Quick company intro
Tigerline Travel runs high speed ferries to all the Thai islands in the Adaman Sea including Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Mook, Koh Libong, Ko Muk, Koh Lipe, Lipeh, Koh Kradan, and Langkawi in Malaysia. All ferries are high-speed ferries that are steel reinforced and have between 134 and 180 seats. They have air-conditioned cabins on the first floor and open-air cabins on the second floor.
Some routes also include combo tickets which have pick up bus and ferry travel from airports and hotels.
Routes served by Tigerline Travel
Tigerline Travel has a huge number of routes to the Thai islands in the Andaman Sea as well as to Langkawi in Malaysia.
Some of the most popular routes are as follows:
The journey from Koh Lipe to Langkawi takes between 2 and 3 hours. Tickets for this route are THB480 or USD14. Boats depart twice daily at 11 am and 4 pm.
Phuket–Koh Phi Phi
The perennial favourite, Phuket–Ko Phi Phi tickets cost THB480 or USD14 and boats leave at 6 am, 8 am, and 1.30 pm. The journey takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on the pier your depart and arrive.
Krabi–Koh Phi Phi
Similarly to Phuket–Koh Phi Phi route, Krabi to Koh Phi Phi enjoy great popularity. It takes even less to reach Koh Phi Phi from Krabi, so if you are not very fond of sea journeys, consider this opportunity. Tickets for this service also cost THB480 or USD14 and boats depart at 8.15 am, 10 am, and 12 pm. The journey should take around 2 hours depending on the route.
Tigerline Travel sails to all islands in the Andaman Sea, even some of the smaller ones that are difficult to travel to independently.
All boats have air-conditioning if you select the first floor cabins.
You can select other add-ons with this service including taxi pick up at your hotel or the airport which is helpful if you are newly arrived in Thailand.
Bookings can be made online.
Boats do not run all year round and are seasonal and schedules are subject to change. At times boats only run in the busier months such as August.
The Tigerline Travel website is basic and it can be difficult to book tickets directly through the site.
Boats do not run if the weather is stormy.
You may find that boats are subject to delays particularly if there are a high volume of passengers.
Keep in mind
Some of the smaller islands like Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Mook, and Koh Lipe do not have a pier and so you will need to get a long tail taxi boat from the ferry arrival point to the island. These boats belong to local fishermen and are not included in the ticket price. You will need to pay the driver of the boat THB50 or USD1.50.
What travellers say
Though in general people are quite satisfied with the service, when booking pick up combos delays are common and you can be put on the next boat. This is Thailand! Be patient or buy ferry-only tickets to avoid confusion. Note that even in this case you can still arrive later than expected due to the tides.
There have been some reports of overcrowding of the boats with not enough seats and life jackets for everyone aboard. In fact, we were very surprised to hear that as during the last couple of years the regulations on sea transportation became much stricter than before and are widely enforced. So hopefully you won’t face this issue during your journey.
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