Air Asia provide an Island Transfer service from Bangkok to Koh Samui. You can buy a combined flight and ferry transfer ticket on the AirAsia website that will let you fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani, the nearest airport to Koh Samui on the mainland, and then be transferred to a ferry and taken to Koh Samui.
The price for the combined flight and ferry and usually good value. For example, it’s 1364 Thai Baht one way for the Air Asia Koh Samui flight and ferry island transfer ticket. That’s 2728 Baht for a return ticket – around $90 USD. The flight on its own is 990 Baht each away, making the ferry ticket and transfer cost around 374 Baht extra.
This is obviously much more convenient and hassle free than having to work out how to make the transfer for yourself from Surat Thani to the ferry pier.
An extra convenience is that if the Air Asia flight is delayed, the ferry will wait for those passengers with an Island Transfer ticket.
While it’s more convenient, be aware that it’s much slower than simply flying direct from Bangkok to Koh Samui and landing at Koh Samui Airport. Compare prices of direct flights to Koh Samui on JetRadar – you may find it’s not that much more expensive.
You can also get the Island Transfer service to Koh Samui from Nakhon Si Thammarat airport
How To Book The Air Asia Koh Samui Island Transfer
- Visit the AirAsia.com site and on the flight booking form, select Origin.
- Scroll down through the list and select Bangkok.
- Then select Destination and scroll down through the list until you see Thailand (Island Transfers) underneath the main Thailand list of destinations.
- Select Koh Samui (Lipa Noi Pier) and then proceed with your booking.
You need to catch the 0700 flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani or the 0645 flight from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat in order to use the Island Transfer service. The Air Asia Koh Samui Island Transfer only connects with these specific early morning Air Asia flights.
Tickets are available to purchase now but the service only begins operating from October 15 2012.
For full pricing and schedules of flights to Koh Samui, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, see JetRadar to compare prices between airlines.
For complete details of the Koh Samui Island Transfer service, see the Air Asia page