Bangkok to Phuket

Bangkok to Phuket

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Bangkok to Phuket Schedule

Bangkok to Phuket Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 VIP Van 9pax Any time$ 424.65
Bangkok Air Economy 06:00 - 09:15฿ 6,310
Nok Air Economy #DD01009:30 - 10:50$ 32.29
Thai Smile Economy #WE28510:25 - 11:55฿ 2,897
Bangkok Air Economy #PG13512:00 - 13:30$ 227.34
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD411214:55 - 16:25฿ 5,400
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ30816:35 - 18:00฿ 2,331
Thai Lion Air Economy #SL76819:35 - 20:55฿ 2,300
Thai Vietjet Economy #VZ30820:05 - 21:30฿ 1,879

How to get from Bangkok to Phuket

The easiest way to get to Phuket from Bangkok is to fly. Flying takes just under an hour and a half and with numerous flights from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports you are never short of choices. It is almost always possible to grab an air ticket for THB1000-THB2000. The overland distance between Bangkok and Phuket is around 850 km. Thanks to the bridge which links the mainland to the island, you can reach Phuket from Bangkok directly by bus. It does take a while – between 12 and 14 hours – but remains a prime choice for budget-conscious travellers with ticket prices starting from THB600. Though there is no railway station in Phuket, combination train-and-bus journeys via Suratthani are also an option to consider, especially for rail travel buffs, but expect the total travel time to be quite long – normally not less than 16 hours.

From Bangkok to Phuket by bus

Buses from Bangkok to Phuket leave from the Southern bus terminal, Sai Tai Mai. It is located on Phutthamonthon Sai Road in Thonburi district on the western side of the Chao Phraya River and is easily accessible by taxi. The route is served by a number of companies, including Phuket Travel and Bus Express. You can choose between express buses (THB660-THB690) and plusher VIP24 ones (THB1000). In VIP24 there are 3 seats per row, which means more space for your legs and elbows. All buses provide snacks, air-conditioning and blankets and make several pit stops along the route at large gas stations with convenience stores, cafes and toilets. There are early morning buses at 6.30am and 6.40am and a wide choice of afternoon and evening departures from 2.30pm to 9.30pm. All of them cover the distance between Bangkok and Phuket in about 13 hours. There are buses from the Northern bus terminal in Bangkok, Morchit, too.

Buses from Bangkok arrive to the recently constructed Bus Station 2 Bo-Ko-So Terminal which is located some four km to the north of the centre in Phuket Town. The terminal also serves buses from/to many of the Thai southern cities.

Tip: During the peak season it is highly recommended to book tickets in advance.

From Bangkok to Phuket by train

There are no direct trains from Bangkok to Phuket, the nearest transfer point being Suratthani. Trains from Bangkok to Suratthani leave from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok, easily accessible from the MRT subway. By far the most convenient train is the night one #85 departing at 7.30pm and arriving in Suratthani at 7.10am, but you have many other options, as well. You can choose the 1st or the 2nd class sleeper, both of which are air-conditioned and provide enough privacy and comfort for an overnight journey. The price is approximately THB1550 and THB1000 correspondingly.

Suratthani train station is located in the town of Phun Phin, some 15 km away. From there, buses leave regularly both for Suratthani and other southern destinations, including Phuket. You can plan your combination journey by yourself or opt for a train+bus joint ticket. If you book a joint train+bus ticket from Bangkok to Phuket, you can catch a 7.45am standard air-con Phantip Travel bus to Phuket (THB 250, almost 4 hrs).

Note that a combination train+bus journey from Bangkok to Phuket takes longer than a direct bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok (15½ hrs compared to 13 hours), but you can sleep with more comfort while travelling by railway. Both 1st (THB1550) and 2nd class (THB1000) AC carts give you enough privacy, so a longer journey may proof a better choice at the end of the day.

Why go to Phuket

Love it or hate it: the Pearl of the Andaman is too developed, too commercialized, too trendy and, well, sometimes – too expensive. Yet its sandy beaches, fashionable spas, outstanding diving sites and high-class dining venues continue to lure hordes of tourists from literally every corner of the world. There are endless opportunities for going on an adventure – from snorkelling or surfing to yachting and kayaking, and if you wish to taste the real cosmopolitan flavour of the island, spend a bit of time exploring streets of Phuket Town clogged with coffee shops and art galleries, hip affordable guesthouses and stately Sino-Portuguese mansions. Be ready to pay more for food, lodging and transport than in any other Thai resort city or island, relax and just enjoy your experience.

Being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket sometimes does not feel as an island at all: even getting there from the mainland does not require any sea travel. The 700m Saphan Thepkasattri linked the northernmost tip of Phuket to Phang Nga Province on the mainland in 2011. It runs parallel to a smaller Saphan Sarasin which was built in 1967 to replace the ferry connection with the island and now serves as a pedestrian bridge.

Island hopping from Phuket

Though Phuket sometimes lacks that typical island atmosphere, it still provides a good chance to taste some of the other ‘real’ islands. Just choose your destination and start your island hopping.

From Phuket to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao

Lomprayah offers combined bus+ high-speed ferry service from Phuket to the islands of the Gulf. The whole journey takes 6½ hrs to Koh Samui, 7½ hrs to Koh Phangan and 8¾ hrs to Koh Tao.

From Phuket to Koh Phi-Phi

During the peak season there is between 5 and 6 ferries a day linking Phuket to the pristine island of Phi Phi. Though it gets more and more developed nowadays, the scenery fortunately remains just breath-taking.

From Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe

Ferries going from Phuket to Koh Lanta, the Trang islands and Koh Lipe connect through Koh Phi-Phi. Get ready to jump from one boat to another which is sometimes a bit of a nervous experience.

**Tip: If your are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand.

Want something different? Visit Phang Nga and Khao Lak

Lush jungles and impressive karst formations of the mainland and spectacular islands dotting pristine sea waters, secret caves and beautiful beaches without that excessive glamour of Phuket but with enough facilities to feel comfortable during your holiday are awaiting you in Phang Nga province. If you want fewer people on the beach, head to Khao Lak, which also serves as a great base for further inland explorations.

Lignite bus company operates buses both to Phang Nga Town and Khao Lak from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok. There are night Express, VIP and VIP24 buses to Phang Nga – all departing around 7pm; tickets cost from THB600 to THB970 depending on the type of the bus you choose. Note that the express bus of Lignite at 6.40pm goes directly to Phang Nga and does not call to Khao Lak. For Khao Lak use the VIP and VIP24 which leave at 7.05pm. Travel time is about 10¼ hours.

You can also get to Khao Lak directly from Phuket Airport. PGS company offers a Toyota Camry for 3 pax at THB1920 from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak. Transit time is about two hours and the rate is all-inclusive.

Getting around in Phuket

Phuket taxis are notorious for their hefty rates. The public transport is limited and has a form of huge trucks. They cruise between Phuket Town and the beaches which is terribly inconvenient as in most cases you need to connect through Phuket Town to go from one beach to another, and the journey eventually takes you hours.

Motorbikes and Scooters are a good way to get around. The majority of the rental shops will require your passport which they keep until you bring the rented vehicle back. Cases when the rental shops would insist on reimbursing ‘damage’ to their scooters are not unheard of; so check carefully what you rent and make photos of any scratches you find before you commit. The daily rate for a scooter is about THB200-THB300. There are also bigger bikes available for rent.

Renting a car is a good option which gives you both freedom and safety. A car can usually be hired for around THB1200 per day, but in low season rates sometimes fall below THB800. Cheap car rental companies can be found in Thanon Rasada. As a rule, local companies offer better rates, but you can sometimes find online promotions when booking with global operators.

Transportation from Bangkok to Phuket

Facts about the transport from Bangkok to Phuket

Cheapest Transport$22
Fastest Transport1h 20m
Earliest Departure5:00 AM
Latest Departure9:35 PM
Departures per day80
Distance845 kilometers
Transport CompaniesBangkokTaxi24, Firstplan Transport Services, Glassflower, Lignite, Montanatip, Nok Air, Raja Ferry, Sombat Tour, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet, Transport Co

Bangkok to Phuket Destination Reviews

Condition is bus was very strong. And driver didn't switch it of.. The whole trip people were caughting. Me too. Hopefully they give blankets. And the bus was late to Phyket. We came not at 7.20 morning. But at 9.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Sep 18, 2023
I was charged 7000 bahts for my suitcase....I think it was unfair
flight Economy, Thai AirAsia (แอร์เอเชีย), Sep 16, 2023
In this very special case my seat did not have a seatbelt nor a head rest, they did give me a rope to tie myself with to the chair. The bus made one stop at around midnight for us to eat and go to the toilet however we only had 20 mins to do everything which I found very short and so I couldn’t enjoy my meal fully. Other than that it’s quite a practical way to travel and cheap. The AC was on full blast and cold so don’t forget to bring a hoodie with you :)
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Aug 17, 2023
Not all seats could be put in lying position, and every seat was different in the amount you could push the back part back. There were snacks for everyone on the bus and a stop in the middle of the trip for dinner, that was a nice surprise. On the trip from Bangkok to Phuket were two stops in the early morning for passport control, would have been nice it know beforehand. Nobody said anyrhing, just the lights went on. We also arrived 2 hours later without any telling than the booking details said.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Aug 17, 2023
Very good thank you. I requested 12GO to reserve my seat but they said they couldn’t guarantee my request but when I got to Sombat my seat was reserved. A message to 12GO, people want to reserve their seats sometimes, so come up with a better solution to allow people to choose. Sombat tour bus station is very comfortable, the bus was clean and it left on time. The bus left at 4 pm and sat in Mo Chit until 6pm, I am not happy about adding time to my travel. They told me they would leave at 5:15 pm? Something list in translation may be? Altogether, I am happy with 12GO and Sombat tour.
Bus VIP 33, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Aug 8, 2023
The trip was very good. The VIP bus seats were spacious which made it easy to lie down to sleep. You also get a snack and cover on arrival for the trip! In the middle of the journey there is a break where you can exchange your bus ticket for a voucher to eat a meal - the break lasts about 15-20 minutes.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 26, 2023
Really comfortable and clean bus. Seats are like business class and service was good too
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 25, 2023
The bathroom didn’t have any hand soap, was not cleaned throughout the journey. The snack provided was very poor, inedible. Everything else was great, improvement needed for VIP service.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 22, 2023
Travelled from Bangkok to Phuket on the 7:20pm express bus with Lignite in July 2023. Tickets were $22 each which felt a little pricey for a non sleeper bus. Bus itself was clean, had a toilet, with comfortable reclining seats and left on time, however we did arrive an hour and a half late. The conductor was so friendly and helpful, and she let us move seats when we weren’t happy upstairs. The driver was also professional and we felt safe along the journey. Only 1 stop along the way for about 30 mins where there were nice toilets, food stalls and snack shop. Not the company’s fault but important to note that the bus depot is very far out of Bangkok, about 1 hr drive from the city centre.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 16, 2023
good the bus had problems, and was promptly changed before departure, good drivers, contained delay if we consider the departure time. nice place where we stopped for a break. if the air conditioning had been just slightly less low would have been perfect
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Jul 8, 2023
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