Monday, 1 March 2010

Transportation



HOW TO GET TO SAMUI

BY AIR

1. Domestic airline Bangkok Airways has numerous daily flights connecting Bangkok with Samui. In addition, they have daily flights servicing the Phuket-Samui Chiangmai-Samui, Utapao-Samui, Krabi-Samui routes and international flights to Hongkong and Singapore directly from Samui.
http://www.bangkokair.com/

2. Thai Airways now offer a service to/from Bangkok twice a day.
http://www.thaiair.com/

3. If you are on the budget and dont mind adding an extra 3 hours on your journey, then fly with budget airlines Air Asia from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
http://www.airasia.com/
From Surat Thani you get the bus to Donsak pier and ferry to Samui.

4. If your next destination is Malaysia, or if you are coming from there - then you can fly to/from Samui directly to Kuala Lumpur with Firefly or Berjaya Air.
www.berjaya-air.com
www.fireflyz.com.my

BY TRAIN

I really like ths website with trains information - http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm

When travelling from Bangkok to Samui, I advise that you get a night sleeper train. These trains are more comfortable and ensure smoother bus and ferry connections. It is better to buy a combination ticket which will include all you transport right through to Samui. Train tickets vary in price depending on the carriage class and whether the carriage is air-conditioned or fan. All trains run from Hualamphong Station.
Surat Thani Railway Station is 12 kilometres from town. A bus service between the station, Suratthani town and Donsak pier is available.

BY BUS AND BOAT SEPARATELY

The public buses are slower and much more tiring than the private air-conditioned coaches run by numerous companies, especially for long distance travel. To go to Suratthani from Bangkok it is better to choose between two types of buses: the Luxury buses with toilets and aircon and the VIP buses with two floors, a toilet and air con, you'll get here much more relaxed than with the cheap bus.

Bus terminals in Bangkok.

Bangkok is serviced by several main long distance bus terminals.
Mo Chit, in the North, is the largest and busiest since it services Northern and Northeastern Thailand. From here there are limited services to other parts of Thailand. To get to it you need to catch the skytrain to the end of the line at Mor Chit/Chatuchak market and then take a 10 minute taxi ride to the terminal. Buses leave frequently throughout the day, including to Ayuthaya and Kanchanaburi.

FOR SAMUI - The newly renovated Southern bus station is across the river in Thon Buri, servicing destinations to the South and West, and is best reached by taxi.

The Eastern bus station besides the Ekkamai skytrain station services Pattaya, Koh Samet, Koh Chang and Eastern destinations.

You can find all the timetables here:
http://www.1stopbangkok.com/getting_here/bus/

If you travel independently and arrive to Suratthani by plane/train/bus - you have to get the bus/taxi from Suratthani to Don Sak Pier where all boats leave from.
Don Sak pier is located 40 kilometres from Surat Thani town. Seatran Ferry, Songserm Ferry and Raja Ferry operates ferry services from Don Sak pier to Ko Samui 7 times daily from 8.00 a.m.-7 p.m. It takes 1.30 hours for the journey. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Bus services from Surat Thani town and Surat Thani railway station to Don Sak pier are available.

Seatran Ferry is the ferry of my choice.


Seatran Ferry Time Table
Donsak Samui Samui Donsak
(Dept.) (Arr.) (Dept.) (Arr.)




06.00 07.30 05.00 06.30
07.00 08.30 06.00 07.30
08.00 09.30 07.00 08.30
09.00 10.30 08.00 09.30
10.00 11.30 09.00 10.30
11.00 12.30 10.00 11.30
12.00 13.30 11.00 12.30
13.00 14.30 12.00 13.30
14.00 15.30 13.00 14.30
15.00 16.30 14.00 15.30
16.00 17.30 15.00 16.30
17.00 18.30 16.00 17.30
18.00 19.30 17.00 18.30
19.00 20.30 18.00 19.30
All ferries arrive at Nathon town on the west of Samui where you will find taxis and songtaews which will take you to your hotel. You will have to negotiate the price with a taxi driver as Samui's drivers don't understand a word "meter".

BY BUS + BOAT WITH TRANSFER COMPANIES

This is much better and easier option.
There are 2 main transfer companies which will take you to/from Samui. You get all included bus+boat+hotel transfer ticket and comfortable travel to Samui by comfortable buses and boats.

Lomprayah http://www.lomprayah.com/E/route.htm
Seatran http://www.seatrandiscovery.com/services_boattransfer.php





If you plan to visit Koh Phangan and Koh Tao as well as Samui, then I highly recommend SUPER-SAVE BUFFET TICKET
will save you time, money and hussle.
http://www.lomprayah.com/E/ticket_buffet_eng.htm
All ferries arrive at Nathon town on the west of Samui where you will find different forms of transport which will take you to your hotel.

If you continue your journey...

Numerous ferries (Seatran, Lompraya, Haadrin Queen, Songserm) depart throughout the day to Koh Phangan (Haad Rin and Thong Sala piers) from the Samui piers in Bangrak, Maenam and Nathon.

For more detailed information please follow these links - thank you!

Haadrin Queen is a passenger ferry from Big Buddha on Koh Samui to Haadrin Koh Phangan normally departing four times per day.

Haadrin - Big Buddha Koh Samui departure times are 0930, 1140, 1430 and 1730. The journey takes approximately one hour.

Big Buddha Koh Samui - Haadrin departure times are 1030, 1300, 1600 and 1830. The journey takes approximately one hour.

If your destination is Koh Tao then you only have the choice between two companies www.seatrandiscovery.com and www.lomprayah.com. Both companies offer high speed ferry crossing from Samui stopping at Koh Phangan on the way. But the last boat departs each day at about 1:00 pm. If your flight arrives later than this you will have to stay on Samui for one night and then choose between the morning or afternoon ferry the following day.
You can take an overnight train from Bangkok's Hualamphong train station, straight through to Chumphon. The trains are inexpensive and comfortable, with a decent bed as long as you book either first or second class. Once you arrive in Chumphon it's easy to arrange a ticket for the short ferry ride across to Koh Tao.

But I highly recommend sticking to either the Lomprayah or Seatran ferry services - these are the fastest, most comfortable and reliable ferry services.

And just in case you need it:
Transportation Services in Bangkok

The Public Transportation Centre of the airport is located near the Bangkok Catering Company Building about 5 min. drive from the passenger terminal. Passengers can find all types of transportation here- limousines, taxis, rented cars and express buses. One can get to the centre from the terminals via a shuttle bus.

1. Airport Express: There are four express bus routes from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok downtown. The cost is 150 baht for entire route. (Service hours: 05.30-24.00 hrs.)

• AE 1: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Surawong Rd.-Silom Rd.
Bus stops/Остановки: Phetburi Soi 30, Central World Plaza, (BTS) Ratchadamri Station, Lumpini Park, Sala Daeng (on Rama 4 Rd.), Montien Hotel, Tawana Ramada Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Surawong Soi Kamjai Lamsuri, Charoen Krung Soi 47/1, Loet Sin Hospital, Central Silom, Silom Soi 26, Narai Hotel (Silom Soi 18), Sofitel Hotel (Silom Soi 12), Bangkok Bank (Silom Soi 6), (BTS) Sala Daeng Station
• AE 2: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Khao San Rd.
Bus stops/Остановки: Phetburi Soi 30, Platinum Fashion Mall, Phetburi soi 20, Phetburi Soi 10, Uruphong, Saphan Khao, Thai Airways (Lan Luang), Wat Ratchanadda, Democracy Monument, Royal Hotel, National Theatre, Phra Athit Rd., Phra Sumen, Khao San Rd.
• AE 3: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Sukhumvit (Nana)
Bus stops/Остановки: Sukhumvit Soi 52-50, Phra Khanong Market, Eastern Bus Terminal, Sukhumvit Soi 38, Sukhumvit Soi 34, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Soi 20, Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Soi 10 (Bangkok Bank), Sukhumvit Soi 6, Sukhumvit Soi 2, Central Chit Lom, Central World Plaza, Phetburi Soi 25, Phetburi Soi 35, Soi Nana
• AE 4: Suvarnabhumi Airport-Hua Lamphong Railway Station
Bus stops/Остановки: Victory Monument, Soi Rangnam, 99 Hotel, (BTS) Phaya Thai Station, Department of Livestock, (BTS) Ratchathewi Station, Siam Discovery Centre, Ma Boon Khrong (MBK), Chulalongkorn University, Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok Centre Hotel, Hua Lamphong Railway Station

2. Public Buses in Bangkok

There are six routes of public bus service run to and from six destinations around Bangkok, with a charge of 35 baht.
No. 549 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Minburi
No. 550 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Happy Land
No. 551 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Victory Monument (Expressway)
No. 552 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangna (On Nut BTS Station)
No. 553 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Samut Prakan
No. 554 : Suvarnabhumi Airport – Don Muang Airport

3. Bus routes to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

3.1 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Eastern Region
No.389 Suvarnabhumi – Laem Chabang – Pattaya
Departure times : 9.00, 11.00, and 15.00
No.390 Suvarnabhumi – Watthana Nakhon – Aranyaprathet – Talat Rongklua
Departure times : 8.00, 11.00

3.2 Suvarnabhumi Airport – Northeastern Region
No.825 Suvarnabhumi – Saraburi – Nakhon Ratchasima – Kon Kaen – Udon Thani – Nong Khai
Departure times : 6.00, 22.30

3.3 Buses, which run from Bangkok to other provinces in the Eastern Region, and stop by Suvarnabhumi Airport on the way.
No.55 Bangkok (Ekamai) – Suvarnabhumi – Chachoengsao – Bang Khla
No.9904 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Chon Buri
No.9905 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Ban Bueng – Laem Chabang – Bang Lamung – Pattaya
No.9906 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Ban Chang – Ban Mabtaput – Rayong
No.9907 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Ban Bueng – Nong Yai – Wang Chan – Klaeng – Chanthaburi
No.9908 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Ban Bueng – Nong Yai – Wang Chan – Klaeng – Chanthaburi – Khlung – Ban San Tung – Trat
No.9909 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Si Racha – Laem Chabang
No.9901 Bangkok (Chatuchak) – Suvarnabhumi – Chachoengsao – Bang Khla
No.9916 Bangkok (Ekamai) – Suvarnabhumi – Phanom Sarakham – Khao Hin Son – Sa Kaeo

4. Shuttle Bus Service

Free shuttle bus service is provided for passengers. Express route connects the main terminal directly to the transport center. Ordinary route connects to other airport facilities.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, fantastic information you've put up here. In future when friends ask me for travel advice, I will send a link to this page! Well done!

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  2. Thanks,Cara, I just thought that to find this transport information, you have to look at so many websites to get the whole picture, that it worth to put it all together, makes life easier :-)
    Would really appreciate if you spread the word. Thanks!

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