How to get to Phuket from Koh Phi Phi

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.

Getting to Phuket from Koh Phi Phi

Enjoying quite a strategic location in the bay of Phang Nga, half way between Phuket and Krabi, the pristine Phi Phi islands also serve as a convenient base for your onward travel to other islands and destinations of the Andaman Sea and coast.
The major boat activity on Koh Phi Phi is found in Ao Ton Sai on the bigger Phi Phi Don, though smaller shuttle boats may pick up their passengers from the northern Laem Thong beach (in this case you will need to change to the main boat at Ao Ton Sai).

Tip: The Andaman Sea is a part of the Indian Ocean, and the choppy waters are not a rare case. It means that you’d better take all the necessary medicine in advance if you are prone to seasickness and that boats may be cancelled due to high waves.

There are at least four daily boats plying the route between Koh Phi Phi and the largest of all the Thai islands, Phuket. In Phuket boats from Koh Phi Phi moor at Tha Rassada pier, which is located southeast from Phuket Town. There are minibuses meeting arriving passengers at the pier. Expect to pay about THB 100 per seat for Phuket Town.

The fastest service from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket is offered by Chao Koh Group. Their boats have air-conditioned cabins and are fully equipped with life vests for all the passengers. The trip from Ton Sai pier to Rassada pier takes 1¾ hrs and costs THB 600. There are two departures a day at 9am and 2pm.

Andaman Wave Master offers equal service from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket and arrangers a shuttle boat to pick up passengers at Laem Thong beach at 7.30am and 1.30pm for their main boats from Ao Ton Sai at 9am and 2.30pm. Tickets cost THB 750 from Ton Sai and THB 800 from Laem Thong. Laem Thong–Ton Sai leg takes about an hour, and the sea journey to Phuket from Ton Sai lasts about two hours. Note that for the high season the company sometimes adds the third boat leaving Koh Phi Phi (Ton Sai) at 11.00. Check in advance if it is available for your dates. As a rule, there is no shuttle boat from Laem Thong for this departure, so arrange accordingly.

Getting around in Phuket

Phuket taxis are notorious for their hefty rates. The public transport is limited and has a form of huge trucks. They cruise between Phuket Town and the beaches which is terribly inconvenient as in most cases you need to connect through Phuket Town to go from one beach to another, and the journey eventually takes you hours.

Motorbikes and scooters are a good way to get around. The majority of the rental shops will require your passport which they keep until you bring the rented vehicle back. Cases when the rental shops would insist on reimbursing ‘damage’ to their scooters are not unheard of; so check carefully what you rent and make photos of any scratches you find before you commit. The daily rate for a scooter is about THB 200 and THB 300. There are also bigger bikes available for rent.

Renting a car is a good option which gives you both freedom and safety. A car can usually be hired for around THB 1200 per day, but in low season rates sometimes fall below THB 800. Cheap car rental companies can be found in Thanon Rasada. As a rule, local companies offer better rates, but you can sometimes find online promotions when booking with global operators.

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 Phi Phi to Phuket @ ferry Jun 29, 2017

11 trips (THB 600 — 1,000)

From Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi) to Phuket by ferry

09:00
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
11:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
2h
Instant
฿ 750
× 2 = ฿ 1,500
10 seats available
09:00
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
10:30
Rassada Pier, Phuket
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
10 seats available
09:00
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
11:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
2h
Instant
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
Only 3 seats left!
11:00
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
13:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
2h
Instant
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
Only 6 seats left!
14:00
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
15:30
Rassada Pier, Phuket
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 600
× 2 = ฿ 1,200
10 seats available
14:30
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
16:30
Rassada Pier, Phuket
2h
Instant
฿ 750
× 2 = ฿ 1,500
10 seats available
14:30
Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi)
16:30
Rassada Pier, Phuket
2h
Instant
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
Only 3 seats left!

From Laem Tong Beach (Koh Phi Phi) to Phuket by ferry

07:30
Laem Tong Beach (Koh Phi Phi)
11:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
3h 30m
Instant
฿ 800
× 2 = ฿ 1,600
10 seats available
07:30
Laem Tong Beach (Koh Phi Phi)
11:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
3h 30m
Instant
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
Only 3 seats left!
13:30
Laem Tong Beach (Koh Phi Phi)
17:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
3h 30m
Instant
฿ 800
× 2 = ฿ 1,600
10 seats available
13:30
Laem Tong Beach (Koh Phi Phi)
17:00
Rassada Pier, Phuket
3h 30m
Instant
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
Only 3 seats left!

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 1,504 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 9, 2017 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
Very good. But didn't accept e-ticket
★★★★★ Apr 9, 2017 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
Amazing from the company. Super helpful staff in Krabi when I had a problem!
★★★★☆ Mar 20, 2017 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★★★☆ Mar 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel) :
Un largo viaje, sin entretenimiento a bordo
★★★☆☆ Mar 9, 2017 (ferry Local, Andaman Wave Master) :
Service is good but costly. It cost 400 from anyplace in phuket to phi phi. I paid 750 without bus transfer. Pier is far from patong. And you get a better deal from people around.
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (ferry Local, Andaman Wave Master)
★★★☆☆ Feb 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel) :
Como nos sucedió con los 3 traslados que hicimos con la empresa tigerline, en ningún lugar de los puertos hay información de la empresa, ni nadie sabe el punto de encuentro. Es bastante complicado hasta llegar a ese dato, con las complicaciones que eso genera teniendo el equipaje encima. Por otro lado en los tickets siempre se presta a confusión el lugar del meeting point y el lugar de salida del barco.
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★☆☆☆ Jan 18, 2017 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
It costed 600 THB plus the visa/mastercard fees unnecessarily, as people were getting stat tickets on the spot just for 350 THB.. So its a scam guys. Dont book onlime here. They are making fool by artificially creating shortage online in advance. Actually there is no such shortage even in the peak of season, whatsoever. Thank you
★★★☆☆ Nov 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel) :
Fast journey but the speed boat was overcrowded and overbooked
★★★☆☆ Nov 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel) :
Smooth journey using a speed boat but cramped as it was small and there were no life jackets on board
★★★★☆ Oct 4, 2016 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
Im Grunde lief alles wie gewohnt bei Reisen über 12Go Asia sehr reibungslos. Nur der Operator dieser Tour scheint nicht sehr engagiert zu sein. Das Einchecken lief recht chaotisch ohne Tickets und Sticker wie gewohnt, hat aber geklappt. Das Boot, bzw die Sitze im Innenvereich sind ziemlich ramponiert und schmuddelig und in Aussenbereich gibt es kaum Sitzgelegenheiten. Das Schiff kam Ca 30 Min zu spät an, was aber nicht schlimm ist, wenn man keinen Anschluss gebucht hat. Gut war, dass man am Schiff gleich die Weiterfahrt zum Hotel buchen könnte und gleich ein entsprechender Wagen bereit stand (allerdings sicher überteuert wie alles auf Phuket). Die Schifffahrt hätte man vor Ort für 350 Bt kaufen können, bei 12Go Asia habe ich 600 bezahlt, aber ok... Wenn man nachcPhuket reist, sollte man sich vorher genau überlegen, wo man unterkommen will, damit man strategisch günstig liegt, denn die Wege sind sehr weit und lang... Stephanie
★★★☆☆ Sep 5, 2016 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★★☆☆ Aug 22, 2016 (ferry Local, Andaman Wave Master)
★★★★☆ Jul 25, 2016 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel)
★★★☆☆ Feb 11, 2016 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
It was terrible during the getting of our bags when we arrived at phuket..hope you can find something to improve that service because it's frustrating..thanks.
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Tigerline Travel) :
Very good service !
★★★★☆ Jan 23, 2016 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★★★★ Nov 12, 2015 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
I liked this ferry. It was clean and cool and left just five minutes after it was supposed to. There was a movie playing (though I had my headphones in and was doing work) and the staff was super helpful in helping take my next step after we landed.
★★★★★ Sep 18, 2015 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center)
★★★★☆ Aug 27, 2015 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
Pretty slow and not clear signage of where to go on the pier. Also seats need changing as upholstery damaged
★★☆☆☆ Apr 17, 2015 (ferry Local, Chaokoh Travel Center) :
The ferry was running exceptionally late and thus we missed out connecting bus.

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.