Surat Thani Airport

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How to travel from and to Surat Thani Airport

Surat Thani often serves as a stop along the way to Krabi, Phuket, or to Islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It may not be as exciting as the islands, but it still offers some charm and sights.

Although we won’t really recommend it as a destination to stay in Surat Thani, there are a few outdoor activities you can engage in such as hiking through the National Parks or exploring the rainforest.

3 ways to get from and to Surat Thani Airport

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan45 minutes100 THB ($2.75)Check Minivan Tickets
Taxi30 minutes580 THB ($16)Check Private Transfers
Car Rental*850 THB ($23.50)Check Car Rentals
*24-hour rate

Surat Thani International Airport (URT) is located 30 km (20 miles) from Surat Thani Town. In this post, we compare 3 options when travelling to and from Surat Thani Airport: by minivan (45 minutes), by taxi (30 minutes), or by car rental. Fares range from 100 THB ($2.75) to 580 THB ($16).

The minivan is the cheapest option to travel between Surat Thani Airport and the town centre. Fares are around 100 THB ($2.75), and travel time takes less than an hour.

Travelling in a group? Taking a taxi from Surat Thani Airport to the town centre can be more convenient for you. A 30-minute taxi ride to the town centre costs around 580 THB ($16).

If you plan to rent your own car, you can also rent a car at the airport. You will be charged a 24-hour rate, starting from 850 THB ($23.50).

Itinerary from and to Surat Thani Airport

Surat Thani Airport to Surat Thani Town by Minivan

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 100 THB ($2.75)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 100 THB ($2.75)

Travelling by minivan is one of the most practical and cheapest ways of going from and to Surat Thani Airport.

The last time we checked (August 2022), Phantip Travel is the only minivan company operating at the airport. Seatran Ferry also used to operate this route, but they haven’t resumed their services since the pandemic.

Phantrip Travel offers several trips daily from 08:30 to 20:00. The travel time between Surat Thani Airport and the city centre of Surat Thani is about 45 minutes. Fare starts from 100 THB ($2.75).

Minivan Schedule from Surat Thani Airport

Minivan CompanyScheduleDurationCosts
Phantip Travel6x a day, every hour between
45 minutes100 THB ($2.75)
Check Minivan Tickets

We recommend that you buy your ticket online beforehand to skip long queues at the airport. If you weren’t able to book advance online, you can still try checking out Phantip Travel’s counter at the arrivals hall.

Transfer to other destinations

There are many minivans and buses bound for Phuket, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan at Surat Thani Airport. It’s best to arrange your transfer in advance, especially during peak season.

Surat Thani Airport by Taxi or Car Rental

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 580 THB ($16)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 580 THB ($16)

If you’re travelling in a group, travelling by taxi or private car from the airport may not be too expensive. It can be a really comfortable option that can take you to your hotel in Surat Thani.

Kim Transfers Thailand offers taxi services between Surat Thani Airport and the town centre. Fare starts from 580 THB ($16) for the 30-minute ride. We suggest booking a taxi in advance to avoid not just the taxi queues, but also the touts often offering overpriced rides.

Check Private Transfers with 12GoAsia

Alternatively, you can book with Klook and get a 3-seater sedan from 1,610 THB ($44.50) or a 9-seater van for almost the same price. Klook is also known for its spacious cars and reliable drivers.

Car rental at Surat Thani Airport

Aside from taxis, car rental services are also available at the arrival hall of Surat Thani Airport. You can choose from popular companies, such as Thai Rent-a-Car, Avis, Budget, and Hertz.

Our preferred cars are the ones offered by Skyscanner, as they are normally cheaper. Rates start from 850 THB ($23.50) for a 24-hour rental. Keep in mind that rates still depend on how early you book, so we recommend booking at least a few days or weeks in advance.


Our favourite places to stay in Surat Thani

Garden Homestay

Looking for that true Thai culture and welcoming feeling? Garden Homestay is definitely the best choice for you! The hosts are known to be extremely friendly and enjoy spending time with guests, showing them around town and taking them to the sights.  A wonderful Asian style breakfast is included each morning of your stay and the homestay is centrally located. 

  • Extremely friendly and welcoming hosts
  • Breakfast included
  • Very comfortable beds
  • Garden area

Private rooms start at $20 per night

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Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Suratthani

Set centrally in Surat Thani, the Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Suratthani is within walking distance of the night market.  The hotel features an onsite restaurant, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is available every morning and the staff is happy to provide guests with directions and information about the area. This hotel is known for its extremely comfortable beds. 

  • Very comfortable beds
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Walking distance to the night market
  • Breakfast included

Private rooms start at $23 per night 

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Bangsrai Cottage

Enjoy the stunning river views from the terrace at this centrally located cottage in Surat Thani.  The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to cool down after exploring the area and the cottage gardens. There is also a shared lounge, free wifi and free bike rentals for guests to enjoy. Delicious continental breakfast is included with your stay.

  • Breakfast included
  • Swimming pool
  • River views
  • Centrally located

Private bungalows start at $49 per night

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Most popular routes in Thailand

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Phuket to Surat Thani

Bangkok to Phuket

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Koh Samui to Koh tao

Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Phuket to Krabi

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