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Getting from Hat Yai International Airport to Pak Bara

Serving as the entrance to some of Thailand’s most impressive islands, there’s a high chance you’ll find yourself in Pak Bara, a small town located on the southern Andaman coast. While most of the action happens off-shore, whether that be island-hopping between golden sandy beaches or scuba diving in the pristine Koh Tarutao National Marine Park, there’s plenty to see on land too. Tuck into some Thai street food at a local market, visit nearby waterfalls, or for something a little off-beat, check out ancient stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the fossilised remains of a prehistoric elephant at Tham Le Stegodon Cave.

To get to Pak Bara from Hat Yai International Airport, there are two main transportation options: a taxi or private transfer, or a shared minivan. The quickest and only door-to-door option is a taxi or private transfer which will take around 110 minutes in light traffic. A cheaper alternative is to take a shared minivan bus service which takes around 120 minutes, excluding wait times.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €38.80 110min 24/7
Bus €13 120min 08:30–11:30

How to get from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara by taxi

The most convenient and straightforward way to get from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara is to take a private transfer or airport taxi. Private transfers can be booked in advance, and taxis are readily available as you exit the airport. The journey takes about 110 minutes under good traffic conditions.

How much does a taxi from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara cost?

Taxi drivers in Hat Yai generally charge a flat rate fee, especially for longer journeys such as this one. For the trip to Pak Bara, you can expect to pay around 38.80 (THB 1,500) for up to 4 passengers. Make sure you allow enough for tips and tolls to be added on top.



Trip Duration

110 Min.

*Prices will vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

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

Where do I take a taxi from?

Airport taxis are located directly in front of the Arrivals Hall so you will spot them as soon as you exit the building. There is a taxi service booth outside to assist with any questions and arrange a taxi as needed.


Taking a local taxi from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara Pier is the easiest and quickest transport option for this journey since you won’t have to wait around or make any stops along the way.

If you want to avoid the humid Thailand heat, you can skip the taxi queue by booking a private transfer in advance. This way you’ll be greeted upon arrival and taken straight to your private air-conditioned vehicle, ready to start your trip without any delays.

Editor’s Note

Taxi drivers usually drop passengers off at Pak Bara Pier, so be sure to let your driver know if you need to be taken somewhere else.

Useful Tips

For the most part, Hat Yai taxis only accept cash so be sure to carry enough Thai Baht on you.
In Hat Yai it's customary to tip your taxi driver for good service; 10% of the final fare price is a good guide.
Only accept a ride with official taxis that have the company logo displayed on the vehicle.

How to get from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara by bus

While there are no direct public bus services between Hat Yai Airport and Pak Bara, there are several private companies that provide shared minivan services from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara Pier. Depending on traffic, these trips generally take around 120 minutes, excluding any wait times.

How much is a shared minivan bus service from Hat Yai to Pak Bara?

Ticket prices vary between companies but on average you should expect to pay €6.50 (THB 250) for a single one-way ticket. Unless you are booking in advance online, you should be prepared to pay with cash in Thai Baht. 



Trip Duration

120 Min.

Wait times in between services range from 15 to 50 minutes.

Value for Money

Shared bus services generally run daily between 08:30 and 11:30.

Where do I take the bus from?

The company will inform you where to meet upon arrival; the most common meeting points are Exit Gate 8 in the domestic terminal and Exit Gate 5 in the international terminal.


Taking a shared minivan bus from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara Pier is the cheapest transport option for this journey and a great alternative for anyone travelling on a budget. However, buses don’t run as regularly as taxis and they only drop passengers at the Pak Bara Pier, which isn’t that convenient if you’re not catching an onward ferry.

Furthermore, minivans only have a little luggage space so if you’re travelling with more than one bag, consider booking a private transfer instead to avoid worrying about schedules and cramming onto hot and crowded buses.

Editor’s Note

Most private minivan services connect with a ferry to one of the nearby islands, so if you're staying in Pak Bara, you'll need to make your own way to your accommodation from the pier by local taxi or tuk-tuk.

Useful Tips

After 12:00 minivans don't run as often and your only transport option may be to take a taxi or private transfer.
Shared minibuses can fill up so if you're travelling with lots of luggage consider booking an extra seat. Otherwise, you may be charged an excess baggage fee.
Some popular companies include Jolly Travel and Dee Travels Hat Yai.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara?

The main modes of transport from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara are taxi, private transfer, or shared minivan. For an air-conditioned ride with plenty of luggage space at a competitive rate, you can book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups.


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

A taxi from Hat Yai Airport to Pak Bara pier will cost 38.80 (THB 1,500) for up to 4 passengers, not including tolls, surcharges or tips.

To avoid any hidden extras we recommend booking a private transfer in advance to lock in a set rate fee.


How far is Pak Bara from Hat Yai Airport?

Pak Bara is located 115 km from Hat Yai Airport which takes around 110 minutes to cover when travelling by taxi or private transfer. The journey can take up to 30 minutes longer in heavy traffic.

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