Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations for both tourists and locals. The area offers stunning beaches, an abundance of shopping, and excellent Thai cuisine. There are plenty of sights to see such as the famous Walking Street, countless Temples, Wat’s and shrines and the Big Buddha.
Phuket offers a very exciting and vibrant nightlife if you’re looking for excitement but also offers quiet peaceful viewpoints and resorts if you’re hoping to just relax. Whatever it is that you are looking for on your trip to Phuket, the area is sure to have it!
The distance from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket is about 75 km (46 miles). There are 2 options via ferry to travel from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket, which is eitherfrom Tonsai Pier or from Laem Tong Pier. The trip takes 1-2.5 hours and the cost starts at 420 THB ($11.50).
Tonsai Pier is the most popular choice as this is close to where most accommodations are located in Koh Phi Phi. Laem Tong Pier is very convenient if you stay in one of the accommodations in the northern part of Koh Phi Phi.
Note that there are an overwhelming number of ferries operating every day on the route from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket. For this reason, we recommend reading the detailed section of this article and using the links in the tables to check out the ferry that suits your best.
Ready to leave the island of Koh Phi Phi and head back to Thailand’s largest island?
The ferry is the only way you can return to Phuket. With plenty of options available we hope we can make it easier for you to decide which ferry to book.
Ferry ticket bookings
We recommend booking ferry tickets with BookAway. They offer competitive rates, a convenient booking process, and excellent customer service.
Purchasing tickets at the pier tends to be more expensive. You can also buy ferry tickets from your hotel.
Ferries departing from Ton Sai Pier
Most ferries heading from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket depart from Ton Sai Pier. Thanks to its close proximity to the hotels in Koh Phi Phi, you can easily arrange your own transport to the pier.
You can get to the pier either go by songthaews, shared minivan, or taxi.
In the table below we share the best ferry options that include hotel drop-off services in Phuket. In addition, Seatran Travel also drops off passengers at Phuket Airport. We listed the drop-off areas below the table.
Ferry Schedule from Tonsai Pier (incl. hotel drop-off)
If you are staying in the north of Koh Phi Phi, it’s more convenient to book a ferry from Laem Tong Pier.
The two ferry companies that operate trips from Laem Tong Beach Pier in Koh Phi Phi to Phuket are Andaman Wave and Phi Phi Logistic and Tour.
Phi Phi Logistic and Tour has the fastest service and takes you back to Phuket in about an hour. If you are prone to motion sickness, however, it might be better to book the larger ferry with Andaman Wave.
Andaman Wave operates a larger ferry. Although this journey takes a bit longer, you will have a calmer and more stable ride compared to the smaller ferries of Phi Phi Logistic and Tour.
Aside from Rassada pier, there are a few ferry companies that dock at Chean Vanich Pier and Bang Rong Pier on Phuket island.
Ferry Schedule from Laem Tong Beach Pier to Rassada Pier
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.
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.
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.
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.