GETTING TO KOH LANTA
GET TO KRABI, TRANG OR PHUKET
Once you arrive in Krabi, Phuket, Trang (or Phi Phi Island) your options for getting to Koh Lanta are either by direct (more expensive) methods or less direct (inexpensive) methods.
‘Direct’ options include renting a car at the airport or booking a private minibus. Book Private Aircon Minibus Now
‘Less Direct’ options include taking the passenger ferry from Krabi Town or Phuket (mid-November to mid-May) or a public bus, minibus or Songtail.
OPTION ONE – PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER
Our Ko Lanta Net Express is a direct transfer and private rental of an air-conditioned VIP minibus complete with a driver for 1 to 6 people. See Private Minibus Rates
The door-to-door service to/from Krabi or Phuket International Airports (and surrounding areas) to Koh Lanta includes pick-up and drop off service and two car ferry crossings on or off Koh Lanta Yai. The trip takes approximately 2 to 3 hours between Krabi Airport and Koh Lanta, and 4 to 5 hours between Phuket Airport and Koh Lanta depending on car ferry lineups.
Rates include transportation for 1 to 6 people with luggage and all ferry costs. Enquire for prices for different pick-up and drop off prices in popular southern Thailand areas in Krabi, Phuket, Trang, Khao Lak, Hat Yai and Sarat Thani/Koh Samui.
Remember, if you’re arriving in the afternoon in Krabi or Phuket Airport, you won’t have time to take the last passenger ferry from those arrival points to Koh Lanta.
Your options are then, to either pre-book a private minibus or to stay overnight in Krabi Town and catch the ferry the next morning.
OPTION TWO – PASSENGER FERRY
If you like boat trips, the passenger ferry is a safe and enjoyable way to travel between Koh Lanta, Krabi, Phuket and Phi Phi Island. The passenger ferry only runs during high season from October to May.
Krabi’s new passenger ferry pier (that replaces the old Chao Fah pier) is on Tharua Road about 3 km out of town. Leave yourself an hour to travel between the airport and this pier. Krabi to Koh Lanta passenger ferry leaves twice daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Koh Lanta to Krabi passenger ferry leaves twice daily at 8:00am and1:00pm. The trip takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. Price is 300 THB per person.
In Phuket, catch the passenger ferry to Koh Lanta at Rassada Pier (closest to Phuket Town). The pier is about 15 km from the airport so leave at least an hour and a half to travel between the airport and this pier.
The Phuket to Koh Lanta passenger ferry leaves daily at 8:30am and 1:30pm. Koh Lanta to Phuket passenger ferry leaves twice daily at 8:00am and 1:00pm. The trip takes approximately 4 hours and stops for pickups and drop off at Phi Phi Island. Price is 700 THB (to/from Phuket) and 350 THB (to/from Phi Phi) per person. No passenger ferry currently runs between Koh Lanta and Trang.
OPTION THREE – PUBLIC MINI BUS
Most travel agents and resorts in Krabi Town book public minibus trips to Koh Lanta for tourists. Service runs from mid-morning to mid-afternoon and takes 2 to 3 hours. The same can be done on Koh Lanta for trips back to Krabi. Price is 300 THB per person.
Travel agents and resorts in Phuket also book public minibus trips to Koh Lanta. Service runs from mid morning to mid afternoon and takes 5 to 6 hours. You’ll likely change buses in Krabi Town for the last leg of the trip. Price per person is 300 THB per person.
Also, the new “Pink Bus” minibus company runs daily between Phuket and Lanta can be contacted at 084 191 5909 or 087 892 6422. Price is 300 THB per person.
In Trang, KK Travel is located near the train station and runs the minibus service to Koh Lanta. However, most travel agents in Trang can book a public minibus trip to Koh Lanta for tourists. Services run from mid-morning to mid-afternoon and takes 3 to 4 hours. Currently there are no passenger ferry services between Koh Lanta and Trang province. Price is 300 per person.
OPTION FOUR – RENT A CAR
The roads in Krabi and on Koh Lanta are good, and driving in Thailand is easy for cautious, confident drivers. Rentals, depending on make and model, cost from 1,500 to 3,000 THB per day at Krabi and Phuket Airports.
The ferries between the mainland and Koh Lanta Yai run from 6am till 10pm. The cost is 100 THB for the vehicle and the driver, plus 20 THB for each additional passenger (one way).