Phuket Thailand Island trip

Koh Lipe to Phuket

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How to get from Koh Lipe to Phuket?

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and one of the countries most visited destinations. Phuket is filled with Night Markets, Wat’s, Temples, shopping and stunning beaches. The island is surrounded by numerous smaller islands offering unbeatable snorkeling, diving and water sport adventures.

To travel from Koh Lipe to Phuket, you have just 2 options. You can take a speedboat for about 5 hours which will cost you $84, or you can also travel by a combined ferry and bus trip, this journey will take approximately 11 hours and cost you 1,100 THB ($36).

2 ways to get from Koh Lipe to Phuket

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry5.5 hours2,500 THB ($84)Check ferry tickets
Bus11 hours excl. transfer time1,100 THB ($36)

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Itinerary from Koh Lipe to Phuket

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Koh Lipe to Phuket by Ferry

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 2,500 THB ($84)

The fastest and easiest way to travel from Koh Lipe to Phuket is via high-speed ferry or a speedboat. Travel time is 4h 45min to 5.5 hours.

Note that most ferries do not operate trips during unfavorable weather for safety reasons. They also offer fewer sailings daily during the low season.

Also, keep in mind that speedboat rides can be quite bumpy and scary. Better prepare your anti-motion sickness beforehand to save yourself from any discomfort during the ride.

Speedboats depart from the floating pier near Pattaya Beach in Koh Lipe and dock at Rassada Pier in Phuket. Ticket prices start at 2,500 THB ($84).

Speedboat OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Satun Pakbara Speedboat09:00-14:305h 30m2,500 THB ($84)
Tigerline High Speed Ferry09:00-13:45
4h 45m
5h 15m
2,550 THB ($85.50)
Bundhaya Speedboat09:00-14:305h 30m2,550 THB ($85.50)

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Koh Lipe to Phuket by Bus

Duration: 11 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,100 THB ($36)

You will need to book a combined van and ferry ride to take you to from Koh Lipe to the Hat Yai Bus Station. From there, you take a bus bound for Phuket.

Step 1: Koh Lipe to Hat Yai by Ferry + Van

Duration: 4 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 700 THB ($23)

There are daily trips departing at 09:30, 11:30 and 13:30. The travel time takes at least 4 hours. Vans depart from the front of the Bu-Nga Resort along Pattaya Beach.

We suggest taking the 13:30 trip to connect with departing buses from Hat Yai.

Step 2: Hat Yai to Phuket by Bus

Duration: 7 hours
Cost: 400 THB ($13.50)

When you arrive at the bus station, locate the Sri Trang buses bound for Phuket. There are buses departing at 08:00, 09:30, 11:45, 13:00, 18:00, 19:30 and 21:30. However, you won’t be able to catch a bus earlier than 18:00 if you are coming directly from Koh Lipe due to travel time from the island.

It is ideal to take the night bus so you do not waste an entire day travelling, this also saves a few dollars on accommodation costs.

The buses complete their journey at the Phuket Bus Terminal 2. To book your bus ride, click on the button below:

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Our favourite places to stay in Phuket

Bearpacker Patong Hostel 

Just 200m from Patong Beach and the famous Patong Walking Street, this hostel is a great location if you’re looking for a social and fun atmosphere. The rooftop pool and lounge area are great for meeting others and there are a bar and restaurant onsite. The dorm bunks are extremely comfortable and offer curtains for your privacy. Newer hostel with modern furnishings. 

  • Excellent location
  • Rooftop pool
  • Bar and restaurant onsite
  • Social atmosphere

Single bunk starts at $16 per night

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Goodnight Hostel

Located near Old Phuket Town, this hostel boasts a fitness facility, garden, terrace and lounge area onsite. Just steps away from bars, restaurants, and countless sights, this hostel is exactly where you want to be.  Staff are extremely helpful and will assist in booking tours or travel arrangements. Breakfast can be added to your stay for just $3 per day.

  • Great location
  • Fitness facility
  • Helpful staff
  • Very clean and comfortable

Private room starts at $12 per night

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Aekkeko Hostel

This hostel is set in central Phuket Town within walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, and sights.  It is vibrant and colorful making for an enjoyable atmosphere and they offer a lovely shared terrace for relaxing or socializing. The staff will welcome you like family and you will feel right at home here.  

  • Excellent staff
  • Ideal location
  • Terrace
  • Clean and comfortable

Private room starts at $26 per night 

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Book a Bed Poshtel

The perfect location set in Phuket Town, just 700m from Old Phuket Town, this hostel is within walking distance to all bars, restaurants and numerous sights.  The outdoor pool set in the garden and shared lounge area is the perfect place to unwind and cool down. Private rooms offer great views of the city. 

  • Ideal location
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden and lounge area
  • Walking distance to many sights

Private room starts at $46 per night 

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