Surat Thani to Krabi

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How to get from Surat Thani to Krabi

Krabi is a popular destination in the South of Thailand, but less crowded than the nearby island Phuket. The area is filled with gorgeous beaches and blue waters and is also surrounded by numerous small islands for you to explore. There are excellent hiking opportunities in the area for the adventurous type or beautiful beaches and resorts for travellers hoping to just relax.

The distance from Surat Thani to Krabi is 150 km (95 miles). In this post, we compare the 2 options to travel from Surat Thani to Krabi: by minivan (3-4 hours) or by taxi (2.5 hours). Ticket prices range from 265 THB ($7) to 2,740 THB ($76).

2 ways to get from Surat Thani to Krabi

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan3-4 hours265 THB ($7)Check Minivan Tickets
Taxi2.5 hours2,740 THB ($76)Check Private Transfers

The minivan is a cheap way to travel from Surat Thani to Krabi. Minivan tickets start from 265 THB ($7) and the journey takes around 3-4 hours. The departure and arrival stations are also conveniently located in both the towns’ centres.

Taxis are also available if you want to travel door-to-door. However, rates can be expensive. A 2.5-hour private taxi from Surat Thani to Krabi costs 2,740 THB ($76).

Itinerary from Surat Thani to Krabi

Surat Thani to Krabi by Minivan

Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: 265 THB ($7)
Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: 265 THB ($7)

The cheapest option to travel from Surat Thani to Krabi is by minivan. There are several departures a day from 9:00 to 16:30.

Phantip Travel and Pichet Transport are the two companies operating minivans from Surat Thani to Krabi. Fare starts at 265 THB ($7) for the 3 to 4-hour trip.

Departure stations

The minivans depart from two different stations in Surat Thani town centre:

The stations are only a 5-minute walk from each other.

Arrival stations

The last stop for the minivans is Krabi Bus Terminal, which is about 10 minutes away from Krabi Town by taxi. Phantip Travel also has minivans arriving at Ao Nam Mao Pier near some beach resorts.

To make your journey easier, we’ve provided everything you need to know below to plan your trip from Surat Thani to Krabi.

Minivan schedules from Surat Thani to Krabi

Van OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Phantip Travel
(to Krabi Bus Terminal)
6x a day, every 90 minutes
between 9:00-16:30
3 hours290 THB ($8)
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Phantip Travel
(to Ao Nam Mao)
4x a day, every 90 minutes
between 9:00-13:30
4 hours450 THB ($12.50)
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Pichet Transport2x departures a day
3.5 hours265 THB ($7)
Check Minivan Tickets

We suggest booking your tickets online in advance.

Surat Thani to Krabi by Taxi

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: from 2,750 THB ($76)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: from 2,750 THB ($76)

For a more comfortable option, you can also take a private transfer from Surat Thani to Krabi. However, taking a taxi costs a lot more with prices starting at 2,740 THB ($76).

The journey takes at least 2.5 hours to complete by taxi, depending on your destination in Krabi.

We recommend Andaman Taxis for the private transfer from the Surat Thani to Krabi route. You can book a taxi through local taxi companies, travel agencies, or online through the link below.

Check Private Transfers on BookAway


Our favourite places to stay in Krabi

Pak-Up Hostel

This hostel is great, the location, the staff, the beds, the social atmosphere, it truly has it all.  Just steps from the Chaofa Pier you can easily grab a boat and head to Railay for a day trip. It’s within close proximity to countless restaurants, bars featuring live music and amenities.  The hostel offers a bar, laundry facilities, extremely helpful staff who can help with tours and travel arrangements. 

  • Social atmosphere
  • Ideal location
  • Bar onsite
  • Very comfortable beds

Single bunk starts at $13 per night

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Sleep Easy Krabi Guesthouse

If you’re looking for a bit of a quieter hostel then we suggest staying at the Sleep Easy Krabi Guesthouse. This hostel is conveniently located in central Krabi, within walking distance of the night market, Wat Kaew Korawaram, and the local city market.  You can enjoy a drink in the Guesthouse bar before retiring to your comfortable bunk and getting a good night's rest. 

  • Ideal location
  • Onsite bar
  • Walking distance to markets
  • Comfortable beds

Single bunk starts at $13 per night

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The Box House

Located centrally in Krabi Town, within a few minutes of many sights, this is a great location for your stay. The spacious, colorful rooms with large comfortable beds will offer you a great night’s sleep. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen tv for your enjoyment. The owners are friendly, welcoming and offer motorbike rentals onsite. 

  • Garden setting
  • Comfortable and clean rooms
  • Motorbike rentals available onsite
  • Friendly staff

Private rooms start at $18 per night 

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B Ber House

Excellent location in the center of Krabi town, less than 1 kilometer to Wat Kaew Korowaram and just 2 kilometers to Thara Park. There is a restaurant on-site and a lovely terrace offering beautiful city views for the guests to enjoy. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable, you’ll definitely have a great sleep here! The owners are very friendly and will offer to help in any way possible.  

  • Great views
  • Large terrace
  • Wonderful staff
  • Clean and comfortable 

Private room starts at $29 per night 

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The Brown Hotel

Set in central Krabi, within walking distance of all amenities, the night market, and sights, this hotel is a great choice.  Take in the views from the shared guest terrace or relax in your private room with extremely comfortable beds. The sleek and modern furnishings will have you feeling right at home. The hotel is extremely clean and the staff is fantastic. 

  • Ideal location
  • Large terrace
  • Sleek and modern furnishings
  • Comfortable beds

Private room starts at $49 per night

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