How to get from Phuket Airport to the Town of Phuket
Phuket International airport offers two main transportation options to the town of Phuket. The most popular and trustworthy choice is to hire one of the airport taxis which are usually available 24/7 in front of the airport. The second option to the town of Phuket is the airport bus which is available every 1 to 3 hours, depending on the time of the day. A trip with a Phuket airport taxi usually takes around 45 minutes and costs 15€ (570THB). The bus, on the other hand, takes 1 hour and 30 minutes for the same trip and costs 3€ (115THB).
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Bus || €6|| 90min|| 08:20–20:00|
| Taxi || €15|| 45min|| 24/7|
How to get from Phuket airport to city centre by bus
Phuket airport offers a single bus network to the town of Phuket. The buses running from the airport to Phuket route are orange and read "Airport Bus" at the front and back of the vehicles. Under normal traffic, the trip takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes and a one way ticket costs 3€(115THB). The network operates on a daily basis from 8:20am to 8:00pm.
How much is the bus from Phuket airport to city centre?
Tickets for the Phuket airport bus cost 3€ (115THB) and can only be purchased directly from the driver.
The only accepted payment method is cash.
Waiting time is 1 to 3 hours.
The Airport bus is available from 8:20am to 8:00pm.
Where do I get it from?
The bus station is located on the left of the airport's arrival terminal as you are coming out of the exit gate. In order to reach the station follow the signs or ask any service staff for directions.
Unfortunately the bus network to the town of Phuket consists of many stops, which can make the trip very exhausting especially after a long and tiring flight.
Drivers are usually willing to stop to let people off anywhere along the route, including Thalang Lotus Shopping Mall, Heroines Monument and Phuket Rajabhat University’s junction.
Remember that bus drivers will only accept cash in Thai baht as a payment. 115 baht / ticket ≃ 3€.
There is no need to make a reservation in advanced. You can just get into the bus and buy ticket with the ticket collector. Make sure you keep the ticket for the ticket auditors.
How to get from Phuket airport to city centre by taxi
Official taxi vehicles from Phuket airport are usually seen in yellow and red colors, carrying the well known yellow taxi rooftop sign. Phuket airport taxis are expected to be available throughout the day offering services to all destinations on the island. The average fare to the town of Phuket is normally around 15€ (570THB) and the total trip should take just less than 45 minutes.
Taxi fare from Phuket airport to city centre
Public and private taxis in Phuket airport offer services at fixed rates to popular destinations. The average fare to Phuket town is at 15€ (570THB) including luggage and initial fees.
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Taxis are considered to be the safest and most comfortable travel method from Phuket airport to city centre. However, most taxi vehicles are small city cars and it can be challenging to comfortably fit 3 passengers at the same time.
It is generally recommended to hire private taxis because they offer superior taxi services along with safer and more comfortable vehicles.
Regardless of the taxi operator always try to bargain a better fixed price since most taxi drivers will try to overcharge tourists.
It is advised to pre-book a taxi before you start your trip. Finding the right taxi at the last moment can be quite tedious, due to the high demand especially in the summer season.
Tuk tuks, bright-red "minitrucks" are also a sort of a taxi in the island Phuket, fares are the same as with regular taxi vehicles.