Koh Phangan to Phuket

Koh Phangan to Phuket

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Thong Sala Koh Phangan
10h ferry+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Bus Terminal 2
฿650 per adult
Thong Sala Koh Phangan
10h ferry+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Phuket Bus Terminal 2
฿650 per adult

Koh Phangan to Phuket Schedule

Koh Phangan to Phuket Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Songserm Express 07:00 - 17:00฿ 650
Songserm Express 12:30 - 22:30฿ 650

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.

Transportation from Koh Phangan to Phuket

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Koh Phangan to Phuket destination reviews

van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Mar 18, 2020
Says that all connections included and drop off at any hotel in Phuket, but had to pay 600 bhat for taxi from bus station to Karon beach.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Mar 4, 2020
Everything was fine, except a 30 minutes delay in reaching Phuket
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Feb 16, 2020
Das Team ist super organisiert, die Fahrt mit den Anschlüssen funktionierte Top. Bei der Busfahrt hätte ich mir nur gewünscht, dass der Busfahrer was gesagt hätte wie: die Fahrt dauert x Stunden, wir machen x mal halt und kommen dann und dann am gewünschten Ort an. Aber das ist meckern auf hohem Niveau....deshalb 5 Sterne
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 31, 2020
Checked in counter very slow, very unorganized. The boat is pretty good, fast. But the bus from Phangan to Phuket is very old and moldy.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Jan 26, 2020
The custimers Service of 12goAsia was perfect. We changed our travel rod and had to change our booking. This was very easy. The ferry was in time. At the pier there were waiting a lot of busses. But ist was easy to find the right bus. The stuff on the pier was organising very well. There was no time for going to the restroom. So the problem was there was no toilett on the bus and it stopped hours later to make a break. The bus collected people on the way, but ist was also possible the busdriver stopped for us so we could leave the bus earlier. All in all ist was really good organised.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Jan 22, 2020
Driver Mr. Somsak Rotthongsuk was using his phone while driving us to the pier. Not talking but he was scrolling/reading. That is not okay when you have the lives of other people in your hands. Other than that everything was fine. I would give 4 or 5 stars if not for the driver on his phone.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 10, 2020
It was a great experience, we even arrived earlier than expected. The boat and the bus was new and nice and the staff helpful. Definitely would book with them again.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jan 4, 2020
Very cheap, straightforward, good wifi at terminals. Watch out with booking a long trip on the same day of your airplane travel (if you consider doing this) because one day we arrived 2 hours later than planned and the way back we arrived 2 hours earlier. All in all, pleasant travel for this kind of money.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Dec 29, 2019
Ferry service was good and on time but we have to wait more than 2 hours to catch the bus and also bus stops every where to take local passengers or anyone who want to go to Phuket. We reached Phuket almost 2hrs late to the scheduled arrival time
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Dec 28, 2019
Many stops in between ...but i blv no other option
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Dec 28, 2019
Really cheap travel for what was most of the day. Got to Phuket in good time with no issues. Bus was reasonably comfy. Only issue was that the departure time changed twice. It went from 8am to 9am which was fine. I booked my taxi for the new time but then had an email less than 24 hrs before departure advising the time time had changed back to 8am. And so on Christmas Day when reception was closed I had to find hotel staff to help me rearrange my taxi for the next morning. Other than that I would use again.
van Regional 14pax, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Dec 20, 2019
Had to pay for taxi when ticket said taxi ride included
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Dec 15, 2019
Boat was nice, even bus was also nice, but the leaver of my seat was not working so i had to sit in an erect position for a long time, but after maybe 3 hours, at the lunch time, driver came and fixed that for me. Over all it was a nice experience with delay of only 20 minutes.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Dec 6, 2019
Not that comfy but ok
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Oct 13, 2019
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 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!
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 1970), Aug 13, 2019
Estimated arrival time was 16.30, didn't arrive until 19.30
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 12, 2019
Very well organised
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Aug 9, 2019
Excellent trip
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), Jul 27, 2019
Great journey, bus driver drove very carefully and safely.
Bus Standard AC, Phantip 1970 (พันทิพย์ 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.
ferry Catamaran, Lomprayah (ลมพระยา), 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
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