How to get from Phuket International Airport to Patong
Patong is located on the west coast of Phuket Island, facing the Andaman Sea in the southwest of Thailand. It is known as a beach resort town with it’s crescent beach lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s famous nightlife scene features many bars, cabarets and nightclubs, carrying on into Bangla Road.
When travelling to Phuket International Airport there are 2 transportation options to get to the town of Patong. The most popular option is getting a Phuket airport taxi as taxis are the most convenient and reliable transport option. A taxi ride takes approximately 50 minutes to get to the centre of Patong and costs around €23 (875 THB). The second transportation option is to take a bus, which leaves the Phuket airport every hour. Although being the cheapest option, it is also the longest, taking over 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Patong for the price of €3.95 (150 THB).
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €23|| 50min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €7.90|| 105min|| 07:30–21:30|
How to get from Phuket airport to Patong by taxi
Official taxis at Phuket airport usually are 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 the centre of Patong
When travelling from Phuket International Airport, most taxi operators, along with regular intercity airport taxis, offer fixed prices when travelling out of Phuket town; however, you should negotiate this price with your driver. The average taxi fare from the Phuket airport to Patong is €23 (875 THB).
Taking a taxi to Patong from Phuket Airport is the most comfortable travel method. 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. For a stress free travel experience, it is recommended to book a private taxi company in advance, as they offer set prices and larger comfortable family sized cars.
Never leave your passport as a deposit when getting a taxi, however, you can leave a photocopy. Thai law implicitly states that you must have your passport with you at all times.
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 it back.
If you wish to take a local taxi, you should take the first one waiting in line at the taxi rank, as they have been waiting the longest.
How to get from Phuket airport to Patong by bus
Phuket airport offers a single bus network that takes you straight to Patong and its surrounding beaches, including the famous Patong beach. The bus is cream-coloured and has a blue stripe across the vehicle. If you wish to take this travel method, the trip to Patong takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes with a one-way ticket costing €3.95 (150 THB). The bus network operates on a daily basis from 07:30 to 21:30.
How much is a bus ticket from Phuket airport to the centre of Patong?
A one-way bus ticket on the Phuket airport bus costs €3.95 (150 THB) and can be purchased directly from the driver, only in cash (Thai Baht).
€3.95 (150 THB)
1 H 45 Min.
There can be a waiting time of 1 hour for the bus.
The bus is available from 07:30 to 21:30.
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 bus network from the airport has many stops on its way to the centre of Patong; this makes the journey very long and tiring after a long flight. Moreover, luggage space can be limited depending how full the bus gets.
Please note that bus drivers only accept cash in Thai Baht as payment and a one-way ticket costs 150 THB ≃ €3.95.
Travelling to Patong during a hot day can be exhausting, remember to get refreshments for your trip before boarding the bus.
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.