How to get from Koh Tao to Krabi – ferry and bus options [2019]


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Getting from Koh Tao to Krabi means, in essence, going from one side of Thailand to the other.   You’ll travel from the Gulf of Thailand likes like Koh Tao, Koh Phangnan or Koh Samui to Krabi on the Andaman Sea.  There are several options for this route, none of which are quick, some of which are more comfortable than the others.

Your route from Ko Tao to Krabi involves taking a ferry and a bus or minibus.  Depending on your start location in Koh Tao and your end location in Krabi there may also be a minivan or tuk-tuk transfers too.  Most of the transport options to Krabi from Koh Tao involve a day time ferry, but there is also a night ferry from Ko Tao, which will get your to Krabi around 14 hours later.

FAQS about the Koh Tao to Krabi Journey

  • You’ll be picked up about 2 hours before the ferry departure time
  • If you have an option of a large bus versus small, the larger bus will be more comfortable.
  • There is a luggage allowance of 20 kg per person
  • The ticket you buy from Koh Tao to Krabi is a combo Ferry and Bus Ticket
  • Some services offer a free hotel pick up / drop off, read the booking instructions carefully
  • Children’s Prices apply for those aged 11 or less.
  • Cancellation fees may apply please read the small print.
  • The quickest route between Koh Tao and Krabi is hours and 40 minutes
  • There are 5 day time (ferry) trips and one night time (ferry) trips each day.

Koh Tao to Krabi Overview

All trips to Krabi from Koh Tao will start at either your hotel or hostel or if you’ve booked from an agent on the island from their offices.  A transfer from your hotel or hostel to the ferry terminal is unlikely to cost extra, so there is little point trying to make your own way to the ferry terminal at Mae Haad for this journey.

The ferry goes from Mae Haad on Koh Tao to Surat Thani, Donsak Pier on the mainland. In Surat Thani, you will have a short wait.  From Surat Thani, you then take a bus or minivan to Krabi.

The Koh Tao – Krabi route also covers the routes from Koh Tao to Railay and from Koh Tao to Ao Nang.  So you are likely to be on the same bus as these routes, your drop-offs will just be at different times and places.

Koh Tao to Krabi Route Options

There is one way to do this route. Koh Tao to Krabi by ferry and bus is the only way that you can travel.  Unless, of course, you want to just take the ferry to Surat Thani and then take a taxi.  There are 5-day time trips that you can book to go from Koh Tao to Krabi.   There are standard ferries and high-speed ferries (catamarans).    The time that it takes to get from Koh Tao to Krabi depends on the combination of ferry and bus that you get.  There are standard ferries from Koh Tao to Surat Thani and there are also high-speed ferries to Surat Thani from Koh Tao.

There is also a night ferry that runs (most days of the week).  It leaves Mae Haad, Koh Tao at 2300. Book the night ferry from Koh Tao to Krabi here. There is *sometimes* a second night ferry, run by the company Chor Maetapee.  It’s not currently possible to book this online, if this is the route that you want you should ask at agents on Koh Tao.  It leaves at 2100 several times a week and arrives at Surat Thani at 0500 the next morning for connections from Surat Thani to Railay, Ao Nang and Krabi.

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Koh Tao to Krabi Schedules

Leave Koh TaoArrive KrabiTour CompanyPrices FromBooking Details
06:0012:40LomprayahUS$36
Book 0600 ferry bus to Krabi
06:3014:00SeatransUS$34
Book a ticket on the 0630 ferry from Koh Tao
09:0016:30SeatransUS$35
Book a ticket on the 0900 Seatrans ferry from Koh Tao
09:3017:30LomprayahUS$32
Book Lomprayah tickets now
10:0018:45SongsermUS$26.50
Book Songserm from Koh Tao to Krabi

23:0013:30Fame ToursUS$40
Book Songserm from Koh Tao to Krabi

Note that check-in for these ferries is at least 2 hours prior to the ferry departure time.  You will be allocated a pickup time if you have opted to be picked up from our hotel or hostel, or you will have to meet at the ferry terminal 2-3 hours prior to the departure of the ferry.

How to Buy Koh Tao to Krabi Tickets

You can buy tickets for the trip from Koh Tao to Krabi from any agency on Koh Tao.  Or you can book now, online.   There are TWO online booking agencies where you can book these tickets.  The prices are the same or within US50 cents difference in price.   The Koh Tao to Krabi night ferry can only be booked online with Bookaway here.

Cost of Koh Tao to Krabi Tickets

The cost of tickets to go to Krabi from Koh Tao is the same whether you book online or in person.  Costs will differ slightly depending on the season and also on the boat that you take.  We have indicated the prices of the tickets for the ferry boat from Koh Tao to Krabi in the table above – it’s here again for your reference.

Leave Koh TaoArrive KrabiTour CompanyPrices FromBooking Details
06:0012:40LomprayahUS$36
Book 0600 ferry bus to Krabi
06:3014:00SeatransUS$34
Book a ticket on the 0630 ferry from Koh Tao
09:0016:30SeatransUS$35
Book a ticket on the 0900 Seatrans ferry from Koh Tao
09:3017:30LomprayahUS$32
Book Lomprayah tickets now
10:0018:45SongsermUS$26.50
Book Songserm from Koh Tao to Krabi

23:0013:30Fame ToursUS$40
Book Songserm from Koh Tao to Krabi

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Koh Tao to Ao Nang, Railay & Surat Thani

You do not have to go all the way from Koh Tao to Krabi.  If you are travelling from Koh Tao to Surat Thani or Koh Tao to Ao Nang or even Koh Tao to Railay, then the ferry is the same, you will just be using a different minivan or bus service when you arrive in Surat Thani.

You can check out these alternative options here

Travelling in the Opposite Direction from Krabi to Koh Tao?

If you are travelling from Krabi to Koh Tao then you’ll take a bus from Krabi to the Donsak Pier at Surat Thani.  This takes around 3 hours.  Then take the ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Tao. You can also take a ferry from Surat Thani to Poh Phangan or Koh Samui.

The first bus leaves Krabi at 0600 and arrives in Koh Tao at 1230.  The last bus leaves for Koh Tao at 1230 arriving at 1915.

You can see the timings and prices of the transfers to Koh Tao from Krabi here

 

More Information About the Koh Tao Krabi Route

Which Companies Run the Koh Tao to Krabi Route?

There are 3 Thai companies that provide tickets and services from Krabi to Koh Tao.  Lomprayah, Songserm, and Seatran Discovery.  The services provided and the standard of service across all 3 companies is very similar and prices are also very similar too.

How to Choose Which Company for Koh Tao to Krabi

The best way to select which ferry and bus option from Koh Tao to Krabi is to select the timings that suit your travel.

How long does it take to go from Koh Tao to Krabi

It takes between 6 hours and 40 minutes to 14 hours and 30 minutes to travel between Krabi and Koh Tao, this very much depends on the ferry that you take and whether you are transported in a minivan or a large bus.

What facilities are there on the ferry from Koh Tao to Surat Thani?

There are seats, a small café/shop and air conditioning in the closed cabin.  There are also seats on the top deck under a shade.  On the night ferry there are either bunks with mattresses or mattresses on the floor depending on the boat you travel on.

bunks on night ferry from koh tao to krabi

What are the seats like in the buses/minivans?

There are 17 seats in a Thai minivan. The best seats are either the front left hand one or the three in the front row. 99% of the time, everyone’s bags get the three front row seats. This was no exception.

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Our night ferry arrived on time in Surat Thani, but we were last to be called for our minivan to Krabi and ended up in the back row, where the seats are just too high for your (my) feet to reach the floor and where bracing yourself involves both hands – one for each headrest to the side.

We drop those who are heading to Railay at the pier, then those who are going to Ao Nang get dropped off at another travel agents office, which leaves five of us going to Krabi. we’re last to be dropped off at the Sweet Home Guest House, near the night market.

Final Words on Travelling from Koh Tao to Krabi

Which ferry did you pick?  Night or Day?  How was your journey?  Let us know or comment if you have any questions!

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