Getting to Koh Lanta
Ko Lanta lies to the south of Krabi Province and is accessible by road, or sea. Here, we give you directions to get here, as well as the current ferry schedules. If you are coming by plane, you can fly to either Krabi or Trang airports, then take road transport to the island.
Driving to Koh Lanta (self-drive and taxi)
To drive to Ko Lanta from Krabi, head south on Route 4 in the direction of Trang. A few kilometres past Klong Thom, there is a signposted turning on the right (Route 4206) for Hua Hin pier, some 30km further at the end of the road.
(If driving from Trang, this sign will be on the left, a few kilometres after Klong Pon village, as you head north on Route 4 to Krabi.)
Once you get to the end of the road, you will come to Hua Hin pier. The crossing is made in two stages, first to Ko Lanta Noi, nearest the coast, then from the other side of this island to Ko Lanta Yai. When you arrive in Ko Lanta Noi, turn right and follow the road until you see a sign on your left for the next pier. For a car with two people, the cost (one-way) to Ko Lanta Yai is 113 baht. The last ferry leaves Hua Hin pier at 10pm every night.
All buses, taxis and minivan transfers to Ko Lanta will use this route – the journey time from Krabi Town is around 2 hours. A private taxi to Ko Lanta from Krabi International Airport costs 3000 baht. Your hotel may also provide minibus / boat transfers; please ask at the time of enquiry for the price. Join-in minibus services to Ko Lanta also leave daily from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, tickets (from 400 baht) can be bought in any tour agency – journey time minimum 3 hours.
Passenger ferries to Koh Lanta
The most pleasant way to travel to the island
If you are on foot the easiest way to travel to the Lanta Islands is by passenger ferry. You can take a taxi from Krabi Airport to the pier in Krabi Town for 350 baht, journey time approximately 15 minutes, or to the pier in Ao Nang for 600 baht, journey time 30 minutes. Boats to Lanta also leave from Ko Jum, Phuket and Phi Phi. A one way journey costs from 400 baht per person, see the schedule below for the current ferry times (updated August 2014):
Note Passenger ferries operate from November to April only. During ‘low season’ (May – late October), all passenger ferries stop operating and the only way to get to Lanta Island is via taxi or minibus service from Ao Nang, Krabi Town or Trang (see above).
From Krabi Town to Koh Lanta
11.00, 400 baht, journey time approx. 2 hours ( 1 hr 15 mins to Koh Jum).
Boats leave from Krabi Passenger Pier (transit bus from town centre 30 baht, from Ao Nang 50 baht).
From Ao Nang/ Railay to Koh Lanta
10.30, 15.30, 470 baht, journey time 2 hours 15 mins.
Boats leave from Nopparat Thara pier (free pick-up bus from Ao Nang Beach), going via Railay West / Tonsai beach.
From Ko Phi Phi to Koh Lanta
11.30, 15.00, 450 baht, journey time 1 hour 10 mins.
Boats leave from Ton Sai pier.
From Phuket to Koh Lanta
(Via Koh Phi Phi), 08.30, 900 baht (journey time approx 4 hrs)
(Via Ao Nang / Railay), 08.30, 13.30, 850 baht (journey time approx 4hrs)
Boats leave from Rassada pier. For transfers from your hotel, to the pier, contact your local travel agent.
Leaving Koh Lanta
As there is yet no bridge joining Koh Lanta to the mainland, you can only leave or arrive on the island during the hours of (approx.) 6am to 10pm, while the car ferry services are running. The only way to leave after these hours is by private boat.
Passenger ferry times and prices from Ko Lanta to Ko Jum, Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Railay, Ko Phi Phi and Phuket.
to Ko Jum / Krabi Town
8.00, 400 baht, journey time 2 hours (45 minutes to Koh Jum).
to Ao Nang/ Railay, then Phuket
08.30, 13.30, 470 baht (to Ao Nang, journey time around 2 hours), 850 baht (to Phuket, journey time around 4 hours).
to Phi Phi, then Phuket
8.00, 13.00, 450 baht (900 baht for Phuket, change boats in Phi Phi).
Boats leave from the pier in Saladan Village.