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Find Your Way to Phi Phi Islands | Transportation Routes & Tips

Where are the Phi Phi Islands located?

Address: Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand

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The Phi Phi Islands, an archipelago of six islands, is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. Krabi Province claims this tropical paradise, with Phi Phi Don, the largest island, roughly 46 kilometers southeast of bustling Phuket. This secluded paradise is painted by towering limestone cliffs, emerald jungles, and hidden coves.

Closest landmarks: The Phi Phi Islands' closest landmarks are Krabi (46 kilometers away) and Phuket (50 kilometers away).

Speedboat vs Catamaran vs Ferry : Getting to Phi Phi Island from Phuket and Krabi

By Speedboat

Best for: Saving time, sightseeing

Speedboats are an excellent choice for those looking to save time and enjoy a bit of sightseeing en route to Phi Phi Islands. The shorter travel time compared to ferries allows more time to explore and relax on the islands. Pre-booking tickets is recommended, especially during peak travel seasons, to ensure availability and preferred departure times.

Speedboat in Pileh Bay

From Phuket

  • Distance: Approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles)
  • Travel time: From Rassada Pier — Around 45 mins 
  • Timings: Speedboats typically operate as early as 6am if you’re going on a pre-booked tour. This is your best option given you can enjoy priority departure, transfers from hotels, and lesser time queuing since you’d already have pre-booked.  Other speedboats depart between 8am to 3pm, with multiple departures throughout the day.

Getting there

  • Departure point: Rassada Pier, located about 30 minutes from Phuket city center.
  • How to get there?: For ultimate convenience, opt for a tour with hotel pick-up and drop-offs so you don’t have to worry about finding transport in the wee hours of the morning. Otherwise, taxis, private transfers, and shuttle services are available from various points in Phuket to Rassada Pier. The pier is well-marked and has facilities such as waiting areas and small shops.
View of the Speedboat in Phang Nga Bay

From Krabi

  • Distance: Approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles)
  • Travel time: From Klong Jilad Pier —  Around 1 hour 
  • Timings: Speedboats usually run from 9am to 2pm, with several departures available.

Getting there

  • Departure point: Klong Jilad Pier, located around 10 minutes from Krabi Town.
  • How to get there?: Taxis and shuttle services are readily available from Krabi Town and Ao Nang to Klong Jilad Pier. The pier is equipped with basic amenities for travelers.

By Speed Catamaran

Best for: Comfort, sightseeing, luxe travel

Speed catamarans are an excellent option for travelers seeking a balance between speed, leisure, and luxury. The spacious seating and stable ride make it a preferred choice for families and those who enjoy sightseeing during their journey. Pre-booking your tour is recommended as this is a trendy option. It’s also an excellent choice for those prone to seasickness or seeking more comfort during their journey.

A power catamaran

From Phuket

  • Travel time: From Rassada Pier — Around 1.5 to 2  hours 
  • Timings: Speed catamarans tours can start as early as 7:30am. Choose a slot that fits you best but the golden rule is: the earlier, the better.  

Getting there

  • Departure point: Rassada Pier, located about 30 minutes from Phuket city center.
  • How to get there?:  Accessible via taxis, private transfers, and shuttle services from various locations in Phuket. The pier features amenities such as waiting lounges and small eateries.

A power catamaran

From Krabi

  • Travel time: From Klong Jilad Pier — Around 1.5 hours
  • Timings: Speed catamarans generally run from 9am to 2pm, with a few scheduled trips.

Getting there

  • Departure point: Klong Jilad Pier, located about 10 minutes from Krabi Town.
  • How to get there?: Take a taxi or a shuttle service from Krabi Town or Ao Nang. It’s the quickest and easiest way to reach the pier. 

By Ferry

Best For: Budget travel

Ferries are a great choice if you prioritize budget-friendly options and want to enjoy the natural beauty of the region during your journey. The larger seating areas and outdoor decks on ferries make it a relaxing way to travel. However, it does take a longer time to get to your destination and therefore may impact time spent at the sights itself.

Getting to phi phi islands

From Phuket

  • Travel time: From Rassada Pier — 2.5+  hours
  • Timings: Ferries typically operate from 8:30am to 3pm, with several departures throughout the day.

Getting there

  • Departure point: Rassada Pier, approximately 30 minutes from Phuket city center.
  • How to get there?:  Choose between taxis, private transfers, and shuttle services from various locations in Phuket. 
Getting to phi phi islands

From Krabi

  • Travel time: From Klong Jilad Pie 2+  hours 
  • Timings: Ferries generally run from 9am to 3:30pm, with multiple scheduled trips.

Getting there

  • Departure point: Klong Jilad Pier, about 10 minutes from Krabi Town.
  • How to get there?:  Taxis and shuttle services are readily available from Krabi Town and Ao Nang, making it convenient to reach the pier. 



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Frequently asked questions about Getting to Phi Phi Islands

Ferries, speedboats, & catamarans — Which should I choose to visit Phi Phi Islands?

Choosing between a ferry, speedboat, or catamaran depends on your priorities. Ferries are the most budget-friendly but take the longest time to reach your spot. Speedboats are faster, cutting travel time significantly, which is ideal if you're short on time and want more time to explore. Catamarans offer a balance between speed and comfort, providing a stable, luxurious, and comfortable ride, especially suitable for those prone to seasickness, families, or those seeking a more relaxed experience. Catamarans also have added amenities that others might not have.

What are the departure points for ferries and speedboats to Phi Phi Island?

In Phuket, ferries and speedboats depart from Rassada Pier, located about 30 minutes from the city center. In Krabi, the departure point is Klong Jilad Pier, approximately 10 minutes from Krabi Town. Both piers are well-equipped with basic amenities like restrooms, waiting areas, and small shops.

Where will I arrive on Phi Phi Island?

If you’ve chosen a speedboat or catamaran tour, the stops will depend on the itinerary of your tour. Ferries typically arrive at Tonsai Pier on Phi Phi Don, the main island of the Phi Phi archipelago. Tonsai Pier is centrally located, providing easy access to accommodation, restaurants, and other amenities.

How long does it take to get to Phi Phi Island by ferry or speedboat?

From Phuket, ferries take around 2.5+ hours, while speedboats take about 45 minutes. From Krabi, the ferry journey is approximately 2+ hours, and speedboats take about 1 hour. Catamarans, offering a comfortable middle ground, take around 1.5 to 2 hours from both departure points.

Are there any luggage restrictions on ferries or speedboats?

Generally, both ferries and speedboats allow passengers to bring luggage, but there are usually weight and size restrictions. It's best to check with your tour inclusions for luggage policy. 

Is there food or beverage service available onboard the boat?

Yes, food and beverages are readily available on speedboats and catamaran tours. This can range from breakfast, lunch, refreshments, snacks, and even alcohol. Ferries often have small cafes or snack bars where you can purchase drinks and light snacks.

Which transport option is the safest for kids?

All transport options are generally safe for kids, but ferries and catamarans may be more comfortable and safer due to their larger size and stability. These options also offer more space for children to move around.

Is Wi-Fi available on ferries or catamarans?

Wi-Fi is not commonly available on ferries or catamarans traveling to Phi Phi Island. It's a good idea to download any necessary information or entertainment before your journey. Mobile reception may be available depending on your carrier and proximity to the shore.