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Ao Nang is one of the most visited tourist spots in Krabi. Also, the popular Phi Phi islands are very easily accessible from Krabi, so most people include Krabi in their Phi Phi itinerary. Many people like me get a cheap flight ticket to Phuket and are wondering how they can get from Phuket airport to Ao Nang in Krabi on a budget.
Well, this article is for all of those people who are looking for this option. In this article, I’m going to list the few ways you can travel from Phuket airport to Ao Nang. Starting from budget way to the adventurous way to the expensive way, I’m am going to list every route you can possibly take. You can choose any of these options according to your convenience.
Ways to Travel from Phuket Airport to Ao Nang.
Phuket Airport to Ao Nang Bus Transfer.
Note: There is no direct bus service between these two points in case you are wondering.
This is the cheapest option you can take if like traveling on a budget like me. But, one downside to this is that you will have to split your journey in 3 ways.
- Phuket Airport to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
- Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Krabi Town
- Krabi Town to Ao Nang Beach.
Phuket Airport to Phuket Bus Terminal 2
You can take a minivan from outside the airport which will take you to Phuket Bus Terminal 2. There are 2 bus terminals in Phuket, Phuket Bus Terminal 1 and Phuket Bus Terminal 2, the buses for Krabi leave form Phuket Bus Terminal 2.
Just remember one thing, don’t tell the minivan guys that you are on your way to Krabi or they will drop you at the highway.
Now, don’t get me wrong the bus for Ao Nang does pass from this highway but there is no fixed time when the bus will arrive. Also, you will have to wave down the bus and there is no guarantee that the bus will stop or there will be any seats available. It is better you go to Phuket Bus Terminal 2 and board the bus from there.
The journey time is around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the traffic.
The cost from the airport to the bus terminal is THB 150. (Rs.360).
Bus From Phuket Airport
There is also a second way which can cost you even less money. There is an airport bus service from the airport to Phuket Bus Terminal 1. From Phuket Bus Terminal 1 you can catch a songthaew for Phuket Bus Terminal 2. The bus stop is on the first floor just outside the arrival hall. When you exit the airport turn to your left side.
There are only 5 buses the entire day so keep that in mind. The bus timings are 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30.
This bus journey is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
The costs for these are
Bus from Airport to Phuket Bus Terminal 1 – THB 100.
Songthaew from Phuket Bus Terminal 1 to Phuket Bus Terminal 2 – THB15.
Total Cost – THB 115. (Rs.175) You can choose any of the following options according to your convenience. Both are very reliable.
Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Krabi Town.
There are direct buses from this bus stop to Krabi Town. The bus timings are flexible so you don’t have to worry about that. The bus run all day long. I’m not sure if there are any buses at night though. So, try to reach the bus stop as early as possible.
This journey will be around 3 hours. There are no stops in between, this bus will directly take you to Krabi town. Cost – THB 140. (Rs.335)
Krabi Town to Ao Nang Beach.
After reaching Krabi town, you will find these very popular songthaew that will take you to Ao Nang Beach or any other areas in Krabi. These are the local favorites as they are very cheap and reliable.
Just after getting down from the bus, you will find these around. You don’t even have to leave the bus station area. The distance between Krabi Town and Ao Nang Beach is just 18 km, but this songthaew will take around 45 minutes to complete the journey.
They stop at many places in between so the journey might be a little long. You can give them your hotel/hostel address and they will directly take you there.
Cost – THB 60. (Rs.145) The overall cost for traveling from Phuket Airport to Ao Nang beach by bus is just THB 315 (Rs.755).
Ao Nang Ferry Transfer.
For catching a ferry, you have to go to the Rassada pier in Phuket town. This pier is in the southern part of Phuket. For reaching this pier there are 3 possible ways.
- Bus and Songthaew
- Minivan and Songthaew
Bus and Songthaew
There is no direct bus from the airport and the pier. You have to use the airport bus till the bus terminal. This is the same airport bus which I mentioned above for going to the Bus terminal. You can choose either of the bus terminals.
After reaching the bus terminal there will songthaews that will take you to Rassada pier. The journey will just take you around 15 to 20 minutes. The cost can range between THB 20 to THB 30.
The total cost for reaching Rassada pier from the airport via bus and songthaew is THB 130. (Rs.320)
Minivan and Songthaew
Again, you can the same minivan for reaching the bus terminal as mentioned above in the article. I have heard that you can get a minivan directly till the pier. I am not really sure about this, but some of my dorm mates told me that they use this ride.
You can enquire at the airport about this. If not then you can take a minivan till the bus terminal and a songthaew to the pier. Cost (Bus and Songthaew) – THB 180. (Rs.440)
You can also use the taxi service if you are in a group of 4 or if you are in a hurry and don’t have much time. After exiting the airport there are a lot of people that will ask you for taxi, so you don’t have to search for them.
One thing you might want to be sure is the price. Don’t overpay the driver. Sometimes they might misquote the price. Make sure you are paying the right amount.
Cost – THB 700 to THB 900.
Ferry to Krabi.
After you reach the Rassada pier, there are plenty of ferry companies you can choose from. You will find plenty of options here.
The ferry takes around 2 hours to reach Krabi.
Cost – THB 600 to THB 700.
The overall cost from Phuket airport to Ao Nang Beach by ferry is THB 850.
Phuket Airport to Ao Nang Taxi Transfer.
I wouldn’t recommend this method being a budget traveler. If you can spend that kind of money on transfers than you can go ahead and book a cab for there.
I will just mention the price range which you can get a cab to reach Ao Nang.
Cost – THB 3000 to THB 3500. (Rs.7200 to Rs.8400)
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Total Cost for All The Routes
|Routes||Thai Baht||Indian Rupees||U.S Dollar|
|Bus Transfer||THB 315||Rs.755||$10|
|Ferry Transfer||THB 600 to THB 700||Rs.1440 to Rs.1680||$20 to $22|
|Taxi||THB 3000 to THB 3500||Rs.7200 to Rs.8400||$96 to $113|
Also, check this Krabi Budget Travel Guide.