Transport

Bus Timetables and Boat Schedules

Buses and minibus to Koh Chang at Ekamai bus station

Koh Chang Bus Timetables.  (And flights & ferrie ) 

Before you email to ask, there are no trains due to the lack of   railway tracks in this part of Thailand. The bus timetables below probably won’t vary too much over the 2016-17 High Season.   Inter-island boat schedules are at the bottom of the page and these too remain pretty similar year on year.

Buy tickets for minibuses and inter island boat services from any tour agent.   Prices should be the same everywhere, although some hotels like to up the prices they charge guests for tickets for tours and transport, and it’s worth haggling if you have a group of people as a sensible agent should be willing to earn a little less commission rather than miss out on a big sale.

Buses to Koh Chang from Bangkok

Ideally take the Government Bus 99 between Ekamai Bus Station, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok and the ferry piers, highlighted in orange below. Ticket prices are 263 Baht per person.

The buses from Bangkok are very rarely full, so outside the peak season and Thai holidays, there’s no need to book tickets in advance.   If you fancy trying to negotiate your way around a mainly Thai language website then www.transport.co.th is a good site for online bus booking. But in reality, just show up at the bus station 30 minutes before departure time and you should be fine.

Buses going to Laem Ngop don’t go through Trat and will save travelling time.

However, buses heading to Trat will often stop about 25km before Trat, if they know passengers are heading to Koh Chang.   So, if you are heading here,  and get asked to get off the bus, don’t worry.   You will be put on a pick up truck taxi to the ferry pier.   (This isn’t free, but you would have to pay for a pick up truck taxi from Trat to the pier anyway, and it does save you time.)  The Koh Chang bus timetable is below.

If you plan on catching a bus at Suvarnabhumi Airport to get to Trat, add on around 30 – 45 minutes from the departure time from Ekamai or Morchit.  You’ll need to take the free shuttle bus from the airport terminal bulding to the ‘Transportation Terminal’ ( which is what they call the bus station ) 

Ekamai Bus Station, Bangkok  to Koh Chang

Bus CompaniesTimetable
Transport Co., Ltd.

Tel: 089-752-5732, 090-356-1092

Bangkok  to Laem Ngop – 99 Express Bus Laem Ngop  to Bangkok  – 99 Express Bus 
07:45, 09:0014:00, 16:00
Bangkok  to TratTrat  to Bangkok
04:00, 08:4509:30, 12:00
07:00, 09:00, 11:0012:30, 16:00, 17:30, 24:0006:30, 08:30, 10:30, 13:30, 16:00, 17:3024:00
Cherdchai Tour

Tel: 02-391-2237

Bangkok to TratTrat  to Bangkok
06:00, 07:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:3007:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 21:30, 23:00, 23:30
Tanakawee

Tel: 02-391-2331

Bangkok  to Laem NgopLaem Ngop  to Khao San Rd, Bangkok 
08:3011:30
Bangkok  to TratTrat  to Bangkok
10:30, 12:00, 16:30, 18:30, 22:3008:30, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 20:00

Morchit Bus Station ( via Suvarnabhumi Airport ) to  Koh Chang

Cherdchai Tour

Tel: 02-391-2237

Bangkok  to TratTrat  to Bangkok
08:30, 17:3008:30, 14:30
Tanakawee

Tel: 02-391-2331

 Bangkok  to Trat Trat  to Bangkok
06:00, 09:30, 12:30, 15:30, 23:0007:30, 09:30, 14:30, 16:00

Minibuses from Bangkok to Koh Chang

In late 2011 the number of big bus services from Bangkok to Trat, the nearest mainland town, was reduced.   BUT new minibus services were introduced.   Minibuses, with a ticket price of 300 Baht, now depart from Ekkamai Bus station at 05:00, 06:00, 09:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30.   These will all drop passengers on the main road about 25Km before you reach Trat.  From there there will be a pick up truck taxi waiting to take people to the ferry pier.

Returning to Bangkok, there are minibuses from the mainland pier at Ao Thammchat every couple of hours at 08:00, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30.  

The only downside of these minibuses is that the drivers often have the need for speed.   So, if safety is paramount or you are a nervous passenger then maybe it’s best avoiding them.   On the plus side, they rarely crash and when they do not everyone dies.  

Suvarnabhumi Burupha Airport Bus & Minibus to Koh Chang

The first direct bus service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Klong Son, on Koh Chang, began on 1 December 2009 and was run by the Suvarnabhumi Burupha Bus Company.   The departure from Entrance 8 on Level 1 of Suvarnabhumi Airport is at 07:50. Ticket price is 600 Baht including ferry ticket.   The buses used are brand new, 40 seat Scania’s.     Heading from Koh Chang to the airport, the bus departs from the Klong Son office, located on the main road approximately 200 metres north of the 7-eleven, at 13:00. There is just one big bus running in each direction daily.  

As of 2013, the bus no longer comes onto Koh Chang.  It drops and meets passengers at Centrepoint pier on the mainland.  Pick up truck taxis are used to ferry passengers to the pier of Koh Chang.  If you miss the big bus, you can also take a minibus from the same location.  There are departures at 09:30 ( in High Season) 11.00 & 14.00.    ** Note that tickets cant be booked in advance.  You can only buy them from the airport. **

Suvarnabhumi Burupha run three minibus services from Koh Chang to Suvarnabhumi, these can pick up at hotels on Koh Chang.  Three of the daily services are minibuses at 07:00, 17:00 & 19:00.  There is a big bus at 13:00.  Passengers can also take the bus from the makeshift bus station in Klong Son, in the north of Koh Chang.  ( If you are on the big bus, that will pick you up & drop you off on the mainland.  A pickup truck taxi service is used to get passengers there from Koh Chang. )

Ticket price for the minibus service is 600 Baht for Bangkok Airport – Koh Chang; 500 Baht for Koh Chang – Bangkok Airport and a round trip ticket is 900 Baht, which is very good value.   You pay an additional 100 Baht for the minibus to pick you up from your hotel on Koh Chang if you are heading back to Bangkok.

One thing to watch out for is that in quieter times, some minibuses go via Pattaya, thus adding on a couple of hours to the drive , rather than going direct.  The tickets are still good value but it will mean a long day on the road.  Check this if you are travelling during Low Season.

Don Meuang Airport Bus & Minibus to Koh Chang

There aren’t any.

You’ll have to take a shuttle bus from the airport to Morchit Bus Station.  From there you can take a public bus or minibus to Trat.  ( See the bus timetable above ). Then take a pick-up truck taxi to the ferry pier for Koh Chang.

An alternative is to take the shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi Airport and then from there take a minibus direct to your hotel on Koh Chang.  But bear in mind it’s about an hour drive between the two airports and you cant book minibus tickets from Suvaranbhumi to Koh Chang in advance.

Flying from Bangkok to Trat

Bangkok Airways owns Trat Airport and so has a monopoly on the daily flights to/from Bangkok.   There are only six flights per day, three in each direction.  The prices for the 40 minute sky hop aren’t that cheap, you can get a return ticket for Bangkok to Hanoi cheaper than a one way Bangkok to Trat flight.  But it is a stress free, convenient way to get here.

Prices from 2,500 – 4,000 Baht/person one way depending on time of year and how desperate for bookings the airline is.  Keep an eye out for 1,500 Baht one way flights during Low Season, there are sometimes good deals to be had.  Book online at the Bangkok Airways website.   Flights are rarely full outside the main peak season.

FlightsSchedule 2017
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Bangkok to

Trat Airport

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Trat Airport

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Bangkok

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Daily flights between Samui and Trat began in December 2010 and were then discontinued in mid 2012 due to Samui attracting the type of visitors who don’t want to also visit Koh Chang ( and vice versa ).

There is a minibus service for passengers on Bangkok Airways.  This runs from Trat Airport to hotels on Koh Chang.  You buy tickets when you land in Trat.  One way price is 500 Baht and return price is 900 Baht.  This is by far the simplest way to get between Trat Airport and your hotel.  It’s also possible to reserve tickets in advance for this service at a discounted price, from 400 Baht one way and 700 Baht return. You still pay for the tickets when you land in Trat. Prices & booking

Ferries to Koh Chang

More detailed information on kohchangferries.com

Ferry Koh Chang  

Ticket prices. One Way: 80 Baht per adult, 30 Baht for children  Car: 100 Baht

Ferry Koh Chang  Timetable

FromToTimesSchedule
Ao Thammachat, MainlandAo Sapparot Pier, Koh Chang06:45 – 19:00Every 45 minutes
Ao Sapparot Pier, Koh ChangAo Thammachart, Mainland07:00 – 19:00Every 45 minutes

Centrepoint Ferry

Ticket prices. Round Trip: 160 Baht per person ( anyone under 10 is free ) One Way: 80 Baht per person ( anyone under 10 is free ) Car is 80 Baht.

Centre Point Timetable

FromToTimesSchedule
Centrepoint PierDan Kao Pier, Koh Chang 06:00 – 19:30On the hour, hourly
Dan Kao Pier, Koh Chang Centrepoint Pier06:00 – 19:30Half past the hour, hourly

Boats from Koh Chang to Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood

Bangbao Boat

Bangbao Boat run services from Koh Chang to Koh Wai to Koh Mak to Koh Kood for around six months per year, from late October / early November until the the middle of May.   They will stop running during the  rainy season when the conditions are bad and there are very few visitors on the islands.  Buy tickets form any tour agent on the islands.  For tickets from Koh Chang, the price includes transport from your hotel to the pier in Bangbao.

Both the wooden boat and speedboat moor at the pier at Koh Mak Resort on the northwestern shore of the island.   The speedboat will drop passengers off at their resort’s pier on Koh Kood. ( Or the nearest pier possible. ) The final drop off, and pick up, location are the resorts in Bangbao Bay, Koh Kood. 

Slow Wooden Boat

Bangbao Boat Wooden Boat

Koh Chang  – Koh Wai – Koh Mak

From Depart To  ArrivePrice
Koh Chang  09:00Koh Wai09:45300 Baht
Koh Mak10:45400 Baht
 Koh Mak   12:00 Koh Wai 12:45300 Baht
Koh Chang 13:45400 Baht

Speedboat

Bangbao Boat Speedboat

Koh Chang – Koh Mak – Koh Kood

FromDepartTo ArrivePrice
Koh Chang09:30Koh Mak10:30600 Baht
Koh Kood11:30900 Baht
Koh Chang12:00Koh Mak13:00600 Baht
Koh Kood14:00900 Baht
Koh Kood 09:00Koh Mak10:00600 Baht
Koh Chang  11:00900 Baht
 Koh Kood12:00Koh Mak 13:00600 Baht
Koh Chang14:00900 Baht

Kai Bae Hut Speedboat

Back in 2010, Kai Bae Hut began operating speedboat services to Koh Mak and Koh Kood.     Prices are the same as Bangbao Boat, 600 Baht from Koh Chang to Koh Mak and 900 Baht to Koh Kood.  This service only runs from 1 November to 30 April.

There is one boat daily in each direction.   This is a good alternative if you don’t fancy the long pick up truck ride south to Bangbao.  Plus you get to see Kai Bae beach, Lonely Beach, Bailan Bay and the peninsula at Bangbao from the sea.

I use this service when I go to the other islands .  The transfer from your hotel to the boat is included in the price.  Buy tickets from your hotel or at any tour agent.

Kai Bae Hut Speedboat

Koh Chang – Koh Mak – Koh Kood

FromDepartTo ArrivePrice
Koh Chang09:00Koh Mak10:00600 Baht
Koh Kood11:00900 Baht
Koh Kood 11:00Koh Mak12:00600 Baht
Koh Chang 13:00900 Baht