Koh Lanta to Phuket

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How to get from Koh Lanta to Phuket?

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and one of the most visited destinations in the country. The province is filled with night markets, Wat and shrines, temples, shopping, and stunning beaches.

Surrounded by numerous smaller islands, Phuket also offers unbeatable snorkeling, diving, and water sports adventures.

2 ways to get from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Fastboat1.5-2 hours1,510 THB ($41)Check ferry tickets
Ferry4 hours900 THB ($24)Check ferry tickets
Bus + Ferry5 hours525 THB ($14)Check bus + ferry tickets

The distance from Koh Lanta to Phuket is 80km (50 miles). In this post, we compare the 2 best options to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta: by fastboat (1.5-2 hours), by ferry (4 hours) and by a combination of bus + ferry (5 hours). Ticket costs range between 525 THB ($14)1,510 THB ($41).

The fast ferry is clearly the most convenient way to travel from Koh Lanta to Phuket. The journey takes only 1.5-2 hours and fares start from 1,510 THB ($41). This fare includes hotel pick-up from your hotel in Koh Lanta.

Booking a standard ferry is another option that will bring you to Koh Lanta in about 4 hours. This ferry ticket costs only 900 THB ($24), however, you will arrange your ride on the way to the pier.

If you are travelling on a budget and you can also book a combined bus/van and ferry ticket. The journey will take about 5 hours, but the ticket only costs 525 THB ($14).

Itinerary from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Koh Lanta to Phuket by Ferry

Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 1,510 THB ($41)
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 1,510 THB ($41)

Travelling by ferry from Koh Lanta to Phuket is the fastest option. It can be pricey but you will reach your destination in just 1.5-2 hours while having a scenic view of the vast and beautiful Andaman sea.

Departure & Arrival Stations

The ferry from Koh Lanta to Phuket departs from Saladan Pier which is a 25-minute drive away from Koh Lanta centre.

The three companies offering this direct ferry trip from Koh Lanta to Phuket are: Satun Pakbara Speedboat, Bundhaya Speedboat, and Ao Nang Travel and Tour.

Satun Pakbara company offers free pick-up in many areas of Koh Lanta. Please check their booking page for the areas and hotels that include free pickup.

The final stop of the ferries is at Rassada Pier in Phuket which is 5km away from Phuket town.

Ferry Schedule from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Satun Pakbara Speedboat
(Incl. pick-up)
13:00-14:301,500 THB ($40.50)
Check Ferry Tickets
Bundhaya Speedboat
13:00-14:301,500 THB ($40.50)
Check Ferry Tickets
Ao Nang Travel and Tour
13:30-17:15900 THB ($24)
Check Ferry Tickets

There also used to be a 4-hour slow ferry for this route, operated by Andaman Wave Master. However, there is still no update on their operations since the start of the covid pandemic.

Ferries operate less frequently during the low season (May-October), so always double-check the schedule on the provided link.

Booking your tickets online is often cheaper than at a local travel agent and also assures you of a seat on your preferred ferry.

Koh Lanta to Phuket by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 525 THB ($14)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 525 THB ($14)

Are you travelling on a budget? Travelling by land and ferry takes a few more hours, but saves you some money.

If you are prone to seasickness, this alternative might also be better. You only have to take a 30-minute ferry in the first part of the trip from Koh Lanta to Phuket.

Departure & Arrival Station

The ferry will depart from Saladan Pier which is 25 minutes away from Koh Lanta.

This ferry will then arrive at the Hua in Pier, north of Phuket. From there, you will be transferred to a bus which will bring you in about 4.5 hours to Phuket Bus Terminal 1 station.

The ticket below is for a combined bus and ferry ride, which means you don’t need to buy separate tickets. Goodluck Lanta Tour offers this trip every other day.

Combined bus + ferry ticket from Koh Lanta to Phuket

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Goodluck LantaEvery other day
5 hours525 THB ($14)
Check Bus + Ferry Tickets

If this ticket is not available anymore, you can also book each transportation means separately. The steps are explained below:

Booking Tickets Separately

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 550 THB ($14.50)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 550 THB ($14.50)

Booking separately via bus and ferry is also another cheap option and can be availed daily. But this method won’t as easy and convenient when booking the combined tickets.

The total cost is 550 THB ($14.50) when buying the tickets separately.

Step 1: Koh Lanta to Krabi by Minivan + Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 340 THB ($9)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 340 THB ($9)

The first step includes booking a minivan ride from Koh Lanta to Krabi. Conveniently, a minivan picks up guests from any hotel on the island. Just make sure you book a ticket going to Krabi Bus Terminal and not Krabi Airport.

The trip will take about 2 hours and the last stop is at the Krabi Bus Terminal. From the terminal, you can hop on a bus to Phuket.

Make sure you align this trip with the bus departures for your next transfer.

Minivan + ferry Schedule from Koh Lanta to Krabi

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Cooperative Passengers Car Krabi5x a day, every two hours between
2 hours340 THB ($9)
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Step 2: Krabi to Phuket by Bus/Van

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 210 THB ($5.50)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 210 THB ($5.50)

From Krabi, you can take either a bus or van going to Phuket. Goodluck Lanta bus has only one schedule every other day. Luckily, there are many van trips operated by 438 Krabi Transport for this route.

The direct bus/van departs from Krabi Bus Terminal and takes 3 hours of travel to reach Phuket. Ticket starts at 210 THB ($5.50) per person for this trip.

The last stop for both options is at the Phuket Bus Terminal 1. You can read how to go from Krabi to Phuket for more details.

Bus/Van Schedule from Krabi to Phuket

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
438 Krabi Transport18x a day, every 40 minutes between
3 hours210 THB ($5.50)
Check Van Tickets
Goodluck LantaEvery other day
3 hours300 THB ($8)
Check Bus Tickets

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