Airport and Flights, Phuket
If your plan is to go to Phuket Town direct from the airport, then for THB85, it’s a real budget choice of transportation. You can do your shopping at Central Festival, Big C, Tesco Lotus before heading to Patong Beach. A bus from Patong Beach to Phuket Town will cost only THB20.
At Phuket Airport there are two places that you can hop-on and off the bus. At level 1, at the left hand corner of the arrival hall of the Airport (beside the join mini bus area).
You may also board the Airport Bus just infront of Burger King at level 2.
The Airport Bus made stops from two station at the Phuket Airport and to Phantep Condotown, Surakun Stadium, Central /Big C / Lotus, Erawadee Bypass, Boat Lagoon, Heroines Monument, Pranangsang Temple, Baan Saku, Pearl Village Hotel.
Most hotels can arrange transfers for you from airport to the hotel. Most will charge you a fee for that.
Otherwise, you can arrange a limousine service yourself from a counter at the airport arrival hall. A nice car (sits up to 3 person ) took us to our Patong beach hotel for 550THB (one way). We arranged for a return trip with the driver for 500THB.
You can also book an aircon car transport from Patong to Airport for 500BHT. This can be booked through the tour agents all over Patong.
A minivan that can take up to 11 person cost thb 1100 from airport to patong.
We took Tigerairways which departs from the Budget Terminal in the early mornings. Ticket was priced at S$150 each for a return trip with taxes included.
We don’t mind taking the budget airlines especially when the flight is less than 2 hours.
We were glad that we no longer need to pay the THB500 airport departure tax as it is now inclusive in the air fares.
If you need visa on arrival, join the queue and pay THB1,000 for the visa.
This dinky little airport, at the northern end of the island, serves both domestic and international flights. The runway is relatively short, so the traffic is mostly short-haul, although Thai manage to fly in 777s from Bangkok. The terminal is pretty small, but looks like it's been recently refurbished.
There's a transportation desk which has fixed price taxi services to various destinations on the island - I think I paid somewhere around 500 baht for the 30km to Patong. You should also be able to get a hire car here.
There are a few shops and restaurants at the airport, both before and after check-in - so if you have a little time to wait before catching your flight on your way out, you'll have something to do. However, just as at Bangkok airport, the shops seem to be pretty expensive, so it's better to buy your souvenirs before you get there if you can.
Thai Airways has a daily flight to and from Phuket. They have very nice aircraft considerign it is only a domestic flight. Their inflight snack is really yummy esp the Blueberry Muffin :-)
Enjoy Phuket and fly as smooth as silk with Thai Airways
You can either go by bus from Bangkok to Phuket, but that takes about 14 hours or either go by plane. We chose for the second option. The flight took us about 1h30.
We chose for Thai Airways and booked via the Internet. Domestic flights in Thailand are really cheap!
This bus service is the cheapest out of all methods to/from the airport.
It only costs 85B one way (foreigner price), much cheaper than coupon taxi, tuk tuk and minivan.
From Phuket Airport to Phuket Town
Airport Big C Bus Terminal
0630 (+40) 0710 (+20) 0730
0845 and so on
N.B. 0630 service is not available on Public Holiday.
From Town to Airport
Bus Terminal Big C Airport
0530 (+20) 0550 (+40) 0630
0700 and so on
N.B. 0530 service is not available on PH.
The cheapest way to travel from Phuket Airport to Patong Beach is by local van/bus. When you exit the Phuket airport at the main entrance, take a left turn and look for this sign. As you approach this sign, you will be approached by locals offering you a ride to Patong beach or other destinations in phuket for a flat rate of 150BHT. Taxis will charge you a rate of 1200 to 1500 BHT to the same destination. I think you can work out the math from here.
Here are some of the fares on buses from Phuket.
These are to help ypu out estimate costs.
Notice: Prices are subject to change.
On the SONGTAEW (Local Bus) O/W:
Bangtao Beach 20 Bahts
Bang Rong 20 Bahts
Chalong Bay 15 Bahts
Friendship Beach 20 Bahts
Ka Cape 20 Bahts
Kamala Beach 25 Bahts
Kalon Beach 20 Bahts
Kata Beach 20 Bahts
Kathu District 10 Bahts
Makham Bay 20 Bahts
Naiharn Beach 25 Bahts
Naiyang Beach 30 Bahts
Patong Beach 15 Bahts
Rawai Beach 20 Bahts
Sarisan Bridge 20 Bahts
Thalang District 15 Bahts
Thes routes leave daily every 30 minutes
from 7 am – 5 pm
There are many flights to Phuket from Bangkok , many airlines (also several low-cost airlines)! I flow by Thai airways, took about an hour. The Phuket International Airport located far from town about 30 km and also far from famous beaches, must ride a car through Thep Kasatri road, from the airport to the town.
I flew in from KL,and was suitably impressed with the facilities at the airport,very clean and efficient.Outside you're greeted by a couple of blokies offering taxis/transport to your hotels etc,no haqssle and reasonably priced,If I remember correctly about ?10 to Patong Beach,which was fine.
Asia's first budget airline was bornt when Airasia took the skies for the very first time in Malaysia. Its first route is from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru. But slowly it has expanded its territory coverage to the whole of Malaysia.
With its new alliance with the Thai government, Airasia took the Thais by surprise when it signed a joint agreement with Thai Prime Minister's company, Shin Corporation to form Thailand's first low fare carrier. Airasia's Thai domestic airfares starts as low as 9 baht to as high as 600 baht for a way's ticket.
One way's ticket from either Bangkok to Phuket or from Phuket to Bangkok is priced at an incredible 500 bahts. However, the disadvantage is you need to book a couple of months before your departure. Be assured that Airasia frequently launches promotion.
For more info, please refers to Airasia website at www.airasia.com
We were very surprised by the extreme difference in standards between Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. We were flying Business Class and our experience began regularly enough, we got onto the plane and were seated, but unlike Singapore Airlines, no pre-flight drinks were offered. The staff seemed unreceptive with few smiles. When the stewardess offered us reading material, she offered it to my partner and not to me. She did this with water and he had to ask her on her way back for a drink for me (a couple of times). When our meals had been served (mine came with a tea cup with a chip about 3cm round on the lip), the trays were not removed for at least 30 minutes after we had finished our meals. I needed to move in my seat as my hip was hurting, but was unable to. My partner was sitting in the aisle seat and reached across to the centre seats (unoccupied) to place our trays there. Meanwhile I could see a stewardess sitting down reading behind the curtain on the other side of the plane. Another surprise was the poor standard of food offered, especially when it was served in tin foil containers.
No drinks were offered on the trip other than the tea/coffee after your meal. We felt like having a champagne, so we requested one each. When we had finished our glasses, we waited for about 10 minutes, but still no one came to ask us if we (or anyone else) would like another. We pressed the assistance button and waited for 5-6 minutes. I could see the steward in front of the curtain with his legs crossed and reading the paper. I undid my seatbelt, picked up the glasses and took them to him, asking for a refill. He did not apologise or seem to care that I'd had to get up.
At around AUD$6,000 for 2 for a flight from Perth to Phuket, you'd think the standards would be quite high, so it's disappointing to know we could have saved several thousand dollars and flown Economy on Singapore Airlines for at least the same standard of food and better service, just closer chairs.
Part 2 next tip.
We left at 11.45am, to arrive at the airport at the required time before our 1.55pm flight, so with the packing and travelling we did not eat lunch. The food in the Phuket Business Lounge consists only of awful sandwiches and pastries, so we did not eat anything there, thinking we would be offered food on the plane. All we were offered was the dry mango pastry shown. The flight was short, but we could have been offered something decent to eat. Neither Steve or I ate it.
We sat in the lounge at BKK and tried to find something to eat as we were very hungry, but the food again was pastry or awful sandwiches. I can't eat much pastry as it upsets my stomach, apart from being unhealthy. We made do with carrot & celery. Another couple came to sit with us as there were no seats left. They were from Switzerland and were also very unhappy about TA.
The BKK-Perth flight was far better. We decided to watch the featured movie, but it wasn't on. We then decided to watch Miss Congeniality 2, but reception was so bad we couldn't view it. The Flight Mgr had been told about our problems by one of the staff. He asked why we weren't watching anything and we showed him the problem. He fixed and restarted the movie so we could watch it.
We got into the Perth terminal at around 7am, very tired and eager to get home after flying all night. We waited for 40mins for our "Priority" luggage. Only one case arrived and was not tagged with priority tags. We then had to go through the process of reporting lost luggage. We were at the airport for 1hr. We were extremely unhappy as toiletries, phone chargers etc were in that case. We eventually got it back the following day.
After being totally ignored on my first letter of complaint, I again took it up with TA in Perth, as they'd also refused to hand over my points to the Star Alliance, as we'd thought, so we lost 11,000 miles each. I did get a very patronising response, but of course, no kind of reparations.
We will never fly Thai Airways again.
If time is tight or money not a concern....fly in and our of phuket.....bangkok aiar has tons of daily flights to phuket from BKK and other places. They also have flights from Phuket to Samui (which is what we are doing here). Book enough in advance and a one way ticket is around $2000B. Flight time to and from is approx 1 hr....they do tend to run a little late at times.
Bus is great, train is better....plane is best.....mix it up and try them all.