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Transfer Options from Phuket International Airport to Patong

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How to get from Phuket International Airport to Patong

Phuket International Airport offers two means of transportation to the town of Patong. The most common transport is by hiring a Phuket airport taxi since taxis are more reliable and convenient, in this case. The taxi ride lasts approximately 50 minutes rand costs around 23€ (875THB). The second option is to travel by bus, which departs every hour from the airport. This journey has a duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes and one way tickets cost 3.95€ (150THB).

Comparison of the options

Bus €7.90 105min 07:30–21:30
Taxi €23 50min 24/7

How to get from Phuket airport to Patong by bus

From Phuket airport there is a single bus that will take you straight to Patong. This bus is cream-coloured and has a the blue strip on it. The trip to Patong lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and a one way ticket costs 3.95€ (150THB). This bus operates from 7:30am to 9:30pm.

How much is the bus from Phuket airport to Patong?

The bus ticket that will take you to Patong from Phuket Airport costs 3.95€ (150THB) and can be purchased directly from the driver.
The only accepted payment method is cash.


3.95€ (150THB)

Trip Duration

105 Min.

Waiting time is 1 hour.

Value for Money

The bus is available from 7:30am to 9:30pm.

Where do I get it from?

The bus station is located on the left side of the arrival terminal of the airport. In case you are having difficulty, follow the signs or ask any service staff for directions.


The bus network to Patong from the airport is quite tiresome since it lasts almost double the time than with the trip with a car, due to the numerous stops it makes. Lastly, luggage space might be limited as well depending on the amount of total passengers.

Editor’s Note

Always carry cash (baht) on you because it is the only accepted payment method for most services in the public sector.

Useful Tips

Traveling to Patong during a hot day can be very exhausting, so remember to carry refreshments throughout your trip.
Minivans offers rides to Patong as well, however, the vehicles can be quite crowded and uncomfortable. They may also take a long time to reach your hotel, if there are a lot of passengers.

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How to get from Phuket airport to Patong by taxi

The taxi vehicles located at Phuket airport are of yellow and red colors, and they hold the classic yellow taxi rooftop sign. Taxis are available at all hours of the day. The average cost of the journey from the airport to Patong is 23€ (875THB) and the total trip takes around 50 minutes.

Taxi fare from Phuket airport to Patong

At Phuket International Airport, most taxi operators, along with regular intercity airport taxis, offer rides with fixed prices. The average price from the airport to Patong is 23€ (875THB), considering a single luggage space as well.


Taking a taxi to Patong from Phuket Airport is the most convenient and safest mean of transportation. Although the ride can be quite pleasant for one passenger, the vehicles are a bit small and may not be able to accommodate more than two passengers along with their luggage. For better experience, private taxi operators offer larger family sized cars.

Editor’s Note

Never leave your passport as a deposit when hiring transport but by all means leave a photocopy. Thai law implicitly states that you must have your passport with you.

Useful Tips

Since most taxi drivers will try to overcharge tourists, you may want to try and bargain a better price.
Do not forget any personal belongings in the vehicle because it will be almost impossible to get the item back.
In case you do not hire a private taxi, take the first in line taxi from the rank since it has been waiting in the rank the longest.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Phuket airport to Patong?

The average taxi fare from Phuket airport to Patong is 23€ (875THB). Factors, such as the time of the day and type of vehicle can further affect the taxi fares.

How far is it from Phuket airport to Patong?

The total distance from Phuket airport to Patong is 39 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 50 minutes.

How much does the bus from Phuket airport to Patong cost?

The bus tickets cost 3.95€ (150THB) for adults. Tickets can only be purchased from the driver.

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