Krabi to Koh Lipe

Last updated on April 19, 2024

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Krabi is a popular gateway to the stunning Phi Phi Islands and home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful scenery. After exploring Krabi, head to the small island of Koh Lipe for world-class snorkeling, pristine beaches, and a taste of its laidback nightlife.

Getting from Krabi to Koh Lipe is a breeze with several ferry options:

Travel MethodDeparture PointDurationPrice (THB)
High-speed ferry ⛴️Klong Jilad Pier4.5 hours1,800-2,200
Minivan + Speedboat 🚐🚤Hotel/Airport Pickup7 hours980-1,600
Taxi + Speedboat 🚕🚤Hotel Pickup6.5-7.5 hours999-1,500
Map showing the 296 km travel route from Krabi to Koh Lipe with red lines indicating roads and sea crossing on www.bangkokattractions.com.

Options for Travel from Krabi to Koh Lipe

The only way to reach Koh Lipe is by ferry as the island has no airport. Luckily, multiple travel companies offer diverse routes so you can choose the journey that suits you best.

High-Speed Ferry from Krabi to Koh Lipe

High Speed Ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta
Tigerline Travel’s high speed ferry arriving in Koh Lanta.

The quickest and most convenient way to get from Krabi to Koh Lipe is the daily high-speed ferry operated by Tigerline Travel. It departs from Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi town at 9am and arrives at Koh Lipe around 1:30pm.

While pricier than other options at 1,800-2,200 baht, this 4.5 hour ferry ride gets you there the fastest. Tigerline’s modern ferries feature air-conditioned interior cabins and also offer hotel or airport pickup options in Krabi for added convenience.

Minivan + Speedboat from Krabi to Koh Lipe

A Jolly Travel Speedboat heading to Koh Lipe.
A Jolly Travel Speedboat heading to Koh Lipe.

For budget-savvy travelers, combo minivan + speedboat tickets are an economical choice. Enjoy pickup from your Krabi hotel or the airport, followed by a 3.5-4 hour drive to Pakbara Pier. From here, take a 1.5 hour speedboat ride to Koh Lipe.

Smart En Plus and Jolly Travel are reliable companies offering this route. Minivans also depart from the Krabi bus terminal if you prefer to make your own way there. Total travel time is around 6-7 hours. Expect to pay 980-1,600 baht.

Taxi + Speedboat from Krabi to Koh Lipe

Speedboat marked "Sea Holiday" moored at Pak Bara pier, with crew and passengers preparing for a trip to Koh Lipe, in a tranquil tropical setting.
Speedboat ready at the Pak Bara Pier for the journey to Koh Lipe © David Bokuchava / Shutterstock.com

Those who value comfort may opt for a private taxi transfer to Pakbara Pier and onward speedboat to Koh Lipe. Various companies like Ao Nang Travel & Tour offer this door-to-door service with pickup from Krabi hotels. It is not taxi for the whole trip but it gives you a ride to the minivans.

The approximately 4-5 hour drive to the pier is followed by a 1.5 hour speedboat ride. Prices range from 999-1,500 baht per person for the 6.5-7.5 hour journey. It costs more than group transfers but offers greater flexibility.

Important Info & Onward Travel

Krabi to Koh Lipe - Longboat
  • No ferries dock on Koh Lipe directly due to its small size. Expect a short longtail boat ride from the offshore platform to reach the beach. This costs extra but is still a small amount.
  • Koh Lipe is part of a national park, so all visitors pay a 200 baht fee on arrival, valid for 7 days. Those departing Pakbara Pier pay a small additional pier fee.
  • From May to October, boat service is limited. The main route is the daily Pakbara speedboat. Advance booking is wise year-round on 12Go Asia to lock in the best prices.
  • Use Koh Lipe as a jumping off point to explore nearby islands like Koh Adang (15 min) and Koh Rawi (25 min). Ferries also connect Lipe to Langkawi, Malaysia in 1.5 hours.

Whether you’re seeking the fastest route or the best deal, getting from Krabi to Koh Lipe is easy with these diverse ferry and speedboat options. Compare schedules and prices to find your perfect fit. Your island paradise awaits!

How do you get from Krabi to Koh Lipe?

Speedboats and high-speed ferries depart from the Krabi area to Koh Lipe, such as Tigerline Travel from East Railay or Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi Town. These are the fastest but priciest options. Save money by taking a van south before catching a ferry, although this takes longer.

How do you get to Koh Lipe?

Koh Lipe, in Thailand’s southern Andaman Sea, is accessible only by boat. High season sees ferries and speedboats from Trang, Phi Phi, Pak Bara, and Langkawi (Malaysia). In low season, only speedboats run from Pak Bara.

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