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Travel from Ao Nang to Phi Phi by Ferry & Speedboat

Koh Phi Phi

Island Adventure: From Ao Nang to Phi Phi Paradise!

Koh Phi Phi is among the most stunning islands in the Andaman Sea. These breathtaking six islands offer the ultimate getaway. Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two main islands. Phi Phi Don is the most famous and the largest of the six islands. It attracts more visitors every year because of its lovely shores, the seafood restaurants on the beach, coffee shops, reggae bars, and the vibrant nightlife with fire shows and music right on Phi Phi’s sand beaches.

From Koh Phi Phi, boat rides are an essential part of any day trip adventure. Longtail boats, a hallmark of Thai coastal transport, provide an idyllic means to explore the nearby islands and hidden coves. These day trips often involve leisurely rides on these traditional wooden vessels, allowing travelers to soak in the stunning landscapes, snorkel in clear waters, and discover the beauty of nearby gems like Maya Bay and Bamboo Island. Longtail boats from Koh Phi Phi offer a captivating journey, making your day trip an unforgettable exploration of Thailand's marine wonders.

One of the things that make Ko Phi Phi a favorite destination for a lot of people is that it has no motorized transportations on it. On foot is the main transportation on the island, and don’t worry, you’ll find how easy and convenient it is to walk around the island once you’re there.

Traveling from Ao Nang to Phi Phi

From Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi by ferry

Phi Phi islands are surrounded by water only, which means that the one way to get to the islands is through the sea. it's impossible to take the long tail boat from Ao Nang to Phi Phi, only speed boats and ferries are available.

Tonsai Pier is Koh Phi Phi’s main pier, it is located north of Phi Phi Don in the center of Tonsai Bay. Ferries arrive there from Koh Lanta, Phuket, Ao Nang, Krabi Town and many others. On arrival, there is a small 200 THB entry fee to the islands which is not included in any of the ferry trips prices.

Ao Nang or Koh Phi Phi

From Nopparat Thara Pier to Tonsai Pier

Ferries depart Ao Nang in 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM every day, the travel time between the two destinations is around  50 mins, and this trip from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi costs 430 THB.

There are 2 companies operating on this route from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi, offering up to 4 trips per day.

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Best time to visit

Just like the rest of Thailand, summer is the main season on Koh Phi Phi. But if you’re looking for the perfect time to visit the islands when there is less rain and less humid, November to April are the ideal months to visit Phi Phi in order to enjoy all the beach and water activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Where do ferry boats and speed boats depart from in Ao Nang to Phi Phi? Click to Show Click to Hide

A: The ferries and speedboats all depart from Ao Nang's Nopparat Thara Pier from the available operators we could find through

Q: How far away is Ao Nang from Phi Phi?

A: The distance from Ao Nang to the Phi Phi Islands is 34 kilometers or 21 miles. The distance of the speedboat route compared to the ferry route will vary since the former uses more stopovers (an extra stopover to Railay Bay, to be more specific).

Q: How accurate is the estimated time of arrival listed on the available trips?

A: They're fairly accurate and speedboats do cut the travel time of most ferries by half even if they do require more stops. However, travel time and arrival time will vary on how rough the waters can get and how fair the weather is.

Q: Which ferry companies operate between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi?

A: The availability of the operators depends on the season. Regardless, the available ones on the website are Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co., Ltd. and Koh Yao Sun Smile.

Q: What's the cheapest way to travel from Ao Nang to Phi Phi?

A: According to, the cheapest way to get to Phi Phi from Ao Nang is by ferry. To be more specific, it's the economy class ferry trip operated by Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co., Ltd. that costs ฿475 ($14). This is followed by the speedboat trip from Koh Yao Sun Smile that costs ฿960 ($28). Holiday rates are naturally higher.

Q: What's the policy for late bookings?

A: If you're booking a trip in less than 24 hours, it's suggested that you chat with the staff of directly to get your e-ticket and best deals.

Q: What's the fastest way to travel from Ao Nang to Phi Phi?

A: According to, the cheapest way to get to Phi Phi from Ao Nang is by speedboat. Specifically, it's the economy class speedboat trip by Koh Yao Sun Smile that lasts 50 minutes. In contrast, the ferry ride by Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co., Ltd. lasts 2 hours.

Q: I've heard not all people can ride speedboats. Is that true?

A: You need to be an able-bodied adult to ride a speedboat. It's not the recommended mode of transportation for the handicapped, pregnant women, infants, or children three years of age or younger. You should also go for ferries instead of speedboats if you have back problems or heart ailments.