Travel from Bangkok to Railay

By direct bus and ferry service the journey from Bangkok to Railay is scheduled to take from 16 to 17 hours. A faster way to travel from Bangkok to Railay is to fly to Krabi and then travel by road to the ferry pier for services to Railay.

Bus Times from Bangkok to Railay

There are currently 4 joint bus and ferry services a day from Bangkok to Railay available to book online.

18:3010:20฿ 1,430Bangkok Travel Plus
19:0011:30฿ 1,080Montanatip
19:0011:00฿ 1,100Nara Travel
19:0011:30฿ 1,260Sapthaweephol Tour and Travel
  • All 4 of these services depart from a location within easy walking distance of the Khao San Road.

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Departure from Bangkok

Montanatip services from Bangkok to Railay depart from the Khao San Montanatip Office, 22 Tani, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200.

Google Map of the Khao San Montanatip Office

Arrival in Railay

Montanatip services from Bangkok to Railay terminate at Floating Pier East Railay.

Google Map of Floating Pier East Railay

About Travel to Railay

Railay is a small peninsula close to Ao Nang Beach which has an island feel to it, and some similarities to Koh Phi Phi in terms of geography and the large numbers of visitors it attracts.

Getting to Railay

The reason why Railay feels like an island is that there is no road access between Railay and the rest of Thailand. The terrain is too hilly to allow cars to travel to Railay. The only ways in and out of Railay are by boat or by walking. For adventurous visitors, willing to walk up steep paths through a jungle in the tropical heat, you can hike between Ao Nang and Railay via the appropriately named Monkey Trail.

Most visitors, however, travel to and from Railay by boat. Local wooden boats travelling the short distance between Ao Nang and Railay arrive and depart from Railay West Beach. Long distance services generally arrive and depart from the floating pier on the eastern side of the peninsular.

You need to take a boat to reach Railay
You need to take a boat to reach Railay
Where to Stay in Railay

Railay has four main beaches. The three beaches on the western side of the peninsula (Tonsai Beach, Railway West Beach and Phra Nang Beach) are all good for swimming. The fourth on the eastern side of the peninsular (Railay East Beach) is not so good for swimming.

There are good and bad points about all four beaches, and depending on who you are some of the beaches may suit you better than others:

  • Railay West Beach: This is the most busy and popular beach in Railay. A lot of day trippers come to this beach during the tourist season. Families will enjoy this beach because of the good facilities.
  • Phra Nang Beach: Just south of Railay West Beach, Phra Nang Beach is generally considered the most beautiful in Railay and it’s considerably less busy than Railay West Beach. It’s a good place to stay that will appeal to families and couples, and older visitors.
  • Tonsai Beach: Tonsai Beach is to the north of Railay West Beach. It’s hard work to walk there from the floating pier and it’s also much less developed with more basic facilities. Independent travellers on longer visitors may appreciate the more bohemian atmosphere at this beach. Tonsai Beach is also popular with climbers because it is close to some good climbing routes.
  • Railay East Beach: There is a fairly large village behind this beach. The village had some better value accommodation, along with two Muay Thai camps and lots of shops and independent restaurants. Visitors planning to come to Railay for an extended visit often choose to base themselves near Railay East Beach.

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