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Transfer Options from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town

Phuket is one of the biggest travel destinations in Thailand, with 9.29 million visitors a year. It’s a major holiday destination and has some of the world’s finest beaches. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and definitely has something for everyone. Blessed with more than 30 different beaches to choose from, with some of the most popular beaches being Patong Beach, Kata, Karon and Kamala, however, you can find some hidden gems for a more intimate atmosphere on the north part of the island.

Phuket International Airport offers 2 main transportation options to Phuket town. The most popular and convenient choice is to take one of the airport taxis, available 24/7. Your second travel option is to take the airport bus, available every 1 to 3 hours, depending on the time of day. A trip with a Phuket airport taxi takes around 45 minutes, in normal traffic conditions and costs €24 (920 THB). The bus, on the other hand, takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the centre of Phuket for the price of €3 (115 THB).

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Phuket at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €24 45min 24/7
Taxi €24 45min 24/7
Bus €6 90min 08:20–20:00

How to get from Phuket airport to the city centre by taxi

Official taxis at Phuket airport usually have yellow and red coloured vehicles, with the well known yellow taxi rooftop sign. Phuket airport taxis are available 24/7 and offer trips to all the island’s different destinations.

Taxi fare from Phuket airport to Phuket town

The average fare from Phuket airport to Phuket town is calculated using a taximeter, and costs around €24 (920 THB), including luggage and initial fees for a 45 minute trip. However, public and private taxis offer fixed rates from Phuket airport to popular destinations around the island.

Taxi prices
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€24 (570 THB)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Phuket airport.

Where do I get it from?

All taxis, along with the metered taxis, can be found outside Phuket airport’s main terminal building, on the far right side.


Taxis are considered to be the safest and most comfortable travel method from Phuket airport to the city centre. However, most taxi vehicles are small city cars and it can be challenging to comfortably fit 3 passengers in the vehicle at the same time.

Editor’s Note

It is generally recommended to hire private taxis or transfer companies as they offer superior taxi services along with safer and more comfortable vehicles.

Useful Tips

Regardless of the taxi operator, it is recommended to bargain a preferable fixed price, as most taxi drivers try to overcharge tourists.
It is advised to book a taxi in advance, before starting your trip. Finding the right taxi at the last moment can be quite tedious, due to the high demand - especially during the summer season.
Tuk tuks, bright-red "mini-trucks" are a kind of a taxi on Phuket island, fares are the same as regular taxis.

How to get from Phuket airport to the city centre by bus

Phuket airport offers a single bus network to the heart of Phuket town, Smart Bus. The buses that run the “airport to Phuket” route are orange and read “Airport Bus” at the front and back. Under normal traffic conditions, the trip from the airport to Phuket town takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Phuket airport to the city centre of Phuket?

A one-way bus ticket on the Phuket airport bus costs €3 (115 THB) and can be purchased directly from the driver, only in cash.


€3 (115 THB)

Trip Duration

1 H 30 Min.

There can be a waiting time of 1 to 3 hours for the bus.

Value for Money

The airport bus is available from 08:20 to 20:00.

Where do I get it from?

The bus terminal is located at Phuket airport’s arrival terminal, on the left side of the exit doors. The bus terminal should be easy to find as there is signage placed around the airport, or you can ask the airport staff for directions.


Unfortunately the Smart bus network from the airport has many stops on its way to the city centre of Phuket; this makes the journey very long, and tiring after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

Drivers are usually willing to stop whenever travellers want, some of the popular stops are Thalang Lotus shopping mall, Heroines Monument and Phuket Rajabhat University’s junction.

Useful Tips

Please note that bus drivers only accept cash in Thai Baht as payment and a one-way ticket costs 115 baht ≃ €3.
There is no need to book your bus seat in advance, you can just get into the first airport bus and buy your ticket directly from the driver. It is important to keep your ticket for the ticket auditors.

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Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Phuket. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Phuket airport to Phuket town?

The average taxi fare from Phuket airport to the city centre is €24 (920 THB). Factors, such as the time of day and the type of vehicle chosen can further affect your taxi fare.

How far is Phuket airport to the city centre of Phuket?

Phuket airport is located 33 Km away from Phuket town, and the travel time by car takes around 45 minutes, in normal traffic conditions.

How much is a bus ticket from Phuket airport to the city centre?

A one-way adult bus ticket costs €3 (115 THB). You can purchase your ticket directly from the driver, in Thai Baht.

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