The best way to travel by train from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi is first take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. For the second stage of the journey you can then take a joint bus and ferry service to Koh Phi Phi departing from outside Surat Thani Railway Station.
Stage 1: Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
There are 9 trains a day from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
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- Buy tickets for travel from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
Stage 2: Bus and Ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Phi Phi
Bus times from Surat Thani to Koh Phi Phi.
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- Buy tickets for travel from Surat Thani to Koh Phi Phi.
Location of Bangkok Train Station
From the 19th January 2023 the main railway station in Bangkok is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).
Location of Surat Thani Train Station
Read more about Surat Thani Railway Station.
Arrival in Koh Phi Phi
Joint bus and ferry services from Surat Thani Railway Station terminate at Tonsai Pier in Koh Phi Phi.
About Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is a cluster of 6 islands off the west coast of Thailand. Koh Phi Phi has become a very popular tourist destination because one of the 6 islands featured in the film ‘The Beach’. The main setting for the film was Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Le, which is was closed to tourists until at least from 2019 to 2022 whilst work went onto restore the area, particularly the sea life, which had been under pressure from around 5,000 visitors a day in high season.
The only permanently inhabited island in Koh Phi Phi is the largest island, Koh Phi Phi Don, which is where ferry services to and from the mainland arrive and depart. The main ferry pier is in Tonsai Bay, which is next to Tonsai Village. Tonsai Village is a narrow strip of land between Tonsai Bay and Loh Dalum beach stretching up the side of hills stopping the growth of the town. Tonsai Village is absolutely packed with hotels, guesthouses, bars, restaurants and shops. It is also popular with younger travellers as the town is known for having bars which open very late and are generally full of party goers every night.
Families, older travellers, and anyone else who wants a bit more peace quiet, are best advised to stay in a hotel somewhere else other than Tonsai Village. A good nearby option is Long Beach, which is a short journey away by local boat service. Better still is Laem Thong Beach in the north of Koh Phi Phi Don which has just as good scenery as Tonsai Bay but is a lot more quiet.