Phuket to Koh Lanta

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How to get from Phuket to Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is one of the less explored islands in the Andaman Sea of Thailand. Its stunning beaches, blue waters and amazing viewpoints will make you fall in love with the island life.

Besides relaxing on one of Koh Lanta’s fabulous beaches, you can join a boat tour, explore waterfalls or even practise the art of Muay Thai fighting.

But first, how to get to this tropical paradise?

2 ways to get from Phuket to Koh Lanta

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Fastboat1.5-2 hours1,320 THB ($36.50)Check Fastboat Tickets
Ferry4 hours900 THB ($25)Check Ferry Tickets
Bus + Ferry4.5-5 hours500 THB ($13.50)Check Bus + Ferry Tickets

The distance from Phuket to Koh Lanta is 80 km (50 miles). In this post, we compare the 3 best options to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta: by fastboat (1.5-2 hours), by ferry (4 hours) and by a combination of bus + ferry (4.5-5 hours). Ticket costs range between 500 THB ($13.50)900 THB ($25).

The fast ferry is the most convenient way to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta. The journey takes only 1.5-2 hours and fares start from 1,320 THB ($36.50). This fare includes hotel pick-up from the most popular destinations in Phuket.

Another option is to book the standard ferry which will bring you to Koh Lanta in about 4 hours. The ferry ticket cost only 900 THB ($25), but you will need to find your own way to the pier on the east side of Phuket.

If you’re on a budget and have time to spare, you can also divide your journey by bus or minivan and ferry. This option includes a stopover in Krabi and costs about 500 THB ($13.50) for the combined journey. Travel time is between 4.5-5 hours.

Itinerary from Phuket to Koh Lanta

Phuket to Koh Lanta by Ferry

Duration: 1.5-4 hours
Cost: 900 THB ($25)
Duration: 1.5-4 hours
Cost: 900 THB ($25)

Taking a direct boat from Phuket to Koh Lanta is the most popular option among travellers.

Prices start from 900 THB ($25) if you book the 4-hour ferry from Ao Nang Travel and Tour. Another ferry operator on this route is Andaman Wave Master, but their schedule hasn’t been updated since the start of the pandemic.

A much faster way to travel this scenic route from Phuket to Koh Lanta is with a speedboat. Satun Pakbara and Budhaya operate a speedboat that only takes between 1.5-2 hours.

Tickets for the speedboat ferry start from 1,320 THB ($36.50). Another advantage of booking a speedboat is that most include pickup service from your hotel.

Departure from Phuket

Ferries and speedboats depart from the Rassada Pier, which is only a 20-minute drive away from Phuket town centre. From Phuket town. you can either go by songthaews, shared minivan or taxi. You can also try Grab taxi to Rassada pier with fares starting from 300 THB ($8).

Luckily, the speedboat options include pickup services if your hotel is in the following areas:

  • Kata
  • Karon
  • Patong Beach
  • Phuket town

TIP: Be sure to check the weather prior to booking your speedboat ticket as the waters can get quite rough when crossing the sea.

We suggest booking your ferry or speedboat ride in advance as tickets tend to be more expensive when you book at the pier on the day of departure.

Ferry schedule from Phuket to Koh Lanta

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Satun Pakbara Speedboat
(Incl. Pick-up)
1,460 THB ($40.50)
Check Ferry Tickets
Budhaya Speedboat
(Incl. Pick-up)
8:30-10:301,320 THB ($36.50)
Check Ferry Tickets
Ao Nang Travel and Tour
8:30-12:30900 THB ($25)
Check Ferry Tickets

Arrival in Koh Lanta

The last stop of the ferries is at Saladan Pier, which is a 25-minute drive from the centre of Koh Lanta.

Note that slow ferries often include a stopover at either Koh Phi Phi or Ao Nang.

Phuket to Koh Lanta by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 4.5-5 hours
Cost: 500 THB ($13.50)
Duration: 4.5-5 hours
Cost: 500 THB ($13.50)

The cheapest way to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta is to make separate bookings by bus or minivan + ferry.

On the first part of the journey, you will travel from Phuket to Krabi by bus. Second, you will be transferred to a ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta.

This option takes at least 4.5 hours, which is about 2 hours longer than going by speedboat. If you have time to spare and are travelling on a budget, this can still be a good option.

Combined Bus + Ferry Schedule from Phuket to Koh Lanta

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Good Luck Lanta TourEvery other day
4.5 hours500 THB ($13.50)
Check Bus + Ferry Tickets

With a combined ticket you don’t need to worry about being on time for the next departure to Koh Lanta and don’t have the risk that one option is sold out. Good Luck Lanta Tour offers cheap fares but it’s best to book early because their schedule is once every other day only.

If you decide to travel this route with a combination of bus and ferry, we recommend booking the combined ticket with Good Luck Lanta Tour.

However, if they are not available or already fully booked, you can also book your tickets separately:

Booking Tickets Separately

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 575 THB ($15.50)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 575 THB ($15.50)

This option of booking separately via bus and ferry is not cheaper and does not have the same level of convenience compared with the combined ticket option.

This is recommended only if Good Luck Lanta Tour is already fully booked or not available. See the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Phuket to Krabi by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 235 THB ($6.50)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 235 THB ($6.50)

Buses bound for Krabi depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 and arrive at Krabi Bus Terminal. You can buy your tickets online in advance for 235 THB ($6.50).

Check Bus Tickets

For more information, read how to go from Phuket to Krabi.

Step 2: Krabi to Koh Lanta by Minivan + Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 340 THB ($9)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 340 THB ($9)

Your bus will arrive at the Krabi Bus Terminal, where you will also find the minivans bound for Koh Lanta.

These vans will go to Hua Hin Pier and travel on the ferry across to Koh Lanta. You may have to get out of the van and go to the passenger deck during the ferry ride.

The ferries depart every 2 hours from 08:00 to 16:00 and the trip takes about 2 hours. The ferries dock at Saladan Pier in Koh Lanta.

A ticket costs 340 THB ($9) per person, which already includes the ferry ticket.

If you book this ticket in advance, make sure to book one that is leaving from the Krabi bus station.

Check Minivan + Ferry Tickets

Our favourite places to stay in Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta Accommodation

Sweet Life Community Guesthouse

Located in Old Town Lanta, you will get a firsthand experience of life in this small fishing village. You can enjoy the amazing views of the village and surrounding islands from this excellent location.

Owners and staff are known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. The rooms are cozy, light and comfortable rooms and they also offer beautifully designed community areas with a kitchen, living room and an on-site coffee shop. 

  • Great location
  • Excellent sea and village views
  • Comfortable and clean
  • Friendly staff

Rooms start at $16 per night

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Koh Lanta Accommodation

Chom Dao Resort

Located just 1 kilometer from Klong Nin Beach, this resort is situated in a wonderful location surrounded by lush greenery and gardens. Enjoying the outdoor swimming pool, barbeque or sun terrace are the perfect way to cool off and relax after a day spent exploring the island.

You can even enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. The rooms are clean and spacious and the staff is known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. A fabulous breakfast is included with your stay.

  • Breakfast included
  • Swimming pool
  • On-site bar
  • Great location

Rooms start at $33 per night

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Koh Lanta Accommodation

Siam Lanta Resort

Located just 300 meters from Klong Nin Beach and 600 meters from Klong Tob Beach, this resort is ideally located. Siam Lanta Resort provides a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden, and a terrace for guests to enjoy.

The resort also offers a tour desk and ticket service on-site, as well as car and bicycle rentals. The beds are big and comfortable, the rooms are clean and the staff is very friendly offering you a great place to stay. 

  • Ideal location
  • Bicycle and car rentals available
  • Garden and terrace area
  • Big comfortable beds

Rooms start at $43 per night

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