Going to Koh Chang from Pattaya or Bangkok? Here (below) are all the best options for getting from Bangkok and Pattaya to Koh Chang, including by bus, flight, minivan, and buying tickets to Koh Chang online.
WHY GO TO KOH CHANG
Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand, and despite having many hotels and resorts, it’s not commercialized to the same extent as Phuket and Koh Samui, so it still has a natural and rustic charm.
Although it’s easier to get to Koh Samet from Bangkok and Pattaya, there are more things to do in Koh Chang, including some quite lively nightlife spots.
When is the best time to visit Koh Chang? The best time to visit Koh Koh Chang is from November to early March when the weather is cool and dry.
Which is the Best hotel in Koh Chang? There are hotels, beach-front resorts, guest houses, and beach bungalows in every price range in Koh Chang.
To find “your best hotel” on Koh Chang, search Koh Chang hotels on Agoda, use the filters to help narrow your search, and most importantly—read the guest reviews.
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GETTING FROM PATTAYA TO KOH CHANG
There are no flights, trains, or big buses from Pattaya to Koh Chang or the Koh Chang ferry terminals. So how do you get to Koh Chang from Pattaya? You can drive to Koh Chang in your vehicle or a rental car, take a private taxi or minibus, use a shared minivan service, or take a big bus to Trat followed by a taxi or songthaew to the Koh Chang ferry terminals.
Not in Pattaya Yet?
If you need a little help getting to Pattaya, read this How To Get To Pattaya Guide.
PRIVATE TAXI OR MINIBUS TO KOH CHANG FROM PATTAYA
Taking a private taxi or minibus from your hotel or place of residence in Pattaya to the Koh Chang ferry terminals will cost between 2,500 to 3,500 baht for a car carrying 3 passengers, and between 3,500 and 4,500 baht for a minibus, depending on the service you book with.
From Pattaya to your hotel in Koh Chang by private taxi, add another 600 – 800 baht.
There are lots of taxi services in Pattaya, and most will take you to Koh Chang ferry terminals or even to your hotel on Koh Chang.
SHARED MINIVAN FROM PATTAYA TO KOH CHANG
Depending on the size of your group, shared minivans can be the cheapest way to go directly from your hotel in Pattaya to your hotel on Koh Chang, or to the Koh Chang ferry terminals. You can also book mini-vans at most travel and tour agents in Pattaya, or maybe even through your hotel if they have a tour desk.
BURAPHA MINIVAN FROM CK RESIDENCE PATTAYA TO KOH CHANG
More commonly known as the ‘Burapha’ minivan service, this service departs Pattaya 2 times a day from Pattaya to Koh Chang. The price is 600 – 700 baht per person one way from Pattaya to your hotel in Koh Chang. The price includes a ferry ticket and an in-meal snack.
Departure times are 08:00 and 12:00. Tickets can be purchased online through 12GO, from the office at CK Residence behind Big C on South Pattaya Road, or at the office opposite Tesco mini-mart, behind Numchai electrical store, between Soi Siam Country Club and Soi Nernplubwan, East Pattaya.
35 GROUP MINIVANS TO KOH CHANG FROM PATTAYA
35 Group in Pattaya provides bus and minivan services to Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kood, and Koh Samet.
If you want to inquire in person, 35 Group’s office is on 3rd Road, about 40 meters north of the South Pattaya Road and 3rd Road junction.
PATTAYA TO KOH CHANG ONLINE TICKETS
Click on the link below to book a ride from Pattaya to Koh Chang online through 12GO. The options usually include shared minivans (Burapha) and private taxi services, but are subject to change according to supply and demand.
Search 12go Pattaya to Koh Chang
BUS FROM PATTAYA TO TRAT
Buses depart from Pattaya to Trat from Phet Prasert bus terminal in the early hours of the morning at 05:15 and 07:15. The Phet Prasert terminal is located on the southbound side of Sukhumvit highway, opposite Boonthavorn kitchen and bathroom store, approximately 900 meters north of the Pattaya (central) Klang junction.
The Phet Prasert website is a little tricky to navigate, and you will need Google Translate. To find the departure times from Pattaya, click on the links of the following routes: Mae Sot to Trat via Rayong, Phitsanulok to Trat via Trat.
Tickets for the bus to Trat are approximately 300 baht. Reports suggest it often arrives in Pattaya late, so best to arrive early and expect the bus to arrive late. NOTE: there is no terminal as such, it is just a small office at the side of the road, and during the early hours of the morning when buses arrive, the office will not be staffed.
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.
On this Google Map, the Burapha Mini-Van office, CK Residence, 35G Group office, Phet Prasert bus terminal, and Koh Chang ferry terminals.
And in case you would like/need to book in person, here’s a handy guide to getting around Pattaya.
HOW TO GET TO KOH CHANG FROM BANGKOK
From Bangkok to Koh Chang, the options are:
- Taxi from your hotel in Bangkok to your hotel in Koh Chang
- Fly from Bangkok to Trat, transfer by taxi to Koh Chang or ferry terminals
- Big bus from Bangkok to the Koh Chang ferry terminals
- Big bus to Trat, transfer by taxi to Koh Chang or ferry terminals
- Minivan + ferry from Bangkok to Koh Chang ferry terminals
- Bus or minivan + ferry from Suvarnabhumi airport
GET BANGKOK TO KOH CHANG TICKETS ONLINE
If the transport type and departure times are suitable, 12Go offer flights, taxi, big bus, and minivans from Bangkok to Koh Chang, just click on the link (below) to see all transport types and departure/arrival times.
Get tickets from Bangkok to Koh Chang
FLIGHTS FROM BANGKOK TO KOH CHANG
The fastest way to get to Koh Chang from Bangkok is to take the one-hour flight from Bangkok to Trat, and then take the 30-minute taxi/songtaew ride to the Koh Chang ferry terminal.
EKAMAI BANGKOK BUS TO KOH CHANG
Unless you are going to Koh Chang straight from Suvarnabhumi airport—Ekamai (eastern) bus station is the most convenient departure point, it’s the shortest route, and just a minute’s walk from the Ekami BTS (sky train) terminal.
The Transport Co 999 bus to Laem Ngop Centrepoint ferry terminal departs at 07:45 and 09:00, the journey takes around 6 hours, and tickets cost 250 – 300 baht. The bus makes the return journey from Laem Ngop to Bangkok at 14:00 and 16:00.
The Tanakawee bus service to Laem Ngop departs from Ekamai at 08:30 and returns to Bangkok (Khao San Road) at 11:30.
From Ekamai bus station to Trat, The Transport Co, Cherdchai Tour, and Tanakawee buses leave at least every hour between 05:00 and 23:30.
Minivans to Trat depart from Ekamai 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.
If you take the bus to Trat, there are taxi and songthaew services to the Koh Chang ferry terminals, or to your hotel. From Trat, you can also reach the ferry from Lam Sok to Koh Mak, Koh Kook and Koh Wai.
FROM BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT TO KOH CHANG
The Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus to Koh Chang leaves the airport every day at 07:50, and from Koh Chang to Bangkok at 13:00. Tickets cost approximately 600 Baht.
Suvarnabhumi Burapha Minibus to Koh Chang departs from the airport at 11:00 and 14:00.
Alternatively, take a taxi to Ekamai, or take the Airport Rail Link and BTS (sky train) to Ekamai.
KOH CHANG FERRIES
The 2 ferry services from Laem Ngop on the mainland to Koh Chang are Centrepoint Ferry and Ferry Koh Chang. It does not matter which one you take, if you take a taxi or shared mini-van service to your hotel in Koh Chang – the driver will have his own preference.
If you are driving yourself, both ferries take vehicles and foot passengers. You will arrive at Centrepoint first, the entrance road to Ferry Koh Chang is around 6 kilometers beyond Centrepoint, but the crossing time is 20 – 30 minutes faster, and if you are heading in the direction of White Sands Beach, it’s a shorter driving distance.
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 the mainland between 06:30 – 19:00.
Centrepoint Ferry Koh Chang and Departure Times
- 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.
If you don’t have a vehicle or transport to your hotel in Koh Chang there will be songthaew taxis (similar to baht buses in Pattaya) waiting to shuttle you to your chosen destination. They depart when they are full, to the brim, and will cost between 50 and 200 baht.