Our next mission was to get from Krabi to Langkawi. In the off-season, there are many fewer transport options to get to Langkawi from Krabi than in the high season. The high season is between October and May. This post covers the details of how to go from Krabi to Langkawi in both the high season and the low season. It will cover the Krabi Langkawi Ferry and in the opposite direction the Langkawi Krabi ferry. We include a section on taking a bus from Krabi to Malaysia and in reverse taking the Satun to Krabi bus. This primarily land-based route also includes the details on the ferry from Satun to Langkawi.
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That said, it took a few attempts to find our way out of Krabi Town. Our destination was to be Langkawi, Malaysia. It is easy enough if you’re traveling between October and April when you can take a Krabi to Langkawi ferry. (you can book it here)
If you are traveling between the beginning of April and the end of October there is NO DIRECT FERRY. You can follow the instructions in this post to go from Krabi to Langkawi at these times.
If you want to take the route from Langkawi Krabi, simply follow the directions in the opposite direction, we have covered step-by-step instructions on Langkawi to Satun and Satun to Krabi.
Krabi to Langkawi Distance
The Krabi to Langkawi distance, as the crow flies is around 220 kilometers. If you are taking the ferry to Langkawi from Krabi, this is roughly the distance you will travel. If you need to take the land-based route the Langkawi to Krabi distance is 270 kilometers on land and then around 40 kilometers from the Tammalang Port to Kuah Ferry port on Langkawi.
There is a Langkawi to Krabi flight, but it goes via Kuala Lumpur and takes nearly 5 hours. We don’t recommend it. The easiest way is to get to Langkawi by ferry.
Book the high-season Krabi Langkawi ferry
If you’re traveling in the high season, Tigerline Ferry is the most popular option. The easiest way to book your ticket is online via 12AsiaGo > Book Now). These ferries run from the last week in October until early April each year. In October 2019 the ferry line starts on October 27th.
You can also book the Langkawi to Krabi ferry for the high season here. The ferry from Langkawi to Krabi also runs from early April to the end of October.
Where to stay in Langkawi
Since Langkawi is a duty-free island, it’s very easy to find accommodations that are within the budget of locals and foreign visitors. Backpackers can easily find hostels that have great facilities and lots of comforts without paying too much, there are mid-range hotels, and for visitors who prefer luxury, there are plenty of five-star resorts to choose from.
The Four Season Resort in Langkawi is a perfect choice for people looking for comfort, luxury, and privacy. It is located in a secluded area in Jalan Tanjung Rhu surrounded by tall trees and highlighted by mangroves. The Four Seasons Resort has an outdoor pool, BBQ facilities, and a sun terrace. You can check room and suite availability here.
Stay at SR Villa if you don’t want to spend too much money on a hotel but still want to get quality sleep and be near some of the top things to do in Langkawi such as the Wildlife Park and Galeria Perdana. The room has basic furniture and an AC, and there are also kitchen facilities available if you prefer to self-cater. There’s more on Langkawi’s SR Villa here.
One of the most affordable places to stay in Langkawi is the Tokman Inn which has an impeccable location. It’s right in the middle of Pantai Cenang. Just outside its doors are an incredible amount of places to eat plus it’s only an 8-minute walk to the beach. We stayed at the Tokman Inn, on our first visit to Langkawi and it’s still receiving excellent reviews, you can see some of them here.
Traveling from Krabi to Langkawi in the low season
How to get from Krabi to Langkawi in the low season, the monsoon, when numbers are light and when the seas are sometimes rough, is a little harder. There is no direct ferry from April until the end of October. You will need to take a bus from Krabi to Satun, transfer from Satun to Tammalang Port, and then take a ferry to Langkawi. It is possible to do this independently, by booking individual buses, taking a taxi, and then booking the ferry from Satun to Langkawi. You can also book – based on availability – a transfer direct from Krabi to the ferry port, inclusive of the ferry. We cover details on this option below.
Krabi to Langkawi: Off-Season Options (April to end of October)
1. Krabi to Hat Yai to Alor Setar to Langkawi Ferry
Options in the off-season includsed taking a bus to the train line, taking a train to Hat Yai, and then changing on a train to Alor Setar, then a taxi to the ferry. We seriously do NOT recommend this convoluted option. It’s painful. Long.
- Take a bus from Krabi to Surat Thani – book here
- Take a train from Surat Thani to Hat Yai junction- book here
- Take a train from Hat Yai to Alor Setar – book locally
- Take a local bus in Alor Setar to the ferry Terminal at Kuala Kedah – book locally
- Take the ferry from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi – book locally
The Kuala Kedah / Alor Setar to Langkawi and the reverse Langkawi to Alor Setar ferry is not currently bookable online but run frequently.
2. Krabi to Satun, Overnight in Satun, to Langkawi
There is a public bus option from Krabi to Satun (Thailand)) leaving at 11 am, arriving some 5 or 6 hours later, necessitating an overnight in Satun before catching the ferry the next day. You cannot book these tickets online, you should go to the bus station in Krabi to book this.
(alternatively, you can book a private transfer with Andaman taxis – they also have minibusses – and they will take you directly to the Tammalung pier if you’d like – check details and book here)
You can then take a taxi from Satun to Tammalung port (10 minutes), and then take a ferry from Tammalung to Langkawi. There are 2 or 3 ferries a day depending on the season. It should not be full.
2. Krabi to Satun Bus then ferry to Langkawi (minivan – ferry)
This is the preferred and easiest way to transfer between Krabi and Langkawi in the offseason.
The easiest off-season option is the bus from Krabi to Satun, plus the ferry to Langkawi option at 850 THB which we took, although booking it wasn’t easy. The van doesn’t run every day, only if there are enough passengers. It needs a minimum of 5 people. It will ONLY run if the van has returned from its previous trip, where it was also waiting for 5 passengers. If you have a group of 5 people wanting to go this route, we recommend you book with Andaman Taxis – check details here
This is the quickest and least hassle route to take, and so that’s what we took. There’s still no way of booking this online, (unless you have a group of 5 or the money for a private transfer) so you’ll need to find a local agent to buy tickets from. Here’s how to do that.
Krabi to Langkawi – Review of Offseason Journey.
Buying tickets from Krabi to Langkawi in the offseason
We found our tickets while sitting in a small bar. The travel agency “Yes, I can” was next door. Our tickets were found and served up while we drank our beer lounging on floor mats and swatting at mosquitoes. We heard another drinker buying tickets and thought why the heck not.
You can buy tickets at ANY ticket agency in Krabi If you want to go to the same place as us, here’s the map of where it is. (the bar was cool too). It’s s small place on Chao Fah Alley. And Yes I Can’s Details.
Yes I Can Travel & Tour (TAT 33/ 02950)
9/3 Chao Fa Rd. Paknum Muang Krabi Thailand 81000
66 81 5893270
66 82 4205439
66 81 6443615
66 75 612204
Krabi to Langkawi – the Journey
An 0640 start saw us the first into the van from our hotel, the Sweet Home – which was lovely and well-positioned. Get prices and book a room here. (Yah!, choice of seats – apart from the front row, which the bags always get the first choice of). Several pick-ups later, we were full and heading south.
It’s a good road south if a little windy. There were a couple of stops for drinks mid-way. We dropped three folks off at the ferry for Koh Lipe and picked up a few others heading south to Satun.
We’d been told we’d get to Langkawi “around 3” – but that didn’t account for the fact that we were traveling during Ramadan. There is no 1:30 pm ferry during Ramadan, so despite getting to Tammalung Ferry port near Satun at at 1 pm, it meant we were waiting for the 3 pm departure.
Facilities at the Satun Ferry Terminal (formally called Tammalung Ferry Port)
There’s seating, a shop, and a money changer. They had good rates when we were there. There are toilets (3 THB each, no paper provided) and a small cafe. There are also of course Thailand immigration departures and arrivals.
Vouchers Need to be Exchanged for Ferry Tickets
At 2 pm we could line up and hand over our passports and voucher from the van driver. We received ferry tickets, boarding passes, and a returned passport once they’d noted who we were.
Immigration at Satun Ferry Terminal (Tammalung Port)
Then it was another 30-minute wait to line up for immigration and departures. Then we boarded to find that every one of us had been assigned seats on the left-hand side of the ferry. There was a quick spread out – we were only half full.
Satun to Kuah, Langkawi Ferry Terminal
An uneventful 60 minutes later we were in Malaysia, arriving at the port of Kuah on Pulau Langkawi. Malaysia is an hour ahead of Thailand, so we were hitting 5 pm as we arrived.
Immigration was simple – as British passport holders, we get 90 days in Western Malaysia. For free.
Arriving in Langkawi
There are no public buses in Langkawi, but taxis operate on a fixed fare. There’s a sign posted as you exit the Langkawi ferry terminal. We were quickly on our way to Pantai Cenang (about 20 kilometers from Kuah Ferry port) for 30 MYR. So, with an hour gained in time zone differences, there was plenty of time to drop our bags and find a beer in this duty-free paradise in time for sunset.
- Where We Stayed in Langkawi – the Tokman Inn – Get prices here
- Where We Stayed in Krabi – the lovely Sweet Home – Get prices here
- Yes I Can Travel – Krabi – [email protected]
- Find out how to go from Langkawi to Penang – all the options here
Let us know how your travel goes – and how you got from Krabi to Langkawi!
Popular Routes in Thailand
Want to know more about different forms of transport in Thailand? Our guide to Thailand transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Thailand, your options, and how we did it.
- How to go from Bangkok to Pakse (Laos)
- Going from Langkawi (Malaysia) to Koh Lipe
- How to go from Koh Tao to Krabi
- How to go from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi
- How to go from Bangkok to Koh Tao
- How to go from Bangkok to Koh Phangan
- Bangkok to Koh Kood and back
- How to go from Bangkok to Koh Samui
- How to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya
- How to go from Bangkok to Sukhothai
- How to go from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
- How to travel from Krabi to Langkawi (Malaysia)
- How to go from Cambodia to Thailand
Popular Routes in Malaysia
- How to go from Penang to Cameron Highlands
- How to go from Krabi to Langkawi
- How to go from Langkawi to Penang
- How to go from Cameron Highlands to Melaka
- How to go from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
- How to go from Labuan to Brunei
- How to go from Brunei to Miri
- How to go from Kota Bharu to Sungai Kolok
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