Private Transfers by Car and Minibus to Koh Chang
Taking a private transfer by car or minibus is an increasingly popular option for visitors wondering how to get to Koh Chang. It makes travel much simpler when you are picked up from your hotel or at the Arrivals area of an airport and then driven all the way to your resort on Koh Chang. A transfer by private car or private minibus is perhaps the easiest way of getting to Koh Chang from Bangkok.
Our service provides passengers the safest, most comfortable and quickest transport from Bangkok ( including Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang airports ) to Koh Chang. We also offer services between Koh Chang and Pattaya; Jomtien; Ban Phe ( from Koh Samet ); the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet, Ban Pakard and Hat Lek plus the ferry piers at Laem Sok and Laem Ngop – for visitors heading to Koh Mak or Koh Kood.
For visitors coming from Bangkok the private transfer is available from any location in the greater Bangkok area. For locations on the far northern and western fringes of the city there is a small surcharge to cover the cost of additional fuel and expressway tolls. Bangkok is a large sprawling city and travelling across it can often take well over an hour on expressways.
Transfers from airports will be timed to coincide with your arrival time. So the driver will be at the airport early and waiting for you when you walk into the Arrivals Hall.
If you are being picked up from your hotel, the pick up time is up to you. Although if you are heading back to an airport from Koh Chang, I will check to ensure that you have allowed enough time to make your flight without the driver having to race to the airport.
Why Choose a Private Transfer?
A private transfer isn’t the cheapest or the fastest way to get to Koh Chang.
Taking one of the three daily flights on Bangkok Airways to Trat Airport will get you here quicker. However, the overall time from hotel to hotel will only be an hour or so quicker. And the price will be much higher. Figure on 3,000 – 4,500 Baht per person for a one way ticket from Bangkok to Trat in High Season. ( That’s more expensive than flying to Vietnam or Singapore. ) Plus you’ll need to add on the cost for transport from Trat Airport to your hotel on the island.
The cheapest way to get here is by bus. If you are on a budget, or just like to take your time when travelling, then you can take a public bus from Ekamai bus station to one of the ferry piers in Laem Ngop for boats to Koh Chang. There are two departures at 07:45 and 09:00.
A shared minibus service, which picks up at hotels in central Bangkok and drops off at hotels on Ko Chang is a quicker and more convenient option for a door to door alternative to the public bus. But the pick up times are fixed and you never know who your fellow passengers will be. it is with 10 other people and pick-up times are fixed.
It is also possible to travel by taxi from Bangkok to Koh Chang, but you will need to negotiate a price with a driver. Figure on around 3,500 Baht to the mainland pier. Bear in mind that most Bangkok taxi drivers won’t have been to the island before. So you may have a day long, unplanned mystery tour of the Thai countryside before you arrive at the ferry pier.
If you take a door to door, private transfer by car or minibus, it will be just you and your group or family. There won’t be any unnecessary stops during the journey and the experienced driver will take the direct route to Koh Chang. This includes using the quicker of the two ferry services to the island. Our drivers don’t use the slow ‘Centrepoint’ ferries. Only the ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ boats which take around 30 minutes to cross to the island.
How long does the transfer to Koh Chang take?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. Driving time to the mainland pier is around 4 hours from Suvarnabhumi Airport and 4 and a half to 5 hours from a hotel in central Bangkok. And from Don Meuang Airport it will be another 30 minutes or so. Time’s are of course dependent on traffic. But in order to limit any delays due to traffic jams your driver will use the expressways to get out of the city centre as quickly as possible.
Once on the road there will usually just be a couple of stops, for fuel and also for a toilet break or to grab a coffee. But if you want to stop more often then you just let the driver know.
The ferry crossing takes around 30 minutes. Ferries depart every 45 minutes or more frequently if it is buys. But there isn’t a written timetable.
Once on Koh Chang, it is around 10 minutes drive to White Sand Beach; 20 minutes to Klong Prao beach; 25 minutes to resorts on Kai Bae beach; 30 minutes to Lonely beach and around 45 minutes if you are staying in the far south of Koh Chang near Bangbao or Klong Kloi beach.
During the busiest time of year at Thai New Year ( Songkran ) and New Year there will be a lot of Thai visitors to the island and many of them will be driving. So you have to expect some queuing at the ferry piers to get on and off the island. There isn’t a way to jump the queue and avoid this. If you are heading from Koh Chang to one of the airports then we’ll factor the possibility of having to wait for a boat into the pick up time. Ferries are always busiest mid morning to early afternoon.
Which Vehicles are used and Who are the Drivers?
We use a team of drivers based here on Koh Chang for the transfers. During the busiest times of year these are supplemented by additional drivers from Bangkok. For one or two passengers a car is usually used for the transfers. This will be a Toyota or Honda saloon in good condition and with cold air-conditioning. However, at busier times of year, if a car isn’t available a van will be used for no additional cost. For larger groups a Toyota Commuter minivan will be used. We can also provide car seats for toddlers and children up to around 5 years old. There is a small supplementary charge of 200 Baht per car seat.
How to book a transfer?
It’s a very simple process:
- Fill out the form at the bottom of this page with the relevant details
- I will reply to you, usually within a few hours, to confirm if a transfer is possible and also the price. Plus answer any questions that you have.
- You confirm that you want to go ahead and book the transfer
- I send confirmation.
What is included in the price?
The prices are all inclusive. They include tax, driver, fuel, expressway tolls and ferry tickets between the mainland and Koh Chang. There are no hidden extras. If you are heading to one of the mainland piers to take a boat to Koh Mak or Koh Kood then boat tickets aren’t included in the transfer price. This is because there are no vehicle ferries to these islands, only passenger boats. Tickets can be bought at the mainland piers.
How to pay?
You can either pay by Paypal in advance. Or pay the driver, in cash, on the day of the transfer. Whichever is easiest for you.
Private Transfer to Koh Chang Prices
Prices are fixed, so everyone pays the same. However there is a discount for booking either a return trip or a second transfer. The discount is from 200 – 500 Baht, depending on the transfers being booked.
|To or From Koh Chang||By Car/Van* (Max 2 People) Price THB||By Van (3-4 People) Price THB||By Van (5-6 People) Price THB||By Van (7-8 People) Price THB|
|Hotel in Bangkok or Suvarnabhumi Airport – Koh Chang||4,600||5,100||5,400||5,600|
|Don Meuang Airport, Bangkok – Koh Chang||4,800||5,400||5,700||5,900|
|Hotel in Bangkok or Suvarnabhumi Airport – Laem Sok (Pier for Koh Kood boats)||4,400||4,900||5,200||5,400|
|Trat Airport – Hotel on White Sand or Pearl Beach, Koh Chang||1,900||2,400||2,600||2,800|
|Trat Airport – Hotel on Klong Prao or Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang||2,000||2,500||2,700||2,900|
|Trat Airport – Hotel on Lonely Beach, Bailan, Bangbao, Koh Chang||2,100||2,600||2,900||3,100|
|Trat Airport – Laem Sok (Pier for Koh Kood boats)||1,500||1,800||2,000||2,200|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Hotel in Pattaya||3,900||4,200||4,400||4,600|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Utapao Airport||3,900||4,200||4,400||4,600|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Ban Phe Pier (For Koh Samet)||3,700||4,100||4,300||4,400|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Border at Hat Lek (For Phnom Penh / S’ville)||3,400||3,600||3,800||4,000|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Aranyaprathet Border (For Siem Reap)||3,600||4,100||4,300||4,500|
|Hotel on Koh Chang – Pailin Border ( For Battambang )||3,400||3,600||3,800||4,000|