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Koh Phangan at a glance

High season

Jan - March
Place you can't miss
Haad Yao beach
Local currency
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When you think of Koh Phangan, you might associate it with full moon parties. While the parties do exist and are pretty legendary, that’s not all of what this place can offer you. Located in the Southeast part of Thailand, this island is a backpacker's dream. Go diving or snorkeling and explore the water life like you’ve never seen it before. Night markets are amazing and this is definitely not the time to shy away from foods you’ve never tried. When you’re ready to get to know your next stop, it’s usually only a bus and a ferry away. We offer rides to Phuket, Koh Lantra, Suratthani and much much more.

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All good..despite of old bus,
All good..despite of old bus, waiting times and no wifi in the bus

About the ride from Phuket to Koh Phangan

Phuket dazzles with its sparkling blue waters, idyllic beaches, and electrifying nightlife. But if you think Phuket is only about the sun and the sand, think again. Museums filled with cultural treasures, temples and mansions with Sino Portuguese architecture present a different side of the country's largest island. Of course, no trip to Phuket is complete without discovering the region's underwater wonders at some of the country's best diving and snorkeling sites.

Koh Phangan's main claim to fame is its famous Full Moon parties, which are said to be among the best in Thailand. To recover from the late-night dancing and celebration, Koh Phangan presents travelers with the most idyllic beaches and pristine strips of sand. Adventure lovers can try their hand at sea kayaking, jet-skiing, and more at Haad Rin or sign up for a diving or snorkeling session at Sail Rock. And once you are done discovering the island's beaches and underwater wonders, you can trek your way to some of the island's hidden falls. Evenings call for culinary discoveries at the Thong Sala Night Market - a street food haven.

Koh Phangan is located at a distance of 170 miles (approximately 275 km) from Phuket, and it takes eight to nine hours to get there. Travelers can take a bus and ferry combination to get to this popular island destination - the bus ride takes them from Phuket to the Don Sak Pier, and then passengers hop on a ferry to get to the island. All the buses have morning departures and reach Koh Phangan by evening. 



How to get from Phuket to Koh Pha Ngan

Taking the bus and ferry

Taking a bus from Phuket and then transferring to a ferry is the most popular way to get to Koh Pha Ngan. The bus ride from Phuket to Don Sak Pier for Surat Thani takes around 4 hours, including stops for food and restroom breaks. Some of the operators offer hotel pick up for an additional fee. Once at the pier, passengers get onto the ferry and head for the Thong Sala Pier in Koh Pha-Ngan. Since the tickets are combined bus and ferry tickets, you need to disembark from the bus and head towards your ferry operator. The boat trip takes around 3 hours.

Bus departing from:

  • Phuket Bus Terminal
  • Hotel pick up available at an additional charge. Please select this option during checkout.
  • Airport pick up available with some operators.

Ferry departing from:

  • Donsak Pier, Don Sak
  • Pier Surat Thani, Surat Thani


Arriving at:

  • Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan

How many departures from Phuket to Koh Phangan are there each day?

There are approximately five departures from Phuket to Koh Phangan every day. Since the journey takes between eight and nine hours and involves a boat transfer, all of the buses start from Phuket in the morning. The earliest ones start as early at 06.00 am, and the latest departure is around 10.20 am. 


Which operators can I book with for a ride from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

Bus and ferry operators

  • Phantip Travel
  • Seatran Discovery
  • Lomprayah
  • Raja Ferry

What is the most popular way to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

The High Speed Bus and Ferry by Raja Ferry is the most preferred choice of Bookaway customers to travel from Phuket to Koh Phangan. Ticket prices start from $25 and include both the bus and ferry tickets. This operator also offers hotel pick up at an extra charge. 

What is the fastest way to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

With a travel time of under eight hours, the High Speed Bus and Ferry by Lomprayah is the quickest way to get to Koh Phangan from Phuket. This operator offers minivan pick ups from Phuket Airport, and customers board a bus at Lomprayah Bus Terminal in Phuket. The bus makes multiple stops along the way for food and restroom breaks and transports passengers to Lomprayah Tapee Pier in Surat Thani. Passengers then board the high-speed catamaran to Koh Phangan. The ferries have attached washrooms and have indoor and outdoor seating. Ticket prices start from $36 per passenger.



What is the cheapest way to get from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

With combined bus and ferry prices starting from $20 per passenger, the Standard Bus and Ferry by Phantip Travel is the most economical way of getting from Phuket to Koh Phangan. Air-conditioned buses pick up passengers at the Phuket Bus Terminal and transfer them onto a ferry at the Donsak Pier at Don Sak. From there, the ferry transports passengers to the Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan.

What to see when traveling from Phuket to Koh Phangan?

The journey from Phuket to Koh Phangan takes you through villages and small towns - the perfect way to get a glimpse into Thailand outside its busy tourist spots and night-long parties. Friendly children waving out to passersby and locals going about their daily lives are just some of the scenes you will get to witness as your vehicle makes its way from Phuket to the pier. 

Once you hop onto the ferry, you can relax to views of the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Step on to the outer deck to feel the fresh sea breeze - a wonderful invitation and introduction to your stay on beautiful Koh Phangan.