Phuket International Airport offers numerous inbound flights daily and is one of Thailand’s busiest airports during peak season. Phuket province is one of the top island destinations in Thailand offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It also serves as a hub for many smaller islands in the southwestern part of the country. One of the most popular tourist islands, Koh Phi Phi, is just short boat ride away.
The airport is located 30km north of Phuket Town and 40km from Patong. If you are travelling to Phuket town, you can take the city bus for $3 (1 hour). For all other locations, you can take a shuttle bus for $5.50 or a shared van for $10 or taxi (rates vary) straight to your accommodation.
Taking the orange airport bus from and to Phuket Airport is the cheapest option and is perfect for those travelling on a budget.
The airport bus travels from the airport to Phuket Town, (old bus terminal) and vise-versa. If your hotel is outside of the route, you’ll have to arrange a second transfer.
You can get on and off the bus at either the airport or in Phuket Town. When leaving from the airport, you can jump on the airport bus from 07:30 until 21:30, departing every hour.
If you are heading to Phuket Airport, you can catch the bus from the Old Phuket Bus Terminal, buses depart every 30 minutes from 06:00 until 19:00.
The bus ride costs 30 THB – 100 THB ($1 – $3.30) depending on where you get on or off the bus. You can purchase the ticket as you get on the bus. But if you’re taking it from the airport, we recommend you book your ticket on Klook beforehand to skip the long queues.
See below the bus route with all stops:
Phuket Airport – Indigo Pearl Hotel – Baan Saku – Pranangsang Temple – Heroines Monument – Boat Lagoon – Erawadee Bypass / Baan Teelanka / Outlet Mall – Central / Big C / Lotus / Surakun Stadium – Phantep Countdown – Old Phuket Bus Terminal
Duration: depends on the destination Cost: 170 THB ($5.50)
The airport shuttle service, operated by Phuket Smart Bus, provides a ride-share service to the island’s east coast. Among its drop-off points are Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Kata Beach, and Rawai Beach (near Phuket’s southern tip).
If you’re travelling to any of these destinations, this is a good option to save a few bucks, compared to taking a taxi.
The only downside is that these shuttle buses depart from Phuket Airport only 4 times daily: 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, and 17:30. You can find them in front of the domestic terminal.
A ticket costs 170 THB ($5.50). You can pay in cash as you board the bus, but try to pay an exact amount as they do not provide change. If you already have a Rabbit Card, which is widely used for transport payment in Thailand, then you can also pay using that.
The Phuket Smart Bus route looks like this:
Phuket Airport – Thalang Public Heath Office – Baan Khian – Boat Avenue Cherngtalay – Tesco Lotus Cherngtalay – Surin Beach – Phuket Fantasea – Big C Kamala – Bangla Police Box – Karon Circle – Kata – Sai Yuan – Rawai Beach
If you are heading to the airport, shuttle buses depart from Rawai Beach at 07:30, 09:00, 12:30, and 14:30. For more info, you can check out the Phuket Smart Bus website.
Phuket Airport by Taxi
Duration: depends on your destination Cost: depends on your destination
If taking a taxi is your preferred mode of transport, head out of the Phuket Airport’s arrival area and head to the far right.
There is a taxi counter where you can get a ticket for a metered taxi. But be aware that even with the ticket, some drivers will attempt to give you flat rate. Use your negotiating skills as they can sometimes quote very high prices.
400 THB ($13.50) + 100 THB ($3.30)
500 THB ($16.50) + 100 THB ($3.30)
Kata Beach / Karon Beach
600 THB ($20) + 100 THB ($3.30)
When travelling from the airport, you are required to pay a 100 THB ($3.30) surcharge in addition to the fare. Be sure that the meter is on, or the surcharge is agreed upon in the rate quoted or you may end up paying more.
This surcharge is only for taxi’s leaving the airport. If you are travelling from your hotel to the airport, you do not have to pay this surcharge.
Another option is to arrange a private transfer with your hotel, in advance.
The best taxi option, if you are travelling with others, is to book online in advance. The costs are 610 THB ($20.50) from the airport for a vehicle that seats 3 persons. It’s an “all area” ride, which means the fare is fixed for all the destinations across Phuket. If you like this option, click the link below:
If you don’t mind travelling via a shared van, then we suggest booking online and guaranteeing yourself a seat. You will save a few bucks when compared to taking a taxi, especially if you’re travelling on your own.
To go from the airport, the cost of a shared van ride is 320 THB ($10.50) per person. The van takes you straight to your hotel in any part of the Phuket city center.
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