Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

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Koh Phi Phi is an extremely popular island in the south of Thailand. The island became very well known after the movie “The Beach” which was filmed at Maya Beach. The iconic Maya Bay just reopened to the public in January 2022 after rehabilitation activities were done to revive and protect sea life.

The distance from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is about 75km (46 miles). There are two options to travel from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi: either to Tonsai Pier or to Laem Tong Pier. The ferry takes between 1-2 hours and the cost of transportation to the island starts at 420 THB ($11).

How to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry to Ton Sai Pier1-2 hours420 THB ($11)Check ferry tickets
Ferry to Laem Tong Pier1.5-2 hours560 THB ($15)Check ferry tickets

For the route from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, there are tens of different ferry companies that operate daily. When you click the booking link we provided above, you will likely be overwhelmed with options.

For that reason, we recommend to keep reading this article and use the links in the tables to book the ferry that suits your best. We split the options by arrival location:

  • Ton Sai Pier – Main harbour in the south, close to most hotels
  • Laem Tong Pier – North Koh Phi Phi, only a few hotels nearby

Which ferry to choose?

Most people will choose the ferry from Phuket to Ton Sai Pier, which is the main pier in Koh Phi Phi. This ferry ride takes about 1-2 hours, but that’s excluding the transfer to the harbour.

More conveniently, book a ferry ticket including pick-up from the most popular destinations in Phuket.

Booked your accommodation in the north of Koh Phi Phi? Then we strongly recommend booking a ferry from Phuket to Laem Tong Beach pier. If you book the ferry to Tonsai Pier, you will have to take another boat from TonSai to the northern part of Koh Phi Phi.

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi by Ferry (Ton Sai Pier)

Duration: 1-2 hours, excl. pick-up
Cost: 420 THB ($11)
Duration: 1-2 hours, excl. pick-up
Cost: 420 THB ($11)

The only way to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi is by ferry. If you book a speed boat ferry, the journey from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi will take around 1 hour. Meanwhile, the larger ferries normally take around 2 hours.

As most travellers stay around Ton Sai pier – in the south of Koh Phi Phi – we will first focus on ferries arriving at Ton Sai Pier.

The good news is that there are plenty of trips offered by a number of ferry companies departing daily from various piers in Phuket. The bad news is that it doesn’t make it easy to decide which ferry to book. They depart from different ferry ports in Phuket. Some ferries include pick-up and others don’t.

We suggest buying your ferry ticket from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi online. Purchasing one at the pier tends to be more expensive. You can also purchase a ferry ticket from your hotel or a local travel agency.

Upon arriving on Koh Phi Phi, all travellers are required to pay a fee of 20 THB ($0.50) per person. These funds are used to keep the island clean and to cover waste management costs.

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Ferries departing from Rassada Pier

Most ferries heading from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi depart from Rassada Pier. The pier is only a 20-minute drive away from Phuket town centre.

Thanks to its close proximity, you can easily arrange your own transport to Rassada Pier if you stay in Phuket town. You can either go by songthaew, shared minivan, or taxi. Booking a Grab taxi from Phuket town to Rassada pier starts at 310 THB ($8).

If you’re not staying in Phuket Town, we recommend booking a ferry ticket that includes pick-up in the area you are staying. We’ve provided a list of pick-up areas for each ferry company below the schedule.

Other piers in Phuket

Aside from Rassada pier, there are a few ferry companies that depart from Chean Vanich Pier, Bang Rong Pier, and Sea Angel Pier. Some ferries also used to depart from Yamu Pier before the pandemic.

Ferry schedules to Tonsai Pier (including pick-up)

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Phi Phi Cruiser 7:30-11:30520 THB ($14)
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Chureang Travel and Tour8:45-13:15640 THB ($17)
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P.P. Sabai Marin07:15-09:45
09:15-11:45
11:15-13:45
815 THB ($22)
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Seatran Travel and Tour07:30-10:30
08:00-11:00
10:00-13:00
12:30-15:30
14:00-17:00
1,145 THB ($31)
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Included pick-up areas:

  • Phi Phi Cruiser: Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong, Phuket Town or Naiyang Beach
  • Chureang Travel and Tour: Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong, Phuket Town or Nakalay Beach, Tri Trang beach, Sirey or Kamala Beach
  • P.P. Sabai Marin: Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong or Phuket Town
  • Seatran Travel and Tour: Phuket Airport

If you prefer to go with private transportation to the ferry port, you can also book one of the tickets shared below. These tickets don’t include pick up and they depart from Rassada Pier.

Ferry schedules to Tonsai Pier (without pick-up service)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Chao Koh Group15:00-17:00420 THB ($11)
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Phi Phi Cruiser9:00-11:00435 THB ($11.50)
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Chureang Travel and Tour11:00-13:00435 THB ($11.50)
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Andaman Wave08:30-09:30
12:30-13:30
13:30-14:30
540 THB ($14.50)
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PP Sabai Marin9:00-10:00
11:00-12:00
13:00-14:00
545 THB ($14.50)
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Phi Phi Logistic and Tour09:00-10:00
11:00-12:00
14:00-15:00
575 THB ($15.50)
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Kanichta Speedboat10:30-11:20605 THB ($16)
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All-Inclusive Tours to Koh Phi Phi

Another option you have is to book an all-inclusive tour. Tours usually include transport (single or round trip), food, island fees, and the use of equipment for water activities.

Packaged tours can be purchased from any travel agency or your hotel in Phuket.

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Phuket to Koh Phi Phi by Ferry (Laem Tong Pier)

Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 560 THB ($15)
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: 560 THB ($15)

If you are staying in the north of Koh Phi Phi, you are better off booking a ferry to Laem Tong Pier.

There are two ferry operators which go from Phuket to Laem Tong Beach Pier: Andaman Wave and Phi Phi Logistic and Tour. They also depart from Rassada Pier, but they don’t include hotel pick-up.

The speedboats of Phi Phi Logistic and Tour and Andaman Wave can get you to the island in 1.5 hours. The larger Andaman Wave ferry takes a bit longer, but it provides a calmer ride compared to the speedboats.

If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend booking the Andaman Wave ferry and taking some motion-sickness pills before the trip.

Ferry schedules from Rassada Pier to Laem Tong Beach Pier

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Phi Phi Logistic Speedboat09:00-10:30
14:00-15:30
870 THB ($23.50)
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Andaman Wave Ferry*13:45-15:45560 THB ($15)
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Andaman Wave Speedboat8:30-10:00
12:30-14:00
13:30-15:00
900 THB ($24)
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*Provided price for Andaman wave ferry is for the standard ferry class. See other fares for the Andaman Wave below.

Phi Phi Logistic offers only one type of seating, which is a quite luxurious one. The Andaman Wave ferry, on the other hand, offers different seatings with varying costs.

Different seating for Andaman Wave Ferry

Andaman Ferry

Tickets come in different classes depending on the floor location inside the ferry:

  • Standard (2nd) class: Bottom level of the ferry – 555 THB ($15)
  • First Class: 2nd level of the ferry – 740 THB ($20)
  • VIP Class: Top level of the ferry and passengers have access to the deck – 805 THB ($21.50)

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Itinerary from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

 

Our favourite places to stay in Koh Phi Phi

Dormsin Hostel

Enjoy the stunning sea views from the dormitory sun terrace! Excellent location within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and beaches. Super friendly staff that are willing to go out of their way to assist you with all your needs. Enjoy the large comfortable beds, privacy curtains with each bed and free wifi throughout the hostel.

  • Great location
  • Sun terrace
  • Friendly staff
  • Comfortable beds

Single bed in dorm room starts at $18 per night 

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Tropical Garden Bungalow

Located 700m from Ton Sai Bay and just 400m from the beach, Tropical Garden Bungalow is an excellent place for those looking for a little more privacy. An outdoor pool with a swim-up bar is the perfect place to relax and meet other travelers. Restaurant on-site and continental breakfast included each morning. Walking distance to all bars, restaurants, and amenities yet still far enough to get a peaceful sleep. 

  • Swimming pool
  • On-site bar
  • Close to beach
  • Breakfast included

Private rooms start at $25 per night

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Phi Phi Don Chukit Resort

Enjoy the luxury that this resort has to offer. Located in the Ao Ton Sa area of Phi Phi Don, this resort is walking distance from the Ton Sai Pier, bars, restaurants, amenities, and the stunning beaches. Take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the island and the Andaman Sea or enjoy relaxing on the terrace taking in the views. The air-conditioned rooms offer privacy, cable TV and your own refrigerator. The perfect place to enjoy all that Phi Phi Don has to offer! 

  • Swimming pool 
  • Terrace with sea views
  • Great location
  • Breakfast included

Private rooms start at $39 per night

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Nui Beach at Koh Phi Phi

Frequently asked questions

Should I visit Koh Phi Phi or Krabi?

Both destinations are popular choices for travellers. Koh Phi Phi is an island group in the Andaman sea with lots of gorgeous islands and beaches to explore.

In the night, the central area of Koh Phi Phi Don turns into a party haven for backpackers with parties going on till sunrise. The northern part of Koh Phi Phi Don (around Laem Tong Pie) is more secluded and lets you enjoy the more tranquil side of Koh Phi Phi.

Krabi is a perfect balance of the two. Along the coastline, you’ll find stunning beaches bordered by high limestone cliffs. You can visit several of these beaches without having to leave the mainland, but you can also book a boat trip to explore nearby islands or more remote beaches.

Most popular routes in Thailand

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