Flights to Phuket
Getting to Phuket by air couldn’t be easier. Phuket is served by an international airport with a number of scheduled and charter flights from Europe and around Asia.
However, the majority of visitors still fly to Bangkok first, where there are over a dozen domestic flights to Phuket daily. With the growth in budget airlines such as Nok Air, Air Asia and Orient Thai (One2Go), ticket prices are now very low. There is also the national carrier Thai Airways, which is slightly more expensive but offers a higher level of service.
Flights from Bangkok take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Book your tickets early, especially during the high season from November to April.
Phuket International Airport
Phuket International Airport is situated at the northern end of the island about 45 mins drive from Phuket City. Tel: +66 (0)76-327-230 (information counter is extension 1111 or 1122).
On arrival, you can organize taxis, car rentals or minibuses from the arrival hall. There is an Airport Information Counter located on the first floor should you need any assistance.
Many hotels provide limousines (read modern saloon) to transfer guests who have reservations to their premises. You can make a hotel reservation at the airport.
There is also a limousine service that will take you anywhere you want. A trip to Patong should cost around 600 Baht, while Phuket City is about 400 Baht.
The same company operates a minibus service*. A trip to Patong costs around 150 Baht per person. The minibus takes a bit longer as you have to drop other passengers off along the way.
Alternatively, if you walk out into the car park, you can catch a meter taxi from the taxi stand. There is a 100 Baht surcharge for taxis from the airport, but they should still work out cheaper than the limousines.
* There have been an increasing number of reports of minibus drivers stopping at tour companies on the way to encourage passengers to book rooms, for which they receive a commission. Often they claim that all the hotels are full and you must book with them to get a room for the night. This is a scam. You should say that you have already booked a room, even if you haven’t. This way they won’t try and hassle you. If you experience this, please report it to the Tourist Police (tel: 076 225 361, 076 254 693).
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