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 snorkeling 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.
Travelling by ferry is the fastest and easiest way to reach Koh Lipe from Phuket. 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, 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.
|Ferry||5 hours||2,550 THB ($84.50)||Check ferry tickets|
|Bus||13 hours excl. transfer time||1,050 THB ($35)||Check bus tickets|
View itinerary from Phuket to Koh Lipe
- 5 hours
- Koh Lipe
- 7.5 hours excl. transfer time
- Hat Yai
- 5.5 hours
- Koh Lipe
Phuket to Koh Lipe by Ferry
Duration: 5 hours
Costs: 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.
|Bundhaya Speedboat||08:30-13:30||5h||2,550 THB ($84.50)|
|Satun Pakbara Speedboat||08:30-13:30||5h||2,550 THB ($84.50)|
|Tigerline High Speed Ferry||08:30-12:30|
|2,550 THB ($84.50)|
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 trip as ferries may be suspended if the weather is not favorable. During the low season (April to mid-October), be aware that fewer ferries operate on this route.
Phuket to Koh Lipe by Bus
Duration: 13 hours excl. transfer time
Costs: 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
Costs: 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.
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
Costs: 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:
|Dee Travel Hat Yai||08:15-13:30|
|5h 15m||650 THB ($21.50)|
|Smart En Plus||08:00-13:30|
|5h 30m||750 THB ($25)
750 THB ($25)
920 THB ($30.50)
|Satun Pakbara Speedboat Club||08:00-13:30|
|5h 30m||900 THB ($30)|
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