Transport Guide: How to Get to Koh Lanta

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Transport Guide: How to Get to Koh Lanta

Prepare for an adventure with our guide to transport in Koh Lanta, a tropical paradise situated in the south of Thailand. Discover how to easily reach this idyllic destination by plane, bus, train, and ferry, whether you’re seeking adventure or tranquility.


Koh Lanta is not the wild island that the famous eponymous TV show wanted to portray. It is not an island cut off from everything, hidden from any urban or technological development, etc. It has robust infrastructure, and one can reach it by combining various means of transportation.

General information about Koh Lanta

Information about distances on Koh Lanta

  • Krabi airport: 70 km
  • Ao Nang: 90 km
  • Trang: 120 km
  • Hat Yai airport: 265 km
  • Phuket: 250 km
  • Bangkok: 900 km

Getting to Koh Lanta by air

Air transport options

There is no airport on Koh Lanta, so you need to fly into the nearest airports, i.e., Krabi, Phuket, Trang or Hat Yai.

These airports are served by low-cost airlines offering very attractive prices.

Airlines serving the airports

Several airlines serve airports near Koh Lanta:

  • Nok Air
  • Air Asia
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Thai Lion Air
  • Thai Airways

During the high season, Nok Air and Air Asia provide a bundled package that includes plane tickets and transfers to the Ban Saladan pier for ferry boarding.

There are several options available to travelers at airports:

  • Travel agencies offer connections to Koh Lanta by van or minibus.
  • Taxis are also available to Hua Hin Pier
  • Use the services of Grab or Bolt (download the application beforehand)

Chauffeur-driven cars from the nearest airports


Bangkok to Koh Lanta by train

You can take a train from Bangkok to Trang station, and certain agencies sell a combo/package that includes the train journey plus a transfer to Ban Saladan pier for ferry boarding.

Although the train offers a great experience, it does take time (a minimum of 15 hours). Opting for a night train is recommended, and the most cost-effective option for individuals or couples is the second-class sleeper ticket. Families or those desiring more privacy can choose to book a cabin.

Traveling by bus to Koh Lanta

Several buses depart daily from Bangkok, with travel times ranging between 12 and 15 hours. They typically reach Krabi, and from there, you need to go to the pier to catch the ferry.

Private buses generally depart from Khao San Road. These are very comfortable sleeper buses, usually leaving in the evening. For more information, check with the agency.

Public buses run every 30 minutes (between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM) from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to the Krabi Bus Terminal. (For the return journey from Krabi to Bangkok, buses depart every 30 minutes between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM).

From Mo Chit Bus Terminal (North Bus Terminal in Bangkok), buses depart daily at 6:35 PM.

Ferry timetables and fares

The crossing from the mainland (opposite Koh Lanta) is at [Hua Hin Pier] ( The journey takes just 15 minutes. Ferries leave every 30 minutes and take cars, lorries and motorbikes. The crossing costs just a few baht.

The crossing can be made between 06:00 and 22:00.

Koh Lanta, comment s’y rendre

There are also ferries and speed boats departing from Phuket and Krabi. Their frequency varies according to the season and weather conditions.

Links to private companies selling online boat tickets: see here

To avoid the stress of not securing your preferred seat or sleeper bed on trains, mini buses, buses, and even ferries, you can always book or buy your ticket here

About Koh Lanta

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