Koh Lanta: Getting There and Getting Around

Travel And Local Information Guide

Getting to Koh Lanta is fairly easy no matter what time of year, with transport options by land and sea. Located about 60 kilometres south of Krabi Town, Koh Lanta actually consists of two islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai, but all accommodation is based on the latter (translated as Big Lanta Island).

If you are travelling from Bangkok, you have to get to Phuket or Krabi first, before to continue your trip to Koh Lanta. Transfer services from the airport and main bus station of these two towns are at hand to take you to the ferry pier. See below further information about how to get to Koh Lanta from Phuket or Krabi Airport.

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Getting to Koh Lanta from Krabi by Car

Some island hopping is required to get to Koh Lanta Yai by car as you need to pass by Koh Lanta Noi first. The car ferries from the mainland to Koh Lanta Noi run continuously throughout the day from 06:00 to 22:00 (from 07:00 to 20:30 in low season) and it takes about 20-30 minutes to cross the channel.

Once arrived on Koh Lanta Noi, you’ll need to cross the island to reach the modern bridge that links the two Lanta islands. Crossing Lanta Noi and the bridge takes less than 20 minutes. The bridge connects near to Baan Saladan, the capital town in the north of Koh Lanta Yai.

Getting to Koh Lanta from Krabi by Boat

During high season – from November to April, a passenger ferry from Krabi’s Klong Jilat Pier, located approximately 3 km (10 minutes) from Krabi Town, runs twice daily at 11:30 and 14:30, and has links to Railay Bay and Koh Jum via a long-tail boat connection. It takes about two hours, costs between 350 and 480 baht, and arrives in the main town of Baan Saladan in Koh Lanta. If you buy your ticket from your hotel or a tour operator it will usually include a transfer to the pier.

Throughout the year, there is an hourly minibus service from Krabi Bus Station to Koh Lanta. These buses are air-conditioned but usually busy, cheap (about 200 baht) and take between two-three hours. Express transfers by minibus and speedboat are also available at Krabi Airport. They cost between 2,000 and 2,500 baht, and are the fastest way for you to get to Koh Lanta when coming by plane.

Getting to Koh Lanta from Phuket & Phi Phi by Boat

Passenger ferries run from Phuket’s Rassada Pier from October through to the end of June (depending on the weather) and take about 3½ hours. The ferry stops at Koh Phi Phi Don where you either cross directly onto the boat to Koh Lanta or there is a short wait on Phi Phi for about 30 minutes. The ferry runs twice a day and costs about 800 baht (400 baht from Phi Phi) and docks into the main town of Baan Saladan.

Most hotels and tour operators will organise a transfer to the pier in Phuket for a small additional fee. By road, Pink Buses (they are actually white with pink writing) run from Phuket Town to Koh Lanta throughout the day and take about four-five hours. All the buses are air conditioned and very cheap (about 400 baht) and can be booked at any tour operator.

Getting to Koh Lanta from Trang

Regular minibuses depart every hour for Koh Lanta from Trang Town between 09:30 and 16:30 every day. The journey takes about 2.5 hours in an air-conditioned minibus. During high season there are additional buses and you can book a seat either at the stop itself, your local tour agency or your hotel.

From Trang’s Haad Yao Pier, you can also get a direct ferry to Baan Saladan on Koh Lanta Yai. The ferry leaves at 13:00, arrives at 15:30, and cost 850 baht per adult (above 11 years old).

Getting Around Koh Lanta

Once on Koh Lanta Yai, there is a small network of roads covering the majority of the island. Two main roads run the length of the east and west coasts and are interconnected by four smaller roads. Roads are, most of time, properly paved and safe. Motorbikes are easy and cheap (about 200 baht per day) to hire on the island, whilst a smaller number of jeeps are rented out.

Taxis are plentiful on Koh Lanta. With ‘samloh’ (‘three wheels’ in Thai, motorbikes with a sidecar) and ‘songthaew’ (‘two rows’ in Thai, pick-up trucks with two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck) being cheap and ideal for travelling around the island. Taxi prices are displayed at taxi points so check the price you are quoted.

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