How to get from Phuket to Samui - bus, plane, car

In the case where you have planned (or soIt happened by accident) that your path to Samui should pass through Phuket, you have several options for the overcoming of the Phuket-Samui shoulder. Let's talk more about the ground, because everything is very simple with flights. If you go to Samui from Bangkok, then I have already described all the methods here in this article.

Just remember briefly about the geographical locationthese two islands. Phuket lies in the Andaman Sea to the west of the mainland of Thailand, and Koh Samui to the east, in the Gulf of Thailand, that is, no "direct ferries to Phuket-Samui" exist in nature. Phuket is a bridge from the mainland, and only ferries go to Samui. That is, whatever one may say, but the last part of the journey you will, in any case, pass by sea - 40 kilometers by ferry from the city of Donsaka. The distance from the bridge in Phuket to the pier in Nathon (Samui) is 287 kilometers. Not as much as it seems at first.

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The fastest and most comfortable option is an airplane. The airport in Koh Samui was built with the money of Thai airline Bangkok Airways. She, by the way, owns the most sophisticated hospital in Samui - BHS. The monopoly of Bangkok Airways on Samui for a long time and for all put all the tourists before the fact: flights to Samui is fast, comfortable and expensive. The airline, of course, very cool and with good service, but the flight Phuket - Samui will cost you about 3,100 baht.

Low-cost airlines have no direct flights.Phuket-Samui, because monopolists do not allow this. The only airport closest to Samui is located near the city of Surat Thani, from which it takes about an hour by bus to the sea crossing near the city of Donsak and then another 1.5 hours of the crossing itself. But what is interesting, not a single low-cost airline has any Phuket - Surat Thani flights. You can get to Surat Thani only via Bangkok, and this turns out to be a completely uninteresting journey, which in time, that for money, is longer and more expensive than a 55 minute flight with Bangkok Airways.

Last time route Phuket Samui

Last time I took the Phuket-Samui route by plane


The most budget option to get yourselffrom Phuket to Samui - bus. Buying a bus ticket includes a ferry ticket. That is, you pay once, and get two tickets at once. There are two options for travel by bus: simpler and more expensive.

Simply put, this is Pantip Travel. Bus departure times are 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00. The price of the trip is 450-500 baht per person, and the journey takes about 8 hours (including ferry). The test is not for the faint of heart and certainly not with young children. But - inexpensive. Buses depart from Phuket Bus Terminal-2.

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Very good service 12GO, where you can buy electronic tickets for the bus + ferry, without leaving the hotel.

More expensive, this is the company Lomprayah. Bus departure time: 10:00. The trip price is 1000 baht, travel time is 5 hours and 15 minutes. Departure of buses is carried out from the office of the company.

On a rented car

The most interesting way to get from Phuket toKoh Samui - rent a car, as the car gives freedom of movement. However, the cost of this option is comparable to the plane, and it makes sense to go by car if you want to go somewhere else along the road, then you plan to move around Samui, or if there are several of you. By the way, you can just go back to Phuket if you have a return flight from there. I wrote in detail about how to rent a car in thailand.

I recommend to take the car from the international networkdistributors (they are located in the arrival hall of Phuket Airport) through Economybookings (it will be cheaper this way), because hardly any of the local private firms will give you permission to travel outside of Phuket. Yes, and with the network problems less: a standard contract, a standard inspection procedure, there will be no clarity with the deposit or insurance, they have everything clearly.

And certainly the small distributors will not be able to provideYou can give the car to Samui. The budget of this trip will be: from 500 baht rent for a day, 1000 for gasoline, 420 for the ferry. Plus, the payment for the service of returning the car to another place, but if you take the car for 5 days from Hertz, it will be free of charge (this is a life hack). The journey time is 3.5-4 hours on the highway and a half hour on the ferry.

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KEEP IN MIND! You need to take the car and leave Phuket so that by 15:00 you will be in Donsack. First, make yourself a reserve for unexpected stops or missed turns, and secondly - the last ferry to Samui leaves at 19:00. And since you have not booked a place on the ferry, you will be in the queue for it. With a large influx of guests (especially on holidays) you have every chance to stay overnight on the mainland, and you cannot leave the queue. Will have to sleep in the car.

P.S. The last time I traveled by plane between Phuket and Koh Samui, it was cheaper than by car, but less interesting. I personally like the rental option. Especially, it is convenient if the car and then needed too. You can take a couple of weeks and be very free in their movements.

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