It’s easy to get to Ko Lanta – the island is accessible by speedboat, minivan/car and passenger ferry. The nearest airport is Krabi Airport, although it is possible to go fly into Phuket and catch a passenger ferry to Ko Lanta as well.
Ko Lanta is actually two islands, Ko Lanta Noi (small island), and Ko Lanta Yai (big island). Both islands are connected via a bridge that was opened in April 2016. If you are coming in a vehicle from Krabi or elsewhere on the mainland there is a short car ferry journey required to get from the mainland to Lanta Noi. Although the ferry transfer only takes around 20 minutes at busy times it might require a short wait before getting on.
If you are arriving by passenger ferry, all the ferries dock at Saladan in the north of the island, about 20 minutes drive from Old Town. It’s easy enough to grab a taxi or tuk-tuk when you disembark to drive you down to Old Town.
(click to enlarge Koh Lanta map)
If you are arriving from Krabi airport you have a number of options:
- Minivan. Its possible to get the public minivan from just outside the airport to Ko Lanta. There is a sales office inside the airport that can help with bookings.
- Private taxi. The airport can provide private taxi’s direct to your hotel on Ko Lanta.If you are booking with Tonmai Suites and would like to be met at the airport by a driver please let us know and we will arrange a private car with one of our approved drivers who will meet you at the arrival gate and take you directly to our hotel in Old Town. Our rates for guests are significantly cheaper than organising a taxi in the airport terminal, as well as getting you here a lot faster!