Although Krabi Town is essentially a coastal town, the town itself it is not one of Thailand’s beach destinations. This popular gateway town is better known for its temples and for being located close to the idyllic Phi Phi islands. While you can travel to Krabi by airplane you unfortunately cannot fly to Phi Phi as there’s no airport on this archipelago of six small islands, leaving access by boat the only option. Even so, Ko Phi Phi is easily accessible by ferry from Krabi, less than 50 kilometers away, and ferries are relatively fast, usually taking between 90 and 105 minutes. If you’ve caught a flight down to Krabi, the ferry terminal is about 30 minutes’ drive from Krabi Airport.

Krabi to Koh Lipe from Klong Jilad Pier with Ferry
Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi. © Denis Costille /

Ferries used to depart from Krabi to Phi Phi from a terminal right in the center of the town, however, there is now a new passenger port about 3 kilometers south from the town center. It’s officially named Klong Jilad Pier but is also known more simply as Phi Phi Island Pier. A free taxi transfer to the pier from the ticket office in the center of town should be included in your ticket price so do inquire before spending additional money on a taxi yourself. Read on for more information on the ferries from Krabi to Phi Phi, as well as the alternative: a speedboat tour.

Ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi

Ferry Krabi to Koh Phi Phi
Travelers walking to the ferry on the Tonsai Pier, Koh Phi Phi Don © SIHASAKPRACHUM /

Catching the ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi is convenient and affordable. As mentioned above, ferries depart from the newly built passenger pier to the south of the town, and they leave four times per day, making it fairly easy to connect with a ferry if you’re coming to Krabi from elsewhere in Thailand. At the time of writing, ferry departure times from Krabi’s Klong Jilad Pier are 9am, 10.30am, 1.30pm, and 3pm. The only exception is that the 3pm ferry actually departs at 4pm on Fridays.

The ferry journey is approximately 1.5 hours and you’ll arrive at the Tonsai Pier on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest of the Phi Phi Islands. From here it’s just a short walk to many different places to stay or dine.

Ferries have the advantage of being a very affordable way to travel from Krabi to Phi Phi, and, if you book your tickets in advance you’ll get an additional saving of a few hundred baht off the advertised rate from the ferry office. Even at the standard price you’re only looking at around 450 baht though with a reduction you could probably get as much as 100 baht off the price of each ticket.

Speedboat from Krabi to Phi Phi

Speedboat Krabi to Phi Phi
Snorkeling tour with a speedboat in southern Thailand © Vassamon Anansukkasem /

When you’re not traveling on such a tight budget, a speedboat tour is a fun and exciting way to see the sights. Speedboats are considerably more expensive than the ferries but if you buy an all-inclusive tour they can be a great way to see a larger area and more islands within a shorter timescale. So, if you’re staying in Krabi and you just want to head out to the Phi Phi Islands for a day-trip, consider the speedboat tour.

As an all-inclusive package, the speedboat tour from Krabi to Phi Phi does include a lot for the price of the ticket, so, all things considered, it can be seen as quite good value if you’re not having to watch your pennies. However, do be aware that you will have to pay an extra National Park fee which is collected by the park ranger and cannot be included in the all-inclusive price. The tour company will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date information on this at the time you book your tickets.

So, apart from the National Park fees the ticket price will likely include transfers to and from your hotel, lunch, fruit and water, a mask and snorkel, lifejacket, a tour guide for the duration of the trip, and insurance. This full day tour will take you to all the major sights of the Phi Phi Islands, giving you time for lunch (included in the price), and also time for relaxing on a beach or two and/or snorkeling.

While lots of fun, speedboat tours are not recommended for everyone. If you’re prone to sea sickness the more stable ferry might be a better option for you, and if you have back problems, the jarring that can be experienced on more choppy waters could also pose a problem. Leaving Phi Phi? Don’t miss our guide Phi Phi to Phuket.

How do you get from Phi Phi to Krabi?

You can catch a standard or high-speed ferry from Ton Sai Pier on Phi Phi, direct to Krabi, Ao Nang or Railay, taking anywhere between 40 minutes and 1.5 hours. Book these tickets online with 12Go and you’ll also see options for transfers, which are great if you want to go direct to Krabi Airport or Bus Station, or even to a hotel of your choice.

Can you get to Phi Phi Island from Krabi?

Yes, you can! Krabi to Phi Phi Island is a popular route that’s offered by several ferry companies, and you can easily book your tickets online through travel agents, 12Go. Local ferries, high-speed ferries, and exhilarating speedboats are all available, with prices and schedules depending on where in Krabi you’re setting off from. You can even get a combined ticket from Krabi Airport.

How long is ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi?

You can get a ferry from the Klong Jilad Pier, about 3kms from Krabi town center, with Songserm, Seatran, Andaman Wave Master and Chaokah Travel Center, taking between 1.5 and 2 hours to go direct to Phi Phi’s Ton Sai Pier. Ferries from Ao Nang and Railay are also available, as are joint tickets that include transfers and pickups. All of these options can be bought through 12Go.

How long is the ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi?

Ferries from Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi take between 1.5 and 2 hours to get to the Klong Jilad Pier, just outside Krabi center. Tickets can be bought through 12Go for ferries operated by Songserm, Andaman Wave Master, Tigerline Travel, Chaokah Travel Center, and Seatran with lots of departure options each day. You can also add transfers to your hotel or the airport, if required.

How much does it cost to go to Phi Phi Island?

The cost depends on where you’re coming from. Krabi and Phuket are two popular starting points with prices for ferries from Phuket starting around 450 baht, up to 1,500 baht for a speedboat and lots of prices in between. Prices are as low as 400 baht from Krabi, which includes high-speed ferries. You can find prices and buy tickets with all the main ferry companies through 12Go.

How much is ferry to Phi Phi?

The cost of a ferry to Phi Phi depends on where you’re starting, as there are routes from Phuket, Ao Nang, Krabi, and Koh Lanta. Phuket to Phi Phi is popular, starting at around 450 baht for a ‘local’ ferry, up to 1,500 baht for a fast-paced speedboat ride. Expect to pay slightly less for ferries from Krabi, but you can find prices for all of these on 12Go.

How much is the ferry from Ao Nang to Phi Phi?

Songserm, Tigerline Travel, Andaman Wave Master, and Seatran Discovery are just four of the ferry companies operating from Ao Nang to Phi Phi, with tickets starting as low as 400 baht, all the way up to 1,020 baht for a speedboat. If you book online through 12Go, you can add on hotel or beach transfers to your ticket for added convenience and a little more cost.

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