Last updated: Mar 18, 2020


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How To Get From Phuket to Surat Thani?

Taking the bus or hiring a taxi service are the only 2 transport options available when you want to travel from Phuket to Surat Thani. Hiring a taxi is more convenient in terms of comfort and hotel drop off but the prices are extremely high for this 4-5 hour journey.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours250 THB ($8.20)No online tickets
Taxi4 hours4,400 THB - 5,700 THB ($144 - $187)No online tickets

View itinerary from Phuket to Surat Thani


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Phuket to Surat Thani by Bus

Duration: 4-5 hours
Costs: 250 THB ($8.20)

Hopping on a bus is a lot cheaper than hiring a taxi. Great option if you’re on a budget!

Phantip operates buses going from Phuket to Surat Thani with all the buses departing from Phuket’s Bus Terminal 2, the journey takes about 5 hours.

Buses arrive at either Surat Thani town center or the Surat Thani Railway Station. The bus ride to Surat Thani town center costs 200 THB ($7) and to Surat Thani Railway Station the cost is 200 THB ($7).

To serve as your guide, see the schedules below that we have provided for you:

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
(to town center)
4.5h250 THB ($8.20)
(to railway station)
4.5h270 THB ($8.50)



Phuket to Surat Thani by Taxi

Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Costs: 4,400 THB – 5,700 THB ($144 – $187) 

Prefer a convenient car ride from Phuket to Surat Thani? Then it’s best to hire a taxi service. It will not be cheap but it allows you the convenience of door-to-door travel.

You can hail a taxi along the streets of Phuket but you’ll need to negotiate a fair price with the driver. You can also contact local transport agencies for their standard prices. Additionally, your hotel may be able to provide assistance if you wish take a taxi, be sure to ask them if this service is available.

Taxis often charge 4,400 THB – 5,700 THB ($144 – $187)  for the journey from Phuket to Surat Thani. There are also van services available so travelling in a big group with a private van is another option.


My 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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