Phuket Airport: How to get to the beaches

How to get from Phuket Airport to your hotel and beaches

For those traveling to Phuket on their own, this article offers information on how to get from Phuket Airport to your hotel, beaches and town.

By Taxi

The easiest and, in my opinion, the most logical way (especially after a long flight) to get from Phuket airport to the hotel is to take a cab. Don’t worry if you arrive at night – cabs are available 24 hours a day! There are several types of cabs at Phuket Airport:

Pre-paid cabs (i.e. pre-paid cabs).

Any tour operator, in either the International or Domestic terminals at Phuket airport will offer you a pre-paid cab to the hotel/beach you want. You just pay the full amount of the trip, you get a receipt with the number of the car, go to the parking lot, look for a car with the specified number and drive to the place you need.

A cab from Phuket airport to:

  • Patong Beach – 800 baht – 1000 baht – 1000 baht – 1000 baht – 1000 baht – 700 baht – 700 baht – 750 baht – 1000 baht – 1000 baht
  • to Phuket Town – 650 baht
  • to Kathu – 700 baht

You can also take a cab outside Phuket:

  • Phuket airport – Khao Lak cab cost ~ 2,000 baht
  • Cab Phuket airport – Ao Nang (Krabi) ~ 3000 baht
  • cab Phuket airport – Khao Sok ~ 4500 baht

Prices for cabs from Phuket airport to the beaches Prices for cabs from Phuket airport to the beaches

Cab meter

If you walk outside the airport building to the street, you will see a counter where you can take a cab with a meter. Prices are as follows:

  • 100 baht – airport charge
  • 50 baht for the first two kilometers
  • Next 2-15 kilometers, 12 baht per kilometer.
  • Next 10 kilometers – 15 baht per kilometer

Payment upon payment.

Metered cab stand at Phuket International Terminal Metered cab stand in Phuket Domestic Terminal

Toun-taxi and Grab-taxi

There’s no Uber at Phuket, but you can hail a Grab-taxi – just install the app on your phone!

Also I recommend installing the application Toun – it’s an analogue of Uber with Russian drivers. How to use: download the app, enter the code 1TRZAT, choose where and when to go, you can order a cab in advance for a certain date and time.

By shuttle service

You can get from Phuket Airport to your hotel with a pre-booked shuttle service. Simply book a transfer through the Russian speaking website, pay by card and upon arrival you will be met with a sign at Phuket Airport. The driver will help you and your baggage to the car and take you to your chosen hotel in Phuket.

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By rental car

Traveling from Phuket Airport can be by rental car or bike.

You can rent a car in advance on this website or at the airport (if there are vacant cars).

Rent a bike at Phuket airport is not possible, but it can be done at the nearest beach If you are young and active, came to Phuket without luggage, you can leave the airport and walk to “tourist civilization” to the beach Nai Yang (by the way, from this beach is clearly visible as the landing and taking off planes, but still, that would make a photo under the plane is better to go to the beach May Kao, which is on the other side of the airport ) and rent a bike at any travel agency.

Phuket Airport

There are many tour agencies at Phuket Airport where you can take a cab, buy a transfer, rent a car

How to get to Phuket Airport by Bus

Airport bus

There is a yellow airport bus (Airport bus) from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town (The Old Phuket Bus Terminal, coordinates 7.883863, 98.395833). The bus runs from Phuket Airport from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm. To the airport from Phuket Town from 5:00 to 19:00. Travel time is 60-90 minutes.

The cost is 100 baht . Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus.

Yellow Bus from Airport to Phuket Town Airport Bus Schedule from Phuket Town to Airport Airport Bus Schedule from Airport to Phuket Town

Getting from Phuket airport by Phuket Smart Bus

In spring 2018, Phuket launched a new bus route from the airport to Rawai. The bus takes the 402 road to Talang, then turns onto the 4030 road toward Bang Tao, past Surin, Kamala, Kalim, Patong, Karon, Kata beaches, up Nayharna and terminates at Rawai waterfront.

Buses depart from the airport from 6am to 9pm every hour. Approximate travel time from terminus to terminus (i.e. from airport to Rawai) is one and a half to two hours.

The Phuket Smart Bus stops next to Gate 4 of the domestic airlines (Domestic Terminal).

The fare in the smart-bus from 50 to 170 baht. For example, from Phuket airport to Surin Beach can be reached for 150 baht, and to Kata Beach for 170 baht.

There are some nuances when paying for a ride on the Smart Bus Phuket:

  • To pay the fare you need to buy a card for 300 baht, of which 100 baht is a non-refundable balance. The fare on the bus will depend on the distance (50 – 170 baht). This card can be used not only for bus fare but also for some stores and cafes such as Family Mart, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. Each passenger needs to buy a separate card!
  • A recent bus fare can be paid in cash, the cost will be 170 baht, regardless of distance.
  • Unlimited travel card for three days. The cost is 499 baht.
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Important: Since November 1, 2021 after the opening of Thailand’s three programs (no quarantine for some countries, the “sandbox” and a strict quarantine for the unvaccinated) again earned a smart bass. Now the promotional fare is 100 baht !

How to get from Phuket airport to Patong?

In addition to the above ways to get from Phuket airport to Patong, you can use the mini bus. Tickets for the mini-bus can be found at the airport. The fare from Phuket Airport to Patong is 180 Baht per person.

How to get from Phuket airport to Karon?

In addition to the above methods – by minibus for 200 baht.

How to get from Phuket Airport to Kata?

In addition to the above options you can get to Kata Beach with a mini bus for 200 baht.

Note: Minibuses from Phuket Airport to Patong, Karon, Kata run from 7 am to 11-12 am. Minibuses take tourists to the hotels.

Airport minibus to Patong, Karon and Kata Beach Minibus Ticket Counter at Phuket International Terminal Minibus Tickets at Phuket Domestic Terminal

How do I get from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak?

Read more about it in this article.

How do I get from Phuket Airport to Koh Samui?

How to get from Phuket to Koh Samui can be found here.

How to get to Phuket Airport

To get to Phuket airport from the hotel/beach do everything described above in the opposite direction.

Cab: There are cab fares at any beach or hotel, you can take a cab to the airport, or call Grab taxi.

Minibus: Minibus tickets to the airport from Patong, Karon and Kata can be bought at any travel agency: at a certain time you will be picked up directly from the hotel and taken to the airport. Just count the time en route! Since minibuses collect tourists around the hotels, the way to the airport can take quite a long time (about 2 hours).

Bus: Wait for the yellow bus from Phuket Town to the airport at the stops indicated in the diagram below:

Specials on Phuket hotels

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How to get from Phuket airport to the beaches?

Although most tourists use group transfers, solo travelers need to know how to get from Phuket airport to Patong , Karon, Kata and other popular beaches.

Collected in this post all the useful information about transfers from Phuket airport to the beaches of the island and to the nearest provinces and towns.

The airport is very active, has two terminals (domestic and international) and receives flights from many not only neighboring but also far away countries. It is located in the northwest of the island, away from the main town of Phuket Town and popular beaches.

First of all, I would like to point out that it is quite easy to get to Patong, Karon and Kata – great demand breeds supply and competition.

If you have chosen a less popular Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Harn and others, you have to spend more money or time and effort. Let’s go in order.

Bus from Phuket airport

A special bus connects the airport and the provincial capital – Phuket Town. From the main town you can take a local transport to the beaches – this is the most budget way.

It is a large orange bus with air conditioning and comfortable seats inside, and it runs on a schedule.

Bus to Phuket Airport

Bus to Phuket Airport

bus airport phuket

Bus schedule from Phuket Airport to town: 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00,17:00, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30.

The schedule in the opposite direction: 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30.

Unfortunately, buses can be late (big traffic jams in Phuket Town), so take extra when you go to your flight! Nominal travel time is 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it can be longer.

Cost: 100 baht to town, 70 baht to the Heroes Monument. You can buy it right on the bus.

phuket airport bus cost

How to find? Departs from the arrivals hall of the domestic terminal, so if you fly into the international one, you have to walk five minutes. This is also where the bus arrives on the way back.

In Phuket Town, the airport bus arrives at the old bus terminal in the center of town, and from there it’s a short walk to the sunteo station for the beaches.

There are also minibuses at Phuket Town for 150 baht, direct from the international terminal. They run from 05:30 to 22:00 every hour, so feel free to use them if you don’t want to wait for a bus.

minibus phuket airport patong cost

Price list for minibus

How to get from Phuket airport to Patong?

Patong is the most popular and bustling beach in Phuket and there are several ways to get here from the airport.

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Minibus .

There are special air-conditioned minibuses to the beach. The cost of the train is 180 baht. Departures are from 05:30 to 22:00 every hour. This is the most convenient and inexpensive way to get to Patong from the airport.


This option, just in case, because it’s not very convenient. You take a bus to Phuket Town (mentioned above) and get to the old bus station for 100 baht. From here you take a suntote to Patong for 50 baht. The problem is that you have to walk 1 km to the ring from the old bus station or to take a taxi/tuk-tuk.

Songteo goes slowly, so the total time from the airport to the beach is 2.5-3 hours. In addition, the Songteo only runs until 16:00-16:30, you won’t get there in the evening.

Cab airport - Patong

Cab from Phuket Airport to Patong

The flat rate for limo cabs to Patong at the international terminal is 800 baht. It would be cheaper to find a taxi-meter stand and order from them. There are also cabs with meters at the domestic terminal.

You can also order a cab in advance online and be picked up with a sign.

How to get from Phuket airport to Karon?

Minibus .

Similar to Patong, there are vans from Phuket Airport to Karon, but at a price of 200 Baht. The best way to get to Karon inexpensive. It takes about an hour and a half to get there, and leaves every hour from 05:30 to 22:00.

airport phuket minibus

The counter where they sell tickets for the minibus.


The algorithm is the same as for Patong. At the songteo station in town, take a truck to Karon for 40 baht.

Total travel time from the airport is about 3 hours.

Phuket Airport Taxi to Karon

The cost of a cab to Karon from the airport – 1000 baht, you will find the stands at the exit of the international terminal arrival area.

How do I get from Phuket Airport to Karon?

Minibus .

Minibus from the airport to Kata Beach costs 200 Baht, you can buy a ticket at the counters at the exit of the arrival area. Departures are from 05:30 to 22:00 every hour.


Alternatively, you can transfer to Phuket Town. The price is 100+40=140 baht, but it’s a long and inconvenient trip.

Phuket airport

Cab from the airport to Kata Beach

The fixed price for a limo service to Kata is 1000 baht, read about how to find a cab with a meter below.

Phuket Airport Taxi

If you have chosen Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Harn or other beaches as your holiday destination, then it is most convenient to get to them by cab.

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Yes, you can try to change the route in Phuket Town and then take a Songteo (not all beaches), but it will take a lot of time and effort. This option I would advise only for solo travelers.

If you arrive late at night, there is only one option – cab.

At the airport there are two types of cabs:

The first is the so-called fixed-price limousine service, where you pay before you go at the counter at the airport.

Prices for limo cabs from Phuket airport to the beaches are as follows:

Phuket Town and Rassada Pier (where you can sail to Phi Phi and other islands) 650 Baht, Patong 800 Baht, Karon, Kata, Rawai, Nai Harn 900 Baht, Bang Tao 700 Baht, Surin 700 Baht, Kamala 750 Baht.

Taxi phuket airport

Metered Taxi counter

The second is a cab with a meter or taxi-meter, it is more advantageous to use it. Look for the taxi-meter stand on the right side of the arrival hall.

For example, a cab from the airport to Patong costs 750 baht (include airport charge 100 baht plus the meter price).

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You can get a cab from the airport to Khao Lak, Ao Nang, Krabi, Khao Sok, and Surat Thani, or to the Donsak Pier (for the ferries to Koh Samui and Phangan).

You can book a transfer at the desks at the airport, as well as online at

That’s all, have a good trip!

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