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How to Get to Phuket

Thinking of how to get to Phuket… well just take it easy. The answer is here with choices in variety, depending on what advantages you are considering – convenience, comfort, fast, adventure, experience, and so on…

There are 4 major transportations as your choices - traveling from Bangkok to Phuket by bus, car, train and air.

By bus
Intercity and public bus is one of the cheapest ways to take you to Phuket. Buses leave daily and directly to Phuket from Bangkok’s Southern Terminal Station. Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses are provided, and of course the price is different. The overnight buses are the most popular choice since they are comfortable. The approximate duration is 12-14 hours. For more information, call 0-2435-1199, 0-2435-1200, 0-2434-7192, 0-2434-5557-8 or visit www.transport.co.th. There are also buses leaving from Khaosarn Road, operated by some travel operators, and of course the price will be different, probably higher. Suggest you to find out when you are hanging around there. 

By car
Going to Phuket by car is probably the most fun trip when this allows you to stop at several beautiful places all the way along the trip and catch nice photos. Just drive along Petchkasem Road (Highway No. 4), you will pass through Nakhon Pathom, Ratchburi, Prachuab Kiri Khan, Chumporn, Ranong, Phang-nga, and cross Sarasin Bridge and here there is… downtown Phuket. The total distance is 862 kms, approximately 12 hours, but still several destinations to explore and enjoy. However, if you are afraid of losing the way, a map is also recommended.  

By train
Taking a train is also another cheapest way, but keep it in mind that there is in fact no direct train commuting down to Phuket. Take the train at main Hua Lamphong Train Station and get off at Surat Thani to take bus to Phuket. The overnight train is far more comfortable than overnight buses. But pre-booking is advised several days in advance. Check the train schedule with the State Railway of Thailand (Hua Lamphong Train Station) at 1690, 0-2223-7010, 0-220-4444, 0-222-4334 and 0-2621-8701 or visit www………..

By air  
Taking a flight down to Phuket is definitely the most convenient way when it only takes approximately one hour (unless the flight is delayed). There are several domestic flights operating daily and directly from Bangkok to Phuket at Phuket International Airport – both regular price (bit high) and low cost, also depending on seasons (low or high). We recommend you to compare the price between airlines for the best deal. Check out the list below with contact details:

  1. Thai Airways 0-2628- 2000, www.thaiairways.com
  2. Bangkok Airways 0-2265-5678, 0-2265-5555, www.bangkokair.com
  3. Phuket Air 0-2679-8999, www.phuketairlines.com
  4. Thai Air Asia 0-2515-9999, www.airasia.com
  5. One-Two-Go by Orient Thai, call 1126, www.onetwo-go.com
  6. Nok Air, call 1318, www.nokair.com

Phuket also offer direct flights to international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore, Sydney, etc.

For those who fancy adventure, hitchhiking seems to be one great and exciting option, but check out your schedule first… some of you may have one month to do so or less. I am sure most travelers would love to try this once, when life is about adventure! But don’t ever forget your MAP and stick out your hands!  


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