Koh Lipe boat on beach

Phuket to Koh Lipe

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How to get from Phuket to Koh Lipe?

The island of Koh Lipe is a water lover’s dream come true!

Located in the Andaman Sea, near the Malaysian border, lays the picturesque island of Koh Lipe. Expect amazing snorkelling and diving on crystal clear, blue waters. You can spend your days exploring the beaches and enjoy your evenings watching the sunset and taking in a fire show.

To travel the 185km from Phuket to Koh Lipe, you have 2 options; board a ferry for 5 hours or take a combined bus and ferry for nearly 13 hours. The bus will cost you $35. While the ferry is more expensive at $84.50, it does cut the travel time in half.

2 ways to get from Phuket to Koh Lipe

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry5 hours2,550 THB ($84.50)Check ferry tickets
Bus13 hours excl. transfer time1,050 THB ($35)Check bus tickets

Travelling by ferry is the fastest and easiest way to travel from Phuket to Koh Lipe. However, this direct ferry ride is more than double the price of taking the bus.

If you don’t mind travelling 8 hours more to save money, the bus is also a good option. If you take the night bus from Phuket to Koh Lipe, you can even save 1 night on accommodation!

Also, note that all tourists must pay a 200 THB ($6.50) entrance fee to Koh Lipe.

Itinerary from Phuket to Koh Lipe

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Phuket to Koh Lipe by Ferry


Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 2,550 THB ($84.50)

Fortunately, there are now direct ferries operating from Phuket to Koh Lipe. Travel time is around 5 hours and you can get a seat for 2,550 THB ($84.50).

You can choose from 3 well-known ferry companies and see their schedules below.

OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Bundhaya Speedboat08:30-13:305h2,550 THB ($84.50)
Satun Pakbara Speedboat08:30-13:305h2,550 THB ($84.50)
Tigerline High Speed Ferry08:30-12:30
11:00-15:45
4h
4h 45m
2,550 THB ($84.50)

Check Available Ferry Tickets

Note that all ferries dock on a floating platform in front of Pattaya Beach on Koh Lipe. You will have to pay an additional 50 THB ($1.70) for a long-tail boat ride to the shore.

Be sure to check the weather prior to booking your ferry trip from Phuket to Koh Lipe. Ferries may be suspended if the weather is not favourable. During the low season (April to mid-October), be aware that fewer ferries operate on this route.

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Phuket to Koh Lipe by Bus


Duration: 13 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,050 THB ($35)

Travelling by bus and ferry from Phuket to Koh Lipe is not the best option as it takes almost twice as long. It does, however, serve as a good alternative if going by ferry doesn’t work for you or if you’re on a tight budget.

Step 1: Phuket to Hat Yai by Bus

Duration: 7.5 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 400 THB ($13)

Sri Trang operates several trips for this route daily. Its buses has departures on 6:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:30, 11:30, 12:30, 19:30, 21:30 and 21:45. Travel time is around 7.5 hours and a ticket costs 400 THB ($13).

These buses depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 and arrive at Hat Yai Bus Station. We recommend to take a night bus so you don’t lose a day travelling. When you arrive at Hat Yai in the early morning, you can still stretch your legs and have a quick breakfast before the first van departs for Koh Lipe at 8:00.

Check Available Bus Tickets

There is also one local bus that operates on this route. This departs from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 at 21:30 and is due to arrive at the Hat Yai Bus Station at 03:30. You can buy tickets directly at the bus terminal for around 270 THB ($8.50). Travel time is 6 hours.

Unfortunately, you will likely have to wait for 4-5 hours before you can continue on to the second leg of the journey. This extra time does offer you an opportunity to rest and freshen up or to upload some of those great photos you’ve taken throughout your travels.

Step 2: Hat Yai to Koh Lipe by Van + Ferry

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 650 THB ($21.50)

Be sure to book a combined van and ferry ride in advance. Dee Travels Hat Yai has the cheapest ticket at 650 THB ($21.50), but can you also book with Smart En Plus or Satun Pakbara Speedboat Club.

A van will take you from the bus station to the Pakbara Pier. From there, you will hop on a ferry bound for Koh Lipe. The combined van and ferry ride takes around 5.5 hours.

See the schedules below:

OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Dee Travel Hat Yai08:15-13:30
12:15-17:30
5h 15m650 THB ($21.50)
Smart En Plus08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
12:00-17:30
5h 30m750 THB ($25)
750 THB ($25)
920 THB ($30.50)
Satun Pakbara Speedboat Club08:00-13:30
10:00-15:30
5h 30m900 THB ($30)

Check Available Van & Ferry Tickets

  Hotel

Our favourite places to stay in Koh Lipe


Seahorse Lipe

Location, location, location! This hostel is the perfect spot for those travelers who want to explore the island.  Less than 400m to 3 different beaches, you can spend your day soaking up the rays at a new spot every day. This hotel offers semi-private, cubicle style, rooms and is very well-known for its friendly staff and cleanliness. 

  • Excellent location
  • Very clean
  • Friendly owners
  • Walking distance to the beach

Private rooms start at $30 per night

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Bloom Cafe & Hostel

This hostel & cafe is situated in a great location within walking distance to plenty of sights and beaches. The hostel is extremely, offers very comfortable beds and clean towels every day. The owners and staff are very friendly, welcoming and will assist in any way possible. The on-site bar that often provides live music is a great place to relax with a cold drink and enjoy the island vibe. 

  • Great location
  • Comfortable beds
  • On-site bar
  • Friendly staff

Private rooms start at $36  per night

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Gecko Lipe Resort

Your own private bungalow! Nestled in the nature of Koh Lipe sits this amazing resort. Just 50m from Walking Street and less than a 5-minute walk from the beach, it’s the perfect location.  If you’re looking to enjoy nature and enjoy the peace and quiet but still be close to the action then this is definitely the spot for you! They offer free water, coffee, and tea and there is also a restaurant on-site. 

  • Great location
  • Comfortable beds
  • Private bungalows
  • Surrounded by nature

Private bungalows start at $53 per night

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