How To Get To Koh Phi Phi From Phuket

From Ao Nang

Ao Nang is a small resort town located in Thailand’s Krabi province. Taking a ferry from Aor Nang to Koh Phi Phi is the best option available. Ferries leave Ao Nam Mao Pier every other hour, with the trip taking only 30 minutes. A ferry ticket costs $5 per person, which you can purchase from 12Go Asia’s website.

From Bangkok

Bangkok is Thailand’s capital city and is one of the most developed metropolises in Asia. From here, you have three transportation options to get to Koh Phi Phi.

  1. By Air
    There are no airports on Phi Phi Island. However, you can fly to either nearby Phuket or Krabi and then take a van or ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

    If you’re traveling to Phuket Airport, you will need to take a van to Rassada Pier located an hour away. Once there, you can take a ferry to Koh Phi Phi’s Tonsai Pier.

    If you’re coming from the Krabi airport, you can take a van to Krabi Pier and then a long tail boat to Phi Phi Island. Some airlines offer a joint ticket from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, which would include the flight, your van, and ferry transportation. AirAsia and Nok Air, are the ones that usually offer joint tickets to the island.
  2. By Train
    If traveling by air is beyond your budget, you can take a sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From there, you can take a bus to Krabi where you can hop on a ferry to Phi Phi Island.

    Ticket prices from Bangkok to Surat Thani costs between $7 to $35.
  3. By Bus
    If you’re on a tight budget, you can take a bus from Bangkok to Krabi and then take a ferry to Phi Phi Island. Some bus companies offer joint tickets. You can also buy tickets separately. While buying tickets separately might be cheaper, you should be sure to check the timetables so as not to miss any of the connections.

From the Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands of Thailand are some of the biggest and busiest locations in the country. There are many gulf islands in Thailand, but the most popular are Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan.

If you’re traveling from the gulf islands, make sure to pack food and refreshments as it’s quite far from Koh Phi Phi. The experience, however, is coupled with views of the beautiful coasts of Thailand.

From Koh Samui

  • Take a ferry from Nathon Pier to Donsak Pier.
  • Take a bus to Krabi town
  • Take a ferry to Phi Phi Island

From Koh Tao

  • Take a ferry from Mae Haad Pier to Donsak Pier
  • Get on a bus to Krabi town
  • Take a ferry to Koh Phi Phi

From Koh Phangan

  • Go to the ferry terminal at Thong Sala Pier and travel to Donsak Pier
  • Take a bus to Krabi town
  • Take a ferry to Phi Phi Island
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From Krabi

Located in Southern Thailand, the Krabi province is famous for its breathtaking scenery, limestone cliffs, and white sandy beaches. The island also has an airport that you can fly into before going to Phi Phi Island.

When you arrive at Krabi airport, you can hop onto a van, bus, or taxi to go to the pier. Once there, you can hop on a ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

The ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi departs four times a day from the Klong Jilad pier. Ticket prices cost between $13 to $28.

There are also speedboats from Krabi to Phi Phi Island at the pier. While ticket prices are higher, the trip takes less than an hour.

From Phuket

Getting to Phi Phi Island from Phuket is very easy, mostly due to the efficient ferries and speedboats that travel to and from both islands. There are two options you can take to go to Koh Phi Phi.

By Ferry

Ferries from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi come with a top deck that doubles as a sun deck and lower decks with air-conditioned rooms.

Ferries leave Phuket’s pier on a set schedule. Passengers who take afternoon trips will often be treated to free slices of watermelon. Having said that, ferries have drinks and snacks available for visitors on board at all times.

It takes around 2 hours to travel by ferry from Rassada Pier to Tonsai Pier. The travel time can go up to 3 hours if you’re going to Koh Phi Phi’s Laem Tong Beach Pier. Ferry tickets start from 500 Thai Baht per person one-way.

By Speedboat

The fastest way to get to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket is by taking a speedboat from Rassada Pier. There are several departures to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket each day, with ticket prices starting at 750 Thai Baht for a one-way trip lasting around an hour.

If you’re coming from northern Phuket, you can also take a speed boat from Bang Rong Pier. A speedboat ticket would cost 1,200 Baht per person, with the trip lasting about 3 hours.

Things To Remember

While you can book tickets and arrange your trip online, do bear in mind that not all websites selling tickets have updated information. Additionally, not all websites selling tickets accept international credit cards as payment.

You can use 12GoAsia to buy your tickets for buses, ferries, and trains. However, they can be a bit more expensive than purchasing your tickets at the station or from a travel agency.

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