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Haad Rin Queen

Haad Rin Pier

Haad Rin Pier

Timetable for the Haad Rin Express

  • Haad Rin is in Koh Phangan
  • Big Buddha is in Koh Samui
Haad Rin Big Buddha Big Buddha Haad Rin
09.30 10.20 10.30 11.20
11.40 12.30 13.00 13.50
14.30 15.20 16.00 16.20
17.30 18.20 18.30 19.30
Travel from Koh Samui To Koh Phangan

The Haad Rin Queen ferry has been running for over a decade and still it doesn’t have a website. Internet booking is out of the question. You might be able to go down to the pier at Haad Rin or Big Buddha and buy a ticket for the following day. The Haad Rin Express harks back to a golden age of Thailand travel where you just turn up and go; free of the need to book in advance, download the app or find a travel agent.

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Transport to and from Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui

The ferry goes to and from Big Buddha Pier on Koh Samui. It is a convenient place to arrive in Koh Samui as it is just a short journey to other beaches such as Maenam, Chaweng and Lamai as well as Koh Samui Airport. There are taxis and minivans waiting at Big Buddha Pier for boats to arrive and you can travel direct from the pier to any destination on Koh Samui.

Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui

Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui

Late Service to Koh Phangan

Another advantage of the Haad Rin Queen is that the last boat from Koh Samui to Haad Rin is 18.30. The 18.30 Haad Rin Queen departure is the last boat of the day from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. If you are arriving at Koh Samui Airport in the late afternoon this ferry is your best chance to avoid staying the night in Koh Samui.

Location of Big Buddha Pier in Koh Samui

Buying Tickets for Travel from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Ferry Tickets to Koh Phangan

Tickets to Koh Samui

In the map below you will Haad Rin Pier on the map. It is easy enough to find. You can buy a ticket at the ticket office by the pier on the right and hang around for the ferry to arrive. Tickets cost just 200 THB. It is the second cheapest boat between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The journey takes about 50 minutes.

Location of The Haad Rin Queen Pier in Koh Phangan

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Taxis from Big Buddha Pier

Despite many attempts by the Thai Government to regulate taxi operators in Koh Samui, the majority of Koh Samui taxi drivers still refuse to use their meters. So negotiate the price before getting in the taxi. It isn’t cheap. Using a shred taxi or buying a ticket to travel in a minivan is a better choice.

Catching a Flight from Koh Samui Airport

Don’t expect the ferry to arrive exactly on time. If you are catching a flight allow plenty of time to transfer off Koh Phangan.

Service on the Haad Rin Queen

There are 2 boats plying this route. One is a small one that can hold 30 or 40 people. The other is much larger with 2 levels – one where the bags are stored and the other covered with wooden seats where people sit. Drinks, but not food, are sold on both boats.

Sea Sickness

The downside of the Haad Rin Queen is that it can get quite rough on the crossing. Smaller boats rock more than bigger boats such as the Raja Car Ferry or Lomprayah which leave from the main town of Thong Sala. Just after the Full Moon Party the Haad Rin Queen is full of people holding back the sick. It is a very unglamorous way to depart from the paradise island of Koh Phangan.