Phuket Airport Transfer Options


Metered Taxis in Phuket

Phuket Aiport Metered Taxi

Phuket Aiport Metered Taxi

A metered taxi stand is located just outside of the Phuket main terminal building. As you exit the terminal, turn right and walk to the end of the veranda about 25 meters.  Ignore all other offers as you walk past the touts. The metered taxis are red and yellow and are supposed to use their meters but you may have to ensure that the driver turns his meter on instead of bargaining and haggling for a price.

The average fares from the airport to Phuket is 300 baht, Patong 400 baht, Kata/Karon 500 baht plus a 100 baht airport levi. The trip will usually take approximately 30 minutes to Phuket, 40 minutes to Patong Beach, and around one hour to Kata or Karon Beach.

NOTE: Phuket taxis do not have a lot of room for passengers and luggage so don’t expect to carry more than about 2 adult passengers if you also have large and bulky luggage.

Limo Taxi Service at Phuket Airport

A limousine taxi service is also available, although a more expensive option. The silver-grey vehicles are parked directly opposite the terminal’s main doors.

They have a reputation for driving very fast and often will insist on taking you to a shop along the way where they hope to get commission. It has been reported that the drivers of the limousine service at the Airport are telling travelers that their booked or chosen hotel is not in full or has closed down, and try to take you to another agency or hotel instead.

Phuket Airport Bus

Phuket Airport Bus

Phuket Airport Bus

There is an hourly and inexpensive bus service that goes to Phuket Town from 06:30 to 21:30. You can buy tickets (70 baht) at a counter on the ground floor and the buses marked AIRPORT BUS can to be found outside in the parking lot.

NOTE: This bus does not travel to the west coast (popular beach locations) and is not a non-stop service.

Phuket Airport Minivans

Minivans run between the airport and the popular tour destinations.  Minivans sometimes stop off at tour agencies where you will be asked to book a tour from which the driver makes a commission. Minivans take longer than a taxi to deliver you to your hotel as they drop off other passengers at hotels along the way.

Tickets for shared minivans can be purchased at two counters on the ground floor with fares to Phuket 100 baht, Patong 150 baht, Kata/Karon 180 baht.

Scams at Phuket Airport

Note:  Several scams operate at Phuket Airport which normally involve overpriced accommodation.  Be very cautious of accommodation being offered either at the airport or the travel agent that your driver may stop at along the way. A prudent approach if asked if you have accommodation,  is to simply say “yes, hotel already booked” and be firm that you do not want to stop at a travel agent.

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Updated: July 9, 2011 by admin


  1. Andy Randell says:

    The very first time I went to Phuket, it was a spur of the moment thing, so I hadn’t made any reservations for a place to stay. Once I got to the airport I decided to take a taxi to Patong Beach. I knew the name of several hotels, but I made the mistake of telling the driver I didn’t have reservations. So, on the way he stopped at some travel agency. He tried to tell me that all the hotels in Patong Beach were full, and that I should book a room through this travel agency if I wanted a place to stay. I finally agreed to pay for a couple of nights in advance just to get out of there. As it turned out, the hotel was great, but overpriced.

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