Surat Thani is often used as a hub to transfer the Islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The majority of travellers tend to simply pass through Surat Thani to catch a ferry, bus or board a train onward to another destination.
The distance from Krabi to Surat Thani is 150km (95 miles). In this post, we compare the 2 options to travel from Krabi to Surat Thani: by minivan (3-4 hours) or by taxi (2.5-3 hours). Ticket prices range from 270 THB ($7) to 2,800 THB ($76).
If you are travelling on a budget, booking a minivan is the way to go. There are several trips per day from 06:00 to 13:30. Fares start at 270 THB ($7) for the 3-4 hour journey.
Pichet Transport Company Ltd, Phantip Travel, and Hat Yai World Tour are the companies that operate the route from Krabi to Surat Thani.
Pichet Transport Company Ltd and Phantip Travel minivans depart from Krabi Bus Terminal, which is 10 minutes away from Krabi Town by taxi. If you book with Hat Yai World Tour, the ticket includes a hotel pick-up in Krabi Town.
If you’re staying near Ao Nang beach, you can book with Phantip Travel which also has minivans departing from Ao Nam Mao Pier.
To go around to the city centre, you can take the local orange bus for 20 THB ($0.50). You can find this bus near the car park area.
If you prefer something more comfortable, you can take a metered taxi, which will cost about 140 THB ($3.80). Be sure to agree with the driver on a price or have the meter turned on prior to departing.
In Surat Thani, there are three arrival stations. Pichet Transport completes its journey at Tha Kaset 2 Market.
Looking for that true Thai culture and welcoming feeling? Garden Homestay is definitely the best choice for you! The hosts are known to be extremely friendly and enjoy spending time with guests, showing them around town and taking them to the sights. A wonderful Asian style breakfast is included each morning of your stay and the homestay is centrally located.
Set centrally in Surat Thani, the Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Suratthani is within walking distance of the night market. The hotel features an onsite restaurant, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is available every morning and the staff is happy to provide guests with directions and information about the area. This hotel is known for its extremely comfortable beds.
Enjoy the stunning river views from the terrace at this centrally located cottage in Surat Thani. The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to cool down after exploring the area and the cottage gardens. There is also a shared lounge, free wifi and free bike rentals for guests to enjoy. Delicious continental breakfast is included with your stay.