Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is roughly 50 x 15 km in size. The main gateway is Phuket International Airport, which is located 32 km north of Phuket City. It is the third-busiest airport in Thailand after Bangkok’s two airports. Many foreign airline companies are flying directly to Phuket, for example Qatar Airways, Air China, Aeroflot and many charter operators from Europe and Asia.
Once in Phuket can you fly directly to other holiday destinations, such as Samui, Pattaya (U-Tapao) and Chiang Mai.
From the airport can you select the following modes of transport:
- Rental car.
- Hotel van or limousine. It is booked when you book the hotel.
- Limousine. The price is approximately the double of a taxi.
- Taxi. You have two options: Metered taxi or taxi with fixed price: From the airport to Phuket City does it cost 700 baht, and to Patong does it cost 800 baht. The latter ride may be in a more comfortable car than the usual Toyota Corolla.
- Mini-bus (van). There are two providers: P.B.C. and P.M.K. They are found in the arrival hall in the domestic terminal and outside exit 5 at the international terminal. They depart when the van is full. Price to Phuket city is 150 baht per person, and to Patong does it cost 180 baht. The passengers are dropped off at their hotel. This many take some extra time, but is the best alternate for those on a budget.
For local transport in the city can you also use “bath-bus”, which is a pick-up converted for passenger transport. This is much cheaper than a taxi. It is also possible to hire motorbikes, but this is at your own risk. The traffic in Thailand is dangerous.