Surat Thani to Phuket

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How to get from Surat Thani to Phuket?

While there aren’t too many transport options from Surat Thani to Phuket, the beautiful destination makes it all worth it.

For this trip, you will have to book a bus ride or you can opt for a taxi, which will be much more expensive. Upon arrival in Phuket you will be greeted with beautiful beaches, blue waves and gorgeous views, making the trip worth your while.

2 ways to get from Surat Thani to Phuket

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours230 THB ($6.50)Read article for more info
Taxi4 hours4,400 THB ($125)Read article for more info

Itinerary from Surat Thani to Phuket

Surat Thani to Phuket by Bus

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 230 THB ($6.50)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 230 THB ($6.50)

Many opt to travel from Surat Thani to Phuket by bus, simply because it is a lot cheaper and the buses offer standard fares.

Below we have provided the schedules for the buses from Surat Thani to Phuket. These buses are operated by Phantip and you can will pay 230 THB ($6.50) or 250 THB ($7), depending on where you board the bus from. Bus tickets can be purchased in advance to secure your seat by contacting the transport company directly or by asking your hotel to assist you with this travel option.

Bus Schedule from Surat Thani to Phuket

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
(from bus terminal)
230 THB ($6.50)
(from railway station)
07:00-11:00250 THB ($7)

Buses will arrive at the centrally located Phuket Bus Terminal 2. You will need to arrange a further transfer from here to your hotel or island destination via local bus, mini-van, taxi, tuk-tuk or songthaew.

All the buses depart from the Surat Thani Bus Terminal except for the bus leaving at 07:45 which departs from the Surat Thani Railway Station.

Surat Thani to Phuket by Taxi

Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Cost: 4,400 THB ($125)5,700 THB ($160)
Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Cost: 4,400 THB ($125)5,700 THB ($160)

Hiring a taxi for your Surat Thani to Phuket trip allows you to travel comfortably but it will cost you a lot more. Taxi companies usually charge 4,400 THB ($125)5,700 THB ($160) for this 4-hour trip. Taking a taxi offers you the luxury of additional space and comfort, direct drop off at your hotel and not having to arrange transfers but this comes at a high price.

Traveling in a big group? You can always request for a van transfer. Vans operated along the Surat Thani to Phuket route seat up to 9 passengers. The travel time is about 4 hours.

You can contact local travel agencies to arrange your trip from Surat Thani to Phuket or you may ask your hotel to help you.


Our favourite places to stay in Phuket

Bearpacker Patong Hostel

Just 200m from Patong Beach and the famous Patong Walking Street, this hostel is a great location if you’re looking for a social and fun atmosphere. The rooftop pool and lounge area are great for meeting others and there are a bar and restaurant onsite. The dorm bunks are extremely comfortable and offer curtains for your privacy. Newer hostel with modern furnishings. 

  • Excellent location
  • Rooftop pool
  • Bar and restaurant onsite
  • Social atmosphere

Single bunk starts at $16 per night

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Goodnight Hostel

Located near Old Phuket Town, this hostel boasts a fitness facility, garden, terrace and lounge area onsite. Just steps away from bars, restaurants, and countless sights, this hostel is exactly where you want to be.  Staff are extremely helpful and will assist in booking tours or travel arrangements. Breakfast can be added to your stay for just $3 per day.

  • Great location
  • Fitness facility
  • Helpful staff
  • Very clean and comfortable

Private room starts at $12 per night

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Aekkeko Hostel

This hostel is set in central Phuket Town within walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, and sights.  It is vibrant and colorful making for an enjoyable atmosphere and they offer a lovely shared terrace for relaxing or socializing. The staff will welcome you like family and you will feel right at home here.  

  • Excellent staff
  • Ideal location
  • Terrace
  • Clean and comfortable

Private room starts at $26 per night 

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Book a Bed Poshtel

The perfect location set in Phuket Town, just 700m from Old Phuket Town, this hostel is within walking distance to all bars, restaurants and numerous sights.  The outdoor pool set in the garden and shared lounge area is the perfect place to unwind and cool down. Private rooms offer great views of the city. 

  • Ideal location
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden and lounge area
  • Walking distance to many sights

Private room starts at $46 per night 

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