Getting to Koh Chang is relatively easy, especially if you want to go direct to Koh Chang from Bangkok or Pattaya. You can buy tickets inclusive of bus or van and ferry from Bangkok direct to your hotel on Koh Chang, to the ferry terminal on Koh Chang, or to the ferry terminal on the mainland. So in most cases all you have to do is get to Bangkok first.
The best way to buy tickets to Koh Chang in advance is through 12Go. It’s a great service which I use myself whenever possible. It takes the guess work out of planning your trip, you know the service and schedule is current, and you get helpful instructions and detailed information on getting to your departure point.
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First of all, it’s worth checking to see if there is a direct service from your location in Thailand to Koh Chang on 12go. If there is no direct service 12go might offer you tickets from your location to Bangkok – then onward tickets to Koh Chang from Bangkok. Tickets from Bangkok to Koh Chang by van cost less than 500 baht per person.
If there are no results at all for direct routes to Koh Chang – just search for services from your location to Bangkok, and then from Bangkok to Koh Chang. You can book tickets online for departure from several locations in Bangkok including Ekamai bus terminal, Morchit bus terminal, and Suvarnabhumi airport.
Trat to Koh Chang: From Trat bus terminal to the Koh Chang ferry terminal at Laem Ngop is about 20 kilometers. You can take a songthaew to the ferry for about 80 – 100 baht per person, or a private taxi for 300 – 400 baht. Buses run from Bangkok and Pattaya to Trat, so that is also a relatively cheap way to get to Koh Chang.
Note, some of these services only operate during high season.
Klook There’s a couple of (seasonal) transfer services to Koh Chang from Bangkok and Pattaya available through Klook.com.
Koh Chang Ferries
The 2 ferry services from Laem Ngop on the mainland to Koh Chang are ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ and Centrepoint. Both take vehicles and foot passengers. When you arrive at Koh Chang there will be songthaew taxis waiting to take you to your destination. These are shared “truck type” taxis which like to squeeze on as many passengers as they can. Fares may vary depending on your destination, but expect to pay between 50 and 200 baht.
Ferry Koh Chang Arrival and Departure Times
Departing approximately every 45 minutes every day. Crossing time is 30 minutes.
Prices are around 80 baht per adult, 30 baht per child, and 120 baht for a car.
Mainland pier (Ao Thammachart) to Koh Chang between 06:30 – 19:00
Koh Chang Pier (Ao Sapparot) to mainland between 06:30 – 19:00.
Centrepoint Ferry Koh Chang
Ferries depart every hour, on the hour. Crossing time is approximately 1 hour.
Prices are 80 baht per adult (9 years and above), children under 9 years are free, cars 100 baht.
Centrepoint mainland terminal to Koh Chang between 06:00 – 19:30
Koh Chang to Mainland between 06:00 – 19:30.
Travel time by bus from Bangkok to Koh Chang is a minimum of 5 hours, to improve your chances of catching the last ferry you should be departing no later than mid day. Also try to avoid 2nd class buses (the ones with an orange stripe) because they make more stops which increases the journey time.
Getting from Bangkok to Koh Chang
If you are going to Koh Chang by bus or mini van, unless you are going from the airport I recommend you choose Ekamai (eastern) bus terminal. It’s smaller and much easier to navigate than Morchit (Mo Chit), and the travel time to Koh Chang is less. If you do choose Mo Chit I can tell you it’s a big hot, very busy terminal, but don’t worry there are some helpful information counters inside if you’re having difficulty finding your bus.
Bangkok Ekamai Bus Terminal to Koh Chang
The Transport Co 1st Class
Express Bus, Bangkok to Laem Ngop ferry piers 07:45, 09:45.
Express Bus, Laem Ngop ferry piers to Bangkok 14:00. 16:00.
Fare is 263 baht, travel time is approximately 5 and a half hours.
Bangkok to Trat every hour between 5:00 to 23:30.
Trat to Bangkok every hour between 7:00 to 23:00.
Bangkok to Trat 06:00, 07:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:30.
Trat to Bangkok 07:00, 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 Bus, Ekamai
Bangkok to Laem Ngop 08:30.
Laem Ngop to Khao San Rd, Bangkok 11:30.
Bangkok to Trat 10:30, 12:00, 16:30, 18:30, 22:30.
Trat to Bangkok 08:30, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 20:00.
Mini Van to Trat from Ekamai
Vans depart at 05:00, 06:00, 09:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30.
These vans may stop before Trat, then passengers will be transferred to a shuttle and onward to the Koh Chang ferry.
Bangkok Morchit Bus Terminal to Koh Chang
Bangkok to Trat 08:30, 17:30.
Trat to Bangkok 08:30, 14:30.
Bangkok to Trat 06:00, 09:30, 12:30, 15:30, 23:00.
Trat to Bangkok 07:30, 09:30, 14:30, 16:00.
Bangkok to Laem Ngob Center Point ferry terminal 06:00, 09:30, 12:30 15:30, 23:00.
Laem Ngob Center Point to Bangkok 07:30, 09:30, 12:30 16:00, 23:30.
PLEASE NOTE: some buses may stop at Suvarnabhumi airport before going on to Koh Chang.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Burapha Bus
Tickets at the service counter of BorKhorSor (Passenger Terminal, Public Transport Center)
No. 392 from Suvarnabhuni airport to Koh Chang 07:50.
Koh Chang to Suvarnabhumi airport 13:00.
May not be available in low season.
Suvarnabhumi Burapha Mini Van to Koh Chang
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang 09:30, 11:00, 14:00.
Koh Chang to Suvarnabhumi Airport 07:00, 09:00, 17:00, 19:00.
How to Get to Koh Chang From Pattaya
If you want to go direct to the ferry terminals or to a hotel on Koh Chang from Pattaya you will need to use a shared mini van or private taxi or mini bus, unless you are driving your own vehicle of course.
Suvarnabhumi Burapha Pattaya Mini Van
More commonly known as the ‘Burapha’ mini van service, this service departs Pattaya 2 times a day from Pattaya to Koh Chang. The current price (2018) is 500 baht per person one way from Pattaya to your hotel on Koh Chang. The price includes ferry ticket and in-meal snack.
Departure times are 08:00 and 12:00. Tickets can be purchased at the office which is located opposite Tesco mini mart, behind Numchai electrical store, between Soi Siam Country Club and Soi Nernplubwan, East Pattaya.
Telephone: Pattaya office 092-267-8435, Trat 092-267-8423, Koh Chang 098-268-5227.
Get directions to the Suvarnabhumi Burapha Pattaya office with this Google map.
Safe Private Taxi and Mini Bus Pattaya to Koh Chang
There’s lots of taxi services in Pattaya, which will take you to Koh Chang but if you’re safety conscious, like me, your number one priority will be choosing a safe driver. So here’s a couple of Pattaya taxi services which will get you to Koh Chang worry free and without incident.
Why Pattaya Central?. I spoke about safety concerns with Paul at Pattaya Central, and he assured me when it comes to driving safety, all their drivers are closely vetted. And any drivers which provoke negative feedback will not be used again.
Nam’s Taxi Service
Why Nam’s?. Quite simply because Nam’s use lady drivers, and it’s a service I have used myself. Note: by email only.
Bus from Pattaya to Trat
Buses depart from Pattaya to Trat from Phet Prasert bus terminal at 05:15 and 07:15. The Phet Prasert terminal is located on the southbound side of Sukhumvit highway, opposite Boonthavorn, approximately 900 meters north of the Pattaya (central) Klang junction. They run a regular schedule but by all accounts do not always run to time. The cost of a ticket is around 280
Just Koh Chang Beach Resorts
There’s a few good reasons to stay on the beachfront, for me the best is simply the convenience. I mean, why walk to the beach every day when you can stay right on it.
If you’re a single guy visiting Koh Chang you might want to consider booking a guest friendly hotel so you avoid paying joiner fees.