You can also get to Koh Chang from Pattaya and Koh Samet as well as from the Cambodian border.
From Bangkok to Koh Chang
Buses leave for the Koh Chang ferry piers from Ekkamai, Bangkok’s eastern bus terminal. These are large blue buses that are fully air-conditioned and have a toilet.
They have plenty of room and the journey is generally quite a comfortable and straightforward one. The journey time to the ferry is around five hours and prices are in the range of 250-300 Baht.
These services also stop and pick up at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s bus station, which is a short, free shuttle bus ride from the airport itself. You can contact The Transport Co., Ltd, who operate the services. One point of note is that generally the bus will stop for 20 minutes so you can stretch your legs and get a bite to eat. However, this doesn’t always happen so it might be worth packing an emergency snack.
Koh Chang Buses and Timetables
|Bangkok (Mo Chit Bus Station) – Koh Chang / Koh Chang – Bangkok (Mo Chit Bus Station)|
|A/C Bus||Fare (Baht)||Duration (Hrs)||From Bangkok||From Trat|
|1st Class*||238||5||07:30, 11:00,17:00, 22:00||09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 17:30, 23:30|
|Note: * Bus departs from Mo Chit Bus Station / ** Bus departs from Ekamai Bus Station|
|The Transport Co., Ltd – Call Center: 1490|
|Suvarnabhumi Airport – Koh Chang / Koh Chang – Suvarnabhumi Airport|
|Bus Type||Fare (Baht)||From Suvarnabhumi Airport||From Koh Chang|
|VIP Bus / Minibus||600||07:30, 11:00, 14:00||07:00, 13:00, 17:00|
|Suvarnabhumi Burapa: Suvarnabhumi Airport – Tel: +66 83 794 2122, Koh Chang – Tel: +66 81 660 5926|
There is also a minibus service that travels between Victory Monument in Bangkok and the Koh Chang Ferries during normal ferry hours. The service departs once every hour and costs 300 Baht. The minibuses are in decent shape but can still feel a bit cramped for some – especially during the tourist high season when they are likely to be full.
If you wish to travel in a little more comfort then there are VIP minibus services and even private taxis that you can book to take you from your hotel in Bangkok to Koh Chang, or vice versa. You can expect to pay 800-900 Baht for a VIP minibus or around 4,000 to 5,000 Baht for a private car.
A few different companies operate these transfers and the best way to find out more and make a booking is to contact a reputable travel agent. If you are on Koh Chang then try Island Net in White Sand Beach.
From Pattaya and Koh Samet to Koh Chang
Daily minibuses leave for Koh Chang from Pattaya, stopping to pick up and drop off passengers at Ban Pae Pier which serves Koh Samet. As with Bangkok these come in basic and VIP versions. It is not uncommon for the basic version to make a lot of stops and hence take a very long time getting down to Koh Chang, so spending a little more might save you some time and hassle. Local travel agencies will be able to point you in the right direction.
Bus Service – From Pattaya to Koh Chang
|Pattaya – Koh Chang / Koh Chang – Pattaya|
|Bus Type||Fare (Baht)||From Pattaya||From Koh Chang|
|VIP Bus||*500/**400||08:50, 10:30, 12:00, 15:00||07:00, 09:00, 13:00, 17:00, 19:00|
|Note: * Fare from Pattaya to Koh Chang / ** Fare from Koh Chang to Pattaya|
|The Pattaya Burapha Bus: – Pattaya – Tel: +66 90 763 1637, Koh Chang – Tel: +66 81 660 5926|