How to get from Phuket airport to Khao Lak
Khao Lak, located just an hour’s drive north of Phuket at the edge of the beautiful Andaman sea, is one of Thailand's most peaceful and prized resort destinations. Three national parks are tucked away in the surrounding hills stretching down into the coastline, with crystal beaches going on for miles. Whether you are visiting Khao Lak for a relaxing escape, or you wish to adventure into the cool tropical forests, it is ideal for those wanting a nature escape.
Phuket airport is quite a long way away from Khao Lak, and has 2 main transportation options; your first and the most common option is to take an airport taxi. The total travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes for a fixed price of €50 (1900 THB). Your second travel option, and the cheapest, is a combined bus trip; you will first have to take the airport bus into Phuket town and then take another bus to Khao Lak. The total trip takes around 3 hours and the combined bus tickets cost €6 (250 THB).
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €50|| 90min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €12|| 180min|| 08:20–20:00|
How to get from Phuket airport to Khao Lak 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 Khao Lak
Most taxis offer set rate prices when travelling to popular destinations in Thailand. The majority of taxi companies operating from the airport charge around €50 (1900 THB) for the trip to Khao Lak. Alternatively you can book your ride with a private company, ensuring the most comfortable door-to-door service.
Taxis are considered to be the safest and most comfortable travel method from Phuket airport to the beautiful Khao Lak. Moreover, taking a taxi ensures that your personal belongings are taken care of, especially when travelling to further destinations such as this one.
It is generally recommended to hire private taxis or transfer companies as they offer superior taxi services along with safer and more comfortable vehicles.
Regardless of the taxi operator, it is recommended to bargain a preferable fixed price, as most taxi drivers try to overcharge tourists.
It is important to never forget any personal belongings in the vehicle as it will be almost impossible to get back.
How to get from Phuket airport to Khao Lak by bus
Getting to Khao Lak from Phuket airport requires a combined bus trip. You will firstly have to take a bus to the Terminal 2 station in Phuket town and from there take another bus to Khao Lak. The total travel time should be at least around 3 hours. Buses from the airport are available every 1 to 3 hours, depending on the time of day.
How much is a bus ticket from Phuket airport to Khao Lak?
A one-way bus ticket on the Phuket airport bus costs €3 (115 THB) to get to the centre of Phuket where you will need to get a second bus; similarly the bus ticket from Terminal station 2 in Phuket town to Khao Lak costs an additional €3 (115 THB), bringing the total price up to €6 (220 THB). Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver in cash (Thai Baht).
€6 (250 THB)
1 H 45 Min.
There can be a waiting time of 1 to 3 hours for the bus.
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.
Having to take two very long bus rides after a flight can be very tiring. Moreover, the public transport route from Phuket airport to Khao Lak is very inconvenient as both towns are in opposite directions from the airport, bringing the travel time to up to 3 hours.
It is important to know that bus networks in Phuket are not very punctual, therefore you should plan your trip accordingly. For airport bus updates you can call: +66 (0)86 470 6675.
It is advised to ask your airport bus driver to drop you off closest to Terminal 2 bus station when in Phuket town, to get your next bus as fast as possible.
Prices and travel times are approximate as schedules are commonly subject to alterations when seasons change.