Ferries are the only way to get to Phi Phi island, departing from Krabi, Phuket and Koh Lanta several times a day. Many more private speed boats make the journey as day trips, taking roughly one hour. A helicopter transfer used to be laid on for the well-heeled but it was discontinued after the tsunami.
It’s unrealistic to make a day trip to Phi Phi by regular ferry since they take several hours with arrival and departure times in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. All ferries arrive at the Ton Sai pier on Phi Phi Don, and if you wish to visit Phi Phi Ley you would need to hire a longtail boat locally, which could turn out to be quite expensive if you are travelling alone or as a couple.
Day trips depart from Krabi, Phuket and even Koh Lanta before 09:00 and do a thorough job of visiting the various popular sites of the archipelago. These include Maya Bay and the rest of Phi Phi Ley, Phi Phi Don and sometimes small islands on the way. Specific dive trips visit the other smaller islands which are no more than ‘rocks’ but have good reefs. Given the shortage of accomodation on Phi Phi Don in the high season following the Tsunami, it’s a better idea to take one of these tours. Even the half day tour gives you a great impression of the islands.
You can also opt for several speed boat departures from Phuket early morning which are more comfortable and quicker than the conventional ferry, but considerably more expensive.
Ferries from Phuket to Phi Phi
There are several regular ferries a day to and from Phuket. These depart from Rassada Pier in Koh Siray (east of Phuket Town) from 08:30 to 14:30, and take 90 minutes. There’s also a high-speed boat from Chalong at 08:00, arriving at 09:00. The ferries are fairly large but do fill up in the busy season so arrive early or arrange tickets in advance. Travel agents might also suggest further speed boat options which are more practical.
Ferries from Phi Phi to Phuket
The return journey leaves from Ton Sai pier from 07:30 to 17:00, arriving at the ferry terminal in Koh Siray on Phuket. Tickets are purchased from a small booth on the lesser pier in front of the Ton Sai village.
Ferries from Krabi to Phi Phi
Ferries depart from Klong Jilad Pier near Ao Nang beach at 09:00 and 13:30, arriving at Tonsai Pier on Phi Phi 90 minutes later.
Ferries from Phi Phi to Krabi
Four ferries a day leave from Phi Phi to Krabi between 07:30 and 15:30, arriving at Klong Jilad Pier near Ao Nang Beach (where you will catch a 10-minute minibus transfer to the resorts). The Tonsai boats take 90 minutes, the Laemtong boats two hours, 30 minutes.
Ferries from Phi Phi to Lanta and back
There are also morning and early afternoon trips to Lanta’s Saladan Pier and back.