Krabi does have its own airport, although many visitors arrive at Phuket’s far busier airport and arrange a two-hour transfer by car or boat. Krabi International Airport receives flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Samui, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, though, so is pretty useful, yet connections are limited. Since the construction of a new terminal, there are several flights a day from Bangkok and increasing charter services from Europe in the season.
This new terminal is modern, spacious and clean, and is equipped with a restaurant, convenience shop, refreshments kiosk and ATMs. Since it’s only been open a few years and has limited flights, the commercial development of the airport has been slow, though there is a Thai Airways lounge.
Krabi Airport is located 10kms from Krabi Town on Highway 4, which is about 25kms from the mainland beach areas. The car ferry to Koh Lanta is around 40kms to the south.
Currently only charter airlines from Europe have plans to use the new customs and immigration facilities, but it is hoped that international scheduled flights will start in the future. At the moment, it is possible to fly to Krabi from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, all major hubs. Flight time from Bangkok is 1 hour, 20 minutes, about 2 hours from Chiang Mai, an hour from KL and 1 hour, 45 minutes from Singapore. Samui with Bangkok Airways is about an hour’s flight.
Transportation to and from Krabi Airport
Private transport (taxis) is the only way to get to and from the airport. There is no public transport available; however, minibuses are onhand and you can quite easily organise a ticket (150 baht) through one of the ‘valets’ hanging around. These buses are efficient and, generally, this option is free of rip-offs, if a little slow.
If you book a hotel in advance, most offer transfer services for a fee, which can occasionally be more than the standard taxi fare. You can check whether this is the case with our guide to fares below:
Fare (per car) to hotels in:
Ao Nang: 650 baht.
Krabi Town: 550 baht.
Klong: 900 baht.
Koh Lanta: 2,800 baht.
Subject to change with rising fuel prices.
Taxis are available from the airport’s taxi stand in Arrivals. There are no unofficial taxis allowed into the airport grounds, so you will not be able to bargain these prices down.
If you are going to Phi Phi, you will need to take a taxi to the pier in Krabi Town, where you can catch the ferry (see Krabi Boat Timetable page for times). For Railay, take a cab to Ao Nang and asked to be dropped at the beach where the taxi-boats are parked.
If you’re arriving after dark, boats to Railay have to be pre-arranged. It’s not impossible, but to save yourself the hassle, ask your resort for a transfer.