Getting to Krabi
Getting to Krabi on the south west coast of Thailand is easy with our information and online ticket bookings. Located on the banks of a river that leads to the Andaman Sea, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital and an important port city for both fishermen and boats ferrying travellers to and from neighbouring islands and attractions. There is much to see and do around this area, and since Krabi boasts tourist attractions to suit all, getting to Krabi is fairly simple and pain free. Over the past 10 years after the Tsunami hit Thailand’s coastline, the areas for tourists have become more secure and built up for tourism, making it the perfect place to reside for adventure seekers and holiday makers. There are so many different options when it comes to getting to Krabi that you’re sure to find a suitable option whatever your budget or time frame for travel.
Krabi International Airport, which has been open since 2000, flies to an increasing number of destinations. It is a mere 15 minute drive from Krabi Town and takes only 25 minutes to drive to the National Park of Ao Nang. There are two separate passenger terminal buildings at the airport; domestic and international. As tourism continues to increase, Thai’s are preparing for and anticipating future growth over the next coming years and so tourists reap the benefits with international flights. Read more about flights to Krabi…..
There is no train station in Krabi but neighbouring districts Surat Thani and Trang in the South are easily accessible. A good option, and one many backpackers opt for, is to travel by train as it can be cheap. The sleeper train is great for those who are on a budget and is also the perfect option for anyone wishing to experience the fun and authentic culture of travel in Thailand.
The trains from Bangkok run overnight to Surat Thani and have plenty of space. You can enjoy the beautiful countryside of Thailand as you travel, as well as enjoy a relaxing and comfortable journey, complete with a bed to sleep on for the entire journey. Choosing First or Second class is advisable. From Surat Thani train station, there are plenty of connecting air conditioned buses to Krabi town, which take about 2 hours.
Bus & Minivan
If you are a keen backpacker, a great option for making your way across Thailand and getting to Krabi Province is to take the bus. Thailand’s travel system is designed towards making travellers comfortable, allowing for stress free, affordable options. Buses for Krabi leave from Bangkok’s Southern Bus terminal on Boromratch Chonnani Road. Most take the night buses, which cost between 600-920 THB, depending on whether you would like VIP.
Getting to Krabi via a minivan will depend where you are coming from. The minivan services are also a good option and follow similar routes to the larger buses. For families with big loads, it would be wise to use a train or fly to Krabi as there is little space for suitcases or big bags, but for backpackers who have come off the beaten track, a pick up by minivan offers good timing and value for money. Read more about getting here by bus or minivan…..
If you are travelling from the west coast; getting to Krabi from Phuket is possible – directly to Ao Nang, which is in the province of Krabi. The ferry operated by Ao Nang Travel is handy or the faster option of a speed boat, which also picks up in Koh Yao.
Accurate time tables can be hard to find, but there are tourist information and internet cafes in most tourist areas where staff are always super friendly and will make the relevant calls to the boat companies, guaranteeing a ticket for the boat you need. Usually people traveling by boat are coming from Koh Lanta or close neighbouring islands. Should you be traveling from outside of Thailand, flying to Krabi is the most effective means of transport without a doubt.