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There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao by plane, bus and ferry, ferry, bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Koh Samui, bus and ferry  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Koh Samui (USM) CNX - USM
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Koh Samui Airport to Ko Tao

$166 - $478

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Train, ferry  •  20 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Bang Sue
  2. Take the train from Bang Sue to Chumphon
  3. Take the ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao

$44 - $115

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Fly to Chumphon, ferry  •  9 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Chumphon (CJM) CNX - CJM
  2. Take the ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao

$182 - $234

Fly to Surat Thani, ferry  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Surat Thani (URT) CNX - URT
  2. Take the ferry from Lomprayah Tapee River Surat Thani City to Ko Tao

$75 - $273

Bus Sombat Tour, bus and ferry  •  19 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Hua Hin
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lomprayah Ticket Office Hua Hin to Ko Tao Catamaran

Bus Greenbus Thailand, bus and ferry  •  30 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to แพร่ Phrae 169
  2. Take the bus from Phrae Bus Terminal to Chumphon 780
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao

$74 - $94

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao is to train and ferry which costs ฿1400 - ฿3800 and takes 20 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao is to fly and bus and ferry which costs ฿5000 - ฿16000 and takes 6 h 28 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Koh Tao is 971 km.

The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 19 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Koh Samui Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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Thai Smile and Bangkok Airways offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Koh Samui Airport.

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There are 223+ hotels available in Koh Tao. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 8 min and costs ฿20.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao.
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  • Distance: 606.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Koh Tao, Surat Thani, Thailand?

There is no direct connection from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao. However, you can take the bus to สนามบินเชียงใหม่ Chiang Mai International Airport, take the walk to Chiang Mai airport, fly to Koh Samui, take the walk to Koh Samui Airport, take the bus and ferry to Ko Tao, then take the taxi to Koh Tao. Alternatively, you can take the bus to สนามบินเชียงใหม่ Chiang Mai International Airport, take the walk to Chiang Mai airport, fly to Chumphon, take the walk to Chumphon Airport, take the Private Transfer to Chumphon Lomprayah Pier, take the walk to Chumphon, take the ferry to Ko Tao, then take the taxi to Koh Tao.

Airlines
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Chumphon via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $190
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $240
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Chiang Mai to Bang Sue
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Bang Sue to Chumphon
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $45
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$4 - $8
2nd Class (Seat)
$11 - $16
2nd Class (Berth)
$20 - $27
1st Class (Berth)
$30 - $45
Bus operators
Seatran Discovery
Phone
(+66) 02 240 2582
Email
info@seatrandiscovery.com
Website
seatrandiscovery.com
Bus and ferry from Koh Samui Airport to Ko Tao
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
seatrandiscovery.com
Book at
12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Hua Hin
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$19
Super
$22
Supreme
$29 - $32
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to แพร่ Phrae
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $16
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Phrae Bus Terminal to Chumphon
Ave. Duration
15 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Fame Tour
Phone
0 7757 1077
Website
chumphon-kohtao.com
Bus and ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
chumphon-kohtao.com
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Lomprayah
Phone
+66 (0) 2629 0011
Email
info@lomprayah.com
Website
lomprayah.com
Ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
lomprayah.com
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry from Lomprayah Tapee River Surat Thani City to Ko Tao
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Schedules at
lomprayah.com

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