Transport

Public Transport – Timetables and Schedules

Koh Chang buses

getting-hereKoh Chang Bus Timetables.  ( And flights & ferries ) 

Before you email to ask, there are no trains due to the lack of   railway tracks in this part of Thailand. The timetables below probably won’t vary too much over the 2016-16 High Season.   Inter-island boat schedules are at the bottom of the page and these too remain pretty similar year on year.

If there are any major changes/additions I will update the info accordingly.  But getting here has never been easier, with more buses, direct minibuses and even flights from exotic locations such as Bangkok and Samui, being added every 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 sale.

Buses to Koh Chang

Ideally take the bus between Ekkamai 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.

Ekamai Bus Station Bangkok  Koh Chang
Bus CompaniesTimetable
Transport Co., Ltd.Bangkok  Laem NgopLaem Ngop  Bangkok
07:45, 09:4514:00, 16:00
 Bangkok  TratTrat  Bangkok
04:00, 08:4509:30, 12:00
 07:00, 09:00, 11:0012:30, 16:00, 17:3024:0006:30, 08:30, 10:3013:30, 16:00, 17:3024:00
Cherdchai TourBangkok TratTrat  Bangkok
06:00, 07:00, 09:3011:00, 12:30, 14:0015:30, 17:30, 19:3020:30, 22:00, 23:3007:00, 08:00, 09:0010:00, 11:00, 12:0013:00, 14:00, 16:0018:00, 23:00, 23:30
Suparat Tour08:30, 10:30, 12:0016:40, 18:30, 22:3008:30, 10:30, 12:0014:30, 17:00, 23:00

Chokanukul Tour

13:15, 23:3009:30, 23:00

Government Bus 99

Bangkok  Laem NgopLaem Ngob  Bangkok
07:45, 09:0014:00 

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.  In addition other minibuses leave hourly from Victory Monument, just north of the city centre to Trat. These 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 Airport Bus & Minibus

The first direct bus service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Klong Son, on Koh Chang, began on 1 December 2009.   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 11.00 & 14.00.    ** Note that tickets cant be booked in advance.  You can only buy them from the airport. **

In High Season 2016-17 there are four 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.  A return ticket is 900 Baht, which is 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

There aren’t any.

You’ll have to take a shuttle bus from the airport to either Morchit Bus Station or Victory Monument.  From there you can take public minibuses to Trat.  Then 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.

Planes – Flying from Bangkok to Trat

Bangkok Airways owns Trat Airport and so has a monopoly on the daily flights to/from Bangkok.   The prices for the 40 minute sky hop aren’t that cheap, you can often fly Bangkok – Singapore for less, but it is a stress free, convenient way to get here.

Prices from 2,000 – 3,500 Baht/person one way depending on time of year and how desperate for bookings the airline is.   Book online at the Bangkok Airways website.   Flights are rarely full outside the main peak season.

FlightsSchedule
DepartureArrival
Bangkok to

Trat Airport

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Trat Airport

to

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

Koh Chang Ferry.  Up to date information on kohchangferries.com

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

Koh Chang Ferry 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

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 Pier06:00 – 19:30On the hour, hourly
Dan Kao PierCentrepoint Pier06:00 – 19:30Half past the hour, hourly

Inter Island Ferries to Koh wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood

Bangbao Boat run services from Koh Chang-Koh Wai-Koh Mak-Koh Kood for around 8 months per year.   They will stop running during the  rainy season when the conditions are bad and there are very few visitors on the islands.

Slow Wooden Boat

Out of Bangbao

DepartFrom To Arrive Price
09:00Koh ChangKoh Wai09:45 300 Bt
10:00Koh WaiKoh Mak10:45 300 Bt
13:00 ConnectKoh MakKoh Kood14:00  
 Koh ChangKoh Mak  400 Bt
 Koh ChangKoh Kood  700 Bt

Returning to Bangbao

DepartFrom To Arrive Price
12:00Koh MakKoh Wai12:45 300 Bt
13:00Koh WaiKoh Chang13:45 300 Bt
 Koh MakKoh Chang  400 Bt

Speedboat

DepartFrom To Arrive Price
10:30Koh MakKoh Wai10:50 400 Bt
11:00Koh WaiKoh Chang11:20 400 Bt
12:00Koh ChangKoh Wai12:20 400 Bt
12:30Koh WaiKoh Mak12:50 400 Bt
13:00 ConnectKoh MakKoh Kood14:00  
 Koh ChangKoh Mak  550 Bt
 Koh ChangKoh Kood  900 Bt

Koh Kood Speedboat

DepartFrom To Arrive Price
09:00Koh KoodKoh Mak10:00 400 Bt
 Connect toKoh Wai   
 Connect toKoh Chang   
13:00Koh MakKoh Kood14:00 400 Bt

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.

In High Season 2015-16 there is one boat daily in each direction.   This departs Kai Bae at 0900.   A good alternative if you don’t fancy the long pick up truck ride south to Bangbao.  Plus you get to see the west coast of Koh Chang 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 at any tour agent on the island.