Travelling from Bangkok to Koh Tao has a numbers of options. Flight is of course the fastest option but it is not direct flight. Travelers either have to land at Koh Samui airport before transferring to ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao or Travelers have to land at Chumphon airport before taking transfer taxi service to Chumphon Pier for ferry boarding to Koh Tao.
Another option is to go by sleeper train from Bangkok to Chumphon train station. At train station, passengers need get a bus to transfer you to the Chumphon pier for ferry to Koh Tao. With this sleep train option, travellers are more likely to sleep than in the bus because some travellers are difficult to sleep in the bus. The only drawback is that sleeper train usually gets fully sold out very quickly
Considering the transfer service hassle of taking flight and sleeper train, direct combo bus and ferry service from Bangkok to Chumphon by Lomprayah is more convenient and more importantly the combo bus and ferry service is generally cheaper than flight option.
Lomprayah provides combo bus and ferry service from Bangkok to Koh Tao. Lomprayah bus which serves the first portion of the journey from Bangkok to Chumphon Pier is big high deck bus with spacious and reclining seat. Leg space between the seats is sufficient for passengers to stretch the leg. The bus duration from Bangkok to Chumphon Pier usually takes about 8 hours. The bus, on the way down to Chumphon Pier, will make a stop at service areas where passengers can stretch your legs and get food and refreshments
Once in Chumphon Pier, passengers are required to check in again at Lomprayah office at Chumphon Pier with the same original ticket prior to ferry boarding. Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran usually takes approximately another 1.5 – 2 hours to arrive at Mae Haad Pier Koh Tao.
The fare for Lomprayah combo service of bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao is 1100 Baht. Daily departures provided by Lomprayah is 0900 and 2100. The bus may depart earlier should all the passengers check in. Travellers are advised to check in at least 30 minutes before departure.