When travelling the 820km distance from Bangkok to Koh Lipe, you have 3 options; you can fly for 5 hours ($42), take a bus for about 18 hours ($48.50), or board the train for at least 19 hours ($46). All options include a van and ferry ride from Hat Yai to Koh Lipe.
The flight is normally the fastest and cheapest option when travelling from Bangkok to Koh Lipe. The flight and combined van and ferry ride take about 5 hours, excluding transfer time, and total fare starts at $42. Keep in mind though that prices rise on busy season.
When flight prices are too high, you can also opt to take a bus. Combined bus, van and ferry prices cost $48.50 and the journey takes at least 18 hours.
The train is a more comfortable option for long journeys, but it may take too long for this route. Travelling by train from Bangkok to Koh Lipe takes at least 19 hours. However, the fastest train often sells out fast, making the journey last up to 22.5 hours.
Duration: 5 hours excl. transfer time Cost: 1,270 THB ($42)
We recommend taking a flight as it is the fastest and cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Lipe.
First, you have to fly from Bangkok to Hat Yai Airport. From the airport, you can take a combined van and ferry ride to Koh Lipe.
Step 1: Bangkok to Hat Yai by Flight
Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: 570 THB ($19)
AirAsia, Nok Air and Thai Lion Air offer several flights daily to Hat Yai from Bangkok. Airfares start at 570 THB ($19) for a one-way ticket and the flight time is 1.5 hours.
We suggest taking an early flight from Bangkok so you can arrive on Koh Lipe mid-day, with time to enjoy the beaches and sights before the sun goes down. An earlier arrival will also ensure you have a prime location picked out to watch the island’s stunning sunset.
Duration: 18 hours excl. transfer time Cost: 1,460 THB ($48.50)
Travelling by bus from Bangkok to Koh Lipe takes a lot more time, but it is an alternate option on peak season, when flight prices are too high. A night bus is an ideal travel option as you can catch up on some sleep and be ready to explore the island upon arrival.
Step 1: Bangkok to Hat Yai by Bus
Duration: 12.5 hours Cost: 760 THB ($25)
There are several companies operating buses from Bangkok to Hat Yai, with varying departure points.
Siam Lane Tour departs from Southern Bus Terminal while Transport Co. has departures from both Southern and Mochit bus terminals. There are other companies offering trips for this route, but Siam Lane Tour and Transport Co. receive better reviews.
We recommend that you take an overnight bus so you don’t lose a day travelling. Fares for night buses start at 760 THB ($25) and travel time is at least 13.5 hours. They all park at Hat Yai Bus Station.
Duration: 19 hours excl. transfer time Cost: 1,390 THB ($46)
Taking the train for this journey is quite a trip. The journey will take at least 19 hours, and can take longer depending on the train you take. The good thing about it is that you can travel the largest part by train all the way from Bangkok to Hat Yai. This will be more comfortable than a bus ride, but the question is if this is worth the extra travel time.
Below we want to share the details with you in case you are interested in this option:
Step 1: Bangkok to Hat Yai by Train
Duration: 13h 44min Cost: 740 THB ($24.50)
The fastest train from Bangkok to Hat Yai is SP41, which takes almost 14 hours. However, tickets for this train often sell out fast. For other train options, see the table below:
Location, location, location! This hostel is the perfect spot for those travelers who want to explore the island. Less than 400m to 3 different beaches, you can spend your day soaking up the rays at a new spot every day. This hotel offers semi-private, cubicle style, rooms and is very well-known for its friendly staff and cleanliness.
This hostel & cafe is situated in a great location within walking distance to plenty of sights and beaches. The hostel is extremely, offers very comfortable beds and clean towels every day. The owners and staff are very friendly, welcoming and will assist in any way possible. The on-site bar that often provides live music is a great place to relax with a cold drink and enjoy the island vibe.
Your own private bungalow! Nestled in the nature of Koh Lipe sits this amazing resort. Just 50m from Walking Street and less than a 5-minute walk from the beach, it’s the perfect location. If you’re looking to enjoy nature and enjoy the peace and quiet but still be close to the action then this is definitely the spot for you! They offer free water, coffee, and tea and there is also a restaurant on-site.