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How to get from Surat Thani Airport to the Ferry Port (Donsak Pier)

Donsak Pier is the main ferry port of Surat Thani, a popular southern province in Thailand. There are frequent ferries from the pier to the surrounding islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Phangun. 

If you want to travel from Surat Thani Airport to the Ferry Port, there are two options. The first is to take a taxi. This is the most straightforward and efficient method, taking around 1 hour and 20 minutes. The second method is to take a bus from Surat Thani city centre. This is more cumbersome because you need to change buses, but it is the more economical option. 

If you’d like to treat yourself and your loved ones to a stress-free trip, consider pre-booking a private taxi from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier. A professional transfer company like Welcome Pickups will take care of the little details so you can focus on enjoying your holiday.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €52 80min 24/7
Bus €13.20 210min 06:30–16:00

How to get from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier by taxi

Taking a taxi from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier is easy and relatively well-priced. The travel time shouldn’t be longer than 1 hour and 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

How much is a taxi from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier?

On average, a taxi from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier costs €52 (THB 2,000). However, this depends on how your taxi driver decides to calculate their fare. They will either use a taximeter or negotiate a price with you before the taxi ride begins. For a competitively priced, fixed fare, you can also book a private taxi with Welcome Pickups


€52 (THB 2,000)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 20 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Surat Thani International Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the Arrivals Hall at Surat Thani Airport.


Because taxis are so readily available from outside of Surat Thani Airport, it’s a very popular mode of transport for tourists. The journey to Donsak Pier is much faster than taking a bus, and you can depart at any time you want. Furthermore, you’ll have fewer luggage restrictions than you would with minivans or ferry buses. For these reasons, we recommend taking a taxi or a private transfer as the most convenient mode of transportation.

Editor’s Note

Most airport taxis are standard four-seaters. If you require a larger vehicle for your group, consider booking a private transfer in advance.

Useful Tips

If you feel uncomfortable negotiating a taxi fare, you can insist that your driver use the taximeter or pre-book securely online..
You can pay for your taxi using cash in the local currency – Thai Baht (THB).
Taxi drivers in Surat Thani do not expect or request tips.

How to get from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier by bus

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier. However, there are a couple of options available. 

The most popular option is to travel via minivan. You’ll need to take one minivan from Surat Thani Airport to town. Then, you can take a second minivan from town to the ferry port. This is the preferable option if you’re visiting Donsak Pier as a tourist attraction, as you can get there in your own time. However, combined, these two bus journeys take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete.

If you’re travelling to one of Surat Thani’s islands such as Koh Samui or Koh Phangun, you can book your ferry ticket directly from Raja Ferry or Seatran Ferry. These companies offer bus journeys from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Ferry Port included in your ferry ticket price. This is a great option because the bus will ensure you arrive at the port in time for your ferry. Ferry buses only take 1 hour and 30 minutes to make the journey.

How much is the bus from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier?

If you choose to take the Phantip Travel minivans, you’ll need two bus tickets:
The first bus from Surat Thani Airport to the city costs €2.50 (THB 100) per person.
The second bus from Surat Thani city centre to Donsak Pier costs €4.10 (THB 160) per person. 

If you’re taking a ferry, your bus journey from the airport will be included in your ferry ticket price.


€6.60 (THB 260)

Trip Duration

2 Hr. 30 Min.

Buses depart four times per day.

Value for money

Buses run from 06:30 to 16:00 every day.

Where do I get the bus from?

Where you catch the bus to Donsak Pier depends on whether you take a minivan or a ferry bus. 

If you’re taking a minivan, it will depart from outside of Phantip Travel’s head office in the town centre, so you’ll need to make your way to Surat Thani city centre first. 

If you’re taking a ferry bus, the company will collect you directly from the airport.


Minivans and ferry buses are less convenient than taxis because you have limited storage space and fixed timetables that may or may not align with your travel schedule. However, it’s a good low-cost option if the timetables align for you and you don’t mind the longer trip duration.

Editor’s Note

If you are carrying oversized luggage, contact the travel company in advance. They are often able to accommodate larger luggage items but you may be charged extra fees.

Useful Tips

You can buy a ticket in person at the airport kiosks or book online from Phantip Travel or the ferry companies.
It’s best to book your bus tickets online to guarantee a seat and avoid disappointment.
If needed, you can change the date and time of your tickets by contacting the company up to 48 hours before departure.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Surat Thani Airport to the Ferry Port?

You can get from Surat Thani Airport to the pier by taxi or bus. Taxis are the easiest for tourists because the journey is faster and you’ll travel in a comfortable private vehicle. The travel time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and you can expect your taxi fare to cost €52 (THB 2,000). Buses provide the more economical option but the journey is much longer and more arduous. Phantip Travel runs minivans from the airport to the city centre, and then from the city centre to Donsak Pier. This should cost you €6.60 (THB 260) per person and take around 2 hours and 30 minutes, not including waiting times. 

How far is Donsak Pier from Surat Thani Airport?

Donsak Pier is 93 km away from Surat Thani Airport. By taxi, the journey should only take 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you take a bus, your journey time may vary. Ferry buses take around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Minivans take 2 hours and 30 minutes.

What is the cost of a taxi from Surat Thani Airport to Donsak Pier?

A taxi from Surat Thani to Donsak Pier costs around €52 (THB 2,000), however this is just an estimate. Most taxi drivers in Surat Thani use a taximeter to calculate the cost depending on the number of km travelled. For long journeys, you may prefer to negotiate a rate with your driver before your taxi journey begins. Regardless, your taxi fare will vary. If you’d like the peace of mind of a fixed rate agreed in advance, consider booking a Surat Thani private transfer in advance from a trusted, well-reviewed company like Welcome Pickups.

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