Last updated: Mar 18, 2020

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Overview | Flight | Bus | Train | Secret Escapes

 

How To Get From Bangkok to Koh Lipe?

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 takes at least 19 hours, but the fastest train often sells out fast, making the journey last up to 22.5 hours.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight5 hours excl. transfer time 1,270 THB ($42)Check flights
Bus18 hours excl. transfer time 1,460 THB ($48.50)Check bus tickets
Train19 hours excl. transfer time 1,390 THB ($46)Check train tickets

View itinerary from Bangkok to Koh Lipe

Flight

Bangkok to Koh Lipe by Flight


Duration: 5 hours excl. transfer time 
Costs: 1,270 THB ($42)

We recommend taking a flight as it is the fastest and cheapest way to reach Koh Lipe from Bangkok.

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
Costs: 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.

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Step 2: Hat Yai Airport to Koh Lipe by Van +  Ferry

Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 700 THB ($23)

We recommend that you take a combined van and ferry transfer from Hat Yai Airport to Koh Lipe for an easy and hassle-free journey.

Tickets start at 700 THB ($23) and you can reach the island in at least 3.5 hours.

Below, we give you a list of the more trusted companies operating on this route:

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Satun Pakbara09:30-13:00
11:30-15:00
3h 30m700 THB ($23)
Sukhothai Hat Yai08:00-13:30
11:30-16:30
13:00-17:00
5h 30m
5h
4h
700 THB ($23)
Smart En Plus08:30-14:00
09:30-13:30
11:00-15:00
5h 30m
4h
4h
750 THB ($25)
Silaphat Transfer09:30-14:30
11:30-16:30
13:30-18:30
5h690 THB ($22.50)

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Silaphat Transfer is only available on BookAway.

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Bangkok to Koh Lipe by Bus


Route: Bangkok  Hat Yai  Koh Lipe
Duration: 18 hours excl. transfer time
Costs: 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
Costs: 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.

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Siam Lane Tour15:30-05:20
16:10-05:40
17:00-06:50
17:30-07:00 (VIP 24)
17:40-07:10 (VIP)
18:00-07:50
18:50-08:40
20:10-09:40 (VIP 24)
20:30-10:00 (VIP)
13h 50m
13h 30m
13h 50m
13h 30m
13h 30m
13h 50m
13h 50m
13h 30m
13h 30m
760 THB ($25)
760 THB ($25)
760 THB ($25)
1,150 THB ($38)
890 THB ($29.50)
760 THB ($25)
760 THB ($25)
1,150 THB ($38)
890 THB ($29.50)
Transport Co.06:45-19:45 (Express)
17:00-07:00 (VIP)
13h
14h
700 THB ($23)
1,100 THB ($36.50)

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Step 2: Hat Yai Bus Station to Koh Lipe by Van + Ferry

Duration: 5.5 hours
Costs: 700 THB ($23)

From Hat Yai Bus Station, you can transfer to your combined van and ferry ride to Koh Lipe. The earliest van leaves at 08:00 in the morning and prices start at 650 THB ($21.50).

You can choose from the operators and schedules below:

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Smart En Plus08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
12:00-17:30
5h 30m750 THB ($25)
Dee Travels08:15-13:30
12:15-17:00
5h 15m
4h 45m
650 THB ($21.50)
Satun Pakbara08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
5h 30m900 THB ($30)

Check Combined Van and Ferry Tickets

 

Train

Bangkok to Koh Lipe by Train


Duration: 19 hours excl. transfer time 
Costs: 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
Costs: 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:

TrainScheduleDuration2nd Class Sleeper A/C
SP4122:50-12:3413h 44m740 THB ($24.50)
RP17113:00-05:5216h 52m860 THB ($28.50)
SP3715:10-07:2016h 10m940 THB ($31)
RP16915:35-09:1517h 40m860 THB ($28.50)
SP4515:10-07:2016h 10m980 THB ($32.50)
SP3114:45-06:3515h 50m1,150 THB ($38)

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Step 2: Hat Yai Railway Station to Koh Lipe by Van + Ferry

Duration: 5 hours
Costs: 650 THB ($21.50)

Combined van and ferry tickets are also available from Hat Yai Railway Station. Tickets start at 650 THB ($21.50) and travel time is around 5 hours.

Sukhothai Hat Yai and Satun Pakbara are the most well-known companies for this route, but Smart En Plus also receives good reviews.

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Sukhothai Hat Yai08:00-18:30
09:30-15:00
11:30-16:30
5h 30m650 THB ($21.50)
Satun Pakbara08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
5h 30m900 THB ($30)
Smart En Plus08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
5h 30m750 THB ($25)
Dee Travels08:30-13:30
12:30-17:00
5h650 THB ($21.50)
Jolly Travel08:30-13:305h750 THB ($25)

Check Combined Van and Ferry Tickets

  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Koh Lipe


Seahorse Lipe

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. 

  • Excellent location
  • Very clean
  • Friendly owners
  • Walking distance to the beach

Private rooms start at $30 per night

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Bloom Cafe & Hostel

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. 

  • Great location
  • Comfortable beds
  • On-site bar
  • Friendly staff

Private rooms start at $36  per night

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Gecko Lipe Resort

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. 

  • Great location
  • Comfortable beds
  • Private bungalows
  • Surrounded by nature

Private bungalows start at $53 per night

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