Phuket to Koh Phangan | Ultimate Guide ✔️ Ferries and Buses

Want to know how to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

There’s a few ways to reach Koh Phangan from Phuket. Regardless of the route you choose, a ferry is always required for the final part of the journey. The most convenient and fastest option is to take a direct flight from Phuket to Koh Samui and from there take a 30 minute ferry to Koh Phangan.

While convenient the flight+ferry option is also the most expensive. An alternative is to take a bus to Surat Thani and from there once again take a ferry to Koh Phangan. This article covers all the options to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan.

Jacqueline standing between 2 longtail boats on the beach in Koh Phangan

Phuket to Koh Phangan – Best Option

Route: Phuket → Surat Thani → Koh Phangan

The most popular option to travel from Phuket to Koh Phangan is the all inclusive bus + ferry combo ticket. You don’t need to worry about any in between transfers as the bus takes you directly to the pier in Surat Thani where you’ll board the ferry to Koh Phangan. You can →reserve tickets online here which is advisable as these tickets often sell out.

*Note: regular buses stop in Talad Kaset bus terminal or Surat Thani train station which are both 1 hour drive to the ferry pier.

How to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan

How to get to Koh Phangan from Phuket

While the journey from Phuket to Koh Phangan may seem complicated since these 2 islands are located on opposite sides of the country, the journey is quite easy. Koh Phangan doesn’t have an airport, but you can always take a flight from Phuket to Koh Samui and then take a ferry to Koh Phangan. This journey should take between 3 to 4 hours.

All other options require traveling by land and then taking a ferry for the final leg of the journey. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind spending more travel time, these land + sea options are the most affordable options.

Phuket to Koh Phangan Travel Planning

Bus + Ferry Combo

The bus + ferry combo tickets are an easy and hassle free way to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan at an affordable price. Lomprayah is arguably the most popular ferry company offering bus+ferry all inclusive tickets. This option takes you directly from Phuket to the pier in Surat Thani. Here you’ll board the ferry or catamaran (depending which company you decide to travel with) which goes to Koh Phangan.

It’s an organized trip that connects land and sea transport. You don’t need to plan any logistics or transfers from bus to boat. It’s easy, convenient, hassle free and most importantly affordable.

If you book your tickets online, my advise is to be at the meeting point (this will be provided upon online booking) an hour ahead of departure so you can do the check-in, make sure everything is in order and also secure a spot for your luggage in the bus storage compartment.

The bus journey from Phuket to Donsak pier in Surat Thani city is between 4.5 hours and 6.5 hours and the ferry or speedboat will be 3 hours or 6 hours. These travel durations vary because it will depend which tickets you buy. You can view all options, →schedules and reserve tickets here.

Note: the meeting point will be either in front of the Lomprayah office or at Phuket Bus Terminal 2. Both of these are located close to Phuket old town.

Bus Phuket - Koh Phangan $ 20.38–38.03 7h – 16h 20m
  •   Bus + Bus + Ferry 06:10, 07:30, 09:30, 13:40
  •   Express 09:00

By Air

If you’re on a short holiday and want to make the most out of your time In Thailand, my advise would be to book a flight from Phuket to Koh Samui and then take a 30 minute ferry/speedboat to Koh Phangan. Yes, this is also the most expensive option partly due to Bangkok Airways owning the airport in Koh Samui and thus having a monopoly which allows them to charge expensive flight tickets.

There’s regular daily flights and the travel duration is under 1 hour. →Check flight schedules and availability here.

There’s regular ferries to Koh Phangan departing from Bangrak pier which is just a 10 minute drive from Koh Samui airport. Ferries cost between ฿175 ($5) to ฿700 ($20) depending on the company. Make sure to book a ferry that departs at least 2 hours after you scheduled arrival time in Koh Samui. →You can check ferry schedules and prices here.

Flight Phuket - Koh Samui $ 108.85 55m
  •   Economy 10:55, 13:00

Bus or minivan and Ferry (independently)

You could also do the trip independently. Meaning you’ll book the bus tickets and boat tickets separately and handle all the logistics and transfers.

There are regular buses departing from Phuket terminal 2 and the travel duration is around 6 hours. Tickets cost ฿350 ($10). The journey ends in Surat Thani either at the train station or at Talad Kaset bus terminal. Keep in mind, there are no regular buses that go to directly to Donsak pier which is where the ferries to Koh Phangan depart and is a 1 hour drive from both the bus and train station in Surat Thani.

If you arrive in Surat Thani bus terminal, it’s a chaotic place. Loads of touts will swarm you and try to sell you tours, and just keep asking “where you goin”. We know because we’ve passed through this terminal a few times and its really tiring after a long bus ride. Just ignore them and walk inside the terminal. There are booths inside where you can buy the ferry tickets which will also include transport to the pier. However, these booths are just resellers and tickets will have a markup. Ferry tickets can also be purchased online and most include transport from the bus station or train station in Surat Thani to the pier in Donsak. You can →check schedules and availability here.

Taxi/Transfer and Ferry

Similar to the previous option, this journey follows the same course. If you’re traveling as a group and splitting the cost, this could be a way to travel part of the journey privately in the comfort of either a minivan or a car. The option you choose will depend on your group size.

You will need to book a transfer from Phuket to Donsak pier where most of the ferries depart from. If you’re traveling via Songserm or Lomprayah ferries you will need to go to Laem Thuat pier which is a few kilometers west from the main pier in Donsak.

While a transfer from Phuket to the piers in Surat Thani isn’t going to be cheap and will cost around $120 to $150, it’s a reasonable price considering it’s a 4 hour drive. And if you’re traveling as a group, the price is quite affordable after splitting the cost. →Click here to check transfer options and prices.

For the ferry tickets you can either wing it and just show up at one of the piers and buy tickets if they are available. But if you want peace of mind it would be best to reserve your seats in advance. →You can check ferry schedules and availability here.

Where do Ferries Arrive in Koh Phangan

The main port of entry in Koh Phangan is Thongsala on the west side of the island.

Popular tourist areas are scattered across Koh Phangan’s coastline. These include Haad Rin, Thong Sala, Chaloklum, Haad Yao, and Sri Thanu. Depending on your chosen area, expect a 30-minute to 1-hour journey from your port of entry to your accommodation.

Haad Rin and Thong Sala are among the most sought-after regions in Koh Phangan. Thongsala is basically where the ferry docks so if you’re staying here you hotel shouldn’t be too far away. Haad Rin however is a 20 minute drive down south. There are ordinary taxis in Koh Phangan, instead there’s songtaews which are pick up trucks with fitted benches in the back. These are the local public transport but also double as taxis. They have no meter so you will need to negotiate a price. From Thongsala to Haad Rin the journey should cost around ฿300 to ฿500.

Where to stay in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is a large/ish island and there is various areas to stay around the island. Haad Rin is arguably the most famous area in Koh Phangan and is where the full moon party is held. Haad Rin is also home to the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan. But there’s many other areas around Koh Phangan that cater to tourism and where you’ll have lots or restaurants, bars and entertainment.

Below is an overview that covers 3 most popular areas on Koh Phangan. This should give you an idea what to expect. Under each section are 3 TOP recommendations for places to stay for any budget.

Haad Rin

Haad Rin, Koh Phangan’s vibrant hub, is famed for its iconic Full Moon Party, drawing global revelers. By day, its tranquil beaches offer sunbathing and swimming, while evenings transform into a lively scene of neon lights, booming music, and beachside bars. With diverse eateries, shops, and tattoo parlors lining its streets, Haad Rin caters to all tastes, making it an unforgettable destination for partygoers and sun-seekers alike.

Best places to stay for any Budget in Haad Rin ⤵

Budget $: → So Good Haad Rin Hostel
Mid Range $$: →Tommy Resort
Luxury $$$:
Palita Lodge

Thongsala

Thong Sala is Koh Phangan’s main hub for travel and shopping, bustling with markets and energy. It has everything you need, from street food to local shops and convenience stores. You can enjoy scenic views of the busy port, where ferries come and go, connecting the island to nearby ones. Despite its lively vibe, Thong Sala keeps a relaxed feel, making it perfect for exploring the island’s beaches, jungles, and cultural spots.

Best places to stay for any Budget in Thongsala ⤵

Budget $: → The 10 Club Hostel
Mid Range $$: →Tea Moon Beach House
Luxury $$$:
Sunset Lover Beach Residence

Haad Yao

Haad Yao, on the island’s northwest coast, is a beautiful spot loved for its calm beaches and peaceful vibe. Its soft, sandy shores stretch for miles, perfect for leisurely walks and sunbathing. The clear blue waters are great for swimming and snorkeling, full of colorful fish. Unlike the busy party areas, Haad Yao is quiet, with beachfront resorts and bungalows where you can relax. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the island’s natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle.

Best places to stay for any Budget in Haad Yao ⤵

Budget $: → Ganja Gardens Camping
Mid Range $$: →Haad Salad Villa
Luxury $$$:
Sunset Hill Boutique Resort

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