Travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang is very easy and can be done by using five following mediums. You can reach there by bus, minibus, plane, express bus, taxi (private transfer). Do remember that all these mediums include an additional 1-hour trip by ferry that will cost you around $2.3
You can reach Koh Chang in flight will a fare of $76 in 1 hour. The bus will take around 5-6 hours (Depending on the carrier), to reach Koh Chang from Bangkok and the estimated fare is $8-$9.3. You can book a minibus that will cost $17 and take around 7 hours to reach the destination. Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Chang will take 3 hours 25 minutes with a high fare of around $165.
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The modes of transport explained do not reach to Koh Chang directly, you will have to take a ferry to reach there. To avoid any hassle, you can buy a combined ticket of the bus that will include ferry as well. Many people prefer to travel at night time by bus, so book tickets in advance. However, if you want to take a minibus you can buy transport right before the journey.
Flight from Bangkok to Koh Chang
Bangkok Airways carrier has direct flights to travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang. The flight will cost you around $76 to $79 and the flight time is 1 hour. The plane leaves from Suvarnabhumi Airport and reaches the Trat Airport. From there you can take a pickup to the dock, and you can get a ferry from the dock to the island. There will be no available flights for this route by night and flights will leave three times a day.
No matter which transfer you choose, you will end up on the pier to reach the island through a ferry. No matter which forms of transport you take to get to Koh Chang, any way you will find yourself on the pier – and there you will be able to take a ferry to the island. You can reach the Koh Chang Ferry Pier from Trat through a pickup, the distance is around 30 km. The travel time of the ferry is 30 minutes and the cost is around $2.3. Ferries leave after every half an hour, from 06:30 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. There is another way to reach Koh Chang and that is from the Center Point Ferry Pier. This pier is 20 km from Trat and is 25 minutes away from the island. The ferries run only in the light and no ferry is available at night. Remember that the waiting time to get a ferry could range from 3 to 5 hours.
Bus from Bangkok to Koh Chang
There is no direct bus if you want to travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang, but there is a bus to Trat which leaves from Ekkamai Bus Terminal (Eastern Bus Terminal). The bus terminal is not far from the city center. The ticket costs around $8 and the trip duration is 6 hours. The bus journeys start from the morning and the last bus leaves near midnight that is suitable for those who love traveling at night.
You can also reach Trat from Mo Chit Bus Terminal also known as the Northern Bus Terminal bus station. The travel time from this terminal is 5 hours and the cost of the ticket is $8-$9.3. The buses are not available at night. The Ferry Pier is 30 km away from Trat and you can reach there by a pickup. Ferries leave every 30 minutes from 6.30 am to 7.00 pm. The cost of the ferry ride is $2.3, and the travel time is 30 minutes. Another ferry pier that is 20 km away from Trat is Center Point Ferry Pier. It is 25 minutes far from the island and doesn’t have any available ride at night.
Minibus from Bangkok to Koh Chang
If you want to reach Lonely Beach in Ko Chang from Suvarnabhumi through minibus. The travel time (including ferry travel) is 7 hours and the cost of the ticket is $17. The minibus leaves three times a day from Bangkok to Koh Chang and doesn’t leave at night. The tickets can be bought at Bangkok airport (near exit 8 on the first floor) and cannot be booked in advance. Another way to take a minibus from the Victory monument metro station is located in the center of the city. The cost of the ticket is $11 and the traveling time is 6 hours while the waiting time can be up to 2 hours.
You will have to take a ferry from Ferry Pier that is 30 km from Trat and you can reach there by a pickup. Ferries leaves from 6.30 am to 7.00 pm after every 30 minutes. The cost of the ticket is $2.3, and the travel time is 30 minutes. Another Pier is Center Point Ferry Pier (20 km away from Trat) which is 25 minutes from the island and is 20 km from Trat. Remember there are no night journeys.
Bus Transfer from Bangkok airport to Koh Chang
An express bus no.392 leaves from Bangkok airport to Koh Chang every day. The travel duration is 8 hours (including ferry ride), the cost of the ticket is $11 and it also includes the cost of the ferry. You can buy a ticket to Trat Pier for $6.8 and then can reach the island by ferry. Buy ticket from Suvarnabhumi Airport (on the first floor, near exit 8. The bus departs early in the morning one time a day.
Then you will have to take a ferry from the Koh Chang Ferry Pier which is 30 km from Trat where you can reach there by a pickup. Ferries leave for Koh Chang every 30 minutes from 06:30 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Cost of the ticket is $2.3, and the time to travel is 30 minutes. You can also take a ferry from Center Point Ferry Pier which is 25 minutes from the island and is 20 km from Trat. No night journeys are available.
Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Chang
Many people prefer traveling by car because it is the most comfortable mode among others. There are many advantages to use this option. There are no stops or changes, your luggage is in your hand and you can choose any car you want. The cost though high but serves the purpose. The cost is around $165 with no waiting time (for an economy class car) of 4 passengers and around $210 for a minibus.
Remember that like other transports you will reach Trat or Pier. The Ferry Pier is 30 km from Trat – you can get there by a pickup. after every 30 minutes Ferries depart from this pier, from 06:30 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. The travel time is 30 minutes (30 km away), the ticket cost is $2.3. There is also an alternative Center Point Ferry Pier, the distance from the Center point ferry pier to Trat is 20 km. It is 25 minutes from the island, and there are no night journeys.
Car rental in Bangkok
If you have health insurance and an international driver’s license, you can rent a car. They need your IDL, health insurance, passport, and photocopies of the documents. Remember to avoid scams and choose an internationally certified company to rent a car. The fare is around $23 and if you want to have insurance against carjacking you can deposit the amount of $28. You can rent a car anytime you want, so don’t worry if you haven’t booked the car in advance.
Drive carefully and use secondary roads as in case of accidents Thai police take sides of their compatriot.
Travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang can be expensive and cheap depending on the duration of the trip. Choose the mode of transfer as per your priority, time, travel, cost, comfort, etc. Wishing you an amazing trip.