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How to Get from Phuket to Phi Phi Island?

By Chris QuanUpdated Jan. 25, 2024

The Phi Phi Islands group is located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Phuket. The only way to travel from Phuket to Phi Phi Island is by boat — ferry and speedboat. Price varies from US$15-40.

  By ferry By speedboat
Cost From 498 THB (US$15) From 797 THB (US$24)
Time 2-3 hours 1-1½ hours
Advantages Cheap Quick, more option (10 boats a day)
Disadvantages Less ferry (3 boats a day) Relatively expensive

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Phuket to Phi Phi Island

Phuket to Phi Phi Island by Speedboat

By speedboat, you can choose different piers of departure and arrival.

The route (Rassada Pier - Ton Sai Pier) is the most popular one and also has more boats.

The departure time is at 8:30am at the earliest and 2pm at the latest.

Departure Pier Arrival Pier Time
Rassada Pier Ton Sai Pier 1 hour
Laem Tong Beach 1½ hours
Bang Rong Pier Ton Sai Pier 3 hours
  • Rassada Pier is in the south of Phuket, near Batong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Nai Han Beach, and Rawei Beach.
  • Bang Rong Pier is in the north of Phuket, near Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach.

Speedboats can be quite bumpy, especially during the monsoon season from July to September. If you fancy a sense of speed or seek the quickest way, taking a speedboat is recommended.

Check the sample itineraries for Thailand tours: Top 5 Thailand Itineraries for 10 Days.

Phuket to Phi Phi Island by Ferry

All the ferries from Phuket to Phi Phi Island will departure from Rassada Pier.

The departure time is at 9am at the earliest and 1:45pm at the latest.

Departure Pier Arrival Pier Time
Rassada Pier Ton Sai Pier 2 hours
Laem Tong Beach 3 hours

You can choose different ferry operators according to your needs, such as whether you need air conditioning, stewards, TV service, etc.

Compared to speed boats, ferries are a little more gentle. You will have more time to appreciate the sea view along.

Plan a Trip from Phuket to Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is reputed as one of the best holiday destinations in Thailand. There are much to do: diving, snorkeling, cave exploration, and more.

You will need at least one day and one night to explore it.

The last boat back to Phuket from Phi Phi Island is at 3pm. So a one-day round trip between Phuket and Phi Phi Island is impractical.

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