Phuket To Koh Lanta: The Best And Fastest Ways To Travel

Find out how exactly to travel from Phuket To Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is one of my favorite spots in Thailand, though it’s likely you’ll be traveling there from Phuket as this is the gateway to Southern Thailand. So, let’s find out how to get from Phuket to Koh Lanta and what are the best ferry companies.

If you are traveling to Southern Thailand I highly recommend spending some time in Koh Lanta. This little slice of paradise is quite different from nearby islands, with a more relaxed and chilled-back way of life.

Though of course then you’ll need to figure out how exactly to travel from Phuket To Koh Lanta.

If you’re like me and Koh Lanta was the most Southern my adventures in Thailand would take me. Phuket allowed for an easy and simple starting point to travel to the island.

Luckily it is super easy to get around Thailand and Phuket will connect you with not just the rest of Thailand, but the majority of Asia as well.

However, before we get too ahead of ourselves we will need to figure out how exactly to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta.

Being on the mainland, surely you can drive? Though would it be quicker to take a boat? How do I buy tickets and are the boat companies actually safe? These are all things that I will cover in this guide on how to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta.

Transport MethodTimeCostHighlightBook
Ferry4 hoursfrom $24Affordable boat journeyBook Now
Speed Boat2 hoursfrom $40Fast journeyBook Now
Bus4 hoursfrom $7Cheapest way to travelBook Now

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Need A Quick Answer?

If you perhaps don’t have time to read this entire guide on how to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta, no worries, here are the top tips:

Easiest & Best Way to Reach Koh Lanta from Phuket: I recommend booking a speed boat transfer over on 12.Go Asia.

Where to Stay in Koh Lanta: Top hostel choices for backpackers in Koh Lanta include Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel (dorms start from $11.00) and Hub Of Joys Hostel (dorms start from $6.00).

For Animal Lovers: Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary on Koh Lanta. Book now with GetYourGuide.

Best Koh Lanta Day Trip: Going on an epic snorkeling tour to Koh Rok and Koh Haa is a must do. Book here via GetYourGuide.

Phuket To Koh Lanta Distance

When it’s time to ditch the beaches of Phuket and venture to your next stop in Thailand no doubt you don’t want some crazy long journey that will take you all day.

Depending on whether you decide to take a bus or a boat will alter the distance when traveling from Phuket to Koh Lanta.

If you are traveling on a boat then you will cross over the Andaman Sea, and being a large cove-shape it is relatively sheltered. However, just be aware this isn’t the case all the time.

Overall the journey via boat is around 90 to 100 kilometers.

Travel Time From Phuket To Koh Lanta

Whether you are traveling by speedboat or ferry will change the time it actually takes. Though, in Thailand, you can’t rely on things to run on time.

Therefore you are best to give yourself 3 to 4 hours to complete this journey. Also, these boats will usually stop in at Koh Phi Phi to drop off and pick up passengers. You may even find yourself wanting to spend a couple of days in this backpacker haven.

Now for our second option, by bus. Nowadays, especially in the high season, it is possible to take a direct bus or shuttle from Phuket to Koh Lanta which will be around 6 hours.

However, in the low season, you likely will need to stop in the coastal town of Krabi. This is simply because there is not enough demand.

The first part, Phuket to Krabi will take around 4 hours and cover around 160 kilometers. The second half of the journey, Krabi to Koh Lanta can be done by boat or shuttle and takes about 90 minutes.

heading and waiting to leave on the ferry from phuket to koh lanta
waiting for the ferry boat to depart Koh Lanta

Phuket To Koh Lanta Ferry

The easiest and simplest way to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta is definitely by booking a ferry. This is what the majority of travelers will use. However, because of that, you can find yourself squished in like sardines.

I also found that the quality of ferries available was a lot worse down here than what you would find in the Gulf of Thailand, for example traveling from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.

On a lot of those journeys, you’ll have a nice big metal ship with padded seats. Though here I found all the ferries I took involved wooden boats that were on the smaller side. Sure they may have been multiple stories, but this was nothing compared to what I have seen before.

I honestly found this quite strange as I felt the more luxurious travelers would be in the south, not those backpacking Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party. Maybe I just had bad luck?

Either way, you will at least have some choice when it comes to deciding on a ferry company. This is important as the ferries in Thailand have quite a reputation for questionable safety standards.

Whether there are not enough life jackets on board, or just venturing out in rough seas. I highly recommend reading reviews if you are worried about this.

Ferry Phuket To Koh Lanta Depart PhuketArrive Koh Lanta
Lanta Petpailin08:3012:30
Ao Nang Travel & Tour08:3012:45
Chaokoh Travel Center11:0016:00
Lanta Petpailin13:3017:30

All of the above ferry companies are bookable via 12.Go Asia.

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Ferry Cost From Phuket To Koh Lanta

For the 4 hour journey from Phuket To Koh Lanta, you will find tickets generally start around $24.00 to $30.00. This is a pretty decent price as the journey does take quite a lot of time.

I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance, rather than pushing showing up at Rassada Pier on the day. This is especially so in the high season where it is pretty normal for these boats to get completely booked up a couple of days prior to departure.

When it comes to actually booking a ferry, you can do so on the 12. Go Asia from anywhere in the world. This means if you are on a strict itinerary you can book a month in advance.

Alternatively, you can book once you are in Phuket at one of the many travel agencies along the streets.

The majority of accommodation providers in Thailand are usually more than happy to organize ferry boats and buses for you as required so this is another option. It may cost a couple of dollars more. Though the majority of the time they will also include transfers to the pier.

waiting for the ferry boat in koh lanta
at the ferry wharf in koh lanta

Speed Boat From Phuket To Koh Lanta

Taking a speed boat will be a quicker option, though it will be a few dollars more expensive than taking the ferry.

I know the majority of backpackers generally take a ferry over a speedboat. Though this is because they aren’t fussed about how long it takes and will be wanting to save money.

Reputable speedboat companies include Bandhaya, Tigerline Travel, and Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club.

If you are short on time then it would be well worth booking a speedboat from Phuket to Koh Lanta.

This can be done in advance on websites such as 12.Go Asia or if you would like to book once you are in Phuket you will just need to visit one of the numerous travel agencies.

Speed Boat Phuket To Koh Lanta Depart PhuketArrive Koh Lanta
Bundhaya Speed Boat08:3010:00
Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club08:3010:00
Tigerline Travel09:0012:30
Bundhaya Speed Boat10:0011:30
Tigerline Travel11:0013:00
Bundhaya Speed Boat12:0013:30
Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club12:3014:00
looking out to sea in koh lanta
speed boat driving past in koh lanta

Phuket To Koh Lanta Bus

If you perhaps get seasick then you may prefer to take a bus or minivan from Phuket to Koh Lanta.

During the high season is the only time you will be able to do this route directly on a minivan. This is done through Good Luck Lanta Tour which operates twice a day at 11 am and 12 pm. Tickets can be booked over on 12.Go Asia.

Indirect Journey Stopping In Krabi

The most popular route to do this would be to take a bus to the coastal town of Krabi. This will take around 4 hours and cost around $12.80 / 400 THB for a minivan transfer.

If you are looking to go cheaper again you can take a local bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Krabi for just $6.40 / 200 THB.

Stopping off in Krabi for a couple of days is the perfect way to break up the journey. Head to the nearby town of Ao Nang and relax beachside. You can also check out the famous Railay Beach on a day trip.

Once your time in Krabi has come to an end you can head to Koh Lanta.

You can get a transfer from Krabi Wharf to Koh Lanta or a minivan transfer to Hua Hin Pier and then a short ferry ride to Koh Lanta. Be aware the ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta does not operate between June to October, so you will need to get the minivan transfer to Hua Hin.

The distance between these two is so small, that the ferry journey only takes around 20 minutes. Much quicker than the direct ferry from Phuket which can take 4 hours.

the van ferry from hua hin pier arriving in koh lanta
the van ferry from hua hin pier arriving in koh lanta

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Getting From Koh Lanta Wharf To Your Accommodation

Depending on where you are staying in Koh Lanta will decide how exactly to get from the wharf to your accommodation.

If you are staying in the town then it should be a relatively easy walk to your accommodation. Though the majority of travelers stay quite spread out over the Western coastline.

You can either organize your transfer directly with your accommodation provider. Though it is super easy to just get off the ferry boat and find a ride. This is what I and plenty of other travelers did.

Typically you will be put into the back of a pickup truck or ute with the baggage surrounding you. Squeezed up the driver will begin to navigate the island, dropping each person off at their desired location.

Generally, the drivers charged a fixed price of $4.80 / 150 THB. However, be aware if you are staying quite a distance away (over 20 minutes) then I would expect to pay a higher price than this.

walking down one of the main streets in koh lanta
the typical ute you’ll be chucked in the back of to transfer to your accommodation from the wharf

Koh Lanta Travel Tips

Now you know exactly how to get to Koh Lanta its time to figure out some more details of your trip. This includes what to do there, where to stay and more!

Things To Do In Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a super chill and relaxed island. There’s nothing better than just exploring somewhere at a more laid-back pace, and Koh Lanta has a lot to explore.

This place is truly a nature lover paradise so let’s get into what is the best things to see and do in Koh Lanta:

Lanta Animal Welfare

If you have been traveling for a while, like I had when I visited, this is the perfect chance to have a taste of home with some amazing animals. I mean there’s no better cure for homesickness than puppy and cat love!

Lanta Animal Welfare was set up to help the dogs and cats here in Koh Lanta, whether that is by desexing or providing new homes.

Here you can take a tour of the facility and of course, meet all the residents. Many of these animals will end up in different countries as travelers fall in love and move them to their homeland.

After the tour, you can even walk the dogs. You will be given a leash and a path to follow. After visiting make sure you donate to help this amazing place up and running.

Mu Koh Lanta National Park

Mu Ko Lanta National Park is one of the most incredible spots on this island. Prepare yourself for some epic cliff views and steep hills.

The drive here is absolutely amazing and the roads aren’t in half bad condition as well. The entry fee is $6.40 / 200 THB, but in my opinion, it is worth it.

The beach on the left side of the lighthouse is beautifully sandy and the perfect spot for a dip, on the right-hand sand it is covered in large stones. Hike up to the lighthouse for some amazing views over the ocean.

After you’ve done a bit of exploration you should also be able to wander into the jungle and find some monkeys hanging out in the trees.

mu koh lanta national park looking out to sea
view from the cliffs at mu koh lanta national park

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Koh Lanta Old Town

This place looks like it has just stopped in time. It’s a far cry from the modern concrete buildings in the main area.

Park the motorbike up and go for a walk. Discover the old charm that Koh Lanta Old Town is full of.

Khao Mai Kaew Cave

Time to venture into the darkness at Khao Mai Kaew Cave. You need to hire a guide to enter so don’t worry you won’t be going in alone.

Southeast Asia has some amazing cave networks and it’s worth exploring for those with an adventurous soul (if you’re heading to Laos I highly recommend Kong Lor Cave).

The tour takes 2 and a half hours. Throughout this time you will find yourself squeezing between rocks and exploring caverns.

The entry fee to the cave is $9.60 / 300 THB. You will be provided with a headlamp so no need to worry about bringing a torch. Just be aware to wear covered shoes with good grip.

Check Out The Viewpoints

Viewpoint Hill: This is the incredible viewpoint on the very top of the island. You should be able to pull into one of the restaurants located here and grab a meal or a drink. The views on the east side of the island are just as beautiful, maybe even better than the west side!

Keep Hydrated: No, I am not talking about how hot it is. One of the best things we did was just stop in at any and every restaurant that had an amazing view and grab a drink. It allowed us to take in our surroundings, appreciate the beautiful waters, and meet some cool locals.

enjoying a cold drink by the ocean in koh lanta
one of the incredible view points alongside the coast of koh lanta

Khlong Chak Waterfall

If you love waterfalls then look no further than Khlong Chak Waterfall, also known as Klong Jak.

Follow the pathway along a small stream and by a rather large dam that seems oddly out of place. The waterfall will come into view after about 25 minutes of hiking.

Be aware if you are visiting in the dry season the waterfall won’t be as impressive as it is during the wet season. In either season make sure you wear decent shoes as the track can get pretty muddy in parts.

Where To Stay In Koh Lanta?

Koh Lanta is quite a large island with lots of little townships. You’ll find the majority of accommodation along the West Coast where you can relax and watch the sunset from the beach.

I stayed at Pitt Bungalows which is great for backpackers who can enjoy things on the more basic side. One core memory of Koh Lanta is one night it poured and our little bamboo bungalow became a hideout for numerous frogs.

Nevertheless for $11.00 per night including free use of a scooter during your stay how could you complain?

I personally would much rather hire scooters from my accommodation rather than a rental shop on the side of the road. This is because this isn’t their only form of income and they rely on online reviews for future booking so it’s less likely you will be ripped off.

Koh Lanta also has quite nice fancy beachside resorts. Unfortunately, this wasn’t in my budget. Nevertheless, you can find 3 to 4-star resorts for just $20.00 per night. For such a small step up in price you get a lot more including a pool to relax in.

Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel

Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel

A great hostel with plenty of common spaces to meet other travelers. Dorm room start from $11.00 per night.

Hub of Joys Hostel

Hub of Joys Hostel

An affordable hostel with a amazing free breakfast, as well as free coffee and tea all day. Dorms start from $6.00 per night.

Pitt Bungalow

Pitt Bungalow

Super affordable bamboo bungalows in the good locations. Private rooms start from $11.00 per night and include a free motorbike.

Mook Lanta Eco Resort

Mook Lanta Eco Resort

A lovely eco resort a short walk away from the beach. Private bungalows start from $22.00 per night.


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FAQs About How To Get To Koh Lanta From Phuket

How long is the ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta?

The ferry typically takes 4 hours to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta, regardless of the company of travel with. The speed boat is a lot quicker taking 90 minutes.

Is it easier to get to Koh Lanta from Phuket or Krabi?

Krabi is geographically closer to Koh Lanta and therefore it is easier than Phuket to travel to Koh Lanta. Many travelers will choose to spend a few nights in Krabi on their way to Koh Lanta as you can only get direct transfers in the high season.

How much does it cost to go from Phuket to Koh Lanta?

The cost of transport to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta depends on the type of transport you choose. However, I would recommend budgeting approximately $30.00. Typically a speedboat is more expensive costing around $40.00

How much is speedboat from Phuket to Koh Lanta?

Taking a speedboat is one of the most expensive ways to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta, but the fastest. A ticket for a speed boat will cost $35.00 to $45.00.

ariel drone over koh lanta
ariel drone over koh lanta

Wrap Up: How To Travel Phuket To Ko Lanta

Now you know all the best ways to travel from Phuket to Koh Lanta it’s time to decide which method is best for you. Whether that is ferries, speedboats, or vans.

Definitely make sure to plan ahead, allowing ample time for transfers and ensuring a smooth transition between the two destinations.

With its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and laid-back atmosphere, Koh Lanta offers an idyllic escape from the bustling streets of Phuket. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, this picturesque island paradise promises to deliver an unforgettable travel experience.


Find out how exactly to travel from Phuket To Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is one of my favorite spots in Thailand, though it's likely you'll be traveling there from Phuket as this is the gateway to Southern Thailand. So, let's find out how to get from Phuket to Koh Lanta and what are the best ferry companies.

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Photo credit: “back to our hotel” (CC BY 2.0) by IronyPoisoning. “Public Ferry-Vin” (CC BY 2.0) by Twentyfour Students. “Watching the large ferries” (CC BY 2.0) by IronyPoisoning.

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2 thoughts on “Phuket To Koh Lanta: The Best And Fastest Ways To Travel

  1. Avatar for Laura Kane
    Laura Kane says:

    Hi I was just wondering did you pre book the ferry to phi phi then pre book a time for the speed boat to Koh lanta or just get the speedboat on the day? Thanks I’m advance this post has been really helpful.

    • Avatar for Tasha Amy
      Tasha Amy says:

      Hey Laura, I booked mine about 4 days prior, this was during april/may so more in the shoulder season. If you are traveling in the next couple of months aka the high season I recommend booking at least 7 days in advance.

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