To get from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi you have three options:
- Book a joint ticket direct from Thong Sala in Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi
- Go to Surat Thani town and book a direct joint ticket from there to Koh Phi Phi
- Do it yourself with a ferry from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani city, a bus from Surat Thani town to Krabi, and then connect with the ferry to Koh Phi Phi.
Option 1: Direct journey with joint ticket
There are two two companies which operate a direct service from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi. Both companies take around the same time to reach Koh Phi Phi, depart from Thong Sala Ferry Pier in Koh Phangan and arrive at Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi. The major difference is that the first part of the journey from Koh Phangan to the mainland is on the Raja Car Ferry with the Phantip Travel Company and the other Company (Seatran Discovery) uses a faster boat which is why this company does the journey 30 minutes quicker.
Timetable of Direct Services from Koh Phangan to Koh Phi Phi
|Phantip Travel||900 THB||07.00||16.00||9 hr 00 min|
|Seatran Discovery||1,100 THB||08.00||16.30||8 hr 30 min|
Location of Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan
Option 2: Ferry to Surat Thani, and to Koh Phi Phi next day
You might opt for this choice if you either fancy breaking the journey into two, or alternatively you don’t want to get up very early in the morning. If you are not on a tight schedule and have time to explore Thailand a bit more then this is the journey which might suit you better.
There are three stages to this journey.
Stage 1: Getting from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani town
There are plenty of ferry services from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani. The best option is to choose one of the joint bus and boat services which departs from Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan with a ferry to Donsak and including a connecting bus from Donsak to Surat Thani town, which is 70 km away.
Raja Ferry Timetable From Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Town
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||05.00||09.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||07.00||11.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||09.00||13.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||11.00||15.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||13.00||17.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||15.00||19.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Raja Ferry||400 THB||17.00||21.00||4 hr 00 min|
Stage 2: Stay in Surat Thani for the night
Direct services from Surat Thani city to Koh Phi Phi depart too early in the morning for the connection from Koh Phangan. For this reason you need to stay overnight in Surat Thani. Surat Thani is the eighth biggest town in Thailand, and is not on the ‘tourist trail’ and provides a good opportunity to experience the real Thailand. There are two interesting night markets and some good restaurants and bars to visit. We recommend the following hotels:
- Mid Range: Diamond Plaza Suratthani
Stage 3: Travel from Surat Thani city to Koh Phi Phi
The Phantip Travel Company provides a joint bus and boat ticket from Surat Thani Town Centre to Ton Pier in Koh Phi Phi. The cost is 590 THB for tickets booked in advance online. The bus departs from the Phantip Travel Company office in Surat Thani town located on the Talad Mai Road between the turnings to Talad Mai Alley 8 and Talad Mai Alley 10.
Book a direct service from Surat Thani Town to Koh Phi Phi
Timetable of Direct Services From Surat Thani Town to Koh Phi Phi
|Phantip Travel||550 THB||07.00||13.00||6 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||550 THB||11.30||17.30||6 hr 00 min|
Location of the Phantip Travel office in Surat Thani Town
Option 3: Ferry to Surat Thani, bus to Krabi, and ferry to Koh Phi Phi
This is journey is in 4 stages. You cannot do it in one day. The best way to do the journey is to leave Koh Phangan early in the morning and spend one night in Krabi town before taking the ferry over to Koh Phi Phi.
Stage 1: Koh Phangan to Surat Thani city
Take any one of the ferry services from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani town. You are aiming to get to Surat Thani city as early as possible, and definitely before 17.00, to ensure that you can complete the journey from Surat Thani town to the bus station near Krabi town before 21.00 which is when public transport from the Krabi bus station into to Krabi town stops running for the night.
Stage 2: Surat Thani city to Krabi town
There are three options: minivan, public bus and private bus. They cost from 140 THB to 210 THB and take 3 to 4 hours.
All transport options start from 06.00 through to 17.00 (for the public bus) or 18.00 for the private bus or minivan.
To catch a minivan you need to go to one of the travel agents on the Talad Mai Road. The public bus runs from the Talad Kaset 2 bus station which is located in Surat Thani city centre down Talad Mai Alley 8 off the Talad Mai Road. The buses run every hour, on the hour, from 06.00 to 17.00. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station. The private bus, run by the Plantip Travel Company, runs from their office on the Talad Mai road near the bus station with a first departure at 06.00 and a last departure at 18.00.
Timetable of Private Bus Services From Surat Thani Town to Krabi Bus Station
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||06.00||10.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||07.30||11.30||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||09.00||13.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||10.40||14.40||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||12.30||16.30||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||14.00||18.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||15.30||19.30||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||16.30||20.30||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||17.00||21.00||4 hr 00 min|
|Phantip Travel||210 THB||18.00||22.00||4 hr 00 min|
Location of Krabi Bus Station
Stage 3: Go to Krabi town to stay the night
Krabi Bus Station is 4km from Krabi town centre. There is a shared taxi (Songthaew service) which runs until 9pm at night. Cost per person to town is 20 THB. In Krabi town there is a variety of inexpensive and mid-range hotel options. The smaller hotels in the centre tend to be better quality and value for money than the bigger hotels aimed at mostly Thai visitors. There is a good night market down by the river which is worth visiting.
Stage 4: Ferry from Krabi Town to Koh Phi Phi
Ferries to Koh Phi Phi depart from the Klong Jilard Pier which is 3.2 km south of the Vogue shopping centre in Krabi town centre. To get to the pier you take a Songthaew (shared taxi, in Krabi the one you need to catch has a distinctive white colour) from near Soi 8 outside the Vogue shopping centre. These shared taxi ply the route to Ao Nang and the ferry pier is on the way.
Timetable of ferry services from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi
|Wave Master||450 THB||09.00||10.45||1 hr 45 min|
|Chaokoh Travel||600 THB||10.30||12.00||1 hr 30 min|
|Wave Master||450 THB||13.30||15.15||1 hr 45 min|
|Chaokoh Travel||600 THB||15.00||16.30||1 hr 30 min|
Location of Klong Jilard Pier near Krabi
Arrival in Koh Phi Phi
Whichever travel option you select you will arrive at Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi, near to where most of the hotels are located. Koh Phi Phi is a small island and it is very easy to travel from the pier to most of the hotels
Location of Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi