Bangkok is the Capital City of Thailand and is often referred to as “The City of Life.” Year after year, Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world. It is home to famous sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and over 400 other temples.
When you’re finished exploring Koh Lanta, head to the Capital City to experience an entirely new side of Thailand. Bangkok offers world-famous street food, live music, nightlife, fine dining and so much more. It is full of life, lights and busy streets.
If you want to travel this 700km journey from Koh Lanta to Bangkok in one leg, you have 3 options. The quickest way is to take a flight from Krabi to Bangkok (from $35). Alternatively, you can take a bus from Krabi to Bangkok ($33) or take a train from Surat Thani to Bangkok ($48). Travel time ranges from 4 to 16 hours.
Flight tickets can increase during high-seasons, so the bus or train can sometimes be a cheaper alternative. Also is travelling overland less harmful for the environment, considering the high emissions from flights.
Note that all transport options require a transfer to another city. Continue reading to see how to organize your transport from Koh Lanta to Bangkok.
Duration: 4 hours excl. transfer time Cost: 1,055 THB ($35)
The nearest airport to Koh Lanta is in Krabi. If you prefer to travel by plane from Koh Lanta to Bangkok, you have to head to Krabi first.
Step 1: Koh Lanta to Krabi by Van
Duration: 2-3 hours Cost: 300 THB ($10)
You can book a combined bus/van and ferry transfer from Koh Lanta to Krabi Airport for as low as 300 THB ($10) on BookAway.
You can choose from two companies that drop off passengers at Krabi Airport. GoodLuck Lanta departs from GoodLuck Lanta Tour 454 at Tambon Sala Dan. Cooperative Passenger Cars Krabi is a bit more expensive, but its rate already includes a free hotel pick-up.
Duration: 14 hours excl. transfer time Cost: 1,000 THB ($33)
Travelling by bus takes much more time than flying, but can save you some money when flights get expensive. In addition, it’s a more sustainable way of travelling as buses produce fewer carbon emissions than flights.
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.
You can take a combined bus and ferry from Koh Lanta after lunch to arrive at the Krabi Bus Terminal with an hour or so to spare before the departure of night buses.
When booking online, you can book with the Bus Cooperative of Krabi, which offers free pick-up from any hotel in Koh Lanta. It has departures at 7:00, 10:00, 12:00 and 15:00. A ticket costs 360 THB ($12) and travel time is 3 hours.
Both bus companies depart from Krabi Bus Terminal. Lignite arrives at the Southern Terminal in Bangkok, while Transport Co has different arrival points. Make sure to check its final stop when you book your ticket.
We suggest to book the night bus to save more time and also save a night on accommodation.
You can book your bus ride online through the link below.
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.
The van passes through Krabi where you will depart at the bus terminal. You will then have to hop on another transfer to the train station in Surat Thani. The bus journey from Koh Lanta to Surat Thani takes about 6.5 hours.
Step 2: Surat Thani to Bangkok by Train
Duration: 9h 05min Cost: 760 THB ($25)
Before you book your bus, we recommend to check the train schedules to find your most convenient train.
You can directly book your ticket by using the button below, or read our page about Surat Thani to Bangkok for a more detailed description.
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