Extremely Affordable Phuket To Krabi Travel 2022

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How To Get From Phuket To Krabi Cheap?

By road, Phuket to Krabi distance is 170km(100 miles) almost, which takes up to 90-120min time by public transport(bus) and own vehicle(car/bike).

Phuket, Southern Thailand to Krabi Phuket-Krabi transfers options?

Phuket to Krabi Distance Map view

Here, I’ll show you how you can travel cheaply by using local transport by bus and save 30-40% of your total expense from Phuket to Krabi bus.

However, you can find another way of transport in the above links like Speed Boat, Ferry, Rent a Scooter/Car, and Flight, etc.

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The cheapest way to reach Krabi from Phuket International airport

Phuket to Krabi bus fare from the nearest public transport(bus station) is cheap and easy as well.

It’s economical because of 140 bhat from the airport to Krabi bus station which is nearly 18 km(10 miles) away from Ao Nang white sand beach.

You’ll get a share or private three-wheeler from(outside) the local bus stop. It’ll be comfortable as these are fully AC and the minibus in Phuket is easily available.

Besides this alternative, you can also use the common way of getting a bus service or minivan just outside the airport, however, it’s expensive.

Don’t listen to scammers, generally, scammers will advise tourists to take taxis or private transport because buses are not available on the route, no shuttle service or bus service at this time. You should always ask your hostel or locals for any advice/help as I did and saved more than 300 Bhat. Phuket Taxi fare from Phuket airport to Krabi is more than 1000 Bhat which can be useful for a group of 4-6 otherwise local bus/shuttle is the best option. Local taxi fare is not fixed and not advised for solo or a group of 2-3. However, Grab taxi(UBER of Thailand) is available with fixed charges.

In the step by step description with directions and things to avoid.

Down below you’ll learn the simplest and most economical way to reach Krabi station from Phuket bus station or Phuket(near Patong beach).

# TIP 1:- If you want to go by taxi from Phuket Airpot, then a taxi is 30-40% cheaper outside Phuket Airport than inside the Phuket Airport near the main road. You can reach this main road by just following the “walking map view” down below.

# TIP 2:- In Phuket vs Krabi, I would say Krabi is cheaper than Phuket for eating, partying, snorkeling, trekking, resort, and spa, etc. Also, you can easily find beachfront hotels/hostels at a budget price in Krabi cheaply. So, it’s better for you to plan your trip accordingly if you are traveling on a budget or wants beachfront accommodation.

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How to approach the nearest public bus station, Phuket airport to Krabi, Thailand?

  Walking Map View
Walking Map View

Phuket local bus station(shuttle bus) is within walking distance from Phuket Airport (3 km-4 km).

Therefore, if walking 3-4 km in the heat doesn’t make sense, then, from outside the Phuket airport get a bus at a fare of 180-200 bhat, available at many prepaid booths or you can do Phuket to Krabi bus booking online at 123go.asia as well, but they are expensive.

Also, to save 40 bhat then you can walk 3-4 km to this public bus station near the airport.

Most budget travelers save money with the help of their friends who have already been there done this.

If you save 40-50 baht daily, that can conserve 400-500 bhat in 10-15 days which equals your couple of days eats in Thailand.

Just ask someone from the security outside the airport gate.

Generally, they tell you the proper way. If the bus fare is more than 150 Bhat then ask for some more shuttle or minibus.

Don’t hesitate to inquire.

Krabi bus station to Ao Nang beach, Krabi?


Therefore, you can save up to 300-450 bhat. Every single money is worth saving when traveling this way.

Also, saved money can be used for more travel and food as well.

I remember exactly 2 fellow passengers from France were advised by the help desk that book taxis from Grab. Grab app showed 458 bhat precisely.

So, never trust when you find people are telling/advising you of the expensive option. Look for more options.

How to get a bus from Patong Beach, Phuket to Krabi Island?

How far is Krabi from Phuket?

Distance from Phuket to Krabi is 170km(100 miles) almost. So, 140 Bhat is reasonable for the Phuket-Krabi bus fare because you’ll get an AC bus as well.

You can get a bus to Krabi from Phuket bus terminal 2 which is 15-16km(10miles) away from Patong Beach, Phuket.

Therefore, first, you need to go from Patong to the old town by bus(Phuket old town).

Also, avoid private bus agents(travel agents) near the Phuket old town bus station because they will charge you 40-60 Bhat more than the actual cost.

I did this mistake, got to know about this later from a fellow passenger.

From the Phuket bus terminal, you’ll get an AC minivan/bus to the Krabi town bus terminal for 140 Bhat.

Surprisingly, you can do the same Phuket to Bangkok cheaply.

Why did I choose to stay in Phuket old town?

Distance from hostel to phuket bus terminal for krabi travel

I was staying in Baan-Baan hostel because it was cheap and 2 min walks from the Phuket bus stand.

Due to this, I could explore Phuket’s old town and save money on accommodation as well.

Hostels in Phuket near Patong beach are 2-3 times more expensive than Phuket’s old town.

Also, there is not much to explore in the old town however you can visit the weekend night market.

One day is enough for you to save money and traveling Phuket’s old town as well.

This is another inexpensive way of traveling to travel away from Phuket airport.

How to reach from Krabi town to Phuket, bus terminal?

Going from Krabi to Phuket is also simple, between Krabi and Phuket, the bus fare is 140 bhat.

You just follow the same process in the opposite direction. In other words, get to Krabi bus terminal town in a shared threewheeler(Tuk-Tuk).

Then, take a bus from the Krabi bus terminal to Phuket bus terminal(old town).

However, if you want to come to Phuket main town(Patong beach) then you have to another 15-20 min bus from commonplace 3-4 km away from Phuket old town bus terminal.

You can walk or take a bike taxi for 20-30 Bhat.

Hence, to reach Phuket airport from Krabi by bus will take the same amount of time as Phuket to Krabi town takes.

What is the traditional way from Krabi to Phuket?

Actually, there are other options available like a ferry, speed boat, etc for Krabi to Phuket transport, but they are 10-15 times more costly than bus travel.

However, if you don’t care about money then the sea journey is advisable as it’s time-saving and the views are amazing as well but expensive.

Also, speedboats and ferries are available from Phuket via Koh Phi Phi Island to Krabi as well.

However, between Krabi and Phuket flight may be the fastest way to travel/transfer but then you have to pay more, and also you can travel only at a fixed time.

Mostly, tourist uses Thai airways, which is a local airline in Thailand.

Krabi to Phuket flight or Phuket to Krabi flight fare?

First of all, the flight between Phuket and Krabi is not going to be cheap and that’s why most travelers choose either by bus travel or rented vehicle.

However, the flight fare would be around 2000 Thai Bhat(30 USD) and 4hrs 20 min for the cheapest options from Krabi to Phuket Flight.

Also, if you are planning your trip like 4-5 weeks later, then you may get the cheaper flight fare from Krabi to Phuket on sites from these Incredibly Reliable Flight Booking Websites.

Surprisingly, what if I’ll share 1 of my favorite tricks that can save you up to 30-40% on flight tickets in 2 minutes. Maybe 100s of dollars if you follow correctly.


I would suggest you use the direct option which is outside the airport.

Otherwise, from the nearest public bus station, you need to walk almost 4 km.

However, it’s not easy for everyone just after getting out of the airport.

So, avoid if you’re carrying heavy luggage or a suitcase then it’s even more difficult for you to walk with heavy luggage.

However, you are advised to use this cheap way from Phuket if you are not tired or want to save a good amount of money.

Therefore, reaching Krabi airport from Phuket mainly has two ways to choose from. Almost both options are similar in terms of time taken.

However, the bus outside the airport is recommended if you are not traveling on a budget.

So, this is the tried and tested way for commuters and cheap as well to the Krabi airport from Phuket.

Similarly, going from Ao Nang(or Railay beach) to Phuket, you can do the opposite, to get to the Phuket bus stand(old town).

In conclusion, travel smartly and keep your spending low whenever possible.

Also, you can use this cheap way of commuting from any part of Thailand like Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, etc. to Phuket or Krabi and then follow the whole itinerary as mentioned.

Although, you can try Thai food in Krabi than cheaper in Phuket if you look for cheap Thai food.

All the best and have a safe and pleasant journey.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How far is Phuket to Krabi?

    By road, the distance between Phuket and Krabi is 170 km (106 miles) almost.

  2. Phuket Airport to Krabi bus fare?

    Actually, it’s 140 Thai Bhat but you need to walk 1 km from the airport to the nearest bus stand otherwise you may have to pay more than 300 Bhat. You don’t need to do online bus bookings from Phuket to Krabi town because you can get on-the-spot seats as there many buses and minivans are available. So, Phuket airport to Krabi bus fare is 140 Bhat(2 USD).

  3. Phuket to Krabi bus booking?

    There is no need for booking a bus for Phuket-Krabi or Krabi-Phuket as you can easily get a bus from the bus terminal. Also, I won’t recommend you for booking online as there are many online websites that offer bus booking online 2-3 times more expensive than the actual price. So, it’s better to go to the bus station and get your Phuket-Krabi bus booking by yourself.

  4. Can I go Patong to Krabi by the local bus?

    Yes, but you need to go to the Phuket town bus stand which is 30 min by bus for 30 Thai Bhat. Then, from the Phuket town bus stand, you’ll get the bus to the Krabi bus terminal for 140 Thai Bhat. Furthermore, if you want to go to (near Ao Nang beach) then, from the Krabi bus terminal, you need to take a shared auto for 15 Thai Bhat. All in all, the Phuket-Krabi bus price is 170 Bhat(2.5USD) from Patong.
    It may look hard but trust me it’s easy and I have seen many budget travelers are doing it.

  5. How much is the ferry from Phuket to Krabi?

    Usually, they charge 25 USD (Rs1700). Price varies in low season and high season.

  6. Can you drive from Phuket to Krabi?

    Yes, Phuket-Krabi or Krabi to Phuket distance is 170 km (106 mi), which is possible to drive because the roads are good, safe, curvy, and the view is amazing as well.

  7. Can you fly from Phuket airport to Krabi airport?

    Yes, both places Phuket and Krabi have airports. You can use local Thailand airlines like The Lion Air and Nok Air.

  8. The cheapest way to travel/transfer between Phuket to Krabi?

    The bus is the cheapest, only 140 Bhat from Phuket bus stand to Krabi bus stand.

  9. Phuket to Krabi travel options?

    You can travel from Phuket-Krabi using 4 options:-
    Ferry, Boat, Rented Vehicle(car, scooter), and Bus.

    a) Phuket-Krabi Ferry fare:- 1200-1800 Bhat, also depends on the luxury
    b) Phuket-Krabi Boat fare:- 2000-2500 Bhat, speed boats take up to 1 hr 45min
    c) Phuket-Krabi Bus fare:- Phuket to Krabi Bus ticket is 140-160 Bhat.
    d) Phuket-Krabi Taxi fare:- 1500-2000 Bhat takes 1hr 30min.
    e) Phuket-Krabi Flight fare:- 450-600 Bhat, takes 1hr.

  10. Where Phuket ferry station is located.

    Phuket (Rassada Pier) is the Phuket ferry station.

  11. Krabi to Phuket taxi fare?

    The taxi from Krabi to Phuket cost is around 3000 Bhat(85 USD) on average but the price may differ a little, depending upon what month you’re asking.

  12. Shared minivan from Phuket airport to Krabi?

    You can get a shared minivan outside the airport, but they charge over 200 bhat but if you walk to the nearest bus stand which is 2-3 km away, you’ll get the bus ticket for 140 Bhat from the Phuket-Krabi bus stand.

  13. Phuket local bus?

    Phuket local buses are blue in color but the condition wise they are bad.

  14. Phuket airport code?

    Phuket airport code is HKT.

  15. Where Krabi bus station is located?

    Krabi bus stand is 5-6 km away from Krabi town and 3-5 km away from Krabi airport.

  16. Best places to stay in Krabi?

    Sleeper Hostel near Ao Nang beach, 8.4 ratings (969 reviews) on Booking.com. If you book 3-4 days before your travel date then you may get it cheaper than the normal price as well.

  17. How far is Phuket from Bangkok?

    a) Road distance: 840 km (525 miles) approx.
    And, it’ll take 12 hrs in normal traffic by Bus and Car.

    b) Flight distance: N/A but it will take around 1 hr 30min (flying)
    c) Train: No direct train available but you can try Phuket to Surat Thani by Bus/Ferry and to Bangkok by train.