If you’re travelling to Koh Chang by bus, mini van or plane from south west, north, and some areas of north east Thailand you will most likely be directed to Bangkok first.
Once in Bangkok there are several transport options and departure points to get you to Koh Chang cheaply and easily. From Pattaya there is no bus direct to the Koh Chang ferry piers, but you can take a shared mini van either to the ferry, or direct to your hotel on Koh Chang.
If you don’t mind travelling several hours on a bus you can get from Bangkok to Koh Chang for less than 300 baht.
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 tranferred 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.
Trat to Koh Chang Ferry Terminal
If you take the bus from Bangkok to Trat bus terminal you can travel the remaining 20 kilometers to the ferry terminal by songthaew for around 50 baht, note if you wish to charter the songthaew it will cost you considerably more.
In some cases the bus may stop before reaching Trat to let passengers heading to Koh Chang off, from that point there will be a shuttle or songthaew service to take you to the ferry terminal.
Book Bankgok to Koh Chang Tickets Online
I’ve used this 12Go.asia service myself to book bus and train tickets, and it works really well if your preferred mode of transport is available. The services offered do change, but it’s well worth taking a look at 12Go options for travelling from Bangkok to Koh Chang.
Seems like there’s always a secret deal or solution hiding away in the farthest comers of cyberspace, like this deal below from Klook.
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.
35 Group Mini Van Pattaya
The 35 Tour Group minibus departs Pattaya 3 times every day, you can book 1 way or a return journey in advance. Please call them for departure/arrival schedule and fare costs.
Address: 313/39 Moo 10, Pattaya 3rd Road, (close to the junction of South Pattaya Road)
Mobile: 080-070-3341, 086-366-3894.
Coco Dee Bo Mini Bus Pattaya to Koh Chang
Minibus departs your hotel in Pattaya at approximately 07:30 and arrives in Koh Chang at 13:30. Price is 800 baht per person.
Departure times from Koh Chang to Pattaya are 09:45, 11:30, 13:00, and 15:30. return price is 700 baht.
Telephone: +66 (0) 87 711 3390 (English) +66 (0) 86 328 4684 (Thai).
Online Pattaya Mini Van to Koh Chang
One way journey to the ferry terminal leaves Pattaya at 06:00 and costs 550 baht. One way to your hotel on Koh Chang costs 690 baht. Return journeys can be booked, and the price includes ferry tickets.
Private Taxi and Mini Bus Pattaya to Koh Chang
Private taxi or mini bus is the fastest and easiest way to get from Pattaya to Koh Chang, and if you are travelling as a family or group it’s not much more expensive than the cheap mini van services, especially if you are sharing the costs.
I have a list of Pattaya and Bangkok taxi services on the blog. The cheapest rates from Pattaya to Koh Chang on the list were 3,000 baht for a car, and 3,800 baht for a 8 seater mini bus through Best-Pattaya-Taxi.com. I think those are quite reasonable and worth remembering if you do decide to take the private taxi option.
Bus from Pattaya to Trat
Buses depart 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 baht. The website is in Thai but you can translate with Google translate, look for the routes from Mae Sot and Phitsanalouk to Trat to find the arrival and departure time for Pattaya.
Use a Travel Agent to Book a Mini Van to Koh Chang
Most Pattaya tour and travel agents will book a shared mini van for a small fee. Expect to pay between 500 and 700 baht per person.
Book Pattaya to Koh Chang Tickets Online
You might get lucky, you might not, but 12Go is a superb service and they offer just about every form of transport, depending on the route. Check to see what 12Go (below) offer from Pattaya to Koh Chang.
Speed Boat Transfers From Koh Chang
It’s on my bucket list but as yet I’ve never been beyond Koh Chang to Koh Kood, Koh Mak or Koh Wai. I’m sure the front desk staff at your hotel or resort can arrange, or at least point you in the right direction. If you previously took a look at the bus and Koh Chang ferry ticket deal from Klook you may have also noticed this speed boat transfer from Koh Chang booking services.
How to Find the Best Hotel Deals on Koh Chang
I’ve made several visits to Koh Chang, I just adore the place, but I’ve always regretted not booking in advance. It’s easy enough to find a room that’s for sure but if you don’t book in advance you may encounter the same problems finding a room on Koh Chang as I did.
The obvious place to start your search for hotels on Koh Chang is through Agoda, they have over 300 places to stay on Koh Chang, compared to 170 on Booking.com. To get the best deals on Agoda you must sign up or sign in, it’s only then they will show you all the coupons, gifts and insider deals.
Just Koh Chang Beach Resorts
There’s a few good reasons to stay on the beachfront, for me the best is simply convenience. If you’re not on the beachfront you end up packing like you’re going on a day out, it becomes a bit of a chore. Whereas if you stay at a hotel on the beachfront the beach is a focal point, or perhaps even an extension of your room, much the same as your garden at home.
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.