Koh Chang Passenger & Vehicle Ferry Information
Q3 2023 Update
Ferries to and from Koh Chang are running daily from 06:30 – 18:30.
Ferry Koh Chang departs hourly or usually more frequently, about every 20 – 30 minutes, in order to reduce waiting times.
Trat Ferry (formerly Centrepoint Ferry) restarted operations on 10 April 2023. There are just four services a day in each direction.
There are two car ferry companies running regular services to Koh Chang from piers on the mainland. These are ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ and ‘Trat Ferry’. They operate from piers at small ports which are about 5Km apart, near the village of Laem Ngop, Trat. Also on the same stretch of coastline is Krom Luang pier which is used by the speedboats to Koh Mak.
The ferries dock on Koh Chang at two different ports. Ferry Koh Chang has the shortest crossing and heads to Ao Sapporot pier on the northeast coast of the island. Whereas Trat Ferry (Centrepoint) moors at their pier in Dan Kao, a couple of kilometres to the south.
Buses from Bangkok to Laem Ngop will drop passengers off at both the ferry piers. Trat town is roughly 20 Kilometres away but there are ‘songtaews’ (shared pick up truck taxis) available from both Trat bus station and the town centre to the piers for around 50 – 60 Baht per person. These don’t run to fixed schedules and will depart when they are full.
Flying to Koh Chang? Read this Guide to Trat Airport
Koh Chang Ferries operate from early morning until the evening 365 days a year. There are no days off. They run on Sundays on Christmas Day and even on Thai holidays.
Trat Ferry (Centrepoint) used to run to an hourly schedule which is printed and on display at their piers. However at present they only have four departures a day in each direction.
Ferry Koh Chang is timetabled to run ever hour at 45 minutes past the hour . However, during high season this is ignored and boats are far more frequent. With departures usually every 20 – 30 minutes.
Even in the rainy season cancellations are extremely rare as the sea between Koh Chang and the mainland is sheltered from any tropical storms that may blow up. the only time the strait gets choppy is in November – December, following the end of the rainy season, when strong northerly winds sometimes blow. This slows down the crossing time from Koh Chang to the mainland and it can be a bit bumpy at times.
Both ports also have restaurants, minimarts, public toilets and car parking. If you are driving there is no need to leave your car on the mainland as the roads on Koh Chang are virtually all paved and in good condition. However, they are steep and winding in places, so drivers need to take care on some stretches of road, especially in the north of the island and the southwest.
Ticket prices are roughly the same. However, for foot passengers, Ferry Koh Chang is more convenient for most tourists and there are more buses and minibuses using this pier for trips back to Bangkok. So I don’t recommend buying a return ticket as that severely limits your options when heading back to Bangkok.
In the old days, pre-2007, there was a wooden passenger boat service from Laem Ngop port, where travellers caught an over-crowded passenger boat (a converted wooden trawler) to Koh Chang. These have long since stopped running. Everyone now uses the larger, safer, vehicle ferries.
During the high season, there are speedboat and wooden boat services from Koh Chang to the nearby islands of Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood. These only take passengers. Tickets can be bought from your hotel or any tour agent on the island. See the island hopping timetable and ticket prices for more details.
Mainland Ferry Pier Locations:
How to get to Koh Chang?
Getting to Koh Chang is relatively easy and fast in comparison to many other islands. Thanks to its close proximity to Bangkok you can choose between several transit methods. As there is no right answer of traveling to Koh Chang, the mode of transport depends mainly on your time and comfort. We have selected the three main hubs from where visitors arrive from – Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Cambodia.
If you leave Bangkok before early afternoon, you can easily reach Koh Chang on the very same day. Should your arrival delay, however, book a night in Bangkok and continue the next morning.
The most convenient way to reach Koh Chang is by plane. Although you have to fly to Trat (TDX) on the mainland, Koh Chang is just a stone’s throw away and easily reachable via minibus or private car from there. There are cars and minivans outside the airport that offer door-to-door service from the airport to your hotel on Koh Chang. The combined minibus and ferry ticket is 550 Baht per person (one-way) or 990 Baht return. The minivans from the airport use the faster, ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ service from Ao Thammachat on the mainland to Ao Sapporot on Koh Chang.
There are currently four daily flights from Bangkok to Trat, all operated by Bangkok Airways, the company that also owns and operates Trat Airport. The flight takes just about under one hour.
There are three locations from where you can take a bus to Koh Chang: Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Ekkamai Bus Terminal and the Victory Monument in the heart of Bangkok.
Do note that most buses won’t drive directly to the pier but to the bus terminal in Trat. Take a blue Songthaew (shared taxi buses, basically converted pick-up trucks) from the terminal to the pier. This costs 60 Baht per person but the driver might charge more if no other passengers are traveling.
Also known as Eastern Bus Terminal, the Ekkamai Bus Terminal is located right in the city centre between Sukhumvit 40-42 and within 2 minutes walk of Ekkamai BTS Skytrain station
Take bus no. 999 which departs twice a day at 07:45 and 09:00 and takes about five hours. The bus will travel straight to the ferry piers. Costs are 260 Baht, one-way.
Alternatively, you can drive with Cherdchai Bus Tours or Thanakawee Tours (5-6 hours) as both companies offer more departing times. These buses stop at Trat Bus Terminal from where you have to catch a Songthaew to the pier. Costs are 250 Baht, one-way.
From Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK):
There are minivans and buses traveling from the airport to the pier and even to Koh Chang. After picking up your luggage, go to door 8 on the first level and look for the service desk from the tour company Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co, Ltd. You can choose between the microbuses that offers drop-off right at your hotel on Koh Chang (600 Baht, departure at 11:00am and 02:00pm) or the 40-seater bus at 07:50 am for the same price.
Full timetables and online booking for tickets for buses and minibuses from Bangkok to Koh Chang are below. Click the links for more detailed timetables, ticket prices and online booking (if required).
|Bus Bangkok - Koh Chang ฿ 490 7h 30m|
|Ferry Bangkok - Koh Chang ฿ 600 7h 30m – 9h|
|Van Bangkok - Koh Chang ฿ 450–1,290 7h – 8h|
|Bus Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Chang ฿ 680 7h 10m|
|Van Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Chang ฿ 700–890 6h 30m – 7h|
The drive from Bangkok to Koh Chang takes approximately five hours, but add another 60-90 minutes for the ferry ride and the way from the jetty to your hotel. The highway conditions are great while the land is widely flat, making the drive easy and comfortable. You have to leave Bangkok on the Motorway (Highway 7 ) and then follow Highway 344 and then Highway 3 until you reach the well signposted turning for the ferry piers. The trip takes in numerous towns: Bangkok – Ban Bung – Klaeng – Chantaburi – Laem Ngop.
Once you near Trat, look out for the ferry pier signs, ‘Centre Point’ or ‘Ao Thammachat’. Ferries from both piers are able to carry cars and charge the same: 80 THB for passengers and 120 THB cars (one-way).
The majority of hotels and resorts are located on the west coast – after arriving at the pier you have to turn right on the main road and continue further on to White Sand beach, Kai Bae beach, Klong Prao beach, Lonely beach etc.
By Private transfer by car/minivan:
Private transfers from Bangkok to Koh Chang are becoming more popular these days and are especially recommended when travelling with families, elderly or in groups. Prices depend on the number of passengers and start at 4,600 THB. This includes ferry tickets. More details and prices are here.
From Chiang Mai:
Although Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, there is no direct transport to Koh Chang. You have to either fly or take bus or train to Bangkok and then follow the above steps.
If you opt for the bus you first have to go to Bangkok. All buses from Chiang Mai depart at Arcade Bus Station and drive straight to Bangkok’s main northern bus hub, Mo Chit Bus Terminal.
There are multiple airlines connecting Chiang Mai (CNX) with Bangkok such as Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smiles or Lion Air, among several others.However, you have to make sure to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) not at Don Mueang (DMK) in order to catch your onward flight with Bangkok Airways. Of course, you can also take Bangkok Airways from Chiang Mai, with a short stopover in Bangkok (1.5 hours) before continuing to Koh Chang.
As alternative you can also take the above-mentioned 10-seater van or 40-seater bus from the airport to Trat or direct to Koh Chang.
Koh Chang is located close to the border of Cambodia and makes up a popular first entry point to the ‘Land of Smiles’. We recommend starting the journey in the early morning, due to potential long waiting times at the border and departure of the last ferry to Koh Chang at 7:00pm.
From Siem Reap to Koh Chang:
First you have to get to Poipet where the border is. You can reach the town via bus (about $10) or taxi (about $50). There are taxis and minivans waiting at Aranyaprathet, the Thai side of the border, ready to drive you to Trat (from 2,000 Baht, depending on the number of passengers). The cheaper but longer alternative would be taking a bus from Aranyaprathet Bus Station to Chanthaburi (4 hours) and from there to Trat (1.5 hours). There is unfortunately no direct service from Aranyaprathet to Trat.
The fastest way is by plane: fly with Bangkok Airways from Siem Reap to Bangkok and then to Trat. The flight leaves at 09:45am and arrives at 11:00am in Bangkok, onward flight to Koh Chang is at 11:40am.
From Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville to Koh Chang:
Several private companies offer shared minivan services from both towns. The trip takes you across the border at Had Lek (on the Thai side) and then further on to the piers in Trat (120 km). Costs are between 900-1,200 Baht.
If you prefer to travel independently take a public bus to the border (costs between $15-25). Once in Had Lek, take the minibus service to Trat, departing every 45 minutes and then a Songthaew to the jetty.
Transport on Koh Chang:
Koh Chang is serviced by two main ferry piers, Ao Thammachat and Trat Ferry pier; both are located in the district of Laem Ngop and can be reached within only 30 minutes from Trat. Ferries depart every hour from 06:00 am to 07:30 pm, crossing time is 45 minutes. If you arrive in Trat after 06:30pm you’ll have to look for a place to stay. If you’re coming from Bangkok, make sure to leave the city not later than 01:00pm.
Once on Koh Chang you can see Songthaews waiting by the arrival jetty. Just tell the driver your hotel’s name and he will drop you right at the doorstep. Prices range between 60-200 Baht per person depending on where you are staying on the island.