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Koh Phangan to Phuket Schedule

Koh Phangan to Phuket Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lomprayah Catamaran 07:20 - 15:00฿ 1,100
Seatran Discovery High Speed Ferry 08:00 - 17:30฿ 900
Phantip 1970 Standard AC 09:00 - 16:30฿ 550
Lomprayah Catamaran 12:00 - 20:00฿ 1,100

How to get to Phuket from Koh Phangan

What about

Love it or hate it: the Pearl of the Andaman is too developed, too commercialized, too trendy and, well, sometimes – too expensive. Yet its sandy beaches, fashionable spas, outstanding diving sites and high-class dining venues continue to lure hordes of tourists from literally every corner of the world. There are endless opportunities for going on an adventure – from snorkelling or surfing to yachting and kayaking, and if you wish to taste the real cosmopolitan flavour of the island, spend a bit of time exploring streets of Phuket Town clogged with coffee shops and art galleries, hip affordable guesthouses and stately Sino-Portuguese mansions. Be ready to pay more for food, lodging and transport than in any other Thai resort city or island, relax and just enjoy your experience.

From Koh Phangan to Phuket

To get to Phuket from Koh Phangan as quick as possible and with minimum of headache, buy a combination ferry+bus ticket. You can as well first get to the mainland (Suratthani or Chumphon) by ferry and then take any of a great number of buses heading to Phuket. It is not going to cost much cheaper but gives you more flexibility.

From Koh Phangan to Phuket by a combination ferry+bus ticket

There is a hassle-free option for getting from Koh Phangan to Phuket offered by Lomrayah. You have to board the company’s ferry at Thong Sala on Koh Phangan and then change it for a bus in Suratthani. The bus brings you directly to Phuket Lomprayah office in Bangkok Road in Phuket Town. There are two departures a day from Koh Phangan, at 7.20am and at midday; with either of them you are going to reach Phuket in about eight hours. Tickets cost THB1000. Buy your ticket at least two days in advance and arrive to the pier not later than half an hour before the departure.

From Koh Phangan to Phuket by separate ferry and bus tickets via Suratthani

It makes sense to consider this option if by some reason you want to leave Koh Phangan between Lomprayah’s departures mentioned above or if you are late for their midday ferry: you still have a chance to hop onto afternoon 2.30pm ferry.

Note that tickets offered by 12go include transfer from the pier to Suratthani town, Suratthani train station or Suratthani airport: double-check your drop-off point before buying your ticket (THB650-THB800).

There is an abundance of buses from Suratthani to Phuket leaving from Suratthani bus station, Suratthani train station or from the airport all day long, so it is not a problem to get a seat (from THB250; 4–5 hours). Check Phantip Travel or order a private transfer with Phantip Charter (all inclusive rates start from THB4700 for a Toyota Commuter accommodating up to 9 passengers). While buses from Suratthani arrive to the main bus terminal in Phuket (Bo-Ko-So), chartered vehicles drop you off at a chosen beach, hotel or any other location on the island.

If you choose to get from Koh Phangan to Phuket by separate ferry and bus rides, you will pay more or less the same as with a combination ticket, but will definitely spend more time. Taking a taxi is obviously a more expensive way to travel.

From Koh Phangan to Phuket via Koh Samui

A less obvious option for reaching Phuket from Koh Phangan is to get to Koh Samui first and then buy a combination ticket from Koh Samui to Phuket. The only reason to do it is if you want to save some baht in your pocket.

Tip: If you are planning to go to Phuket after visiting all the three islands of the Gulf, leave Koh Samui for last and start your journey to the Andaman Sea from there.

Lomprayah sells ferry+bus tickets from Koh Samui to Phuket at THB750 with two departures a day from Na Thon pier (8am and 12.45pm; 7 hours). Phantip Travel offers even more economical deals at THB450. The company uses slower and cheaper ferries to get from Koh Samui to the mainland, but total travel time in only one hour more compared to what Lomprayah provides. There are also two departures a day, both in the morning: at 7.30am and 9.30am.

Note that travel time between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui depends on the operator. Lomprayah is the fastest one (20 minutes, THB300); Seatran Discovery takes about 30 minutes, Songserm and Haad Rin Queen – 40-50 minutes. Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery are the most expensive operators, as well; but cheaper Songserm and Haad Rin Queen arrive to Samui after the bargain Phantip Travel takes all their passengers on board.

Tip: You can get to Koh Samui by the first ferry of Lomprayah at 7.20am and then get a combination ticket with Phantip Travel (THB300+THB450) for their 9.30am departure.

Which beach on Phuket

With the military putsch of 2014 great changes came for Phuket beaches. Sun loungers and umbrellas were prohibited, and quite a considerable number of bars, restaurants and other venues which were found encroaching on public beaches, had been literally levelled to ground. Though the declared aim of this holy war was to return the island its natural beauty, the results are considered by many quite controversial. A new zoning has been introduced, where some commercial activity, as well as rental umbrellas and mats are now permitted. Well, yes, you have to admit that the beaches do look nicer, but hey, the chances to hide from that scorching sun while enjoying your beach holiday by the seaside are nearly non-existent.

Here is a list of some of Phuket beaches to start your explorations with.

Beautiful but seedy Patong beach is a solid proof of the burden which package tourism is.
Kata with its bustling restaurants and cafes welcomes tourists of all ages and tastes.
Add a touch of glamour to Kata – that is what Karon beach is about.
Long sweeping Kamala retains its small-town charm, but rapidly developing resorts will most probably wipe it out very soon.
Stylish and stunning, Surin beach inspires. 5 stars, no less.

Tip: Red flags on Phuket beaches are not decorations – do not disregard their warning. There are yearly drownings on Phuket – both due to high waves, which often come during May–October monsoon period, and to the treacherous rip currents. The best strategy is to stay out of the sea: use your hotel pool instead. If you do venture into the sea and get caught by a rip current, do not panic and do not struggle with the current. Let it carry you away from the shore instead. When the rip current weakens (normally no more that 300m from the shore, often less), get out of the stream and head back.

Watch out

Many of the Thai beaches are notorious for the jet ski scams with jet ski operators demanding considerable amounts of money from tourists for ‘damaged’ jet skis. The authorities declare that now the situation is under control, but it is still better to think twice before renting. Watch out for the jet skis while swimming, too.

Koh Phangan to Phuket destination reviews

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JR
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Aug 18, 2019
reliable booking but a bit of a shambles. The line for the ferry and the organisation of the ferry staff was terrible. Get there more than half an hour early because there’s loads of people with joint tickets that need sorting and normally one que for tickets which takes for ever. Transfer between the ferry and the coach is also stressful. Normally a few people directing and checking tickets but it can be easy to get onto the wrong coach so triple check with the staff where and what you’re doing. The journey is also longer than advertised. It’s a 3 hour ferry and about 5-6 hours on a coach with 1/2 stops. It did the job if you know what you’re doing but the first time just make sure you’re extra on time and keep asking for help/confirmation. I’d do this trip again but maybe not in a hurry!
MM
2
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Aug 13, 2019
Estimated arrival time was 16.30, didn't arrive until 19.30
LS
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jul 27, 2019
Great journey, bus driver drove very carefully and safely.
RG
2
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Jul 22, 2019
Arrived 3 hours later than our ticket stated. Small taxi and kept making detours to collect people en route. Also stopped for an hour at the bus operators office which we were not informed of.
SP
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ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jul 21, 2019
Good service. Especially the catamaran ride which was faster than the normal ferry service. Only thing missing was internet connectivity in the whole ride. Also the bus driver didn’t understand English due to which the a/c temp couldn’t be adjusted and all of us were freezing throughout the bus journey
ED
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, May 22, 2019
We got on the first bus , and the was no seats so then had to move onto a second bus ,the lady came upstairs to ask if we wanted a transfer from the bus station to the hotel once we arrived ,we asked how much she said it would be 250 baht each ,she said it would be a mini van with other stops ,I asked for a rough idea of how many stops ,5? 10? She said she had no idea so I thought I’d rather pay abit more for a private taxi as 250 each seemed quite a lot when there could be loads of stops ,she tried to tell us this would cost 1200 baht ,but we risked it anyway and glad we did! The taxi cost us 450 so cheaper than we would of paid for god knows how many stops ! Watch out for this ! As a lot of people fell for it . Another thing that wasn’t great was that the bus kept stopping to what seemed like wait for people to arrive (stopped once for 30 mins another time for 20 mins ) just at the side of the road and person would get on. For a journey that’s already 4 and a half hours this was really annoying and there was no apology or explanation. The toilet on board was awful would recommend to go before getting on. Apart from this the air con was good ,and there was also a stop half way for the toilet and to be able to get food and drink.
KS
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, May 22, 2019
I never got a confirmation email for my return of the round trip that I brought so I had to pay double. Was very disappointing and stressful as I almost missed the ferry.
LK
4
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Apr 26, 2019
You have to expect a little chaos when traveling by road in Thailand. The bus ended up dropping us off at a location other than originally planned, but they ran a shuttle to my hotel still. In the end I got where I needed to go. Word to the wise: the ferry takes considerably longer than the high speed catamaran and did not have AC. I would definitely pay more to make sure I took the catamaran next time.
SM
4
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Apr 22, 2019
Left on time. Nice ac. But second half of trip delayed one hour
JK
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Apr 15, 2019
We were kinda late over 1 hour. The bus often stopped randomly and nothing happened.
JM
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Mar 15, 2019
The bus took 2 hours Longer and then offered a minibus to our hotel in patong. It was 20ü baht extra per Person and the taxi driver just dropped us off at the wrong Spot! We had to ask a lot of people and walk around 30 Minutes to get to our Hotel. We warnt the 400 baht for 2 people Back!!
MA
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ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Feb 23, 2019
Really well organised and well worth the money for sure. Will come back to Koh Samui again definitely
RA
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Feb 16, 2019
Bus Driver was late over 2h. Please improve on that.
DM
3
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Jan 26, 2019
Overall good service with good staff.In The return trip, the bus got delayed by an hour and the driver was also driving very slow
NS
5
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jan 22, 2019
Really great service compared to other ferries I took in Thailand. Punctual departure and comfortable throughout
EN
3
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah, Jan 21, 2019
The ferry and bus ride was awesome. Fast and easy but then they dropped me off and tried to over charge me for a cab. I walked out of the drive way and got a cab for just over half of the price - 350 was quoted I got it for 200 right out of the drive way. It didn’t even make sense they quoted someone going more than twice as far as me for 600. But I am still pretty happy with the ferry and bus ride
SC
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Jan 3, 2019
On ferry there is not enough seat. Too many people sit in the ground. Other things was ok.
GC
4
ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery, Dec 31, 2018
Very pleasant trip. The ferry was 30min late but that did not impede on the rest of the journey and we arrived on time in Phuket.
HB
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van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970, Dec 25, 2018
The Ferry is very old and we did not see any Safty equiptment
JM
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Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970, Dec 21, 2018
Hat alles gut geklappt. Keine besonderem Vorkommnisse. Am Ende hatte der Bus knapp 1 Stunde Verspätung. Die Sitze in Bus waren extrem durchgesessen. Nur drei Sterne, weil kein Luxus, dafür aber extrem günstig. Drop off am Flughafen hat auch geklappt, Taxi vom Drop off kostet derzeit 150 Baht pro Person.

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