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 all the way 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 commercial 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.

In December 2022 it was confirmed that the airport will be expanded. This was in response to requests from Chinese airlines who want to fly direct to Trat.  The runway is being increased to 2,100 metres which will allow larger planes such as Boeing B737 and Airbus A320 to use it. In addition a new terminal building and passenger facilities will be constructed at the western end of the runway.

You can see the work that has already been done – either overhead from the plane or on the left side of the road when you leave Trat Airport. A huge area of land has already been cleared and levelled in preparation.  Work on the runway and buildings is expected to be completed by 2027.

Airlines Using Trat Airport

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-prop 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’.

(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 well 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.

FLIGHTS:  Since covid there have been two flights per day in each direction. PG305 & PG306 and PG307 & PG308.  Prior to covid there were three or sometimes four fights per day in each direction during High Season. It’s not known when (or if) these flights will resume.

Low Season Flight Schedule (31 March – 26 October 2024)

 

Bangkok to Trat

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG30512:4013:40
Flight PG30716:1517:15

Trat to Bangkok

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG306 14:10 15:10
Flight PG308 17:45 18:45

High Season Flight Schedule (From 27 October 2024  – 31 March 2025)

All flights subject to change.

Bangkok to Trat

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG30108:3009:30
Flight PG30513:4014:40
Flight PG309 14:4515:45
Flight PG30716:1517:15

Trat to Bangkok

Depart

Arrive

Flight PG302 10:10 11:10
Flight PG306 14:10 15:10
Flight PG310 16:4517:45
Flight PG308 17:45 18:45

 

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.

Departure at Trat Airport

Bangkok Airways Baggage Allowance

Please note that Bangkok Airway’s allowances may be different to those on your flight from home to Bangkok.

The allowance for passengers on Bangkok Airways’ flights is as follows:

– 20 kilos per adult or child in Economy Class
– 30 kilos for passengers Business Class passengers
– 10 kilos per infant in Economy or Business Class

Carry on bags on flights to Trat are limited to a bag with maximum dimensions of 50 x 36 x 23 centimeters and weight of 5kg.  Which is smaller and a couple of kilos lighter than most airlines international allowance.

In the past it was possible to increase your baggage allowance for free by simply signing up for Bangkok Airways ‘Flyer Bonus‘ frequent flyer program. This gave an extra 10kg.  However, since 2022 this hasn’t been possible and the extra allowance is only possible for ‘Premier’ members of the frequent flyer program.

Trat Airport Layout

Layout plan of Trat Airport

Note that the check in areas are at the top of the plan below the car park.  The areas marked ‘Entrance Domestic Passenger’ and ‘Entrance International Passenger’ are for arrivals, not departures. (Plan credit: tratairport.com)

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 and Koh Chang transport. Tickets can be bought on arrival in Trat or online on the 12go.com site. The same company also offers cars for rent, but for most visitors renting a vehicle is probably best left until you’re on the island and know how long you might want to use one for.

The only public transport at the airport are songtaews (shared pick up truck taxis) which will take passengers to the mainland ferry pier.  There will be orange songtaews parked outside the terminal building.  The price to the ferry pier is 280 Baht / person ( as of late 2023 )

Private transfers can be easily arranged in advance on this website or others.

The vehicle ferries from the mainland to Koh Chang run from early morning until 18:30.  Ferries run daily throughout the year and it is extremely rare for a sailing to be cancelled.  That only happens in cases of extreme weather, maybe once a year.

Trat Airport to Koh Chang

There are both shared minibus services and private transfers from Trat Airport to hotels on Koh Chang.  There aren’t any local taxis or ride hailing vehicles ( Grab / Uber etc ).

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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 650 Baht one way. These can be booked online in advance easily.

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 2,500 – 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 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 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 PG305.  Passengers can take either the Boonsiri Ferry at 14:40 or Seudamgo Ferry at 16:00

( If PG301 starts operations again 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.

In the past there were shared minibuses from Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier, however as of mid-2023 this service has been discontinued.

A private transfer by car from Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier, for two passengers, is 1,500 Baht. Or from 1,800 – 2,100 Baht for a Toyota Commuter minibus which can seat a maximum of 7 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 the Mu Ko Chang National Park.  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.

Airport Photo Gallery

170 thoughts on “Trat Airport Passenger Information

  • December 20, 2017 at 12:05 am
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    Hello,
    thanks for all the infos.
    Question: we Fly PG307 on 22.12. from Bangkok to Trat with arrival time 17:45. Then we want to stay in Trat City Hotel for 1 Night in order to take the ferry to Ko Kood next day.
    There was a note in the Text above that there is a new mini bus Service from November on from the Airport to Trat City. Is it going, can we rely on it and do you have a link or should we better organise transfer with Krungthep Limousine ? We are travelling with our 2 children (8+10) and dont want to get stuck.
    Thanks a lot,
    Andrea

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  • December 11, 2017 at 8:13 am
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    Hello,
    Great website, very helpful! We’re crossing over from Cambodia and want to catch a flight from Trat, but are realizing it’s about 2 hours to the airport from the border. How would you recommend making the trip?
    Thanks!

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    • December 11, 2017 at 8:16 am
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      Which border are you crossing from?

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      • December 11, 2017 at 8:31 am
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        Oops, sorry, Cham Yeam.

        Thanks

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        • December 11, 2017 at 9:12 am
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          You can take a minibus form the border to Trat bus station. That is about 150 baht per person. I don’t know the timetable. I think about every hour. Then take a local taxi from trat to Trat Airport. About 45 minutes drive.

          Or you can arrange a private transfer from the border to the airport through an agent.

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          • December 11, 2017 at 10:01 am
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            Perfect, thanks! We’ll try the first option to keep our costs down 🙂

            We appreciate the help!

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    Arrived at Trat 1745 on flight from BKK and left a plastic bag with a jacket and packets of tobacco. Please let me know if you have found it.
    Many thanks.

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  • November 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm
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    Hello,
    We arrive at Trat Airport tomorrow at 5:45pm. Will we make the last ferry at 7pm? And which peir should we go from?
    Many thanks,
    Gemma

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    • November 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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      You won’t have any problems getting here if you take the airport minibus, that will drop you off at your hotel on Koh Chang.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 3:58 am
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    Hi, We have booked flight pg-307 20th Dec 2017 and want to get from Trat airport to Paradiso Boutique Resort in Trat City Centre. We are 2 adults how do arrange transport and how much is it likely to be. Thanks Janet

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    • October 25, 2017 at 7:23 am
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      A new minibus service will start on 1 November from Trat Airport to hotels in Trat town. The ticket price is 500 Baht per person. You can either buy tickets when you land in Trat or book in advance online. ( I haven’t added it to the site yet, will do that in the next day or two. )

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  • October 24, 2017 at 1:33 am
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    Hi,

    I have a flight from Trat to Ko Samui on Nov. 1st at 10am. Will I be able to make a 10am flight in Trat if I leave from Koh Chang in the morning? Whats the best time and ferry to leave Koh Chang on to make my flight?

    Thank you in advance

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    • October 25, 2017 at 7:21 am
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      Hi David. Take the Bangkok Airways minibus, that will pick you up from your hotel around 07:00. You can book tickets here: https://tratairportguide.com/transport-to-koh-chang/ or buy them from your hotel on Koh Chang when you are on the island. ( It’s a bit cheaper to book in advance online )

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  • October 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm
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    Good evening!

    Thanks for the great information you share here.

    Just bought the flight from Bangkok to Trat PG307 this Saturday. Do we have enough time to make it to the last ferry to Koh Chang 19:00? What is the fastest way and how much is it?

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  • October 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Hello,
    great informations here. I would like to book the flight Flight PG306 at 13.10 from Trat to Bangkok and I already booked a resort at Koh kood. My question is whether there is enough time taking the ferry from Koh Kood to Laem Sok pier at 9 AM and coming to the airportz of Trat until 13.10 PM? Cause I don’t know how long the trip will take and how early we must arrive at the airport.
    Second question is which transport to use from Laem Sok pier to Trat airport: Is the best plan to use a free taxi and what will it cost? It is mpost important for me not to miss a taxi or bus and miss ther flilght. What is the most secure option?

    Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate your comments and ideas

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    • October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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      Hi Olli. If you take the Boonsiri Catamaran at 08:00, you won’t have any problem getting to Trat in time for PG306

      From Laem Sok pier you should arrange a private transfer to Trat Airport. That would be 1,500 Baht total. There isn’t a shared minibus service.

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  • April 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
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    Hello,

    on 27.04.2017 we are travelling vom Koh Kood via Trat/ Bangkok to Dubai. Our flight starts at 13:10. Our Speedboat in Koh Kopf starts at 09:30 so we are going to be at Trat Airport at 11:30-11:45. Is there enough time to check in?

    Best regards

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    • April 17, 2017 at 10:41 am
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      Hi George. You’ll have no problem catching the flight. But you’ll need to arrange to have a driver waiting for you at the pier when you arrive in order to get to Trat Airport quickly.

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  • April 17, 2017 at 2:07 am
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    Hello
    Arrival at the airport of Trat PG 305 at 12H40.
    Departure Laem Sok pier for Koh Kut at 14H20 (Boonsiri).
    Do you think I could take my boat ???
    Thank you

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    • April 17, 2017 at 10:37 am
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      Yes. You will be able to take your boat. But you need to arrange a taxi to take you to Laem Sok pier – about 45 minutes drive away.

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  • March 3, 2017 at 10:13 am
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    Hello,
    We are travelling from Ko Kood via Trat to Bangkok, tomorrow. As the ferry from Ko Kood departs at 12:00 we are going to be at Trat Airport around 14:30 and our flight is at 18:30. So we have plenty of time there. I was wondering if we could do early check in or store a louggage at airport? And then take a transfer to Trat? Is it possible?
    Thanks 🙂

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:20 am
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      You could do that. You will need to arrange a driver to take you privately. Contact the Krungthep Limousine office when you arrive at the airport.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 7:03 am
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    Hi, I am flying from Trat to Bangkok on the 3rd of march at 10 a.m. I am going to take the ferry as early as possible, but how do I get from the pier to the airport? Best regards

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    • March 1, 2017 at 11:16 am
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      You should take the Bangkok Airways minibus. That is the easiest way to get from your hotel to the airport.

      Or you can try to get a taxi or shared minibus when you arrive at Ao Thammachat pier. Don’t go to Centrepoint pier.

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  • February 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    Hello, we are planning our trip in April, flight from Bangkok to Trat, and then heading to Koh Kood. May I ask if there is any restaurant close to Trat Airport? Considering that we have a kid and several olders travelling together, it is better to collect the restaurant information in advance. Your earlier feedback will be highly appreciated. Thank.

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    • February 25, 2017 at 11:34 am
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      Hi. There’s no restaurant near the airport. There are a couple of places to eat at Laem Sok pier when you are waiting for your boat.

      You will need to arrange transport from the airport to Laem Sok pier.

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  • January 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    Hi! I will travel to Koh Chang early February. Then I will return to Bangkok by Flight PG302 in the morning at 10 a.m. Just want to ask, if I stay in the hotel at Koh Chang, is it possible to catch the plane? Is there any speed boat or ferry available in the very early morning?

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    • January 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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      Hi Amy. There is a shared minibus service run for Bangkok Airways passengers that will pick you up for flight PG302 from your hotel around 06:30 – 07:00, depending on where you are staying on the island. Book tickets on this page: https://tratairportguide.com/transport-to-koh-chang/

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      • January 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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        Thank you very much! ^^

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  • July 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    Great site. Thanks for adding this detailed information. We fly to Trat in early August and plan to hire a car to drive around the island and also see some of the mainland sights. Possibly also head down to the Cambodia border. Do you know who offers the car rental service? Is it a local company or one of the international firms?

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    • July 19, 2016 at 8:51 am
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      The car hire service is provided by Krungthep Limousine, who also run the minibus services on behalf of Bangkok Airways.

      There aren’t any international car hire companies – Hertz, Avis etc at the airport

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