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 @ ferry, bus, van, flight Jun 29, 2017

8 trips (THB 599 — 4,898)

From Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) to Phuket by ferry+bus joint ticket

06:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
14:30
Phuket Bus Terminal (2)
8h
Instant Refund
฿ 599
× 2 = ฿ 1,198
38 seats available
07:20
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
15:00
Phuket Lomprayah
7h 40m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
50 seats available
12:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
19:40
Phuket Lomprayah
7h 40m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
50 seats available

From Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) to Phuket by ferry+van+flight joint ticket

Koh Phangan - Koh Samui - Phuket
10:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
12:00
Samui Airport, Koh Samui
1h 30m
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 30 mins)
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14:30
Koh Samui Airport
15:30
Phuket Airport
1h
Instant
  available
Total
5h
฿ 4,898
× 2 = ฿ 9,796

From Koh Samui Airport to Phuket by flight

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08:00
Koh Samui Airport
09:00
Phuket Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 4,108
× 2 = ฿ 8,216
  available
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14:30
Koh Samui Airport
15:30
Phuket Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 4,128
× 2 = ฿ 8,256
  available
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17:30
Koh Samui Airport
18:30
Phuket Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 4,128
× 2 = ฿ 8,256
  available
#PG287
19:10
Koh Samui Airport
20:10
Phuket Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 4,128
× 2 = ฿ 8,256
  available

Adventures @ Phuket


Journey A/ Full Adventure with meal
฿ 3,490
2h 30m
Flying Hanuman
Journey A/ Full Adventure with meal
Journey B/ Full Adventure Only.
฿ 3,250
2h
Flying Hanuman
Journey B/ Full Adventure Only.
World A: Zip Line 30 Plat + Sky walk with meal
฿ 3,190
3h 30m
Hanuman World
World A: Zip Line 30 Plat + Sky walk with meal
3 In 1 : Zip Line 16 Plat + Sky Walk + Roller
฿ 3,190
3h
Hanuman World
3 In 1 : Zip Line 16 Plat + Sky Walk + Roller
Journey C/ Discovery Journey
฿ 2,300
1h
Flying Hanuman
Journey C/ Discovery Journey
TAKE 3 package
฿ 2,800
1h 40m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
TAKE 3 package
World B: Zip Line 16 Plat + Sky Walk
฿ 2,300
2h 30m
Hanuman World
World B: Zip Line 16 Plat + Sky Walk
TAKE 2 package
฿ 1,600
25m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
TAKE 2 package
World C: Zip Line 7 Plat + Sky Walk
฿ 1,990
45m
Hanuman World
World C: Zip Line 7 Plat + Sky Walk
Roller Zip Line: 1 Round
฿ 1,500
5m
Hanuman World
Roller Zip Line: 1 Round
Visit infant tiger
฿ 1,300
15m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
Visit infant tiger
Visit child tiger
฿ 900
15m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
Visit child tiger
Visit young tiger
฿ 900
15m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
Visit young tiger
Visit adult tiger
฿ 1,000
15m
Tiger Kingdom Phuket
Visit adult tiger
Worldwild Market
฿ 500
3h
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Worldwild Market
Sky walk and Absiel
฿ 690
30m
Hanuman World
Sky walk and Absiel

Passenger reviews out of total 914 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ Jun 19, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ May 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Seatran Discovery)
★★★★☆ Apr 22, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Mar 14, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
They didn't stop at the airport although they said they would have done it. However, they managed to bring us 5 km away from the airport for free
★★★★★ Mar 13, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Really excellent
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
It is misleading to drop people at a taxi for the last 5 km to the airport without disclosing it beforehand...
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Ferry was very convenient and easy, simple booking. We even had to change our tickets to a different day without any hassle at all. The ferry itself was great, spacious, air conditioned, comfortable with great facilities and a little bar/shop. The coach was also very comfortable and air conditioned, also stopped half way for food and to stretch or legs a bit. However, once we arrived and got off the coach it was absolute chaos trying to get us all into minivans. The driver didn't know where half of the hotels where (and spoke only Thai) and then got quite irate when we couldn't phone the hotel ourselves for directions as our phones could not get any eception. Even though we had the address printed out for him. Eventually found the hotel after a good half an hour longer than it should have. Overall; ferry 5/5, coach 5/5, minivan 2/5.
★★★★☆ Nov 29, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Was easily enough to book and the transfer from Koh Phangan to Phuket was smooth sailing. We didnt have to worry about transport issues and such as everything was worked out for us!
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Was very fast arrived before estimated time and coach and boat were comfortable. Very cheap too
★★★★★ Jul 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
No problems with lomprayah
★★★★★ Dec 8, 2015 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)

News @ Phuket

23 June 2017

Figures released by Thailand’s National Parks Department show a surge in income from entry fees at parks under its jurisdiction. Between October last year and the end of May, the parks collected a total of almost THB1.68 billion from visitors.

15 June 2017

Tourists on Pattaya Beach Road were confronted by the rather unusual sight of emerald green sea on Tuesday. Marine experts say the transformation from the water’s usual blue colour was caused by a wave of plankton.

09 June 2017

The Phuket Lifeguard Service has issued a warning saying several Portuguese men of war have been spotted in the sea this week. The club’s president says several of the stinging jellyfish-like species have washed onto the island’s beaches since the start of the monsoon season.