Although Phuket is an island, getting here is very straightforward. The majority of tourists arrive through Phuket International Airport. However, you can also get to Phuket by road, rail (in a roundabout way), and of course by sea if you have your own boat.
Flying to Phuket is the simplest way of getting here. Phuket is served by an international airport with an increasing number of scheduled and charter flights arriving from Europe and Asia, as well as a dozen daily flights from Bangkok. There are now a number of low-cost airlines providing cheap flights to Phuket from Bangkok , Australia, and even Singapore.
Phuket International Airport is situated at the northern end of the island about 45 mins drive from Phuket City. On arrival, you can organize taxis, car rentals or minibuses from the arrival hall. There is an Airport Information Counter located on the first floor should you need any assistance.
Many hotels provide limousines to transfer guests who have reservations to their premises. You can make a hotel reservation at the airport. There is also a limousine service that will take you anywhere you want. A trip to Patong should cost around 600 Baht, while Phuket City is about 400 Baht.
Buses from Bangkok take approximately 14 hours. Government buses can be boarded at the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) in Thonburi. Prices are very reasonable and it pays to spend a bit more for the more comfortable buses. Private tour companies also operate coaches and minibuses. Many of these can be booked at Khao Sarn rd. Not all buses are the same. A couple hundred baht more will buy you a lot more comfort. For a more comfortable journey take the VIP buses which have much bigger seats and more legroom. These have 24 seats and cost about 1,050 Baht per person.
|Destination||Mode of Transport||Departure Time (Daily)||Reservation Office||Duration (Hrs.)||Fare (Baht)|
|Bangkok to Phuket||Non Air-conditioned Bus||10:55, 15:20||Transport Co.,Ltd Tel.211480||15||278|
|2nd Class Air-conditioned Bus||06:00, 08:25,
|Transport Co.,Ltd Tel.211480||14||389 (40 Seats)|
|1st Class Air-conditioned Bus||17:30||Transport Co.,Ltd Tel.211480||13||486 (36 Seats)|
|16:00, 17:00||Transport Co.,Ltd Tel.211480||13||755 (24 Seats)|
|Air-conditioned Bus||15:00, 15:30,
|Phuket Travel Service Tel.222107
Phuket Central Tour Tel. 213615
|13||486 (36 Seats)|
Hiring a car in Bangkok and driving down to Phuket is a great way to explore Thailand's peninsular. The 867km journey will take 10 hours or more, but it would be a shame not to explore a few of the towns and places of interest along the way. Take Highway 4 from Bangkok, passing through Nakhorn Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuapkhirikan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang Nga. The highway between Ranong and Phang Nga is quite scenic with forest-covered mountains on one side and the Andaman sea on the other. If you are renting from a local company, make sure that full insurance cover is included. To be covered by insurance, you will need an international or Thai driving licence.
The bright blue buses, with their gaily-painted destination signs written along the top, are easily identifiable. They travel the island on designated routes, leaving the central market area in Phuket Town every half-hour between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm, and traveling to each of the various beaches. The average cost is between 10 and 40 Baht depending on how far you are travelling. There are no bus stops on the island so if you want to catch a bus from outside Phuket Town, just flag one down on a main road by waving your hand, palm down.
There are also microbuses services in Phuket Town and its vicinity. The fare is usually min 10 Baht.
Although all sizes of motorcycles are readily available for rental at reasonable pries, it is not always advisable to do so. Insurance coverage is NOT available for motorcycles. You must pay for any damages along with any medical bills. If you do choose to rent a motorcycle, please drive carefully.
Motorcycle Taxis can be found along roadsides in Patong Beach, Phuket Town, and most of the busier intersections around the island. Recognizable by numbered green or red vests, they go everywhere, very fast if need be. Again, agree to the price before hopping on, or you will pay more.