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How to Get to and around Phi Phi Island

How to Get to and around Phi Phi Island

By Chris QuanUpdated Jun. 9, 2022

The Phi Phi Islands are located 740 km south of Bangkok between the large island of Phuket and the Straits of Malacca in Thailand's Andaman Sea.

The islands are officially part of Krabi Province, and you can access Phi Phi easily from either Phuket or Krabi. Koh Phi Phi is a small island and easy to navigate on foot, by boat or by bicycle.

In this article, we will detail your options for transportation so that you know how to get in and around the Phi Phi islands.

Get to Phi Phi Island by Boat — the Only Way

Get to Phi Phi from Phuket/Krabi Map

Getting to Phi Phi Islands is pretty straightforward. The distance from the islands is around 46km from Phuket and around the same distance from Krabi.

To get to Phi Phi, you have two options; taking a ferry or a speedboat. The ferry is the most popular choice by far for tourists to reach the Phi Phi islands.

Ferry to Phi Phi

A ferry ride takes two hours from Phuket and around 90 minutes from Krabi. To get good seats in the high season, we advise you to arrive well in advance. In low season, arriving half an hour before departure is usually fine.

Ferries are the comfortable option if you get seasick.

The ferry has air-conditioned rooms and a small shop selling food, snacks, and cold beers and soft drinks. You could spend a little more on a VIP ticket, which gets you a more comfortable air-conditioned spot on the middle-deck.

The ferries can get extremely crowded during high season, which is something to consider when making your choice.

 Ferry Schedule to Phi Phi
 From To Departure Arrival
Phuket Koh Phi Phi  8:30am  10:30am
 9am  11am
 1:45pm  3:45pm
 3pm  4:45pm
Koh Phi Phi Phuket  9am  10:45am
 10am  1pm
11am 1pm
2:30pm 4pm
3pm 5pm
Krabi Koh Phi Phi  9:30am  11:30am
9:45am 11:30am
Koh Phi Phi Krabi  3:30pm  5:45pm
3:30pm 6pm
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Speedboat to Phi Phi

The speedboat is more expensive than the ferry, but you do save a lot of time as the journey only takes around 45 minutes to an hour.

If you are travelling in a large group, splitting the cost of a private speedboat can represent excellent value. With a private boat, you can also get dropped straight to your chosen hotel, which will save you even more time.

 Speedboat Schedule to Phi Phi
 From To Departure Arrival
Phuket Koh Phi Phi  8:30am  9:30am
 9am  10am
 9:30am  12:30pm
 12:30pm  1:20pm
 1:30pm  2:30pm
Koh Phi Phi Phuket  8:20am  10am
 8:30am  9:30am
9am 10am
10:30am 12pm
11am 12pm
1:30pm 2:30pm
2pm 3pm
3pm 4pm
Krabi Koh Phi Phi  9:15am  10:15am
10am 10:50am
11:40am 12:30am
Koh Phi Phi Krabi  1pm  2pm
2pm 2:50pm
3pm 3:45pm

Phuket to Phi Phi Islands

The main departure/arrival port in Phuket is called Rassada, located near Phuket Town, at the far south of the island. It is a 1-hour journey by private transfer or taxi from the airport in Phuket.

Once you arrive at the pier, you can take a ferry or speedboat to Phi Phi Islands.  >>>How to Get to Phi Phi Island from Phuket?

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Krabi to Phi Phi Islands

You can take a ferry or speedboat to Phi Phi Islands from many Krabi's many piers, like Nopparat Thara Pier and Railay East. The journey from Krabi airport to the docks takes around half an hour by private transfer or taxi.

Departing from Krabi does save time as Krabi is closer to Phi Phi Islands and the ferry port in Krabi is closer to the airport than the ferry terminal in Phuket is.

Further reading: How to Get in and around Krabi.

Bangkok to Phi Phi Islands

how to get to Phi Phi from Thailand's main cities

If you are travelling from Bangkok, you need to get to one of the piers mentioned above - either at Phuket or Krabi to catch the ferry or speedboat to Phi Phi.

The recommended way to get to Phuket or Krabi is to fly. The jouney takes about 1½ hours. There are no trains to Phuket or Krabi, and a bus or minivan from Bangkok takes around 12 hours to reach either city.

After arriving at the airport, you can take a taxi or a local bus to get to the ferry terminal. 

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Koh Samui to Phi Phi Islands

Given the fact that The Phi Phi islands are located in the Andaman Sea, on the opposite coast from the Gulf of Thailand, a combined trip is required.

You need to get to Phuket or Krabi from Koh Samui first then catch a ferry/speedboat there to Koh Phi Phi.

Flying to Phuket/Krabi is the quickest and most comfortable. Bangkok Airways are the only airline that flies directly between Koh Samui and Phuket/Krabi, and this is by far the most convenient way of reaching Phi Phi.

But if you don't want to fly, you can choose overland travel and boat combo to get to Phi Phi. It takes about 8-10 hours.

How to Get around Phi Phi Island

By Boat

Longtail Boats, Phi Phi Islands Longtail Boats

One of the best ways to get around Phi Phi is to rent a traditional longtail boat with a driver. The cost is around 3000 baht, and you can comfortably fit up to 8 people on the boat.

Not only can you explore different parts of the island, but you'll get the chance to visit places like Bamboo Island, Monkey Bay, Mosquito Island, and Maya Bay, with excellent snorkelling opportunities along the way.

There are also longtail 'taxi' boats that will take you anywhere on the island for a fee. However, if you plan on making a few trips, and you are in a group, private boat rental can actually end up being the cheaper option.

Walking

Although Koh Phi Phi is a large-ish island, the inhabited parts are not. Walking is a great way to see a lot of the island. You can stroll around the main town to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat and at one of the many restaurants and bars in the town.

By Kayak

One of the most popular (and cheapest) ways to get around Koh Phi Phi is on a kayak. Most of the resorts on the island are happy to organise a trip for you.

It's a great way to explore the island at your own pace, and you get the opportunity to get into all the little nooks and crannies like small caves that the boats can't get to.

By Bicycle

Bicycles are not very common on Phi Phi Island, but they can be found. You can hire bikes at a few of the hotels and resorts in the main town.

You are limited to where you can ride in Phi Phi as there aren't a lot of suitable roads on the island, but cycling can be a great way of getting from your hotel to the town and main beach at Tonsai Bay.

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