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

JA
Air con only really worth it if your in window seats. Sit at the top behind the stairs or right at the back for best seats. Pre book of your travelling with someone/group to make sure you get seats you want. Drinks provided along the journey as well as the start, also a blanket for sleeping
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Feb 28, 2024
RN
It's is very comfortable transportation.. the bus chairs is very comfortable like a recliners,, good service
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jan 31, 2024
SD
One of the most comfortable bus rides I have had. However bus arrived about 10 mins late and arrived at destination almost three hours after the estimated arrival time. Operators should update their ETA. We didn’t even encounter issues or traffic along the way yet the ETA was way off.
Bus Express, Transport Co (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด), Jan 15, 2024
X
No guidance how to take ticket. Bus delayed not any english explain and guide.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Dec 24, 2023
BA
This is the way to travel in Thailand. There is ample space for your legs. The seat reclines. There are leg extenders so it feels like you are laying on a massage bed. The road has a few bumps, but they are manageable. The air is the perfect temperature and very sleepable. A blanket is included. A halfway stop to eat is included. Just make sure to save your ticket for that. They need to keep a stub. Plenty of luggage storage too. You have lower cargo storage for your primary big bags, and upper storage near your seat for your small baggage. Everything was primarily on time. Arrived 40 minutes later, but it was fine. It was a 12 hour ride.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Dec 21, 2023
SV
Great bus, but very cold AC so put on something warm. Overall good bus trip!
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Dec 17, 2023
AS
At first i was not sure about 12go service genuinity but anyway I booked the tickets and service was good for real.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 24, 2023
NC
Came on the 14th Nov, 18:20 bus. It left 10 minutes late, had a couple of micro stops along the way to get ppl onboard. The stop to grab food was just before 1AM, no food stamps or anything that other reviewers were mentioning before. Arrived at 7 to Phuket Bus Terminal 2. From there you only have the option to use taxi according to the signs. What they don’t tell you is if you go out to the road, there are these 8-12 seater mini vans (I remember pink color) constantly dooing loops in the town (I think multiple different loops). One ride is 15 baht, you can ride it as long as you want it to. The buses to other towns leave from around the “Phuket bus terminal 1”. Just go to where the google map pinpoints the terminal 1, then walk on the road that is just south of the pinpoint towards east. My bus left from in front of the next 7eleven. The ride cost me 40 baht to get to Patong Beach, Bangala road. The destination is written on the buses side. No AC, the buses are just an open van with some made seats, but they climb easily on the steep roads.
Bus Express, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 18, 2023
W
Seats were big and comfy, ride was smooth and felt super quick. Did not expect it to be as good!
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 18, 2023
RM
The administration for booking, collecting tickets and boarding the bus was excellent. The journey was very good except for the Air Conditioning. When the Air Con was set to ON, the bus became very cold to be able to sleep.
Bus VIP 24, Lignite (ลิกไนท์ทัวร์), Nov 16, 2023
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