Phi Phi Island; The jewel of Southern Thailand and one of the most popular islands due to the infamous Maya Bay. The topography boasts stunning 260 million year old karsts vertically exploding from the turquoise Andaman Ocean
With Phi Phi being classed a 4 star dive destination there are an abundance of colourful corals and magical marine life for you to explore whether it be for a variety of diving programs, an afternoon or Sunset Snorkel or, for a want to get real up and close with our early morning Shark Watch
Traveling to Phi Phi couldn’t be easier. Every bus terminal, port and town will have a plethora of Thai people asking ‘Where you go?’ After a bit of baretering these taxi/tuk tuk/tour operators will help you get to your next destination easily and cheaply.
If you prefer to make your own transfer arrangements then here is our guide to make your travels smoother!
The most popular mode of transport to get to Phi Phi Island is by passenger ferry. These ferries are usually very large, modern and comfy with air-conditioning inside and plastic chairs outside on the deck for you to catch a few sunrays and take in the beautiful topography of Thailand. Most have on board refreshment shop for you to purchase a cool drink and a snack for the journey.
Note: It’s easy to get sunburn on the top of these ferries if you are not protected – even more so when it is cloudy.
There is only one main pier in Phi Phi Island called Tonsai Pier which all ferries arrive and passengers disembark. This is located in Tonsai Bay and is next to Tonsai Village.
You can choose to get to Phi Phi Island either via Phuket or via Krabi. There are also options to travel from Aonang and also Koh Lanta. But if you are traveling down from Bangkok you need to decide whether you wish to go via Phuket or via Krabi.
The main departure port for Phi Phi Island from Phuket is Rassada Pier. The journey time is around 2 hours from Phuket. Add an hour’s drive from the airport to get to Phuket Rassada pier.
There are multiple ferry companies that operate ferries to Phi Phi Island from Phuket at different times of the day.
The last ferry leaves at 3 PM from Phuket.
The Khlong Jilad Pier in Krabi, is only a 25 minute drive from Krabi airport. The journey time is around 90 minutes from Krabi to Phi Phi Island.
There will be plenty of taxis and minibuses at each airport waiting to transfer you to either of these piers. If you are traveling from Bangkok then you will use one of these piers to get to Phi Phi
The last ferry leaves at 3.30 PM from Krabi.
Via Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta also has morning and afternoon ferries to Phi Phi from Saladan Pier and the journey will take around 90 minutes.
If you stay in Koh Jum Island then a long-tail boat will take you out to sea to meet the Koh Lanta ferry on its way to Phi Phi
If you are traveling from Ao Nang there is only one ferry to Phi Phi in the morning leaving from Nopparathara Pier. If you are staying on Railay Beach there will be a long-tail boat transfer to the ferry which will stop off on the way to Phi Phi island. This transfer will only take 10 minutes and is included in your ferry ticket price.
It is best to get to any pier about 30 minutes before to obtain yourself a good seat. Your luggage is usually stored by the staff in an area set out for storage which you can then claim on your way off the boat
Cover up properly if traveling on the deck of the ferry, as the effects of the sun can be very strong
If you suffer from seasickness or are not sure of seasickness it is best to seat at the rear of the boat as the effects of the waves are lesser. Take any seasickness medication at least 30 minutes before departure.
Purchasing Ferry Tickets
Ferry and transfer tickets can be purchased easily from any local tour office. You may also purchase tickets here for convenience:
Phi Phi Island Tariff
Upon arrival at Phi Phi Island you will need to pay 20 baht per person. This fee is payable to the municipality and is for the support of the Phi Phi Island maintenance, waster disposal etc.
Once you arrive.
There are no roads on Phi Phi Island and therefore there are no cars, motorbikes or Tuk Tuks. Most hotels are within walking distance from Phi Phi’s main pier.There are usually staff from each hotel/resort waiting at the pier to help their guests and their luggage to their location
Below are the timetables for all ferries to Phi Phi
|Ferry times from Phuket to Phi Phi Island|
|Phuket – 8:30||Phi Phi – 10.30|
|Phuket – 11:00||Phi Phi – 13:00|
|Phuket – 13.30||Phi Phi – 15.30|
|Phuket – 15:00||Phi Phi – 17:00|
|Ferry times from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket|
|Phi Phi – 9:00||Phuket – 11:00|
|Phi Phi – 14:00||Phuket – 16:00|
|Phi Phi – 14:30||Phuket – 16:30|
|Ferry times from Krabi to Phi Phi Island|
|Krabi – 9:00||Phi Phi – 11:00|
|Krabi – 10:30||Phi Phi – 12:30|
|Krabi – 13:30||Phuket – 15:30|
|Krabi – 15:00||Phuket – 17:00|
|Ferry times from Phi Phi Island to Krabi|
|Phi Phi – 9:00||Krabi – 11:00|
|Phi Phi – 10:30||Krabi – 12:30|
|Phi Phi – 13:30||Krabi – 15:30|
|Phi Phi – 15:30||Krabi – 17:30|
|Ferry from Koh Lanta to Phi Phi Island|
|Koh Lanta – 8:00||Phi Phi – 10:00|
|Koh Lanta – 13:00||Phi Phi – 14:30|
|Ferry from Phi Phi Island to Koh Lanta|
|Phi Phi – 11:30||Koh Lanta – 13:00|
|Phi Phi – 14:00||Koh Lanta – 15:30|
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