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How to get to Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island (or Ko Phi Phi) is located around 160km southwest of Phuket on the west coast of Thailand, roughly 814km south of Bangkok.

The car- and road-free Phi Phi islands can be reached by regular ferry service or sea plane from Phuket, Koh Lanta or Krabi, all of which are less than 48km away.

Getting to Phi Phi Island

The most convenient route is by air from Phuket (or Krabi) to Koh Phi Phi on Destination Air, which operates a regular service using amphibious Cessnas.

Alternatively, a ferry service operates three-times daily from the Ratchada (Rasada) Pier near Phuket Town for the two-hour trip; boats from the pier in central Krabi Town operate three-times daily; and a twice-daily service operates from Ko Lanta taking one hour 30 minutes.

Thai Airways, Thai Air Asia and Bangkok Airways offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) International Airport to Phuket. Nok Air and Orient Thai offer daily flights from Don Muang Airport.

From Australia: Most convenient flights include: Virgin Australia Airlines with direct flights to Phuket from Perth, Melbourne and Sydney; Singapore Airlines offers one stop flights via Singpaore from Brisbane and Melbourne; and Jetstar with a direct flight to Phuket from Sydney. Both Thai Airways and Qantas offer daily connecting flights via Bangkok.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights are via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines.

From the UK: Several airlines offer connecting flights to Phuket via Bangkok from London and other major UK airports, but the most convenient is Thai Airways with twice daily flights from London Heathrow.

British Airways, Qantas and Thai fly non-stop between London and Bangkok.

From the USA: Numerous airlines offer connecting flights to Phuket via Bangkok from New York, but the most convenient flight is Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong connecting with Thai Airways to Bangkok and Phuket, with twice daily flights from New York Kennedy.

From Los Angeles, the most convenient is the daily Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong connecting with either Dragon Air or Thai Airways to Bangkok and Phuket.

Flight time to Phi Phi Island

Phuket to Ko Phi Phi is 25 min, direct flight
Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 20 min, direct flight

Brisbane to Phuket is 9 hrs, direct flight
Sydney to Phuket is 9 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Phuket is 9 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Perth to Phuket is 6 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Auckland to Phuket is 14 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Phuket is 14 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 23 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 19 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

On amphibious Cessnas to a floating jetty. Most resorts can meet guests if prearranged.

Phuket International Airport is 32km northwest of Phuket Town. Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) has replaced the former Don Muang Airport for most domestic and all international flights. The airport is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km east of Bangkok and 60km east of Pattaya.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.

Getting around

On foot – there are no roads on Phi Phi Don. If you wish to visit a remote beach, long-tails and speedboats can be chartered at Ao Ton Sa or via your resort.

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Latest update: How to get to Ko Phi Phi 18 November, 2018

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