How to get from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang - Tips for a family travel


Something we always try to accomplish before we travel to a new place is to study the best way of reaching our destination. Those who, like us, travel with children, know that after a plane trip, there is nothing worse than wasting time looking for the best way to reach our final destination. 

We really believe that, when we study what it takes to get to our destination at home before we travel, it saves precious time, reducing the tiredness of adults and children, and has also the great benefit of allowing to save money and avoid falling into some "traps" that may make our arrival less pleasant.

That being said, when we traveled from Bangkok to Krabi Airport, this did not mean that we had arrived at our destination which was by Ao Nang beach (you can see here why we chose to stay in Ao Nang rather than in Krabi or Railay beach).

 

As the distance between Krabi Airport and Ao Nang is about 25 Kms (just over 30 minutes by car), we had to do a study on what suited us best to make this trip and we came across 3 main options, namely Shuttle Bus, Taxis, and Online Transfers Reservation


Shuttle Bus

When you arrive at Krabi Airport, and you feel lost because you don´t know how to get to your destination, don't worry, you will get a lot of offers, that will literally come after you.

One of the offers that you will get it will be the Shuttle Bus service to Ao Nang, at a cost per person of 150 BAHT (prices of 2018).


Believe me, even if you do not need to go to Ao Nang, and want another destination, it is very often to be approached to ask about your destination by locals that will ask if you want to use this mean of transport.

That is a very frequent way of getting to Ao Nang from Krabi Airport and, it's safe and it can be a great and cheap option.

Taxis

Also when you arrive at the airport, you have the option to take the taxi, which probably will also approach you when you arrive at the airport.
If this is your option, you will have to move to the airport exit, and to your right, there is a parking lot where a man will ask you to wait, then he will use a radio to call a taxi to take you to your destination. In our internet search, we found people talking about prices between 500 and 600 Baht, which can take up to 4 people in the taxi. We paid 500 Baht, 2018 prices.


Online Transfers Reservation

If you search the internet, you will be able to find a huge offer of transfers that will take you from the airport to your destination. When making your reservation, you can mark your time of arrival at the airport, making reference to your flight number, as well as make the reservation for your return.

You will find a great difference between prices, being some more attractive than others, so we advise you to consult more than one company. However, we could not find any on with more attractive prices than the taxis and the Shuttle Bus.

Our choice

As you can easily see by the name of our blog, we always made our family trips with our son so our trip would be for 3. In this way, one of the criteria of choice, the price, would not count for our decision, since the difference between 3 Shuttle Bus tickets (450 Baht) and Taxi (500 Baht) would be minimal, less than 2 dollars or 1.5 euros.

Given the small monetary difference and, given the comfort issue, our choice was the taxi. The trip was quick and comfortable, less than 40 minutes and it finished directly outside our hotel, which is very convenient.



As for the Shuttle Bus, it might be a great choice when it's a solo traveler or two (three already make up for the taxi, in our opinion). Although they are leaving the airport very regularly, you may have to wait a while before more passengers arrive, and if your hotel is not one of the first to unload passengers, it can increase travel time. As mentioned above, these are not huge drawbacks and, if the financial savings are large, can compensate for the longer travel time. In the case of 3 or 4 passengers, I think Shuttle Bus is no longer the best option.

Regarding the Shuttle Bus, in our searches on the internet we collected very good opinions but, also some references to situations where the vehicle went to the city of Krabi ,and then it was necessary to make the change to another vehicle that was heading to Ao Nang Beach, which turned out to be annoying and made the trip more time consuming. As we haven’t opted for this mode of transportation, we cannot give our experience but it is always important information to be shared and we advise you to ask the driver for the route he will be taking to your destination.

The third option, the online Transfers booking, as we mentioned earlier, we found the price as the major disadvantage, since it was superior to other hypotheses. 

However, it may always be good to do a search on the internet before your departure and, in groups of 5 or more people, may even be an economically more advantageous option.

Return

As for the return from Ao Nang to Krabi Airport, if your option was to book your transfer online, this is an issue that you will not have to worry about. If you have chosen to make your trip by Shuttle Bus or Taxi, you will easily find dozens of tourist agencies that offer this service in Ao Nang, usually all for the same price, 150 Baths per person in Shuttle Bus and 500 Baht by taxi (2018 prices).

Just schedule with the company and set the time and place you want to be picked up. Nothing more simple and comfortable and our family, as on the first trip, returned to Krabi Airport by taxi.

We hope our tips help you to program your trip to Thailand and that your family enjoys Krabi. If you still don't have a place to stay in Thailand, we always do our reservations with booking, they are our partners and its with them that we get the best deals. You can look for the best deals in the city of Ao Nang by clicking here, it won't cost you any money and, it helps us to support our blog. Don’t forget to leave your comment and share our Non Stop Family - Travel Blog

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