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Bus services from Bangkok to Krabi

There are three options to get from Bangkok to Krabi:

  • Option 1: Fly to Krabi from Bangkok’s Don Mueang’s airport.
  • Option 2: Take the train to Surat Thani and then a bus from Surat Thani to Krabi.
  • Option 3: Take a bus directly from Bangkok.

Cheapest Way to Krabi


The cheapest way to travel from Bangkok to Krabi is by bus. There are several different bus services from Bangkok to Krabi but the one we recommend is run by the Lignite Bus Company and its take around 12 and 1/2 hours to do the journey. The bus arrives at Krabi Bus Station, near Krabi Town. From the bus terminal it is cheap and quick to travel onward to the popular beach resort towns, such as Ao Nang, using public transport. By contrast it can be expensive to get from Krabi Airport to the popular beach resorts and to pier for ferries to Koh Phi Phi. The flights are cheap but the transfers from the airport to your final destination may not be.


Bus Times to Krabi


These services are operated by the Lignite Bus Company and depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal. See below for information about how to get to the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok.

Service Bangkok Krabi Cost
Express 07:00 19:25 671 THB
Express 17:30 05:55 671 THB
Express 18:50 07:15 671 THB
VIP24 19:20 07:45 947 THB
Express 19:30 07:55 671 THB
Express 20:40 09:05 671 THB

The 19.20 service is 300 THB more expensive because this a VIP bus service. The difference is that the seats are more comfortable and there are less seats on the bus than the regular service making it easier to sleep.


Bus Times to Ao Nang


Bangkok Ao Nang Cost Company
18.00 09.00 1,000 THB Jolly Travel
18.00 10.00 1,075 THB Songserm
  • Both the Jolly Travel and Songserm services departs from a location near to the famous Khao San Road in central Bangkok.
  • The Jolly Travel service includes a minivan transfer to any hotel in Ao Nang.
  • The Songserm bus terminates on the beach road in Ao Nang.

Buy Tickets to Krabi


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Lignite Bus Company


The Lignite Bus Company specialises in the Bangkok to Krabi and Bangkok to Phang Nga. The quality of the service on Lignite bus routes depends very much upon which service you use. The Standard service is cheap but slightly uncomfortable for such a long journey. Frequent travellers on this route tend to opt to pay the extra and use the VIP 24 service which has more comfortable seats, a meal provided at a roadside restaurant and a TV on the back of the seat. On the Standard service you get a small snack, a seat and of course you get from Bangkok to Krabi just as quickly as if you took the more VIP 24 service.

  • Standard Express Service: Toilet, snack, A/C
  • VIP 24 Service: Toilet, snack, tea & coffee, meal, seat back TV, single and double seats available, A/C

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Southern Bus Terminal


Sai Tai Mai (the Thai name for Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal) is located on the Thonburi side of the river. It is difficult to get there by public transport. We advise taking a meter taxi either all the way, or from Bang Wa BTS station, which the closest BTS (Skytrain) station to the Southern bus terminal. 

Beach in Krabi

Beach in Krabi

The taxi journey from Bang Wa BTS station to the Southern Bus Terminal should take 17 minutes, unless there is heavy traffic. It is busiest on the roads of Bangkok when people are commuting between 06.00 and 09.00 and then between again between 16.00 and 19.00.


Location of Southern Bus Terminal



Travel from Krabi Bus Station


Bus passengers disembark at Krabi Town bus station, which is about 3 km outside of Krabi town itself. There are songthaews (converted pick up trucks) which run from from the bus station frequently during the day and less often at night. For Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beach take a white songthaew. The journey costs about 100 THB and takes 20 minutes. To get into Krabi town it is not expensive in a taxi and even cheaper on the back of a motorbike taxi.


Location of Krabi Bus Station


Next read about How to get from Krabi to Koh Samui