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A ferry almost arriving at Koh Phi Phi's Ton Sai Pier
A ferry almost arriving at Koh Phi Phi's Ton Sai Pier

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HOW TO TRAVEL TO KOH PHI PHI

Whether you’re a backpacker, luxury lover, happy couple, family or all at once, on Koh Phi Phi there’s something fun for everyone! On Phi Phi you can party until the early hours on the beach of Loh Dalum but there are also beaches where it’s quiet before midnight. And then there are the many good restaurants where you can eat delicious food or the nice bars for a cocktail and spectacular fire shows. And what about the phenomenal view over Ton Sai from the Phi Phi Viewpoint! Or a snorkel trip in the area! We already told you, there is plenty to do on Koh Phi Phi! Have fun and have a good trip!

What is the easiest and fastest way to travel to the beautiful Koh Phi Phi? And how much does it cost? You can read it all here!

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Koh or Ko means island in Thai

Because Koh Phi Phi is an island you are dependent on transport by water. This can be split into two forms. Traveling by speedboat or ferry. Which boat you take depends on your budget, the place of departure and the time you want to leave. In some cases you only can take a speedboat and in other places you depart with the ferry.

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PLEASE NOTE!
We advise you to order your tickets online in advance during the high season (November to April). (Preferably via our site of course – this costs you nothing extra). In high season it’s most likely that some transportation tickets are sold if you want to catch a boat to Koh Phi Phi.

Travel from Bangkok or Chiang Mai to Phi Phi 

To travel to Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai or Bangkok you will first get a little closer to this beautiful island. The fastest and easiest way is by plane, but if this is too expensive you can choose taking a night train to Surat Thani. From the train station you will continue by bus or minivan to Krabi. There you take the boat to Phi Phi. Too much hussle and decided to fly? Then take a flight to Krabi airport. Phuket Airport is also perfectly possible, but you will be on your way a little longer.

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A Thai Smile Airlines plane at the airport

Travel from Krabi Airport to Phi Phi

Once you landed at Krabi Airport make sure you go to the Klong Jirad (or Jilad) Pier. From this pier you take the ferry or speedboat to Koh Phi Phi. If you fly early from Bangkok or Chiang Mai you will easily be in your hotel in Phi Phi the same day.

With a (shared) minivan or taxi from Krabi Airport to the Klong Jirad Pier of Krabi.

After landing at Krabi Airport you take a taxi or (shared) minivan to the Klong Jirad Pier from where the boats to Koh Phi Phi leave. This pier is closest to Krabi Airport. From Krabi Airport the drive to Klong Jirad Pier takes half an hour if it is not too busy on the road or there are not too many stops in between.

Travel from Krabi Town to Phi Phi 

Also from Krabi Town you first have to travel to the Klong Jirad Pier. Depending on your location in Krabi Town, a ride to this pier will take no longer than 15 minutes and you pay no more than € 7,-. For your imaging, from Krabi Town you could even walk to the pier of Klong Jirad. From the famous Crab Monument it’s a 45 minutes walk.

By ferry from Krabi’s Klong Jirad Pier to the Ton Sai Pier on Phi Phi.

From the Klong Jirad Pier it is an hour and a half to two sailing to the pier of Koh Phi Phi. Expect a maximum of € 15,- per person for a ferry ticket. From the Klong Jirad Pier in Krabi several ferries depart daily to Koh Phi Phi. The first ferry departs at 9 AM and the last one at 4 PM (on Fridays at 4 PM).

Passage of the Klong Jirad Pier in Krabi Town

Klong Jirad Pier Krabi | Image: niponjoon (Instagram)

The Ton Sai Pier of Koh Phi Phi

Ton Sai Pier Koh Pi Phi | Image: yozius (Instagram)

Travel from Ao Nang to Phi Phi

From Ao Nang there is also a ferry to Koh Phi Phi. The ferry departs from the Noppharat Thara Pier just outside the centre of Ao Nang. It is best to take a taxi or see if there is a songthaew near where you are staying. A songthaew is a kind of taxi bus where you pay € 1.50 to get to the pier. A taxi will not care that much about the costs, assume double the amount per person. With a taxi you are about fifteen minutes from the center of Ao Nang on the Noppharat Thara Pier. The ferry departs daily at 09:30 AM and takes two hours. For a one way ticket you pay € 12,- per person.

Travel from Railay to Phi Phi

From Railay, one of our favourite destinations in Thailand, you can also travel to Koh Phi Phi. This goes smoothly with the speedboat from Railay East.

From Railay East to Phi Phi by speedboat

This is a fast ride on the water where you sail from Railay to Phi Phi in half an hour! Take the speedboat from the floating pier of Railay East. This will cost you € 25,- per person. Pricey but you will be back ashore from Koh Phi Phi in no time. The speedboats leave at 10 AM, 12 AM and 2 PM.

All possibilities to travel from Railay to Phi Phi can be found with the 12GoAsia widget below.

Travel from Phuket to Phi Phi

Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and Koh Phi Phi is not far from here. It is therefore not surprising that this island attracts many holidaymakers who regularly plan a transit or day trip to Phi Phi. Below we explain how you can easily travel from Phuket to Phi Phi. Both from the airport or from any other place on Phuket.

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At Phuket International Airport you will find The Coffee Club! Our favorite coffee chain in Thailand! A nice place if you have to wait for your flight.

Travel from Phuket International Airport (HKT) to Phi Phi 

From Bangkok, Chiang Mai or any other medium sized city with airport it is possible to fly to Phuket. There are even possibilities to fly from Amsterdam and other major citiies, with a stopover, to Phuket International Airport! From the airport you will travel on to the Rassada Pier in the south of Phuket.

By taxi from Phuket Airport to Phuket’s Rassada Pier.

Travel time, depending on the hustle and bustle of the road, will be between half an hour and an hour. This taxi ride could get me a good negotiation technique for € 20,-.

By Shuttle Bus from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town

A cheaper option is to take the Airport Shuttle Bus to Phuket Town first. The first bus leaves at 07:30 AM and then goes every hour until 9:30 PM. A ride with the local bus is much cheaper than a taxi (€ 3.50 per person), but also takes almost two hours! Then you have to take a taxi from Phuket Town to the Rassada Pier which will cost you a maximum of € 5,-.

TIP!
If you are traveling with two people or more, taking a taxi is the smartest option. You’ll lose a little more (saves a few euros per person) but within an hour at Phuket’s Rassada Pier.

From another location on Phuket continue to Koh Phi Phi

Even if you already are on vacation on Phuket, we recommend that you first travel to the Rassada Pier on the island. From here most boats leave and the trip to Koh Phi Phi is also the quickest.

From the Rassada Pier from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi travel to Phuket.

From the Rassada Pier there are two possibilities to travel on to Koh Phi Phi. You can take a ferry or the speedboat. Of course the speedboat is more expensive but you are also much faster there.

By ferry from the Rassada Pier to the Ton Sai Pier of Koh Phi Phi.

From the Rassada Pier on Phuket there are several ferries to the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi. You can travel by ferry from € 12,- per person depending on which ferry company you sail with. The first ferry departs at 8:30 AM. The next at 11 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM. The voyage takes between one to two hours to moor at the pier of Koh Phi Phi.

PLEASE NOTE!
Between May and October there are fewer ferries to Koh Phi Phi, due to the low season.

By ferry from the Rassada Pier to the Ton Sai Pier of Koh Phi Phi.

From the Rassada Pier on Phuket there are several ferries to the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi. You can travel by ferry from € 12,- per person depending on which ferry company you sail with. The first ferry departs at 8:30 AM. The next at 11 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM. The voyage takes between one to two hours to moor at the pier of Koh Phi Phi.

On the plane overlooking Phuket International Airport in Thailand

Arrival on Phuket International Airport | Image: youtoocantravel (Instagram)

Arrival at the Rassada Pier in Phuket Thailand

Rassada Pier on Phuket | Image: phuketryoko (Instagram)

The Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi

Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi | Image: morellofilm (Instagram)

Travel from  Koh Lanta to Phi Phi

Also traveling from the island of Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi is easy! First you have to make sure you get to the Saladan Pier in the north of Koh Lanta. From there you take the ferry or speedboat that will drop you off within an hour (speedboat 30 minutes) at the pier of Phi Phi. Every day there are five boats going in the direction of Phi Phi. The first one departs at 8 AM and the last one at 4:45 PM. The price for a ferry ticket from Koh Lanta costs around € 14,- per person. For a speedboat ticket to Phi Phi you pay between € 18,- and € 32,- per person.

PLEASE NOTE!
Between May and October there are fewer ferries to Koh Phi Phi, due to the low season.

Ferry from Saladan Pier on Koh Lanta Thailand

Image: ThailandMagazine.com

Travel from Koh Lipe to Phi Phi

Koh Lipe is an insanely beautiful island all the way in the south of Thailand near the Malaysian border. Even though it is a long trip, you can travel by boat from Koh Lipe to Koh Phi Phi. Assume 4 to 5 hours of sailing and the price varies between € 50,- and € 60,- per person.

PLEASE NOTE!
Between May and October there are no ferries from Koh Lipe to Koh Phi Phi, because of the low season and the possibly (too) rough sea.

Travel by speedboat from Koh Lipe

Speedboot from Koh Lipe | Image: jai_jens (Instagram)

The powerful engines of a speedboat in the Andaman Sea of Thailand

Speedboot on the Andaman zee | Image: travel_with_amanda (Instagram)

From the islands Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui to Phi Phi

If you want to travel from the island of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao to Koh Phi Phi, it is best to do so via the city of Surat Thani. From Surat Thani take the bus to Krabi. That bus ride takes about three hours and costs € 7, – per person. Via 12GoAsia you can choose to book a trip in once that takes you from the islands to the pier of Phi Phi. Everything is then easily arranged for you. Count on a good day on the road (mostly water). As an example we take the furthest island of Krabi, Koh Tao. On Koh Tao you travel from the Mae Haad Pier first by (ferry) boat to Surat Thani. From Surat Thani you go by bus to Krabi Town and then you take another boat to Koh Phi Phi. This costs € 39,- per person and you are about 11 hours on the way. Of course you can also choose to stay a few days in Ao Nang or Railay before you continue to Koh Phi Phi.

Info about Koh Samui

View at lush Island Koh Phangan Island

Info about Koh Phangan

Info about Koh Tao

TIP!
Have you never been to Khao Sok National Park? Then use this destination as a stopover before you travel to Krabi, Railay or Koh Phi Phi. Sleep at least one night on Cheow Lan Lake! Highly recommended! Looking for a good guide in Khao Sok? Mail us or send us a message via Facebook or Instagram.

What to do on Phi Phi?

Koh Phi Phi is an amazingly beautiful island where you can easily spend a week of your holiday! Via the InfoBox below you can see which hotels, restaurants, nightlife and beaches there are. But also other fun activities such as visiting the viewpoints or surrounding islands! Have fun and have a good trip!

Sleeping on Phi Phi

It is not always easy to find a good hotel or hostel on Koh Phi Phi. Because of the popularity of the island, the price-quality ratio is not always good. It is also important to take into account the parties on the beach of Loh Dalum Beach and in the village. If you sleep close to here you have a chance of noise nuisance. The hotels listed below are not in the party area, but some are within walking distance. So you have a good night’s sleep but do not miss anything.

  • The Pier 519 Hostel | In Ton Sai Village
    Good and quiet hostel in the center of Koh Phi Phi (next to the pier).
  • Viking Nature Resort | Between Ton Sai Beach and Long Beach
    A back to nature resort with two beautiful paradisiacal beaches on your doorstep. Half an hour walk from the center, partly on a jungle path. Or a longtail boat for 100 baht p.p.
  • Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort | At Phak Nan Bay
    Relax on a quiet beach far from the center of Koh Phi Phi!
  • U Rip Resort | At Ton Sai Beach TIP
    A good resort with the best value for money on the island. You Rip is located just outside the center of Ton Sai and within fifteen minutes you are on the Ton Sai Pier.
  • ChaoKoh Phi Phi Hotel & Resort | In Ton Sa Village
    In the center between the nice restaurants and bars.
  • Phi Phi Natural Resort | At Laem Thong Beach
    You can take a break on Ko Phi Phi here!
  • Phi Phi The Beach Resort | At Long Beach
    This resort is located on one of our favorite beaches of Koh Phi Phi! A beautiful resort to stay a few days in peace and quiet!
  • Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island | AtLaem Thong Beach
    The well appreciated Holiday Inn can also be found on Koh Phi Phi! A top name on a top beach!
  • Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort | At Lo Ba Kao Bay
    Far away from the hustle and bustle, in a beautiful bay lies this great resort with a very nice pool!
  • Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort | At Ton Sai
    You look out for Ton Sai but you’re away from the hustle and bustle! A fantastic resort where you are within 10 minutes in the center of Koh Phi Phi!

You can also read more about these locations through the best hotels of Koh Phi Phi. You can also read about our experience at the U Rip Resort at the beach of Ton Sai.

Check out our list of best hotels in Koh Phi Phi and read about our experience with the U Rip Resort on Koh Phi Phi.

Good eats & drink on Koh Phi Phi

  • P.P. Wang Ta Fu TIP
    Our favorite when it comes to Japanese food on Koh Phi Phi! But the Ta Fu family also serves delicious Thai and Western dishes! Not for nothing almost always on #1 on TripAdvisor!
  • Aroy Kaffeine
    Whether you’re looking for a good breakfast, lunch, dinner or a good cup of coffee, at Aroy Kaffeine it’s always a pleasure!
  • Italiano Bar & Restaurant TIP
    The best pizzas and pastas of Phi Phi can be found in the main street of Ton Sai Village! Outstanding quality in an atmospheric restaurant helped by a very friendly team!
  • Grand PP Arcade
    Great in taste and conviviality! According to many visitors a must visit if you are staying at Phi Phi!
  • Efe Mediterranean Cuisine TIP
    Small but nice restaurant which is run by a very nice Turkish owner! Mediterranean hospitality in Thailand you will find here!
  • Unni’s Restaurant
    Whether you’re looking for something Thai, Mexican, American at Unni’s unique world flavors come together in this fun tent in Ton Sai Village!
  • The Coffee Club @ Koh Phi Phi
    Our favorite when it comes to coffee chains in Thailand! Super good coffee but also other delicious drinks and bites! So much better than Starbucks!

If you want to know more about the above restaurants read our article about the best restaurants on Koh Phi Phi.

Going out on Koh Phi Phi

  • Slinky Beach Bar
    The place on the beach of Loh Dalum to party with your feet in the sand!
  • Banana Bar Phi Phi
    Cozy bar / and good restaurant with roof terrace where films are still regularly shown on a large screen.
  • Reggae Bar Phi Phi
    Go into battle with your friends in the ring and get a bucket of mixed drinks as a reward or take part in the burger challenge!

More to discover on Koh Phi Phi

Take a look at our selection of some impressive pictures of Koh Phi Phi through our eighth Picture This article.

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