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 mini bus, use a shared mini van 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.
Hanging Out in Pattaya Before Going to Koh Chang?
Besides nightlife, there’s oodles and oodles and scads and scores of things to do in Pattaya, here’s a few recommended “outstanding” things to do in Pattaya:
- Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
- Flight of The Gibbon
- Ramayana Water Park
- Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park
Before You Go!
The Koh Chang ferry schedule is at the bottom of the page, but it’s important to remember – the ferries operate between 06:00 and 19:30.
It’s not difficult to get hotel rooms when you arrive on koh Chang, but I can tell you it’s not much fun, and you don’t know if you are getting a fair price. Use Agoda to book a hotel on Koh Chang in advance, preferably on the beachfront.
The high and low (rainy and dry) seasons on Koh Chang are very similar to Pattaya. Best (coolest) weather is from November through to March. The rainy season begins in May/June. I’ve visited Koh Chang in the height of the rainy season, and yes there can be some heavy downpours, followed shortly after by clear blue skies.
Taxi From Pattaya To Koh Chang
Taking a private taxi or mini bus 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 mini bus, depending who you book with.
From Pattaya to your hotel on Koh Chang by private taxi, add another 600 – 800 baht.
Private Taxi and Mini Bus From Pattaya to Koh Chang
There’s lots of taxi services in Pattaya, most will take you to Koh Chang, but here’s a couple of companies with a good reputation for safety and reliability.
Nam’s Taxi Service
Nam’s use lady drivers, order by email only.
Shared Mini Vans From Pattaya To Koh Chang
Depending on the size of your group, shared mini-vans can be the cheapest way to get direct from your hotel in Pattaya, to your hotel on Koh Chang. 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 – but watch out for hefty surcharges.
Klook Mini Van from Pattaya to Hotel on Koh Chang
You can book this service in any direction, so it’s ideal if you don’t know how long you will stay on Koh Chang. You can also book the round-trip transfer, but only returning to Pattaya.
Pick up times in Pattaya are between 07:30 and 08:00, and the journey time is 5 – 6 hours. Tickets are 700+ baht per person, and inclusive of ferry tickets.
You know, when you book with Klook you earn points, it works a bit like the rewards programs used by hotel booking sites like Agoda. If you write a review about your experience, or refer friends you get even more points and a bigger discount on your next booking. And hey! you can earn me a little commission, lol.
Search 12go Pattaya to Koh Chang. Last time I checked they had a van service, and quite a few private taxis. If you landed here looking for online tickets from Bangkok to Koh Chang, there’s lots of options on 12Go, including flights to Trat, mini van and big bus services from Bangkok to hotels on Koh Chang or to the ferry terminals.
Suvarnabhumi Burapha Pattaya Mini Van to Hotel on Koh Chang
More commonly known as the ‘Burapha’ mini van service, this service departs Pattaya 2 times a day from Pattaya to Koh Chang. The price is 500 – 600 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.
Bus from Pattaya to Trat, Taxi to Koh Chang Ferry Terminals
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 – Rayong – Trat and Phitsanulok – Rayong – Trat.
Tickets for the bus to Trat are approximately 300 baht. Reports suggest it often arrives in Pattaya late, so if I was you I would turn up 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, Burapha Mini Van office, Phet Prasert bus terminal, Koh Chang ferry terminals.
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 on 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 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.
If you don’t have a vehicle, or transport to your hotel on 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.
Things To Do On Koh Chang
Of course, you are going to spend a lot of time on the beach, but here’s a few things to do on Koh Chang, other than be a beach bum.
You can also book activities on Koh Chang online through Klook, and earn yourself some more credit points.
Koh Mak, Koh Kood, Koh Wai
I’ve never visited Koh Kood, Koh Mak or Koh Wai, can’t tell you much about them, except they are 3 islands just a few miles south of Koh Chang. I can tell you I have read enough articles about them to build a picture in my mind’s eye, a picture of unspoiled tropical bliss. And so, I’m merely suggesting Kood, Mak and Wai are something you might want to explore. To get you started, here’s a firsthand account of the islands by Lauren of neverendingfootsteps.com
Fancy adding the islands of Kood, Mak and Wai on to your Koh Chang itinerary? You can get there by speed boat or ferry from Bang Bao, that’s on the southern tip of Koh Chang.
Hey! Thanks for reading, have a nice time on Koh Chang.