Koh Samui trains and rail travel

Travelling by train is a popular option with travellers to Samui and it is possible to buy combination tickets, which include a train to Surat Thani, transfer to the pier and a boat ticket to the island. It is well worth taking this hassle free option.

The journey from Bangkok’s Hua Lampong train station to Surat Thani takes around 9-11 hours. Taking the overnight train and travelling by first or second-class sleeper with air conditioning is recommended as the most comfortable and convenient option. The only extra comfort you get in first class is private cubicles.

Trains in Thailand are fairly safe, but if you’re a light sleeper 2nd class might not be suitable. A series of accidents and industrial strikes in late 2009 highlighted how outdated and mismanaged the national rail network is in Thailand and increasingly it’s becoming a poor alternative for tourist travel.

However, the slow overnight sleeper remains a popular option for budgetravellers, especially if you find buses difficult to sleep on. These Southern trains all actually stop in Phun Phin which is about 10kms west of Surat Thani, and taxis are always waiting.

Note: To find the best rate accommodation in Koh Samui, we suggest you look online at Agoda.com. They seem to be the most competitively priced of the hotels sites.

Hua Lampong train station: Tel: (02) 222 0175, (02) 621 8701, (02) 226 4869, Call Center: 1690 (24 hrs).

Bangkok - Surat Thani (Phun Phin):
Destination Departure Arrival Train
Phun Phin 08.05 16.30 Special Express
08.30 16.45 Special Express
13.00 00.22 Rapid
14.45 01.23 Special Express
15.10 02.00 Special Express
15.35 03.45 Rapid
17.05 04.24 Express
17.35 05.48 Rapid
18.30 06.23 Rapid
19.30 07.06 Express
22.05 08.05 Special Express
Surat Thani (Phun Phin) - Bangkok:
Destination Departure Arrival Train
Bangkok 10.40 19.45 Special Express
16.47 05.10 Rapid
17.38 05.35 Rapid
18.37 06.30 Express
20.14 09.00 Rapid
20.41 05.55 Special Express
21.04 08.35 Express
21.26 09.15 Rapid
23.28 10.10 Special Express
23.57 10.30 Special Express