Koh Lanta to Phuket

Koh Lanta to Phuket

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Koh Lanta to Phuket Schedule

Koh Lanta to Phuket Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 SUV 4pax Any time฿ 5,170
Chaokoh Travel Center Ferry 06:40 - 11:00฿ 800
Chaokoh Travel Center Ferry 08:00 - 11:00฿ 800
Bundhaya Speed Boat Speedboat 11:00 - 14:30฿ 1,500
SiriLanta Speedboats Speedboat 13:00 - 16:30฿ 1,600
Seatran Phuket Speedboat 15:30 - 18:00฿ 2,000
SiriLanta Speedboats Speedboat 16:00 - 17:45฿ 1,360

How to get from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Arguably the most popular way to get from Koh Lanta to Phuket is by a bigger boat which departs daily from Sala Dan pier and brings you to the biggest of the Thai islands some 4 hours later. Yet a similarly popular and good option to be considered, especially in the low season, is travelling via Krabi by van and bus. That said, there are also direct highspeed ferries, van transfers and taxis plying this route. Travelling overland can take you anywhere from 5 hours up as the road distance between Koh Lanta and Phuket is about 240 km. Ferris can do a much faster job as they have to travel 100-120 km, depending on the route.

From Koh Lanta to Phuket by Ferry

There are several ferries that ply the route from Koh Lanta to Phuket, departing from the Ban Sala Dan Pier in Koh Lanta and docking at different piers on the island of Phuket.

From Ban Sala Dan, Koh Lanta to the Rassada Pier in Phuket, you can board a Satun Pakbara Club speedboat at 9.00am or 1.00pm and arrive an hour and a half later or the Tigerline Travel high-speed ferry which leaves at 3.00pm and docks at 4.45pm. For both ferries, tickets cost THB 1,500.

Tigerline travel also offers ferry services from the Koh Lanta Ban Sala Dan Pier to the Ao Por Pier, Phuket and Klong Hia Pier, Koh Yao Yai for the same price.

If you would like to dock at the Nam Chai Pier, Phuket, make your way to the Sala Dan Pier, Koh Lanta at 8.00am. Chaokoh Travel Center has a local ferry scheduled to leave at 8.00am and arrive in Phuket two hours and forty-five minutes later if there are no delays due to bad weather. You’ll require THB 1,000 for this trip.

Tigerline Travels also offers populat combination tickets from Koh Lanta to any hotel in Phuket, the Phuket Airport, and Bus Terminal. Scheduled departure times are 12.30pm and 3.00pm. Regardless of your drop off point, a ticket will cost you THB 1,750.

There is also at least one Sea Angel Cruise boat leaving Koh Lanta Ban Saladan Pier to any hotel in Phuket for THB 1,400 at 8.00am, but it calls to Koh Phi Phi en route what brings the total travel time to whooping 9 hours and thus is not recommended.

As mentioned above, a popular option is to take a larger express boat from Koh Lanta to Phuket which leaves at 1.30pm (check the departure time as it may vary). This boat takes onboard travellers heading to Krabi, Ao Nang, Railey beach and Koh Phi Phi, too. It takes 4 hours to get to Phuket this way and costs about THB600.

From Koh Lanta to Phuket by Taxi

Although expensive, this is the easiest and probably most comfortable way to get to Phuket from Koh Lanta rather than by sea which can be uncomfortable during stormy weather.

Recommended operators include Lanta Gardenhill or Andaman Taxi Service. Both have 3- and 9-passenger options and it is probably a better idea to opt for the latter and the price difference is not that big but level of comfort is higher. A 9-pax air-conditioned van from any hotel on Koh Lanta to the Phuket Airport will cost you THB 4,500 and to Patong, Karon, and Kata in Phuket for THB 5,300.

Note: Lanta Gardenhill does not allow for cancellations or refunds.

From Koh Lanta to Krabi town and then Phuket

If you easily get sea-sick and prefer to travel to Phuket overland, then you can make your way to Krabi town from Koh Lanta by van and then proceed to Phuket from there.

The cheapest option would be to take a van to Krabi first which costs THB300-THB400. Check Bus Cooperative of Krabi schedule – they operate frequent trips throughout the day from 7.30am and every hour after that until 2.30pm.

Vans bring you to the Krabi bus terminal from where big buses and vans to Phuket operate – you will not need to change the terminal. There is a great choice of direct and passing through buses to Phuket. All of them take about 4 hours and tickets should cost just under THB200. In Phuket, buses arrive to the Phuket Bus Terminal in Phuket Town.

Vans from Krabi to Phuket cost more but there are options to be dropped-off right in the area you are staying. E.g. Jolly Travel offers van transfer to Kata and Patong beaches for THB500.

There are also option to get from Krabi to Phuket by ferry but taking into consideration the cost of the trip (from THB700) it does not seen very reasonable compared to overland transportation.

A taxi from Krabi to Phuket will cost you from THB2,700 for a 9-passenger van for the northernmost beaches like Mai Khao, Kamala or Surin; add extra THB800 for Patong, Kata or Karon.

Transportation from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Facts about the transport from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Cheapest Transport$15
Fastest Transport1h 30m
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure3:30 PM
Departures per day44
Distance75 kilometers
Transport CompaniesAndaman Taxis, Ao Nang Travel And Tour, At Lanta Vacation, BangkokTaxi24, Bundhaya Speed Boat, Chaokoh Travel Center, Firstplan Transport Services, Glassflower, Good Luck Lanta Tour, King Travel, Koh Lanta Sea Tour, Phuket Transfer Travel Andaman, Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club, Seatran Phuket

Koh Lanta to Phuket Destination Reviews

Overbooked,was mean to go straight to Phuket from Koh Lanta but they stopped at phi phi island and picked up more passengers then they realised it’s overbooked and no seats they had to get them out of the boat was just waste of time stopping.
Ferry Speedboat, Bundhaya Speed Boat (Bundhaya Speed Boat), Mar 20, 2024
The ferries from Ko Lanta to Phuket were great, we had to change in Phi Phi and it was all organised well. The organisation of being assigned mini buses was also great. However, the transfer to Patong was awful. The driver was the worst we had in Thailand. Constantly accelerating full speed and slamming on the brakes. He near crashed into the back of so many cars. He was too busy watching youtube and facebook videos than concentrating on the road. I think we were unlucky with our driver.
Van Van + Ferry, Chaokoh Travel Center (ชาวเกาะกรุ๊ป), Mar 6, 2024
Pick-up from the hotel on time. Ferry halfway within the time frame. You always have to reckon with delays.
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Van Minivan + Ferry, Lanta Petpailin, Feb 22, 2024
The Van stopped a million times and the driver never informed us about how long we'll be at those random stops. Sometimes it was a minute, other times 20 minutes, so it was unclear whether we should stay inside the very full and not very comfortable mini van or if we can catch some air outside. Van also stopped at a bus stop about half way through and we had to switch busses. Which was very unexpected and the driver (again) didn't really explain what's happening. Very strange experience. Recommend taking the ferries instead.
Van Regional 13pax, Good Luck Lanta Tour, Dec 18, 2023
Boat was on time. Staff helpful with luggage and getting on/of the boat.
Ferry Speedboat, Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club (บริษัท สตูล ปากบารา สปีดโบ๊ท คลับ), Apr 24, 2023
The rider was very friendly and drove fast but safe. There was enough space, altough for taller People it can feel a bit crammed. The bus stopped at a lot of random places to pick up others of groceries. The bus made three small stops so you have time to make a bathroom stop and buy some food. The only thing you should not do is ask the driver (signs hanging in the bus) to go to one of the beaches (Kata, karon,...). He'll charge you 100Baht pp just to put you on the local bus (which Cost 40baht). Overal a good way of transportation, despite the negative reviews from others i was happy to have a save and comfortable ride. Do keep in mind this is Thailand, time schedules aren't as exact as mentioned, so don't book other transportation basad on the arrival time...
Bus Minibus, Good Luck Lanta Tour, Apr 13, 2023
The boat first whent To krabi which wasnt mentioned anywhere. We changed boat out on the water and then continued to Phuket. Was a great boat AC and great Staff!
Ferry Ferry, Ao Nang Travel And Tour (บริษัท อ่าวนาง แทรเวล แอนด์ ทัวร์ จำกัด), Apr 9, 2023
Based on previous reviews booked expecting a bad experience and do be dropped at the wrong terminal, but the pink striped bus actually picked us up (20 mins early) from our hotel, and took us all the way to the correct bus station (terminal 1) in Phuket. Maybe we got lucky. Plenty of stops for food and toilet Brint insect repellant as bus fully of mosquitos
Bus Minibus, Good Luck Lanta Tour, Apr 8, 2023
Amazing, the company the hired worked with me to rearrange when I booked the wrong day
taxi Van 9pax, Koh Lanta Sea Tour (เกาะลันตา ซี ทัวร์), Mar 8, 2023
Well the vessels this time ( Aonang princess 7 and 9) have been OK. Anyway when we change the vessel at Railey we get into a full vessel so no sets available because some people need to reservate a lot of seats. If you sell tickets to a ferry you should guarantee a seating too.
Ferry Ferry, Ao Nang Travel And Tour (บริษัท อ่าวนาง แทรเวล แอนด์ ทัวร์ จำกัด), Feb 21, 2023
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