How to Get from Krabi Airport to Koh Phi Phi?

Koh Phi Phi has been Thailand’s tourism magnet for quite some time.  This comes as no surprise because Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lei are blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, stunning emerald waters, spectacular resorts and massive limestone karst formations.

After the devastating tsunami in 2004, the island has bounced back with a vengeance.  Even though the beaches may not be quite as pristine due to high tourist numbers, the scenery still remains spectacular.   After you book your flights there are multiple ways to access Koh Phi Phi via ferry from Krabi, Phuket, Ao Nang, and Koh Lanta.  If you are flying into Krabi Airport and you want to access Koh Phi Phi, this article will provide you with a clear, budget-friendly guide on how to do so.

Here are the steps on how to get from Krabi Airport to Koh Phi Phi.

1. Book your flight online well in advance. Once your flight arrives at Krabi Airport, proceed through customs and purchase a shuttle bus ticket to Krabi pier (Klong Jilad pier) at the counter located on the ground floor. Tell the ticket distributor that you want to go to Koh Phi Phi (90 baht = $2.74 US per pax).

The shuttle bus ticket from Krabi Airport to Krabi Pier

The shuttle bus ticket from Krabi Airport to Krabi Pier

2. Leave the airport through the front doors.  The shuttle bus is usually located to the right of the main entrance (about 50 meters from the airport).

The shuttle bus waiting just outside the entrance of Krabi Airport

The shuttle bus waiting just outside the entrance of Krabi Airport

3. Even though you won’t be informed, the shuttle bus will stop at a travel agency in Krabi Town.  Here, tourists heading to Koh Phi Phi will be asked to get off of the shuttle bus.  Passengers heading to Ao Nang will remain on the shuttle bus.  Passengers heading to Koh Phi Phi will then get on a mini bus that goes directly to the Krabi town pier in order to board the ferry en route to Koh Phi Phi.

The unexpected stop at a travel agency where passengers to Ao Nang stay on the bus and passengers to Koh Phi Phi board a minibus to the pier

The unexpected stop at a travel agency where passengers to Ao Nang stay on the bus and passengers to Koh Phi Phi board a minibus to the pier

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4. Either at the travel agency or at the Krabi pier purchase a ferry ticket to Koh Phi Phi (400 baht = $12.17 US) and convert the ticket to a boarding pass.  The ferry ride to Koh Phi Don will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. As of the time of writing, the ferry departure times from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi were 9:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

The ferry ticket from Krabi Pier to Koh Phi Phi Don at 400 baht per pax

The ferry ticket from Krabi Pier to Koh Phi Phi Don at 400 baht per pax

The counter at Krabi pier where tickets are converted to boarding passes

The counter at Krabi pier where tickets are converted to boarding passes

The ferry at Krabi Pier

The ferry at Krabi Pier

5. Once you arrive at Koh Phi Phi Don, depart the ferry and pay the 20 baht ($0.60 US) environmental “clean up fee” to get onto Koh Phi Phi Don.

Arriving at Koh Phi Phi's pier after the 1 hour and 45 minute ferry ride

Arriving at Koh Phi Phi’s pier after the 1 hour and 45 minute ferry ride

Where Did We Stay on Koh Phi Phi?

Finding the right spot to stay on Koh Phi Phi can be quite tedious due to the loud music pulsation at night. Therefore, try to stay close enough to the beach, but far enough from the main action. During our last visit, we decided to stay at P.P. Casita Hotel and found it to be laid back and still close to the prime beach area, but you can decide if it fits your price range. We don’t have an affiliation with this property or any property on Koh Phi Phi. At the time of writing, it had a score of 7.4/10 based on 3424 verified guest reviews. We would consider this score to be an accurate representation of this property based on our experience there.

How to Find the Best Room Deals on Koh Phi Phi?

If you’re planning your trip well in advance then your strategy for finding the cheapest room on Koh Phi Phi might be a bit different. Many of our North American and European readers prefer www.booking.com because of their excellent cancellation policies and great customer service.  If you can find “cancellation-free” rooms for the same price as a non-cancellation room, it might make sense to use www.booking.com instead to avoid the risk of changing your itinerary due to flight delays and so forth.

Another extremely popular booking site is www.agoda.com.  This is without question the most popular accommodation in Thailand and Southeast Asia.  Here’s where you can find all the properties on Koh Pi Pi using Agoda:

SEARCH ALL ROOMS on KOH PHI PHI: www.agoda.com

If you want to be guaranteed to find the ‘cheapest room’ on Phi Phi use this price comparison website. Within seconds you can find the cheapest room from the largest room providers using www.hotelscombined.com.  Just be sure to double check that your room is some distance from the ‘party beaches’ – unless of course that’s your thing! To save you time, here are the:

Top Rated Properties on Koh Phi Phi 

Based on Verified Guest Reviews

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  • Properties rated based on ‘overall’ review scores from each respective website’s verified guests.
  • Minimum of 50 verified guest reviews required to be considered eligible for comparison.
  • All star ratings and verified guest review scores are tallied at the time of writing, and therefore, are subject to change.

Accommodation Map for Koh Phi Phi

  • Properties rated based on ‘overall’ review scores from each respective website’s verified guests.
  • Minimum of 50 verified guest reviews required to be considered eligible for comparison.
  • All star ratings and verified guest review scores are tallied at the time of writing, and therefore, are subject to change.

Flight Information for Koh Phi Phi:

How did we find the cheapest flight(s) to Koh Phi Phi during our trip?

The closest and most practical airport to fly into when you are planning on visiting Koh Phi Phi is Krabi International Airport (airport code = KBV). Typically, tourists first fly from different regions around the world to Bangkok and then transit (either by taking a short domestic flight, backpacking across Thailand, or taking the train or bus) to Krabi. We always use flight price-comparison sites when we purchase our tickets. For our trips to Koh Phi Phi we used two different sites: Momondo and BookingBuddy. Once we arrived at Krabi Airport we followed the steps outlined in this article to get to Koh Phi Phi.  Koh Phi Phi doesn’t have an airport, therefore don’t waste your time even thinking about that as an option. To save you some time, I have created a link to both Momondo’s and BookingBuddy’s flight price comparison pages:

COMPARE FLIGHT PRICES TO KRABI: Momondo

COMPARE FLIGHT PRICES TO KRABI: BookingBuddy

We hope that the information provided in this article will help to point you in the right direction.  Please let us know if you seek some additional information below. Cheers!

By | 2017-09-22T16:55:21+00:00 December 30th, 2016|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Hannah July 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I have just done this trip and the info here could not be more accurate – thanks so much! Was really helpful for planning and reassured me particularly when we made the stop off!

    Thanks!

  2. Kash July 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Wow! Very informative …

    I’d love to know the busy places you’ve not mentioned with loud music… Any area I can book my stay? Thanks!

  3. Shashank December 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Though this article is quite informative, I have read terrible reviews of the travel company “Black Tiger Tour” on Facebook.

    As per reviews, this company runs the shuttle service at airport, to force people to use their own restaurant (which serves as a bus stop) and ferry booking service.

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/BlackTigerTour/reviews/

    • P.A. Cybulskie January 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Shashank, Thanks for commenting. During our experience with Black Tiger Tour going to Koh Phi Phi, we found they offer the cheapest service especially there were only two of us traveling back then. Travelers always have the option to take a taxi, go straight to the pier and buy the tickets to the ferry going to Koh Phi Phi. This option is still more expensive. I read the comments on the FB page link you gave, and most of the complaints come from passengers going to Koh Lanta. I believe we did not use Black Tiger Tour going to Koh Lanta from Krabi Airport. We took the blue minivan service that picks up passengers outside of the Krabi Airport. This is the link to the article: http://www.chasingplaces.com/how-to-get-from-krabi-airport-to-koh-lanta/. There is always risk in going with minivan companies in Thailand as they are not regulated well. If you have the money, the better option is to take the taxi to minimize hassle. This particular guide to Koh Phi Phi is meant for travelers who prefer to take the cheaper option like we did. The guide is based on our own transit experience, but readers are always welcomed to share their own experiences. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you appreciate our effort enough to come back and become a regular visitor 🙂

    • Hannah July 14, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      This is probably true to an extent – though I would say that we were not pressurised in any way at all to buy anything from the restaurant – we just sat there while we waited for the second minibus to take us to the pier, but nobody even so much as approached us with a menu, and they were happy to let us use the free wifi while we waited. Just thought it would be useful to share my experience!

  4. Ian Emerson October 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    The bus leaves after a flight arrives once it is pretty much full. In other words, it won't leave with only a couple of people on it. The entire ride to the pier took roughly 45 minutes-50 minutes.

  5. qwere53 August 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Is there any schedule time for the shuttle bus ride from the airport and was there a long wait for the mini bus?
    How long was the entire ride to the pier?

  6. Adrian May 15, 2014 at 6:57 am - Reply

    THANK YOU for the detailed information. We're heading there today from Bangkok and your description is the most helpful I've seen so far.
    Best!

    • Ian Emerson May 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Adrian.

  7. Wee April 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Can we buy a round trip from krabi airport or krabi town? Do you have idea of the price for round trip?

    Is it a free of charge for Minibus from krabi town to pier?

    • Ian Emerson May 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      It depends on what mode of transport you are taking. The cheapest option with the bus above in the photo is 60 baht into Krabi Town. No need to book round trip if you know where and when it will pick up on the way back to the airport. Just to be sure to ask at the ticketing office at the airport. We never took the bus back to Krabi airport due to our connection time. Therefore it's best to ask right at the counter upon arrival…cheers

  8. D March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Very accurate information. Thank you!

    It should also be noted, you can buy the ferry ticket from the airport where you purchase the bus ticket into town. 490 baht all up.. Plus the 20b when you arrive at Phi Phi.

  9. Sean R. January 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info..cheers

  10. Ryan January 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Very informative..thanks

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