Want to know how to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Bangkok
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the most visited cities in the world. There’s something about the constant buzz and energy floating through its streets at all hours of the day, giving it the name of the city that never sleeps!
Its main attractions include the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. But ancient temples aren’t the only reason people flock to this vibrant city. From jam-packed shopping areas to mouthwatering street food and the wild nightlife of Khao San Road, there are so many things you can do in Bangkok.
3 ways to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok
There are three ways to travel the distance of 835 km (519 miles) from Koh Lanta to Bangkok: by bus (16-15 hours), train + minivan (19h5m-19h47m) and flight + minivan (8 hours). The journey takes between 8h - 19h47m and the quickest way is by flight + minivan. The lowest priced tickets start from 875 THB ($24.50) for the bus.
Travelling by bus takes much more time than flying, but can save you some money when flights get expensive.
If you want to travel this journey by bus, we suggest booking a night bus from Krabi to Bangkok, so you can sleep for the largest part of the journey and be ready to explore the city upon your arrival.
Step 1: Koh Lanta to Krabi by Bus or Minivan
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Costs: 270 THB ($7.50)
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Costs: 270 THB ($7.50)
There are two companies that can take you to Krabi from Koh Lanta: Bus Cooperative of Krabi and Good Luck Lanta Tour.
Bus Cooperative of Krabi offers free pick-up from any hotel in Koh Lanta. The earliest departure is 08:30 in the morning and the last trip is at 16:30 in the late afternoon.
Good Luck Lanta Tour operates on this route for a cheaper price starting 270 THB ($7.00) however, the schedule is only once every other day. The bus departs from Saladan Pier which is just 25 minutes away from the centre.
There are numerous flights going to Bangkok from Krabi every day.
If you book early, you can find the lowest-priced tickets, starting from 730 THB ($20.00). There are several low-cost carriers such as Air Asia, Thai VietJet Air, and Thai Lion Air that depart from Krabi Airport.
The train is not the fastest option but it’s another good alternative if you want to travel at night. Because Koh Lanta doesn’t have a railway station, you should travel to Surat Thani first.
Step 1: Koh Lanta to Surat Thani by Minivan
Costs: 630 THB ($17.50)
Costs: 630 THB ($17.50)
Phantip Travel is one of the most popular companies on this route and it also offers free pick-up from your hotel to bring you to the terminal. The Phantip minivans have departures at 08:00 and 12:00 and the travel time is 6.5 hours.
You can book a minivan transfer from Koh Lanta directly to Surat Thani Train Station from the comfort of your hotel for as low as 630 THB ($17.00). From Surat Thani Train Station, you can board your train going to Bangkok.
You also have the option to book a transfer from Koh Lanta to Surat Thani with one of the local agencies. Prices are probably a bit lower, but we prefer booking online via BookAway as they offer great customer service.
You can directly book your ticket on the links provided. For a more detailed description, read our page about Surat Thani to Bangkok.
Our favourite places to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is a big and bustling city with each neighbourhood offering something different to the next. Covering nearly 1600 km² and offering over a thousand accommodation options, it can be slightly daunting picking where to stay. Here is a quick rundown of our favourite areas to stay in Bangkok:
Khao San Road— is one of the most famous areas in Bangkok, known for its party reputation. This area attracts a lot of backpackers that are looking for cheap accommodation and a place to party.
Sukhumvit — has a more relaxed nightlife, centred around sophisticated restaurants and rooftop bars as opposed to travellers dancing on tables. It’s a great jumping-off point to explore the jam-packed city, thanks to the good connections via public transport.
Riverside — along the Chao Phraya River, you’ll find an area rich in history and culture, hosting many of the popular sights of Bangkok, including the Royal Palace and Wat Pho – the Reclining Buddha.
Check out our favourite accommodations in Bangkok:
dusitD2 Samyan is one of the most unique hotels in Bangkok with its tiered appearance overlooking the city. You can take a refreshing dip in their sky swimming pool and enjoy the panoramic views. Or head to the gym and take them in whilst working up a sweat.
The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel create a bright and modern feel. The rooms are stunning, and decorated to an extremely high standard. This is one of the best hotels in Bangkok.
The One Smart Living offers incredible value for money. The rooms are beautiful and feel extremely luxurious. You won’t want to leave your room it’s so nice!
It’s a great choice if you want to be close to the airport, but not so close that you’re constantly hearing planes above your head. The staff are incredibly helpful and super friendly. It’s hard to fault this place.
Naga Residence feels less like a hotel and more like a home — just a very beautifully designed home that’s exceptionally clean. The rooms are very spacious and all of them have a private balcony overlooking the city.
There’s also an onsite gym, garden and terrace area for you to enjoy. And when you venture out of the hotel there are plenty of restaurants, shops and cafes nearby.
It will be hard to find another hotel in Bangkok like Phranakorn-Nornlen. This hotel is like a piece of art, with every room decorated differently and boasting a unique theme. Make sure to pick your room wisely.
The staff takes your stay here to another level. They are incredibly friendly and helpful. They’ll give you great recommendations for the local neighbourhood which is full of cosy cafes and local restaurants.
As you’ve probably already guessed, Greenery Hostel has a green theme both inside and outside. It actually creates a really tranquil vibe inside a busy city.
The rooms are simple but great value for money. Plus there are nice chill-out spaces throughout the hostel with a swing, games and comfy chairs. It’s in a great location, close to lots of Bangkok’s attractions.
Frequently Asked Questions about Koh Lanta to Bangkok
What is the distance from Koh Lanta to Bangkok?
The distance from Koh Lanta to Bangkok is 835 km (519 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok?
The fastest way to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok is by flight + minivan and takes 8 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok?
The cheapest way to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok is by bus with ticket costs starting from 875 THB ($24.50).
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Koh Lanta to Bangkok. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.