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From Bangkok to Phuket

by plane, train, bus, taxi or rental car

Phuket is one of the most popular travel destinations in Thailand.  Beautiful beaches, impressive coastlines with monoliths jutting out of the water and popular islands like the famous Phi Phi Island are awaiting for you to discover.

And here comes the question which often arises (and not only for newcomers to Thailand) – how to travel from Bangkok to Phuket?

How to get from Bangkok to Phuket with different means of transportation is outlined below.

Getting from Bangkok to Phuket

Routes, schedules and tickets from Bangkok to Phuket

Bangkok / Phuket by flight

Thai Airways Lounge Phuket Airport

Thai Airways has daily flights on the Bangkok – Phuket route – here the Thai Airway Lounge at the Phuket Airport.

The easiest way to Phuket is taking a flight.

The flight duration is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes and there are many direct flights from both Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Bangkok-Don Muang (DMK).

Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi is operated by Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways and Thai VietJet Air – each of them with non-stop flights.

AirAsia, Nok Air and Thai Lion Air depart from Bangkok-Don Muang Airport with direct flights to Phuket.

A lot of competition (often) leads to cheap fares.

A one-way flight from Bangkok to Phuket is often available for about 20, – € per person. At such low rates baggage is usually not included.

In short: If you need to go fast, the flight Bangkok / Phuket is the first choice.

Thanks to a lot of competition on this route with many airlines operating direct flights, the ticket prices are quite cheap.

All flights arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT), which is located in the North of Phuket Island.

Bangkok / Phuket by bus

Bus to Phuket

Taking the bus is another option for travelling from Bangkok to Phuket. The journey takes a long time.

Getting from Bangkok to Phuket by bus takes a long time.

It takes approximately 13 – 14 hours from Bangkok to Phuket by bus.

For that reason, taking the bus makes rather sense if you intend to add a stopover somewhere half-way on the route from Bangkok to Phuket.

Besides that, a bus ticket from Bangkok to Phuket is often not cheaper than a flight.

Because of that, in most cases, the bus to Phuket is not recommended.

If you still want to travel by bus you should evaluate which is the best-located bus-stop in Phuket before buying the bus-ticket.

There are bus connections e.g. from Bangkok to Phuket Airport or to Phuket Town.

Bangkok / Phuket by train and bus

Train Souther Provinces of Thailand

Daily trains depart for the Southern Provinces of Thailand. However, there are no direct trains to Phuket since there are no railway tracks in Phuket.

There are no direct trains to Phuket.

There is only one train route from Bangkok that leads far south to the border of Malaysia.

The tracks don not run through the province of Phuket.

It is no surprise that there are no train tracks in Phuket. Despite the connection to mainland Thailand by bridge, Phuket is still an island.

The train runs through Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, two provinces east of Phuket and Krabi.

What you can do – take the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani (about 12 hours).

From Surat Thani you can continue on a bus to Phuket (about 4 hours).

It is a long journey.

However, night trains operate between Bangkok and Surat Thani. And the night trains of the State Railway of Thailand have quite comfortable sleeping cars.

You can leave Bangkok in the evening, arrive early in the morning (ideally well-rested) at the Surat Thani train station and from there on you have only about 4 hours of bus travel ahead of you.

For this reason, taking the train to Phuket is actually not a bad idea.

Bangkok / Phuket by taxi or private transfer

If you want to go from Bangkok to Phuket overland, a private limousine or a chartered taxi is the most comfortable (but also the most expensive) option.

The travel time is about 12 hours.

There is one advantage of taking a private transfer. You can stop at interesting places along the route as desired.

The trip by limousine / taxi from Bangkok to Phuket is by far the most expensive way to get there.

However, small tour groups may consider chartering a minibus as a taxi. If several passengers travel together, distributed costs are not very high on a per-passenger basis.

Of course it is also possible to cover the distance by car (rental car).

Route from Bangkok to Phuket

Route from Bangkok to Phuket
Route from Bangkok to Phuket on Google Maps
You can find an individual map for traveling Bangkok / Phuket incl. important waypoints following the link below (via Google Maps).

Picture gallery of Phuket

Accommodation in Bangkok / Phuket

Accommodation in Bangkok

Bangkok has more than 3.193 kinds of accommodation (hotel, hostel and more).
Bangkok has approximately 172.050 hotel rooms (or more).
One night in Bangkok costs approx. 36,- € (depending on hotel category).

Accommodation in Phuket

Phuket has more than 2.708 kindes of accommodation (hotel, hostel and others).
Phuket has more than 89.840 hotel rooms.
One typical night in Phuket costs approx. 71,- € (depending on hotel category).
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