From Hat Yai and Pak Bara

It takes 2 hours to travel by minibus from Hat Yai to Pak Bara, from where there are ferries to Koh Lipe all year around.

There are no direct minibuses from the airport to Pak Bara Pier. The cheapest way is to take a minibus from the Airport to the Train station in Hat Yai (80 THB per person), and catch a minibus at one of the travel shops nearby.

The more expensive option is to take a private taxi from the airport to Pak Bara Pier for around 2500 THB per car

There are several travel shops near the Train station that offer a minibus service to Pak Bara pier for around 150 THB per person (travel time is 2 hours). Cathay Guesthouse and KST Travel shop have had very good customer reviews for many years, both are located on Thanon Niphat Uthit 2, just 3 blocks down from the train station, opposite the King’s Hotel.
Private taxi’s to Pak Bara can also be organised and take about 1.5 hours.
Pak Bara Pier can seem like an overwhelming and hectic place when you arrive but don’t panic, people just want to sell you a ferry ticket. If you know what ferry you want just tell them and people will point you towards the right person.

Because there are many ferries on this route it makes more sense to buy your return ticket on Koh Lipe and allow yourself flexibility on your way back.

There are many stalls with street food, small restaurants and little shops in Pak Bara, so it’s easy to kill an hour and refuel for the onward journey.

From Bangkok and Northern Tahiland

The quickest way from Bangkok is to fly to Hat Yai, and travel onwards to Pak Bara, from where there daily ferries to Koh Lipe, all year around.

There are several flights per day between Bangkok and Hat Yai. Flights take a little over 1 hour. Expect to pay between 1000 and 2000 THB with cheap airlines like Air Asia & Nok Air, and 3000 and up with Thai Airways. If your flight arrives before 10.00 in the morning (11.30 if you have a private taxi pre-arranged to pick you up) you have time to make it for the last ferry. If you arrive after 10.00h we suggest you spend the night in Hat Yai. You can buy a ticket for a minibus into town at the yellow stand in the luggage arrival hall near the exit. Minibus into town is 80 THB, Taxi’s are 300 THB.
Trains leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Train Station between 17.00h and 20.00h every day. We recommend second or first class sleepers for this 15 hour journey. There are also several busses every day, but because they are very similarly priced but a lot less comfortable we suggest you only take them if you have no other choice.
There is now a daily flight between Chiang Mai and Hat Yai with Air Asia. Flights take around 2 hours. You can buy a ticket for a minibus into town at the yellow stand in the luggage arrival hall near the exit. Minibus into town is 80 THB, Taxi’s are 300 THB.

From Southern Thailand and Andaman Sea

From November until April Koh Lipe can be reached by boat from several islands in the Andaman Sea, in low season Koh Lipe can only be reached from Pak Bara.

From November until April there is a daily ferry (8 hours) from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lipe, that also stops in Koh Lanta, and several other small islands along the way. Additionally there are daily speedboats (3 hours) from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe during high season.
It is now possible to travel from Phuket to Koh Lipe by boat directly  in 1 day. Tiger Line Travel  departs from ao Chalong ( south Phuket Island ) and stops at Koh Lanta , Koh Mook and Koh Lipe. check their website www.tigerlinetravel.com for schedule and prices
There are daily minibuses from Krabi to Pak Bara (travel time around 3.5 hours) that leave at 7.30 in the morning and connect with the 11.30 boat from Pak Bara to Koh Lipe.
From the end of November until April you can travel to Koh Lipe by ferry from Koh Ngai, Koh Muk, Koh Kradang, Koh Laoliang and Koh Bulon
You can travel from Surat Thani to Krabi where you have the choice of taking a minibus to Pak Bara, or a boat to Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta, from where you can continue by boat to Koh Lipe. This is a long trip that requires at least 1 or 2 nights stop over along the way.

From Malaysia

You can travel to Koh Lipe from Malaysia via Langkawi in high season or via Hat Yai and Pak Bara in low season.

From November until May there are several ferries a day from Langkawi ( www.telagaharbour.com ) to Koh Lipe. The boat ride to Koh Lipe takes around 1 hour. When you arrive on Koh Lipe you will have to go trough immigration first. The people from the ferry will show you where and how. From May to November there are no ferries between Langkawi and Koh Lipe: You can take a ferry from Langkawi to Satun, where you clear immigration and can take a minibus to Pak Bara.

From May to November there are no ferries between Langkawi and Koh Lipe: You can take a ferry from Langkawi to Satun, where you clear immigration and can take a minibus to Pak Bara.

From November until May you can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and travel by boat to Koh Lipe from there.

From May to November you can fly to Hat Yai and travel onwards to Pak Bara and Koh Lipe.

It is also possible to take a train or bus from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai.