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Phuket taxi

Phuket Taxi General Information and Tips


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


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Taxis in Phuket

Taxis are amongst the most convenient options when getting around the island. While they are more expensive than other transport methods, they offer a 24/7 door-to-door service in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. However, as Phuket is a very popular tourist destination, local taxi prices are at least 2 to 3 x more expensive than Bangkok taxis or anywhere else in SouthEast Asia.  Moreover, Phuket taxis are surprisingly difficult to find. So if you’re thinking of hailing a taxi directly from the streets, you might be waiting for a rather long time. For those reasons, many travellers prefer to use private shuttle or taxi companies, especially when going from the airport to any major popular sites, as taxi prices can get quite high. Therefore, if you only only have a short amount of time on this beautiful island, or if you prefer travelling in comfort, taking a private Phuket taxi is a great option.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
15 €
15 €
45 MIN
23 €
23 €
50 MIN
50 €
50 €
90 MIN
18 €
18 €
60 MIN
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Phuket Taxi Prices

As mentioned previously, taxi fares in Phuket are high, especially compared to the rest of SouthEast Asia. They are calculated using a taximeter, so based on the time and distance travelled to your destination. For this reason, many travellers prefer taking private shuttle services or private Phuket cab companies that charge fixed rate prices.

Base Fare – €1.15 (฿42.50)

Each Additional 1 Km – €0.95 (฿35)

1 hour waiting time – €13.40 (฿500)

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How to get a Taxi in Phuket

Although there are not many taxis in Phuket, the numbers are increasing as they are definitely one of the best ways to get from the airport to your accommodation. Still, finding a metered taxi can be difficult, thus, if you are looking to travel from the airport or to a further destination, it is highly recommended to book a private taxi company at a fixed price in advance.

Furthermore, local taxis are very easy to recognise as the vehicles are bright yellow and red, with traditional rooftop taxi signs, and unlike most countries, an empty taxi will show a red light in the front window. Additionally, most taxi drivers speak English and can easily find their way to major attractions and resorts. However, make sure the taximeter is turned on before setting off to your destination. Please note that some private local taxi drivers may offer flat rate fares, if this is the case, you may be able to bargain down the price, nonetheless, the fare will still be more expensive than metered taxis.

Book your Phuket Taxi Transfer in Advance

If you prefer to travel around Phuket with a pre-booked taxi company or private shuttle, there are many of them too, all operating at competitive prices; because, knowing that your Phuket taxi will be waiting for you at a set time, in a set location at a fixed price is reassuring. That’s why we recommend booking your Phuket transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Phuket Taxi Tips

  1. Overall taxis in Phuket don't accept credit cards. Be sure to carry small cash in Baht on you.
  2. As Phuket is a touristy island, drivers have become used to tips, especially if they help you with your baggage. It is customary to round up your final fare as a tip.
  3. Make sure your driver resets their taximeter to the base fare and that the taximeter is turned on before you begin your journey.
  4. Taxi drivers in Phuket know the island by heart; there shouldn't be a problem finding your accommodation.
  5. Make a note of the telephone number for metered taxis, or you can ask for your driver's phone number; then you can order a taxi yourself when needed rather than relying on your hotel or trying to find one on the streets.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Phuket

Standard taxis in Phuket are not wheelchair accessible, however, one of the first private companies offer wheelchair accessible vehicles. If you wish to book a fully accessible taxi with spacious seating, large walkways and access ramps, it is best to contact Phuket Access Travel which is a small family run business offering professionally fitted vehicles with International Standard hoist and tie downs.

Phuket Taxi Safety and Complaints

Taxis are relatively safe in Phuket. Most drivers are very kind and welcoming (as you are a paying customer). If you are more comfortable knowing the taxi company you are taking then you can always book a taxi from a private company in advance. Moreover, if you feel like your driver has overcharged you or was rude, you can take their information that should be displayed on the taxi dashboard and report them to the local police.

Frequently asked questions

Are taxis expensive in Phuket?

Yes, taxis can be very expensive in Phuket, especially compared to the rest of Thailand (and even SouthEast Asia). Not only are the prices high, taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter, so based on the time and distance travelled; if you wish to travel during peak hour, it would be best to find another way to get around the island.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Phuket?

Yes, it is customary to round up your final taxi price as a tip for your driver.

How do you call a taxi in Phuket?

If you wish to avoid walking the streets at night or standing out in the heat waiting for your taxi, then it is best to call one of the private companies in Phuket. The phone operator will ask for your name, pickup address, and destination, and will then provide you with the estimated arrival time of your taxi and the taxi number.

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