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About Ko Samui Airport

After the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand transformed into a holiday destination, in 1982 in order to meet the air transportation needs of the island, the construction of Koh Samui International Airport began and officially started to serve passengers in 1989. Koh Samui International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and has two passenger terminal buildings. It serves around two million passengers every year and flies to major cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, Xi'an and Chengdu.

Getting to the City Center from Ko Samui Airport

Samui International Airport is about 20 kilometers from the city center. As you can easily get to Koh Samui city center by taxi, you can also take the minibuses called "songthaew". If you prefer a more luxurious means of transport, you can use the private vehicles with driver, which is a kind of shuttle service.

Taxi

You can easily find a taxi at the airport at any time. However, even if the taxis have a taximeter, they are not used mostly. For this reason, you should deal about your destination and its cost with the driver before you take a taxi. Generally speaking, tourists can be asked for higher prices. It takes about 40 minutes by taxi from the airport to the city center.

Motorcycle Taxi

If you do not want to lose time in traffic, or if you prefer an unusual means of transportation, you can also opt for motorcycle taxis. Fares are not much different than minibus fares, but you should not forget to bargain.

Minibus

You can reach the city center or the beach you want with semi-open pickup style minibuses called songthaew, which are peculiar to Thailand. You can rent these tools, which are quite affordable, for yourself or your group. To avoid misunderstandings, you should first talk about the fare and inform the driver whether you have rented it privately or not.

Private Shuttle with Driver

The size of these vehicles varies according to the number of passengers and they provide a convenient transportation service. Unlike the taxi, they have certain routes but flexibility is provided. The cost of reaching from the airport to the city center with private shared minivans varies between 130 and 200 baht.

If you do not want to travel with people who you do not know during your journey, you can hire a private vehicle for a fee of 500 and 800 baht.

If you are traveling in a crowded group and the car will not be enough for you, the transportation cost of private minivans from the airport to the city center is between 800 and 1200 baht.

Hotel Shuttle

Koh Samui, a tourism paradise, has numerous hotels and almost all of them offer airport shuttle service to their guests. If you do not want to deal with the traffic and lose time at the airport, you can benefit from this service of your hotel. When you exit the airport arrival terminal you can see that many hotel services and limousines are waiting for guests. If you want a private vehicle, you must remember to book in advance.

Car Rental

During your stay in the island, you can rent a car to have a comfortable transportation and to facilitate both your airport transportation and your trip to the beaches. Prices vary according to the type and size of the vehicle. Motorcycle is the most preferred means of transportation in Koh Samui. Whatever type of vehicle you rent, you should remember that the Koh Samui traffic is intense and drivers are not following the rules frequently.

Last Updated: 04 Sep 2017
Getting to Ko Samui Airport from the City Center

It is possible to reach Samui International Airport from the city center  comfortably with hotel shuttles. Alternatively, you can prefer taxis and minibuses. It is also possible to reach the airport by private shuttle vehicles with driver. Renting a car is not just a way to get to the airport, but an option that will add comfort to your entire trip.

Taxi

It is always possible to find a taxi in Koh Samui. However, taximeter devices are not used most of the time. For this reason you should not forget that you have to agree about the fare before taking a taxi. You can negotiate. It is possible to reach the airport in about 40 minutes by taxi.

Motorcycle Taxi

For those traveling with backpacks, there are motorcycle taxis as a more interesting and cheaper means of transportation than ordinary taxis. You have to negotiate and define the fare in advance.

Minibus

You can reach the airport with semi-open pickup style minibuses called songthaew which you can often see in the city center. The fares for these tools are quite low. However, if there is no one but you, the drivers may think that you have rented the car for yourself, and ask for high prices.

Private Shuttle with Driver

If you want to go to the airport with these vehicles which may be of different size, you must make a reservation in advance. Even if these promise a very comfortable journey, they follow a predetermined route unlike taxis.

The cost of reaching the airport with shared minivans from the city center varies between 130 - 200 baht. People on the same route travel together with shared minivans.

If you do not want to travel with people you do not know, you can ask for a private vehicle. Their price varies between 500 and 800 baht. If you are traveling with a crowded group thus a car will be small for you, you can ask for a private minivan. The price is between 800 and 1200 baht.

Hotel Shuttle

Koh Samui is a complete tourism paradise and has many accommodation centers. Almost all of them offer airport shuttle service to their guests. Hotel shuttles are a rather effortless means of transportation and highly demanded by visitors of Koh Samui. In addition to bigger vehicles, the hotels also provide private vehicles. If you want a private vehicle, you must remember to book in advance.

Car Rental

If you want to have a comfortable ride along your Koh Samui trip, you can agree with one of the car rental companies in the city center. Companies offer customers a wide range of vehicles ranging from motorcycles, the most preferred vehicles in the island, to limousines. Whatever type of vehicle you rent, it is important to remember that the traffic on the island is generally intense and that most drivers do not respect the traffic rules.

Airport Information

The Samui International Airport, which makes its visitors feel the spirit of holidays as soon as they land with its architecture and spacious atmosphere, is small but extremely ordered and can accommodate almost any need. Samui International Airport is about 20 kilometers from the city center. In the airport there are all basic units such as eating and drinking areas, duty free store, 2 lounges, exchange office, ATMs.

Last Updated: 05 Sep 2017

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