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How to get from Hat Yai Airport to Hat Yai City Centre

Hat Yai is located in the Songkhla Province of Southern Thailand and is a region rich in diversity and culture. There’s a major street food scene to be found here, where you’ll be on the hunt for the best Gai Tod (fried chicken) and Thai boat noodles. Head to one of the city’s many markets to nab a bargain or interesting souvenir – Kim Yong, Greenway Night Market and ASEAN Trade Bazaar are some of the most popular ones. And don’t miss Wat Hat Yai Nai, one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the country.

There are two main transportation options from Hat Yai Airport to the town centre: a taxi or private transfer, and a shared minibus. The taxi and private transfer provide a quick and easy door-to-door service which takes around 25 minutes during light traffic and costs €6.50 (THB 250) for up to 4 people. The shared minibus is the cheapest transport option at €2.60 (THB 100) per person and takes between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on traffic and how many passengers need to be dropped off along the way.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €6.50 25min 24/7
Bus €5.2 40min 07:00–21:00

How to get from Hat Yai Airport to the city by taxi

The quickest and most comfortable way to travel from Hat Yai Airport to the town centre is to take a taxi from the airport. A taxi ride will take just 25 minutes in light traffic and you’ll be taken directly to your destination.

Taxi fare from Hat Yai Airport to town

While some local taxi drivers use a taximeter around the city, the journey from the airport is almost always a flat rate fee. The standard fee should be on display at the airport in front of the taxi rank so you always know what price to expect, which should be around €6.50 (THB 250) for up to 4 passengers. You can also seek assistance from the airport taxi booth located inside the Arrivals Hall.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Prices will vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis from Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) are available 24/7.

Where can I take a taxi from?

You’ll find taxis and taxi drivers waiting for passengers as you exit the airport. It is also common for taxi drivers to approach passengers while still in the Arrivals Hall to offer their services.


Taking an airport taxi from Hat Yai Airport to the city or your hotel is the only door-to-door transport option, providing an easy and reliable transfer service. For a more personalised service with a top-rated vehicle, you can book a private transfer in advance with a company such as Welcome Pickups. An English-speaking driver will meet you upon arrival, help you with any luggage, and deliver you directly to your destination.

Editor’s Note

If a taxi driver approaches you and offers a ride at the airport, always check that they are an official taxi driver before departing. Their registration details should be on display in the vehicle.

Useful Tips

Most taxi drivers only accept cash payments which will need to be paid in Thai Baht.
If your driver assists you with your luggage, it is expected that you will include a 10% tip on top of your fare.
Ask your hotel to send directions in Thai in advance so you can show your driver.

How to get from Hat Yai Airport to the city by bus

The Hat Yai Airport minibus is a shared shuttle service that runs between the airport and Hat Yai bus terminal. The bus makes several stops along the way including at Kim Yong Market and Central Festival, before terminating at the bus station after around 40 minutes if traffic is light.

For a private route without additional stops, it’s best to book a private transfer in advance.

Bus fare from Hat Yai Airport to town

A one-way journey on the Hat Yai Airport minibus costs €2.60 (THB 100) per person. Tickets can be purchased from the dedicated minibus booth in cash.



Trip Duration

40 Min.

Airport minivans depart every 60 minutes.

Value for Money

The minibus service operates daily between 07:00 and 21:00.

Where do I take the bus from?

As you exit the airport terminal, take a right and look for a bus shelter with a ticket booth. This is where the minibus collects passengers from the airport.


If you’re travelling on your own and on a tight budget, then the minibus service provides an affordable option between Hat Yai Airport and the city centre. However, given that it only runs once an hour and doesn’t drop passengers directly at their destination, it isn’t the most convenient option. Moreover, if you’re travelling in a group, a taxi will work out cheaper.

Editor’s Note

It is also possible to take a blue songthaew from the airport to the bus station which will cost around €0.80 (THB 30) per person. These are shared local vans that depart when full and you'll find them at the back of the airport carpark.

Useful Tips

There are ATMs located in the Arrivals Terminal.
There is free WiFi available onboard.
Keep in mind that buses can become rather crowded, which can be challenging with luggage or in the heat.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Hat Yai Airport to the town centre? 

Getting from Hat Yai Airport to the city can be done by taking a taxi, a private transfer, or a shared bus. A taxi or private transfer takes between 25 and 40 minutes, depending on traffic, and the shared minibus will take between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on how many stops the bus makes along the way.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Hat Yai Airport to town? 

The general set rate for a taxi trip from Hat Yai Airport to the city is €6.50 (THB 250) for up to 4 people. If you’re willing to haggle then the price is negotiable but you shouldn’t pay more than the set rate.

If you’d prefer peace of mind that you’re getting a guaranteed, competitive rate without the need to negotiate, we recommend booking a private transfer in advance.

How far is Hat Yai town from Hat Yai Airport?

From Hat Yai Airport to the town centre is approximately 14 km which can be covered in around 25 minutes in light traffic when travelling by taxi or private transfer.

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