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How to get to Railay

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  1. What transport can you use to get to Railay? Transport of Railay
  2. How to get to Railay from Krabi
  3. How to get to Railay from another country
  4. How to get to Railay from Phuket
  5. How to get to Railay from Bangkok
  6. How to get to Railay from Ko Lipe
  7. How to get to Railay from Pattaya
  8. How to get to Railay from Ko Lanta
  9. How to get to Railay from Hua Hin
  10. How to get to Railay from Ko Samui
  11. How to get to Railay from Ko Pha Ngan
  12. How to get to Railay from Ko Tao

Railay is part of the Krabi province, which stands out for its unique limestone mountains and cliffs. The Railay area is characterized by very beautiful beaches, as well as mountains used for rock climbing.

1. What transport can you use to get to Railay? Transport of Railay

Railay is an unusual place. On the one hand, this is a mainland, not an island. But at the same time, you cannot get here by land, since this area is surrounded by mountains. This is a very small area and there is no airport here. People get here by long-tail boats (small wooden boats with a motor). The journey is not long at all – literally a few minutes.

The main pier is located at Railay East Beach. Boats depart regularly from here to Krabi and arrive at Ao Nam Mao. There is a floating pier, which is convenient for boarding and disembarking people.

Boat tickets sold online are specific to Railay East. When purchasing tickets online, you can book a transfer around Krabi.

Railay West also has boats that go to Ao Nang. There is no pier as such, so upon departure and arrival you will likely get your feet wet while loading or unloading the boat.

There are not many passengers here and you will need to wait until there are enough people to send the boat.

In short, the main departure point for Krabi is Railay East.

Please note that there are several shipping companies operating here (even if all the boats look the same to you). Therefore, if you already have a ticket, then show it to the pier workers and follow their instructions. If someone is loading onto the boat and they don’t let you through, then this is just not your carrier and you need to wait a little.

A little tip: using the following form you can buy a ticket from Railay to Krabi, and you can additionally book a transfer around Krabi. An online ticket also guarantees that your place on the boat is registered. But the ticket will be a little more expensive than buying a ticket directly at the pier.

One more tip: If you're hoping that an online ticket will give you an advantage when boarding the boat and save you time, it doesn't always work as intended. With an online ticket you will need to find your carrier and wait for it to depart, but the 100 baht note will be accepted by any carrier with available seats.

2. How to get to Railay from Krabi

From Krabi to Railay you can get from two places, which are indicated on the following map as:

  • Ao Nam Mao Beach – I would call this the main pier in Krabi. Boats sail from here quite often.
  • Ao Nang Boat Service Point – water transport for tourists, one of the destinations is Railay.

The following form will allow you to purchase a ticket to Railay from Ao Nam Mao Beach. If desired, you can order a transfer from your hotel.

3. How to get to Railay from another country

It is impossible to get directly from another country to Railay. You will need to arrive at one of the following intermediate points:

  • Krabi
  • Phuket

See also:

Then follow the tips in the relevant section:

4. How to get to Railay from Phuket

There is a direct speedboat from Rassada Pier (Phuket) to Railay. Travel time is 2 hours, trip cost is 650 baht. But this boat only runs once a day.

There are other boats available throughout the day, but they are: 1) more expensive; 2) the route is not direct, but with a transfer; 3) travel time (including transfers and waiting on the island) is 30-60 minutes longer.

You can also take a minivan to Railay from Phuket. The price is only 550 baht, travel time is about 3 hours 30 minutes.

You can view a list of all possible options using the following form:

5. How to get to Railay from Bangkok

There are several routes from transport companies that guarantee all transfers. You can see if they suit you using the following form:

You can also plan your trip yourself by first getting from Bangkok to Krabi. And then see the section:

See also: How to get to Krabi from Bangkok

6. How to get to Railay from Ko Lipe

There are no direct routes between Ko Lipe and Railay. Therefore, to get from Ko Lipe island to Railay you need to follow the algorithm:

  • get from Ko Lipe to Krabi
  • from Krabi get to Ao Nam Mao Beach and from there sail to Railay

There are companies that have combined routes that include several types of transport (in this case, a boat and a minivan) and guarantee all transfers. At the same time, the staff will tell you when to get off and what next transport to take.

To get from Ko Lipe to Krabi, use the tips in the following section:

And then see the section:

Ticket options are available that include transfers around Krabi. That is, despite the many words said, you just need to buy one ticket from Ko Lipe to Krabi including a transfer to Ao Nam Mao Beach.

And once you arrive at Ao Nam Mao Beach, all you have to do is take a boat and in 5 minutes you will find yourself at Railay Beach.

7. How to get to Railay from Pattaya

First you need to get from Pattaya to Krabi. How to do this, see the section:

Next you need to take a taxi to Ao Nam Mao Beach.

And once you arrive at Ao Nam Mao Beach, all you have to do is take a boat and in 5 minutes you will find yourself at Railay Beach.

8. How to get to Railay from Ko Lanta

Depending on the chosen transport, the journey may take 2.5-5 hours, the cost of the trip will be about 600 baht.

You can check available routes from Ko Lanta to Railay using the following form:

9. How to get to Railay from Hua Hin

There is a route with guaranteed transfers, the total ticket price is about 1100 baht, travel time is 13 hours 30 minutes.

You can check the schedule and buy a ticket using the following form:

10. How to get to Railay from Ko Samui

There are several options to get from Ko Samui to Railay, including the option of flying.

You can fly to Krabi, then take a bus that runs on the Ao Nang-Airport route. Once you reach the pier, you can get to Railay by boat in a few minutes. This is the fastest, but also the most expensive method.

There are also cheaper options for connecting routes with guaranteed transfers.

You can see all the ways to get from Ko Samui to Railay using the following form:

11. How to get to Railay from Ko Pha Ngan

The trip will cost you 900-1100 baht. Depending on the chosen transport, travel time will be from 6 to 10 hours.

Pay attention not only to the price, but also to the travel time:

12. How to get to Railay from Ko Tao

The cost of the route with guaranteed transfers will be from 1300 to 1600 baht. Travel time is from 7 to 12 hours.

Pay attention not only to the price, but also to the travel time:


Tickets for buses, ferries and trains, including connecting routes:

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