The flow through a thin slit and a thin orifice is studied with the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC), cubic Fokker-Planck (FP), and a coupled FP-DSMC hybrid method. Pressure driven monatomic gas flows through a slit and an orifice with various values of degree of rarefaction and pressure ratio are computed. The DSMC method is physically accurate for all flow regimes; however it is computationally expensive in high density, near continuum regions. An alternative stochastic particle scheme, the cubic FP kinetic model has addressed this issue by approximating the particle collisions involved in the Boltzmann collision integral with continuous stochastic processes. The ability of the cubic FP method to reproduce breakdown of translational equilibrium is discussed. In addition, a coupled FP-DSMC hybrid scheme is employed aiming at an efficient and accurate solution. The FP-DSMC hybrid scheme employs DSMC in rarefied regions and FP method in near continuum flow regions. Numerical procedures of the cubic FP method are implemented within the framework of an existing DSMC-solver, SPARTA. The FP-DSMC hybrid solution reproduces pure DSMC solution with improved computational efficiency up to a factor of eight for vacuum flow through a thin slit. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.