Travel from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta Old Town
Koh Lanta Old Town

There are two departure points in Surat Thani for bus and ferry services to Koh Lanta. Passengers can travel from (1) Surat Thani Train Station or they can travel from the centre of (2) Surat Thani City. Both services are provided by the efficient Phantip Travel Company using their own vehicles and staff.

Travel Times to Koh Lanta

Departure PointSurat ThaniKoh LantaCost
Surat Thani Train Station08:0014:30฿ 550
Surat Thani City08:3014:00฿ 550
Surat Thani City09:3015:00฿ 550
Surat Thani City10:3016:00฿ 550
Surat Thani City11:3017:00฿ 550
Surat Thani City12:3018:00฿ 550

The Phantip Travel company has been providing travel services to Thai and foreign travellers since 1970 and is a widely trusted transport provider. Koh Lanta does not have an airport and the journey is not made substantially quicker by flying Krabi airport and then flying from there. The best option for travel from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta is to go direct with the Phantip Travel Company.

Buy Tickets to Koh Lanta

Travel tickets from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta can be purchased online using the Search Box below.

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Bamboo Beach in Koh Lanta
Bamboo Beach in Koh Lanta

Option 1: City to Koh Lanta

There are 2 direct connections per day from Surat Thani City to Koh Lanta. The service is by minivan which departs from outside the Phantip Travel Office on the Talad Mai Road in the centre of Surat Thani town near to the town centre Talad Kaset 1 Bus Station. Check in at the desk inside the Phantip Travel Office before boarding the minivan.

  • Service: Minivan to Hua Hin Pier and car ferry to Koh Lanta Noi and then onto Saladan Pier where the service terminates.
  • Company: Phantip Travel
  • Journey Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Cost: 550 THB
  • Travel Times from Surat Thani Town to Koh Lanta:
Surat ThaniKoh Lanta
  • Location of the Phantip Travel Office: minivans to Koh Lanta depart from this office.

Google Map of Phantip Travel Office

  • Location of the Arrival Point in Koh Lanta: all services.

Google Map of Saladan Pier

Option 2: Train Station to Koh Lanta

There is a single direct connection per day from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Lanta. Minivan services to Koh Lanta leave from the car park to the right hand side of the ticket building as enter the station. This car park is the departure point for a range of different bus and minivan connections so simply head to where to you lots of other travellers waiting and show your tickets to one of the many travel company employees and they will point you in the right direction. For more information about travel connections from the station see Thailand Train’s guide to Surat Thani train station.

Inside a Thai Minivan
Inside a Thai Minivan

  • Service: Minivan to Hua Hin Pier and car ferry to Koh Lanta Noi.
  • Company: Phantip Travel
  • Journey Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Cost: 550 THB
  • Travel Times from Surat Thani Train Station to Koh Lanta:
Surat ThaniKoh Lanta
  • Location of Surat Thani Train Station

Google Map of Surat Thani Railway Station

About Travel To Koh Lanta

The journey from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta has two stages:

  • Stage 1 is a journey by minivan to Hua Hin Pier on the Andaman Coast. From Surat Thani town this is a journey of 202 km which takes 2 hours 58 minutes to drive direct. the minivan stops for a short break halfway so the journey is actually closer to 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Stage 2 is sea crossing from Hua Hin Pier to Koh Lanta is on a large car ferry which takes only 10 minutes.

The arrival point in Koh Lanta for this service is on the smaller of the two islands, Koh Lanta Noi. All the resorts are on the other island, Ko Lanta Yai. The journey by road from the pier in Koh Lanta Noi to Koh Lanta Yai is 8.1 km, a 10 minute drive, and the two islands are connected by a bridge. There are plenty of taxis, minivan and songthaew waiting at the pier to take you onto your final destination. Be sure to agree a price before you set off.

Pilanta Spa Resort

A good mid range option for your stay in Koh Lanta is the popular Pilanta Spa Resort on the North of Koh Lanta Yai. The Pilanta Spa Resort has a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant, and large comfortable rooms.

Room at Pilanta Spa Resort
Room at Pilanta Spa Resort

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