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How to reach Phi Phi Island from Phuket?

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by DrSonia, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. DrSonia

    DrSonia New Member

    My husband and I have booked a holiday to Phuket next month. We have everything booked from the flights to the hotel. We have just found out about Phi Phi Island and would like to extend our holiday for a further so we can spend some time there (flight tickets would also be changed).

    What we need to know is how to reach Phi Phi Island from Phuket?

    What mode of transport would be required to reach the island?

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello there, welcome to the forum!

    Located on the Andaman Sea, conveniently nestled between Phuket and Krabi, is the Phi Phi Islands. Although many people refer to the island as just one, it's actually comprised of six islands, with the main one being the Phi Phi Don. The island is easily accessible, whether you're from Phuket or Krabi. Because of its sheer natural beauty, limestone formations and rich marine life, the islands are well-known all over the world. From Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands are about 54 kilometres away. Here are your transportation options to reach Phi Phi Islands from Phuket:

    1. By Shared Ferry - This is the cheapest option for reaching Phi Phi Islands from Phuket. The shared ferries depart from the Rassada Pier and can accommodate up to 400 passengers in one trip. There are daily schedules as well so you can easily book a ferry but do book in advance to avoid queuing when in the pier. If you're coming from the city centre of Phuket, you can easily ride an auto rickshaw to take you to the Rassada Pier. For the ferries, here are some information you might need about them:

    Shared Ferry Schedules from Rassada Pier (Phuket) to Phi Phi Island

    RouteDeparture Place - TimeArrival Place -TimeAdult FareChild Fare
    R1Rassada Pier - 8:30Ton Sai - 11:00฿ 350฿ 250
    R3Rassada Pier - 11:00Ton Sai - 12:45฿ 350฿ 250
    R4Rassada Pier - 13:30Ton Sai - 15:30฿ 350฿ 250
    R5Rassada Pier - 15:00Ton Sai - 16:45฿ 350฿ 250
    R6Rassada Pier - 8:30Laem Tong - 11:30฿ 690฿ 590
    R7Rassada Pier - 13:30Laem Tong - 16:30฿ 690฿ 590

    As you can see, journey duration is around two to three hours. You would be dropped off either at Ton Sai Pier or at Laem Tong Pier. From these piers, you can walk to reach your hotel. If the hotel is too far from any of the piers, you can hire a long tail boat to take you to it. To book a ticket for the shared ferry, you just need to go to the website of Rassada Pier.

    2. By Cruise - There's another port in Phuket called the Sea Angel Pier. This is where the Sea Angel Cruises depart from. A good feature of this cruise type of travel is that your return journey is already included in the fare rate. If you only want to see the Phi Phi Islands for a day trip, then you can considering going there by cruise. Here are some information about the cruise that you might need:

    Cruise Schedules from Sea Angel Pier (Phuket) to Phi Phi Island

    Cruise NumberDeparture TimeArrival TimeFareInclusions
    Cruise 18:3010:00฿ 950 to ฿ 1,100Sightseeing, snorkelling, swimming and transfers by ferry
    Cruise 214:3016:00฿ 950 to ฿ 1,100Sightseeing, snorkelling, swimming and transfers by ferry

    Journey duration is also around two to three hours. You can spend the whole day at the islands and the rate is inclusive of sightseeing tours along with some snorkelling and swimming. Lunch is also included in the rate as well as some snacks in the ferry. You would be transferred back to Phuket around 2:30 pm. You can just visit the website of Sea Angel Cruise to book your cruise ticket.

    3. By Private Speed Boat - If you're part of a bigger group, you can just hire a private speedboat to take you to the islands. This costs higher but is more enjoyable and also arrive faster in the islands. You can divide the cost for one private speedboat accordingly or find other tourists willing to split the bill with you.

    Speed Boat Schedules from Rassada Pier (Phuket) to Phi Phi Island

    Speed Boat CompanyDeparture TimeArrival TimeAdult FareChild Fare
    Bundhaya Speed Boat8:309:30฿ 1,100฿ 900
    Satun Speed Boat8:309:30฿ 1,100฿ 900
    Phuket Trips Speed Boat8:309:15฿ 1,100฿ 700

    As you can see, journey duration from Phuket to Phi Phi Island by speed boat is under an hour. Some companies even have speed boats for rent for island hopping or for snorkelling. Again, you can just go to the websites of these companies to book your speed boat ticket.

    There you go, I hope this helps you. There was a seaplane available to reach Phi Phi Islands too, from Phuket, but this was cancelled a few years ago. Even helicopters cannot land on the islands though you can have helicopter tours so you get to view the islands from above.

    I hope this helps you.:)