Traveling from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi is a popular & well established route with plenty of scenery & a chance to experience part of the real Thailand. Join scores of travelers on the pilgrimage to the setting of Danny Boyle’s The Beach, with our budget travel services.
There are several ways to travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi. The method of transport depends on the time you have available, your budget and preferred method of travel.
There’s 1 daily service from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi that operates 7 days a week. The journey takes approximately 9 hours, going from Samui island on the east coast to Phi Phi island on the west coast, and requires a few changes in mode of transport to cross land and water.
To get from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi, ferry is the first part of the journey. You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned mini bus and transferred to the new bus terminal in Nathon. VIP and standard tickets are available, with all buses (coaches) being fully air conditioned but the VIP service affording more leg room, comfortable reclining seating, toilet facilities and light snacks during the trip. From the bus station, the bus takes you on a short trip to the car ferry where you will board the ferry separately for the 90 minute crossing to Donsak on the mainland.
The ferries are air conditioned and comfortable, with lots of space for walking around. There are toilet facilities, a fully stocked snack shop and even massage services for the journey across. The ships are large, so can endure the roughest water conditions with ease, though we still advise suffers of sea sickness to take medicine, at least 20 mins prior to departure.
Once you arrive in Donsak you’ll reconvene with the bus service, which will take you across the narrow width of Thailand to Krabi, an area of outstanding natural beauty. You will need to change bus part way in Surat Thani city, where you’ll have 30 minutes, which is enough time to stretch your legs and purchase any snacks for the remainder of the bus journey. When you arrive in Krabi town, the bus service is swapped for a mini bus to Ao Nang, where you’ll finally board another ferry to Koh Phi Phi.
There is a 1 flight every day from Koh Samui to Krabi at 12:20pm.
When you arrive in Krabi, you will take a mini bus to Ao Nang. From Ao Nang you will take the boat to Koh Phi Phi.
The flight from Koh Samui takes around 45 minutes. You will need to check in at least 45 minutes before your flight. The approximate cost of travelling by plane, mini bus & boat from Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi is 3,500 THB.