Travelling by ferry is the only budget-friendly way of travelling to Koh Tao from Koh Samui. The ferry services run several times a day.
Lomprayah Catamaran Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao
It takes around an hour and forty-five minutes to get to Koh Tao via the Lomprayah Catamaran ferry from Koh Samui. Transfer from your hotel to the pier in Maenam is included in the package. You will be picked up from your hotel ninety minutes before departure, although the timing may vary depending on where you are located in Koh Samui. When you reach the pier, you will exchange your voucher for a ferry ticket before you can board the ferry. There will be staff that will help you with putting the luggage on the boat, since the luggage is kept in the front to keep the aisles open.
There is ample seating and room for luggage on the Lomprayah ferry. Its boats are very well maintained. They are air-conditioned, include a sundeck and toilet facilities, as well as a small shop that sells food and snacks at reasonable prices. There are several TVs in the cabin on board that play movies during the journey to keep you entertained.
Seatran Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao
Seatran ferry is comparatively slow and takes about two hours, but it is sturdier than the Lomprayah and can handle strong waves with more stability; it is ideal for people who tend to suffer from seasickness.
A transfer from your hotel to the pier in an air-conditioned mini-bus is included, and you will be picked up an hour before departure. The boats are air-conditioned as well with the same features as the ones mentioned above, including massage facilities, snack shop, and toilets.
Private Speed Boats to Koh Tao
You can also go to Koh Tao on a private speedboat, which is recommended for groups and families, or anyone who wants to travel on a time they want but when ferries aren’t available. Moreover, speedboats are not only faster than ferries but they also drop you right outside your hotel on Koh Tao. For rates or questions, please visit out private speedboat transfer to Koh Tao page.