Your Guide to Trat Airport – TDX

Trat Airport, ( IATA code TDX ) is the airport used by visitors who prefer to fly to Koh Chang, Koh Kood or Koh Mak rather than travel by road from Bangkok.

It is located in Trat province and is approximately 17Km from Ao Thammachat (for ferries to Koh Chang ); 22Km from Centerpoint pier (for ferries to Koh Chang); 25km from Krom Luang pier (for speedboats to Koh Mak)  and 60Km from Laem Sok – where the passenger boats to Koh Kood depart.

The town of Trat itself is around 30 minutes drive away, although very few people stay in the town.  Most passengers are on their way to one of the outlying islands.

The airport itself is one of the smallest in Thailand and, in keeping with Bangkok Airways’ two other private airports at Samui and Sukhothai, it features a tropical, open plan design and a very laid back, informal atmosphere.   With just four arrivals and departures per day, it’s also possibly the quietest airport in Thailand.

There are a few basic facilities at the airport – a car park, small cafe, ATM, transfer desk and toilets.  Free snacks and drinks are provided for passengers waiting for their flight to Bangkok.  Free wifi is also available in the departure area.

Airlines

Trat Airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways.  This airline is a regular winner of awards for being one of the best small airlines in South East Asia.  They fly to many domestic and international locations from their base at Suvaranbhumi Airport.

They operate four flights per day to Trat by 70 seater, turbo-prob ATR 72 planes.  These twin engine Franco-Italian planes are used in over 60 countries and are ideal for short haul flights.  Flying time between Bangkok and Trat is timetabled as being an hour, but in reality it is closer to a 40 minute ‘sky hop’.

( Please note that budget airlines do not use this airport.  The nearest AirAsia or Nok Air fly to is Utapao Airport near Pattaya.  There are bus services from Utapao to Koh Chang but it isn’t as convenient or quick as flying into Trat. )

Note that during the low season ( June to October ) one of the daily flights in each direction may we;ll be cancelled.  Usually this is PG301/PG302.  You can check the status of recent flights here: Trat Airport Flight Status It shows flight departure and arrival times for the past few days as well as real time information for today’s flights.

Flight Schedule

*  Two new flights, PG309 and PG310 have been added from 1 November 2018 onwards.  These will probably be subject to demand, so passengers may well be bumped to a later flight if occupancy is very low.

Bangkok to Trat

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG301 08:30 09:30
Flight PG305 11:40 12:40
Flight PG309 * 14:45 15:45
Flight PG307 17:00 18:00

Trat to Bangkok

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG302  10:10  11:10
Flight PG306  13:10  14:10
Flight PG310 * 16:45 17:45
Flight PG308  18:30  19:30

 

Check ticket prices at BangkokAir.com

 

During the Low Season there are often some good deals to be had on flights, with one way prices as low as 1,200 Baht inclusive of tax.  However, during High Season, it’s hard to find tickets for under 2,800 Baht one way.  And during Peak Season prices rise to over 3,500 Baht.  Look for the ‘Web Promotion’ prices.  These are the cheapest tickets but are non-refundable.

Connecting Flights

All flights to or from Trat go to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, this makes it easy to connect to either international flights or domestic flights on Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways.  Note that budget carriers now all use Don Meaung Airport and not Suvarnabhumi.

Since 2015 it has been possible to clear Customs and Immigration at Trat Airport.  The main benefit of this is that is allows passengers on either Bangkok Airways or their partner airlines to check in baggage through to their final destination and also clear Immigration when arriving or departing Trat.

More details of the through check-in process, including luggage, boarding pass restrictions and partner airlines can be found here.

Book minibus tickets from trat Airport to Koh Chang here.

 

 

Transport to Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak

Trat is a very small airport and so has limited transport options.  However there is a shared minibus service from the airport to hotels on Koh Chang and also to Krom Luang pier (for boats to Koh Mak) and Laem Sok pier for boats to Koh Kood.  These are run by Krungthep Limousine.  There are no public taxis or buses pick up passengers at the airport.  But private transfers can be easily arranged on this site.

Trat Airport to Koh Chang

The vehicle ferries from the mainland to Koh Chang run from early morning until 19:00.  Ferries run daily throughout the year and it is extremely rare for a sailing to be cancelled.

There are both shared minibus services and private transfers from Trat Airport to hotels on Koh Chang.  There aren’t any local taxis or bus services.

Passengers can either arrange transport when they land in Trat; arrange it in advance online or through a local agent or ask their hotel to send a driver to meet them.

The shared minibus is the most economical option.  This drops passengers off at all hotels and resorts on the west coast of the island. However, it doesn’t go along the sparsely populated east coast.  If you are staying on the east of the island anywhere to the south of Amber Sands or Serenity Resort then you will have to arrange for your hotel to pick you up from the ferry pier.  Or, take a private transfer.

Driving time from the airport to the mainland pier is around 20 minutes.  Then you have a 30 minute ferry crossing.  Ferries depart every 45 minute or more frequently if it is busy.  Once on Koh Chang it’s anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour drive, depending on which beach you are staying on.

Ticket prices are 500 Baht one way or 900 Baht return. You can reserve them in advance or can buy at the airport when you land in Trat.  You will save money by booking a return trip in advance.

Private transfers can also be arranged at the airport, although it will save a significant amount of money by booking in advance.  Figure on 1,900 – 2,100 Baht for a car and driver for two passengers to a resort on Koh Chang.  Or from 2,400 – 3,100 Baht for a minivan for up to 7 passengers.

If you are staying on the east coast then you’ll either have to book a private transfer, or take the shared minibus and get dropped off at the pier on Koh Chang.  Then arrange with your hotel for them to send a driver to pick you up.

 

More Details of Shared Minibus and Private Transfers to Koh Chang

 

Trat Airport to Laem Ngop and Koh Mak

There are speedboats at regular intervals from Krom Luang pier, near the village of Laem Ngop to Koh Mak.  The first speedboat of the day is at 10:30, so there’s no problem for passengers on PG301 to connect with this boat or one at 11:30 or 12:30.

Passengers on the lunchtime flight, PG305, can take a speedboat to Koh Mak at 14:00, 15:00 or 16:00.

However, anyone taking the evening flight will have to wait until the following morning to get to Koh Mak.

The shared minibus service will drop passengers off at the pier.  Ticket price is 500 Baht.

A private transfer by car can easily be pre-booked for 1,500 Baht. Or from 2,300 – 2,600 Baht for a minibus which can seat a maximum of 8 passengers.

Trat immigration office is also located in Laem Ngop within easy reach of the pier.  Anyone needing to extend their Tourist Visa can do so here.

 

More Details of Shared Minibus and Private Transfers to Krom Luang pier

 

Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier and Koh Kood

If you plan on getting to Koh Kood the same day then you’ll need to be on flight PG301 or PG305.  From the airport you’ll need to tak the shared minibus or arrange a private transfer to Laem Sok pier.  If your flight is on time, which they usually are, then you’ll be able to catch the 10:45 Boonsiri Ferry to Koh Kood.  Or failing that, the Koh Kood Express or Koh Kood Princess at 12:00 – 12:30.

Unless you are travelling over New Year or Thai New Year, there is no need to buy tickets in advance.  However, these can be booked online via the boat company websites.

The service also runs twice daily from Laem Sok pier to Trat Airport.  This is only suitable for passengers departing on PG308 or PG310 . Anyone on PG302 won;t be able to get from koh kood to the airport in time for the flight.  And passengers on PG306 will need to take a private transfer in order to get to the airport in time for their flight.

Tickets for the shared minibus are 700 Baht per person from the airport to the pier.

A private transfer by car from Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier, for two passengers, is 1,500 Baht. Or from 2,300 – 2,600 Baht for a Toyota Commuter minibus which can seat a maximum of 8 passengers.

More Details of Shared Minibus and Private Transfers to Laem Sok pier

 

Car Hire

A car hire service is available at the airport, which is ideal for independent travelers visiting Koh Chang.  It is an easy drive to the mainland ferry pier and then, once on Koh Chang, the roads are in good condition.  Care is needed on some hills and also when driving at night, as there are very few streetlights.   Daily (24 Hour) rental rates are from 1,400 Baht for a small automatic car.

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99 thoughts on “Trat Airport Passenger Information

  • July 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    Hi. We will fly from trat to Chiang Mai on 31.07. with a stopover in Bangkok. Our flight starts at 18.30 in trat, then we are in Bangkok at 19.30 and have 2 hours there. Do we need to check in again in Bangkok for the second flight ?
    What is the easiest way to get to the airport in trat? We are in Koh Kood.
    Thanks for a reply!

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    • July 28, 2019 at 8:01 am
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      That depends on how you have booked the flight. If you booked two separate flights with two booking numbers you will have to check in again. If you have just one booking reference for Trat to Chiang Mai then you can just transit in Bangkok and don’t have to check in again.

      From Koh Kood take a boat to Laem Sok pier. Then you can take a pick up truck taxi to Trat Airport. Or you can arrange a driver to be waiting for you in advance. See: https://tratairportguide.com/transport-to-koh-chang/

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  • July 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    Hey,
    I have a flight in August with KLM KL875 AMS to BKK and land at 9:50.
    At 11:40 am I have the next flight with Bangkok Airway’s to Trat. I have 1 hour and 50 minutes for the transit. My luggage is automatically routed to the final destination Trat.

    Can someone tell me how the transit on BKK works:
    Do I have to go through immigration to BKK or Trat?
    Is 1 hour and 50 minutes achievable?
    Is the handlugage check in BKK or Trat?
    Which signs should I follow in BKK?

    Thanks for your help!

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    • July 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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      If your luggage is checked in through to Trat then you will clear Immigration in Trat. Just follow the transit signs at Suvarnabhumi and then go to your gate for the flight to Trat. You will have plenty of time.

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      • July 22, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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        Thank you for your quick response.
        So i can just walk from international arrival area to domestic departure area without going through any lines to catch the flight to Trat?

        At Trat airport are enough taxies waiting for Laem Ngop pier?

        bye,
        Nard

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        • July 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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          Yes, if you are transiting, then you just have to go to the gate for your next flight. You don’t go through immigration and Baggage Claim. There aren’t any taxis at Trat Airport but there is a minibus service from Trat Airport to Laem Ngop pier. 500 Baht per person. You can buy tickets when you land in Trat on in advance on this site.

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          • July 27, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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            I read there is an ATM @ Trat airport. But if this does not work for my debitcard, Does the minibus service drive trough Trat for cash withdrawal?

          • July 28, 2019 at 7:56 am
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            There’s an ATM at the airport. The minibuses going to Koh Chang or Laem Sok don’t go to Trat town.

  • July 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Hi I’m flying from Trat to Bangkok at 13.10 on Friday 19th July and wondering what time I need to be at the airport.
    Thank you, kind blessings
    Siobhan

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    • July 17, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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      Trat is a very quiet airport. So long as you are there around 12pm you won’t have any problems catching your flight.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Bonjour, il y t-il un bureau de change de monnaie a l’aeroport de Trat ?
    Merci

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    • June 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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      There isn’t a currency exchange but there is an ATM. There are currency exchanges at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok and also a lot on Koh Chang.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:04 am
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    Hi, I’m traveling to Koh Kood by PG305 from BKK-Trat on Coming May 27th.
    To get to the island on the same day, what’s the best way?

    Also returning on May 31st from the island to Trat Airport to be on PG 306, what time should I leave the island for ferry?

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    • May 10, 2019 at 7:42 am
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      I’m not sure you will be able to get to Koh kood the same day. The last ferry is at 13:30. And it is about 45 minutes to an hour drive from Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier.

      Coming back, you can take one of the boats at 09:00 or 10:00. See kohkoodferries.com for timetables.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Hi
    do you have a list of car rental companies that are available in Trat Airport?

    thanks

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    • April 14, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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      There is one rental company at the airport, Krungthep Limousine. They also run the minibus services to Koh Chang.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Should I fly to Trat with the last flight of the day will I be able to rent a car and catch up the last boat to Koh Chang?

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    • April 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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      Yes, you can rent a car at the airport. You will be able to get to Koh Chang the same evening. Or take the minibus to Koh Chang and rent a car when you are on the island.

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  • March 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Hello, I will be in Koh Kood next end of April. We are minding to come back to Bkk with you. If we will plan to take the PG308 airplane (dep. 18.30) how we can organize our transfer from Koh Kood to the airport, and how much will cost us ? Many thanks.
    Marco

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    • March 26, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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      A private transfer from Laem Sok pier, trat to Trat Airport is 1,500 Baht total. Including tax, driver and gasoline. The last boat from Koh Kood to the mainland is the 13:00 Ko Kut Express Speedboat at 13:00. So if you take this the driver will meet you at about 14:00 when you arrive at Laem Sok. Buy boat tickets from your resort on Koh Kood.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Hi, we ll hqve the flight on monday 10 am. On koh chang they told us its ok to get the minibus on the island at 7 am. So i guess we get the ferry at 8 am.
    Its enough time to still get the flight?

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    • February 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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      Hi Sandra

      The minibus service to the airport picks up from hotels around 06:30 – 07:00, depending on where you are staying. You won’t have any problem getting to the airport in plenty of time for PG302. All the other passengers in the van will be on the same flight as you.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    Is it possible to rent a motorbike where the ferry arrivés ?

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    • January 31, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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      Yes. There are scooter rental shops at both ferry piers on Koh Chang.

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      • July 18, 2019 at 4:26 am
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        Hello,
        I plan to fly from BKK to Trat on October 30 on PG305 flight. Can I catch a ferry to Koh Kood on the same day and what are transfer options to Leam Sok peer?
        Thank you for your help!

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        • July 22, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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          Hi You can take a private transfer or shared minibus or private transfer. You will be able to take the Boonsiri Ferry at 14:20 or Ko Kut Express Speedboat at 15:00

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  • January 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Hello!
    I am now on Koh Mak island and my flight from Trat airport is at 10.00 am on Monday. I was wondering if I should come to Trat one day before or can I take the boat at 8 am from Koh Mak and be sure that I will make it on time to the 10 am flight?

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    • January 31, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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      If there is no delay and you can find a driver at the pier to take you direct to the airport, then you will be able to take flight PG302. You will get to the airport before 09:30

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  • January 22, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    I am traveling from Latvia, Riga to Thailand. Can I get a visa on arrival in Trat Airport?

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    • January 22, 2019 at 8:33 am
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      No. You have to get one in Bangkok when you land there.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    I flew from Trat to Bangkok last night, and I am afraid I left my glasses by the gate. I flew with Bangkok airways approx at 20.50 (delayed flight, should have left at 18.30). The glasses have a black and golden frame. And is in a black case. My husband will travel from Trat on Friday and could pick up the glasses then.

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    • January 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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      Hi. Please ask your hotel to contact the Bangkok Airways office at Trat Airport direct on 039 525 767-8 and they will be able to check if it has been found and handed in as lost property.

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