How to Get from Krabi to Koh Lanta: Detailed Guide

If you’ve enjoyed the limestone cliffs and turquoise waters of Krabi and are looking to move on to the peaceful beaches of Koh Lanta, this guide is for you. In this guide, I share useful information on traveling from Krabi to Koh Lanta, and tips for a seamless trip.

Overview: Getting to Koh Lanta from Krabi

The distance between Krabi and Koh Lanta is quite short, just about 70 km (43 miles).

You’ve got choices—either hop on a bus or van or go with a rental car. Both are solid options, depending on what you’re looking for.

Bus/ Vans3.5 hours$10 (€11)Check tickets
Car2.5 hours$30/dayCheck car options
Travel options from Krabi to Koh Lanta.

Krabi to Koh Lanta by Bus/Van

Taking a bus or van from Krabi to Koh Lanta is a cost-effective way to go, especially if you’re watching your budget.

While it may not be as fast as driving yourself, it gives you a chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery!

Most of these bus or van services set off from Krabi Town or Krabi bus station. Some services also pick you up right from your hotel. Convenient, right?

How to get from Krabi to Koh Lanta bus, Thailand.

The ride typically takes around 2 to 3 hours, which includes the time spent on the ferry crossing between the mainland and Koh Lanta.

Expect to pay about $10 to $14 for a one-way trip.

On our trip, our pickup was 30 minutes late, and the ferry took about 30 minutes.

The bus services usually start around 7:30 am, with the last bus leaving around 4:30 pm. Check the specific times when you book, as they can vary.

Getting from Krabi to Koh Lanta ferry, Thailand.
The ferry crossing took us 30 minutes.


  • Pack some light snacks and water—you won’t regret it. We didn’t stop at any places for a break on our trip.
  • If you’re keen on capturing some Insta-worthy shots of the ocean, aim for a right-side seat.

Krabi to Koh Lanta by Car

Looking for ultimate freedom on your Krabi to Koh Lanta journey? Renting a car lets you set your own pace.

You can get your rental from Krabi Town or Krabi International Airport. And once you’re in the driver’s seat, Koh Lanta is your playground!

The drive itself usually takes about 2 hours, which also includes a ferry ride to get onto the island.

Rentals can vary but think in the ballpark of $30-$50 per day.

Driving from Krabi to Koh Lanta - renting a car in Thailand.
  • Always get insurance when you rent a car, just for that extra peace of mind.
  • Fill up before you hit the road—you don’t want to be hunting for a gas station in the middle of nowhere.
  • Have both online and offline maps ready. Trust me, I learned that the hard way!

Where to stay in Koh Lanta

On my last trip to Koh Lanta, I splurged a bit and stayed at Pimalai Resort. This spot offers luxury with killer ocean views, and it’s just a stone’s throw from the beach.

If you’re looking for something a bit more budget-friendly but still comfy, Long Beach Chalet and Lanta Beach Resort are solid choices. They’re right on the beach, and you won’t break the bank.

For the backpackers out there, you’ll feel at home at Lanta Fa Rung Beach Resort. It’s affordable, cozy, and close to the water.

Kantiang Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in Koh Lanta, Thailand.

What to pack for Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a tiny island, so buy things in advance or get your supplies in Krabi.

Here is my to-go beach packing list for Koh Lanta.

  • Sunscreen (the sun in Thailand does not play)
  • A good reusable water bottle
  • Snacks for the road
  • Comfortable footwear (flip-flops or sandals)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash for the ferry and small purchases
  • Camera or smartphone
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Lightweight clothing (it’s gonna be hot)
  • A good book or playlist
What to pack for beach vacation: Beach packing list essentials.

Useful tips for Koh Lanta trip

  • Keep some cash on you for the ferry, especially if you’re driving.
  • In peak season (November to April), booking ahead is wise.
  • Always, and I mean always, keep your valuables secure.

That’s all for this guide. No matter which option you choose, I hope you have a smooth and pleasant journey from Krabi to Koh Lanta. Safe travels!

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