 15:00.  The fare is 100 Baht per person.  They terminate at the car park of Salakphet Seafood restaurant. The taxis don’t go to Salakkok, Jek Bae or Long Beach.  They return at 10:00, 12:00 and 16:00 from Salakphet to the ferry piers.

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  • You won’t have any problem getting to Koh Chang the same day. The taxi price is the same all day. It’s no different if you arrive on the last ferry at 19:30.

    Lonely Beach is more for backpackers and people who like to party a bit. You’ll also find inexpensive accommodation on other beaches. Check the listings on booking.com. Book in advance to save to having to walk around looking for rooms when you arrive.

  • Hi ian . I am planning to come on november this year. I am an indian . my flight time is 8:00 am at dom meung airport bangkok. From here i have to take taxi to ekamai bus station to get bus to trat. I dont know what time i can reach at koh chang ferry. I am looking for a budget accomodation. So some of my frienda recommended more budget rooms are available in lonely beach. If i am late how much does it cost to lonely beach by taxi. We are three including my 4 year old daughter

  • You’ll be able to get one late night / early morning. But expect prices to double. Bear in mind that if you are on your own, you’ll have to hire one privately and they’ll charge the same price for one or two people.

  • What time do these shared taxis stop running at night? I am thinking of staying at Lonely Beach but I might visit White Sands Beach a couple of nights while I am there. How hard would it be to get a shared taxi in the early hours of the morning?

  • Rates from ferry to these destinations as posted on the back of a songtaew today:
    white sand beach 50
    chai chet 60
    klong prao 70
    kai bae 80
    seaview, porn bungalow, siam bay, lonely beach, salakphet 100
    bang bao 150
    bang bao resorts nirvana, tropical, chivapuri, grand lagoona 200

  • Not true. It’s from 50 – 150 Baht / person by shared pick up truck taxi. Price is more expensive the further south you are staying. But if you hire a taxi privately then it probably will be around 1,000 Baht.

  • Hi Ian, myself and two friends are here on the island till the 6th Thursday. We have been told by previous visitors to the island that it costs 1000 baht per person to get back to the ferry pier regardless of how many people there are. Is this true?

  • In the day time it’s OK. But it’s around 45 minutes from Cliff Cottage to White Sand beach and that wouldn’t be fun to do at night on the section from Kai Bae down to Bangbao where the road is like a rollercoaster – only with more drunk drivers. If you want to be able to easily get to other beaches at night, then staying somewhere more central is a better option. Far easier and cheaper too if you are using the pick up truck taxis to get around at night.

  • Hi Ian,

    If we were to stay at Cliff Cottages, how far would it be to travel to the northern end of the island for food. We plan to rent scooters for our transport and was thinking of staying at Cliff Cottages and visiting other restaurants around the island for our stay. Or would you advise to stay at a centralized location? Thanks for your service.

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