Phuket, Thailand

Getting In

 
 

By Boat

While most visitors or holidaymakers come to Phuket by plane or land, there are also ferry services to this resort island. Ferry boats depart daily from the island of Ko Phi Phi (Ton Sai Bay Pier), Yao Islands in Phang Nga Bay and Krabi Town (Klong Jilad Pier) on the mainland to Rassada Pier in Phuket. The journey takes 90-120 minutes and cost 500-800 baht (one-way) to Phuket, depending on the departure point.

 
 
 
 
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Rassada Pier in Phuket by GinkgoTelegraph

The ferry boats are usually a pleasant ride but can get rather bumpy when it gets windy. Most of the boats are not very modern but comfortable enough. If you prefer, you can sit on the deck and enjoy the sun and the wind breezing pass you - just be careful not to fall overboard! However, the boats can get crowded during the high season but not to the extent of being overcrowded to be a danger. Arriving at Rassada Pier, you can avoid the minibuses and take a 10 baht songthaew to Phuket Town.

Ferry boat to Phuket by Y-Not?

There are also speedboats travelling to and Ko Racha (45 minutes), Phi Phi (1 - 1.5 hours), Similan Islands (about 3 hours) and other islands. Boats from Phi Phi and Phang Nga can be found by visiting the local beaches. Prices for transfers on-board a speedboat are typically between 800 and 1,500 baht per person, depending on the destination. 

Prices for speedboat charters to and from Phuket range from 3,000 baht to 60,000 baht per boat depending on distance and size of the boat:

  • Coral Island: 3,000 - 5,000 baht
  • Racha Yai Island: 8,000 - 15,000 baht
  • Phi Phi Island: 15,000 - 25,000 baht
  • Phang Nga: 15,000 - 25,000 baht
  • Krabi: 20,000 - 30,000 baht
 
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