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How to get to the Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands (or Ko Phi Phi) are located around 46km (28mi) southwest of Phuket on the west coast of Thailand, roughly 814km (505mi) south of Bangkok.

The Phi Phi Island group comprise six islands, of which Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le are the largest and best-known islands.

The most convenient route to the Phi Phi Islands is by air to either Phuket International Airport (HKT), or Krabi Airport (KBV), followed by a boat ride to the islands.

From some international destinations this requires first flying into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), or Singapore's Changi Airport (SIN), followed by a connecting flight to Phuket Airport or Krabi Airport.

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located around 35km from Rassada Pier, around 50 minutes by taxi or bus.

Krabi Airport (KBV) is located around 33km (20mi) from Ao Nang Pier, around 45 minutes by bus or taxi.

Frequent ferry services operate from Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta, all of which are less than 48km (30mi) away.

Ferries from Ao Nang Pier, Krabi to Tonsai Pier, Phi Phi Don leave four-times daily, taking 1 hour 30 minutes, and from Ko Lanta's Saladan Pier five-times daily, taking 30 minutes.

Multiple operators service the sea route between Rassada Pier, Phuket and Tonsai Pier, Phi Phi Don, taking anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on vessel used.


Flight times to Krabi

Within Thailand: Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Nok Air, Thai Lion Mentari and Thai AirAsia offer daily flights from Don Muang Airport (DMK).

Bangkok to Krabi is 1 hr 20 min, direct flight


Flight times to Phuket

The following are the most convenient flights to Phuket, Thailand.

Within Thailand: Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).

Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express and Thai Airways offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Beijing to Phuket is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Phuket is 5 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Phuket is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Singapore: SilkAir, Scoot Tigerair, Thai Air Asia and Jetstar Asia Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Singapore to Phuket is 1 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From Malaysia: Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia operate the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Kuala Lumpur to Phuket is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates and Etihad offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Abu Dhabi to Phuket is 6 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dubai to Phuket is 6 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Australia: Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Brisbane to Phuket is 11 hrs, direct flight
Sydney to Phuket is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Phuket is 8 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Phuket is 10 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Phuket is 8 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Auckland to Phuket is 14 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Thai Airways International, EVA Air and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

London to Phuket is 14 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Emirates and Thai Airways International offers the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Dublin to Phuket is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates and Thai Airways International offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Paris to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Thai Airways, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Frankfurt to Phuket is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Berlin to Phuket is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Phuket is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Phuket is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: American Airlines, Delta, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Atlanta to Phuket is 22 hrs 48 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Phuket is 20 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Phuket is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Phuket is 22 hrs 50 mins, connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 20 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Phuket is 19 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Cathay Dragon, Qatar Airways, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Toronto to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Phuket is 22 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Phuket is 18 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Krabi Airport (KBV) is located 18km (11mi) east of Krabi Town, and around 33km (20mi) from Ao Nang Pier, around 45 minutes by bus or taxi.

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32km (20mi) from Phuket City, and around 35km from Rassada Pier, around 50 minutes by taxi or bus.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) (known unofficially as Bangkok Airport) is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (18mi) east of Bangkok.


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 9 January, 2020


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