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Phuket to Surat Thani

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How to get from Phuket to Surat Thani?

Surat Thani is a popular transport hub in southern Thailand. It 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, like outdoor activities such as hiking through the National Parks or exploring the rainforest.

Planning to make a stop at Surat Thani after exploring Phuket?

You have 2 options when travelling the 240km distance from Phuket to Surat Thani: a 4 to 5-hour bus or a 3.5-hour taxi. Fares start from 250 THB ($8.20).

2 ways to get from Phuket to Surat Thani

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours250 THB ($8.20)

No online tickets

Taxi4 hours4,400 THB – 5,700 THB ($144 – $187)

No online tickets

The bus is a cheap and convenient way to get from Phuket to Surat Thani. You can get a ticket for only 250 THB ($8.20) and travel time is between 4 to 5 hours.

For a door-to-door transfer, you can also take a taxi. However, taxi rates from Phuket to Surat Thani can be very expensive. Fares start from 4,400 THB ($144) for the 3.5-hour journey.

Itinerary from Phuket to Surat Thani

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Phuket to Surat Thani by Bus

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

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

Phantip operates buses going from Phuket to Surat Thani. All the buses depart from Phuket’s Bus Terminal 2 and 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
Cost: 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, just 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.


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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