Bangkok to Koh Lanta by ferry, bus, van

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From Morchit to Koh Lanta by bus

18:35
Morchit, Bangkok
08:35
Hua Hin Pier, Koh Lanta
14h

From Southern Terminal to Koh Lanta by bus+van joint ticket

Bangkok - Krabi - Koh Lanta any hotel (Bus + van)
17:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
06:30
Krabi Bus Terminal
13h 30m
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 5 km (Next departure after 30 minutes)
07:00
Krabi Town hotels
10:00
Any Hotel Koh Lanta
3h
Instant
Total duration
17h
Bangkok - Krabi - Koh Lanta any hotel (Bus + van)
18:30
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
08:00
Krabi Bus Terminal
13h 30m
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 5 km (Next departure after 1 hour)
09:00
Krabi Town hotels
12:00
Any Hotel Koh Lanta
3h
Instant
Total duration
17h 30m
Bangkok - Krabi - Koh Lanta any hotel (Bus + van)
19:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
08:30
Krabi Bus Terminal
13h 30m
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 5 km (Next departure after 30 minutes)
09:00
Krabi Town hotels
12:00
Any Hotel Koh Lanta
3h
Instant
Total duration
17h

From Khao San Jolly Travel to Koh Lanta by bus+ferry joint ticket

18:00
Khao San Jolly Travel, Bangkok
10:30
Saladen Pier, Koh Lanta
16h 30m
Instant
 

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Lanta by bus+ferry joint ticket

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
11:30
Saladan Pier, Koh Lanta
16h 30m
Instant

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Lanta by bus+van+ferry joint ticket

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13:30
Koh Lanta Saladan Pier
18h 30m
Instant Refund

From Khao San Songserm to Koh Lanta by bus+ferry joint ticket

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
11:30
Saladan Pier, Koh Lanta
17h 30m
Instant

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Lanta

Yes, Koh Lanta is an island, you get it right; but in the same manner as in case with Phuket it is possible to take a direct bus from Bangkok to Koh Lanta – though it will not be quick. If you are against long haul non-stop journeys, you may want to consider combination trips via Suratthani or via Krabi. For the fastest hop, fly from Bangkok to Krabi and then take a van to Koh Lanta. Suratthani comes handy if you prefer to cover long distances by train – there is a choice of night departures from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok which all pair perfectly with the onward transfer from Suratthani train station or Suratthani bus station to Koh Lanta. You can opt for a ferry departing from Krabi or Phuket, too, but it takes longer than an overland journey and costs more.

From Bangkok to Koh Lanta by bus

Several operators provide direct bus service from Bangkok to Koh Lanta. The journey takes about 18 hours in average but you cover the main part of the distance by night what also allows you to save on accommodation. Buses make several stops on the way, and there are toilets on board, too. Blankets and snacks may or may not be provided – check before buying your ticket with the operator. Tickets cost anywhere from THB800 to THB1300 and in general travelling by bus is the most budget-friendly way to get from Bangkok to Koh Lanta. There are departures from Khao San Road and Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok among others.

On Koh Lanta, buses normally bring you to Ban Saladan, the main village on Koh Lanta where the largest island pier is located. Ban Saladan is a good area to search for cheapies, but if you want to stay close to the beach, it is not the right place to dig for accommodation.

Tip:Beware unscrupulous operators! Many of the bus services originating from Khao San Road are infamous for en route theft, so choose your bus company carefully: speak to your fellow travellers or study other travellers’ reviews in the web.

From Bangkok to Koh Lanta via Suratthani

If a direct 18-hour travel from Bangkok to Koh Lanta looks too tiring, consider splitting the route in two parts. One of the possible ways to do it – and probably the most convenient one – is to get from Bangkok to Suratthani first and then reach Koh Lanta from Suratthani.

There is a choice of bus and train departures from Bangkok to Suratthani, including night ones which do not steal precious daytime from your holidays. Suratthani-bound buses leave from Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok and take around 10 hours to get to the town (THB600 for a VIP bus); trains originate from Hua Lamphong train station and need a couple of hours more to get to Suratthani train station located in the town of Phun Phin, but offer acceptable second class fan and AC berths as well as first class sleepers if you are after a higher level of comfort (THB800/THB1000/THB1600 respectively).

If you want to proceed to Koh Lanta immediately after you reach Suratthani – what actually does not make much sense – choose a train that arrives to Suratthani not later than 7am. The best ones include #173, #167 and #85, all leaving Bangkok between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. There is a direct transfer from Suratthani train station to Koh Lanta at 8am daily with Phantip. It costs THB600 and takes 4 hours to reach the island.

If you decide to make a stopover in Suratthani, then you can hop onto a bus to Koh Lanta the next morning. Several bus companies operate from Suratthani bus station near Talat Kaset 1 between 7am and 11.30am with Phantip buses offering the most budget service (THB550).

From Bangkok to Koh Lanta via Krabi or Phuket

There is no airport on Koh Lanta and if you want to cover a part of the distance by air, check Krabi, the nearest airport for onward trips to Koh Lanta. Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air fly to Krabi from Don Mueang airport in Bangkok while Thai Smile takes off from Suvarnabhumi. You can sometimes get air tickets from Bangkok to Krabi (1½ hour) for as low as THB500 with some checked luggage included into the fair; and for most dates you will be in any case paying under THB1000 for a one-way ticket. There is over a dozen daily flights from the capital to Krabi any time of the day.

On arrival to Krabi airport you will be inevitably met by van operators offering trips to the most popular destinations throughout the province, Koh Lanta included (THB600). In April 2016 a bridge between Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai was opened and now Koh Lanta (Yai) can be reached overland – you do not need to take a ferry which used to be the case prior to the bridge opening. Tigerline Ferry operates combination trips from Krabi airport which include a van ride to the pier in Krabi Town and then a high-speed ferry transfer to Saladan pier on Koh Lanta. It costs more and takes more than an ordinary van ride, but makes for a pleasant sea journey (THB1100; 5 hours).

Take a note of Andaman Taxis’ offer for transfer between Krabi airport and Koh Lanta. They have 9 pax vans for THB1800, which is a fantastic deal if you are travelling as a group of 4 or more fellows.

There is absolutely no need to go to the town from Krabi airport first in a hope to catch a cheaper transport: you will lose more time and end up paying more or less the same.

If there are no cheap air tickets from Bangkok to Krabi, check Phuket (1½ hour) – there is even wider choice of flights from Bangkok to Phuket. To get from Phuket to Koh Lanta, take a ferry. It takes just two hours, but is rather costly (THB1200-THB1500). On the pro side of this rather an expensive trip are extraordinarily beautiful marine panoramas.

Why go to Koh Lanta

Part of Krabi province, Koh Lanta Yai is the largest island of the namesake archipelago which also includes uninhabited Koh Lanta Noi. Condé Nast Traveller list Koh Lanta in their top-10 Thai islands along with Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui or Koh Lipe, and while the flow of tourists to Koh Lanta grows year after year, it remains a relatively quiet and tranquil place. Sweeping Lanta beaches are so long that never feel too crowded, even during the high season when many accommodations are full. Backpackers who were the first to discover the island back in 80s, give way to package European tourists, and simple beach huts are difficult to come across in a growing community of midrange-to-luxury resorts. That said, Koh Lanta still welcomes travellers of all budgets luring them with secluded beaches, lazy days spent with a book in a hammock, amazing dive sites within an easy reach of the island and mouth-watering southern Thai flavours dished out by the members of large Lanta’s Muslim community.

Things to do on Koh Lanta

Even if the main reason for visiting Koh Lanta is the beach and all other sea-related activities like snorkelling, diving, kayaking, SUP or just touring the neighbouring islands, take some rest from the sea-sand-sun combo and go explore the inner part of Koh Lanta.

The Old Town is an absolute Koh Lanta’s must visit. It is a small village which once used to be the municipal centre of the island but nowadays provides a picturesque setting for a stroll along narrow streets oozing old Lanta’s charm infused on a mix of different cultures: Chinese, Southern Thai and Muslim. Seafood restaurants with breezy terraces hide behind inconspicuous house doors and serve the catch of the day.

Mu Koh Lanta National Park sits on the southern tip of the island and boasts idyllic beaches. There are some hiking opportunities as well as spectacular panoramas from a rocky cliff, a lighthouse and lazy monkeys frolicking around. The park can be reached by motorbike or, if you do not rent one, negotiate a round trip with a songthaew driver from any of the beaches.

Thung Yee Peng Mangrove Forest is a great destination for a half-day walk or kayaking. If you are lucky enough, you can spot fiddler crabs, mudskippers or cranes. A day in the mangrove forest can be complemented with a visit the namesake village where there is a butterfly and orchid farm.

Onward travel from Koh Lanta

Any travel agency on Koh Lanta advertises at least a couple of dozens destinations you can reach from the island. Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Trang islands are all in the route lists. In reality travellers heading to different places are often put onto one and the same big boat and then transferred to their final destinations by longtail boats which you have to board at some point in the middle of the sea. It is the case with e.g. the cheapest tickets to Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Railey Beach and Phuket.

Pricier speedboats provide direct transfer from Koh Lanta almost to all the major islands of the Andaman Sea in Thailand including Koh Lipe, Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, Koh Muk and Koh Libong as well as Langkawi island in Malaysia and mainland destinations like Krabi or Trang. For the best deals check Tigerline Ferry.

Passenger reviews out of total 12,921 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Apr 18, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
maybe next time charging port can be install
Apr 4, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Tour was very comfortable. Seats great. Highly recomended.
Apr 1, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
The bus was quite comfy, large space and fast drivers. Some complimentary little cake and a bottle of water. Air condition is very strong, tho. Working toilet. Although I put here that I want to go to Ao Nang, we got to Krabi bus station, and then had to pay for mini bus to Ao Nang.
Mar 31, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
The ride was ok. The seats recline far on the lower deck and the aircon wasn't too too cold. There aren't any power sockets so beware and the toilet stank to high heaven but other than that it was a decent journey.
Mar 27, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Very comfortable journey - seats large and plenty of space to stretch out. We all slept which was a relief. Seats reclined a lot so great for sleeping. The staff were not so helpful but this may have been communication problems! The meal was adequate but kids would not eat it.
Mar 26, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Large reclining seats which are very comfy, a blanket and snacks are provided too! Well worth the money
Mar 23, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Very good service overall. Clean bus and comfortable seats. Back massage feature was really good. Snacks and drinks provided during the journey. Dinner stop could have been better. Reached on time. Very safe. Attendant was helpful but only spoke thai. Good option for Bangkok to krabi.
Mar 22, 2018
bus Standard AC, Jolly Travel Bangkok
★★☆☆☆
Journey was good, but organization was unprofessional. We walked 1 hour across the Bangkok and collect people, after that we reach the bus (why didn.t they provide us the right pick up point information? ) At the end they offered us the 'special opportunitty' to bring us to the hotel only 100 THB per person. Our hotel is located on the standard bus route.
Mar 22, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Very long trip, staff doesn't speak english, many staff stops (we could go out the bus only once)
Mar 21, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Very good trip, reasonable price, comfy for 12 hour bus ride, friendly. could of just done with communication to say how many stops we will have on the journey and for how long. Generally a good service.
Mar 17, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Lovely, clean comfortable bus. Blankets and refreshments (soya milk and fruit juice plus snack) provided. Thai films available - would be nice if had English subtitles to we could have watched/understood them. Highly recommend and would use again! ????
Mar 7, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Very pleasant, comfortable chairs, one thing i would love to have on the bus are usb ports to charge your phone.
Mar 6, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Amazing experience!
Mar 1, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Excelent ride. The bus was super confortable and they gave us water, juice and a muffin. The driver drove very nice and safe and the bus had a toilet!! The only thing I didn't enjoyed was that I was in a window seat and the air conditioner was pointing directly to my face without any change to out it of or move it.
Mar 1, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Clean but old. Not sure if the blankets were clean as they were not inside a plastic and just draped over the back of the chair. Would have been better if the massage chair worked all night otherwise it's a good ride. Attendant nice and diligent in providing the snacks and necessities. Not luxurious, just comfortable.
Feb 27, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
All great...we were surprised that we even got free lunch (rice and curry) during a quick stop.
Feb 25, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
We travelled from Bangkok to Krabi on an overnight Lignite VIP24 bus. We left on time and were given various drinks (soy, cola, water). Around 10pm we stopped at a roadside cafe near Hua Hin for a free meal of Thai food. It was pretty rushed but adequate. After that it was a solid drive, stopping at various places and sometimes back tracking. I thought this meant we were behind schedule but we actually arrived at Krabi Bus Terminal 40 minutes early. About an hour before arrival we were offered hot coffee, a pastry, and a wet wipe. The bus was clean and tidy but old. There are TVs in the back of the seats but the movies are Thai only. I found the seat to be comfortable enough and I got a decent amount of sleep for an overnight bus. There is an attendant for the whole journey who brings you food etc and announces the stops, but she didn't speak any English. The toilet was clean enough and I didn't really notice a smell. Overall a pretty good experience.
Feb 22, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Bkk to krabi! VIP bus, bug seats, personal tv, a.c, right on time, drinks. 5/5
Feb 20, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
It's not 4 because of the lack of information that is normally true to any public transport in Thailand. We didn't have any problems, but the crew lady could have been a little more informative during the trip. At the end you get what you pay for on top of the 12hr bus travel. The back massage feature of the seat was a bonus. :)
Feb 20, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Nice and comfortable bus, we left Bangkok on time and we arrive in Krabi plenty of time to arrange your mini van, little snack provided by the company and small break for dinner around 10pm
Feb 19, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Bus journey comfortable. On board toilets not the cleanest, definitely wear shoes. Coconut biscuits, water and soya milk supplied. Arrived on time.
Feb 18, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
I was little bit too tall for seats and couldn't charge my phone at bus, Movies were good.... but dubbed to thai and no english sub. Otherwise very comfy ride with snack and one meal and good service.
Feb 14, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Comodissimo consiglio vivamente
Feb 14, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★☆☆☆
Tv and wifi wasnt working. Seat 24 couldnt go down totally.
Feb 13, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
There was a very irritating neck rest/pillow which was not at all ergonomic, causing a lot of pain in my neck. Also, the levers for moving the seat and leg support weren't working properly.
Feb 12, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
The booking online and the Check-in at bus Terminal was easy and was working well. The only thing i would like to mention is that on the homepage and the ticket was written that we have to go to the 3rd floor for the check-in, well there was no 3rd floor. We found it in the end but it was a bit anoying. So for all further travellers, the check in is on the 1st floor ????
Feb 12, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
One of the best bus jpurney ever... only if free wifi is there i would have given a 6 star review!!
Feb 11, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Comfortable, with minimal stops, and no loud music blaring when at stops. Free cake roll, soda, water, and soy milk. Bus is old, but seemed decently clean, and the chairs reclined to be quite comfortable for sleeping. Only negative was that my seat's tv system didn't work.
Feb 7, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★★
Bonne compagnie avec des cars confortables ,en avance par rapport à l'horaire d'arrivée ????
Feb 1, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
It felt so cold because of the airco. Nice to get food and drinks. Even a small late dinner was included.
Jan 31, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Good and fast , way to book , love it !
Jan 30, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Buon sito per prenotazione dei trasferimenti, organizzazione e terminal gestiti bene,bus puliti con piccolo snack pack e sosta "cena" lungo il percorso (zuppa di riso con vari ingredienti da aggiungere a piacimento,poco adatta alla maggior parte dei turisti)si riesce a riposare abb bene. La toilette del bus è l'unico neo..odorante è molto sporca,causa il frequente uso dei passeggeri,al punto di rinunciare ad entrarci.Per il resto positivo e lo userò ancora di sicuro.
Jan 24, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Actually pleasantly surprised. No load TV, nice clean blankets,seat neck rest bit to high for me otherwise would be 5 stars. Will definitely use again.
Jan 19, 2018
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
All very good but no charge for the phone.
Jan 19, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
It was a nice enough bus trip. Half way we stopped for a free meal and we were provided some snacks, water, and juice. The seats were comfortable and thr blankets smelled clean.
Jan 10, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Fairly good driver, seats, comfort, but the food was insubstantial and just a sugar fix. However the meal we had at the restaurant was good
Jan 7, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Nice, clean bus with A/C and toilet. Blanket, water, snack was offered. Left on time, arrived on time. Thank you!
Jan 7, 2018
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
It was not the newest bus but it was comfy. I slept very well during the trip. Driver was on time and was driving very steadily. I felt totally safe. Water, snack and soy milk were provided. The southern Terminal staff were friendly and helpful. Service for the price was very good! I definitely recommend a ride!
Dec 30, 2017
bus Standard AC, Jolly Travel Bangkok
★★★☆☆
The positive thing was that there was a friendly, helpful and funny man in the office in rambhuttri house.. Unfortunately, the bus was about two hours late, it was a bumpy ride with only one bathroom and cigarette break..we had to change twice, but it wasn't that bad..the driver dropped us off at our guesthouse for extra 100 bath and in the end we arrived on time..I will fly next time, it is just too long and tiring to go by bus:)
Dec 29, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Bus got one hour late.
Dec 28, 2017
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★☆☆
My saftybelt was out of function. And the neckpillow was not steady in the upper position, go down all time. Beside of that I was very satisfied ????
Dec 27, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Very comfortable bus!
Dec 27, 2017
bus Standard AC, Jolly Travel Bangkok
★★☆☆☆
Awful journey that took 20.5 hours instead of 16.5 like advertised. You spend a long time sitting and going nowhere while they call in people one by one into an office and try to scam them by selling them a shuttle service you don’t need (since dropoff on Koh Lanta is included in your ticket), and lying about how expensive taxis are on Koh Lanta if you don’t pay them. You end up sitting in various cramped vans for hours after the bus drops you off. You end up waiting for hours in various places. I found out I paid an extra 245 baht for this trip by using this 12go website instead of just booking directly, but I don’t recommend anyone uses this company at all. Instead of driving to Krabi, this drives to the other side of Thailand FIRST before taking you to Krabi. You can find a faster, more direct route.
Dec 26, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Too Cold. But otherwise, really great. Staff was super helpful.
Dec 26, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Everything is good except smell from the toilet.
Dec 24, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
On time, god friendly driver. But please fix the spotlights: I wanted to read after the main lights were turned off, and the spotlight wasn't working, so I couldn't. As I can never sleep on buses, this meant I was not able to do anything at all except sit awake for 12 hours
Dec 19, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Comfortable seats, enough legroom and overall safe ride.
Dec 12, 2017
bus VIP24, Lignite
★★★★☆
Everything was very nice but no information are provided in english, nor the entertainment system provides anything in english. Otherwise great, very comfortable!
Dec 11, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
the seat was a little bit hard but the price was low so ok
Dec 10, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
I knew that it wasn't going to be dreamy because it was a long ride (about 12 hrs), but I was positively surprised by getting free food at a stop, and getting a mini lunch bag at the beginning of the trip. The only thing that was terrible was the smell of the toilet, but even on the classiest busses, that's always a problem.
Dec 8, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Não falam inglês. Difícil conseguir qualquer tipo de informação nestas condições. Viagem longa, sem noção nenhuma das paragens ou do trajecto. De qualquer forma permite descansar (os bancos permitem ficar quase deitados) e é uma opção muito econômica
Dec 3, 2017
bus Intercity, Transport Co Intl
★★★☆☆
No free meal as mentioned in the ticket.. Only a bun bread was provided as part of snacks on boarding
Dec 3, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
very convienient coach, time keeping good trip
Nov 12, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
Timetable ok. We arrived in time. Bus uncomfortable. No food coupon and no water. No information about stops. The bus toilet was in unacceptable conditions, too dirty. And the toilet at the stops were not free. We were dead on time at the Pick up point but we had to make some call to be sure that somebody will come to pick us up. The company man came after 45 minutes. Never more with paradive travel.
Oct 23, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★☆
Snack was tea, water, and a bun, and there was a stop at a rest stop with food. Leg room was a bit on the cramped side, and it was somewhat hard to sleep. That being said, we got there a tad bit early, the staff was courteous, and it was cheap. Would recommend and ride again.
Oct 22, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Good bus!
Sep 23, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★☆☆
Relatively accommodating, but cabin steward was pretty rude. Getting rest was a chore. It was cheap though, so overall you get what you're willing to pay for.
Sep 16, 2017
bus Express, Lignite
★★★★★
Everything was fine. Nice staff good bus.