The main modes of transport in Phuket

How to get from Phuket airport to your hotel quickly and preferably inexpensively? How to move between beaches? How to get to the observation decks and attractions? How much does it cost? Inevitably, questions that all vacationers in Phuket have.

“Package” tourists do not have to worry about the transfer to the hotel. As a rule, the tour operator has already taken care of this. Transportation takes place on comfortable buses or minibuses (if the groups are small).

But those who flew to Phuket on their own will have to take care of how to get to their hotel and how to move around the island in the future. The transport system in Phuket is developed. If you are a fan of individual travel (that is, you do not buy an all-inclusive package), then, having arrived in Thailand, you can easily visit most of the attractions of this country without the participation of travel agencies.

Public transport in Phuket – song taew buses

A cross between a bus and a blue truck (Song Taew, translated as “two rows”) – this is the representative of urban public transport.

This is an open blue bus and, as follows from the translation, there are two benches opposite each other inside, on which passengers are accommodated. It runs from 7 am to 6 pm from Phuket Town to the main resort areas. If you want to get from one beach to another, you will first have to drive to Phuket town, and then transfer to the bus to the desired beach. This is the main disadvantage of this type of transport – very slow and uncomfortable. But Song Taew is much cheaper than a tuk-tuk or a taxi. The average cost of a trip is 40 baht. There are no specialized stops, you need to wave your hand to make it stop and call when you need to get off. A similar bus runs around the city of Phuket, only pink.

Smart bass in Phuket (Smart Bus)

Recently, another carrier has appeared in Phuket Phuket Smart Bus . Modern comfortable buses run from Phuket Airport (the parking lot is located to the right of the exit from the airport) to Rawai Beach, passing through all popular resorts such as Patong, Kata, Karon, Bangtao, Kamala.

These buses do not accept cash for travel, you must purchase an electronic card and top up the balance. You can buy a card from the bus driver for 300 baht. 100 baht the cost of the card itself + 200 baht replenishment of the balance. The card is suitable for multiple trips, the amount is debited depending on the distance of the trip (from 50 to 170 baht per trip). For children under 7 years old, travel is free! (upon presentation of the document).

The fare on the “smart bus”

Route on the map

On the carrier’s website, you can see the schedule of buses and even track their GPS coordinates online.

Taxi

This is a fairly common and not cheap way to travel. In order to be able to order a car, download the GRAB mobile application (it’s something like our Yandex taxi). The application is in English, but everything is intuitive there. Enter the destination and immediately see how much the trip costs. Russian-language services also work in Phuket, for example kiwi.taxi:

The public taxi rank at Phuket Airport is located to the right of the exit from the terminal. There are also motorcycle taxis in Phuket. Usually they hang out on the roadsides in bright vests.

Bike and car rental

You can also travel around Phuket comfortably on a rented scooter or on a full-fledged powerful motorcycle. But it should be remembered that in this state there is left-hand traffic. There are good roads here. However, if you decide to rent a car, then your best bet is to take a four-wheel drive SUV. Indeed, in Tai there are many mountains, villages, hard-to-reach beaches. Phuket’s roads are quite difficult due to winding serpentines and hills, especially dangerous during the rainy season. Therefore, if you are an inexperienced driver, then a car is preferable. It is better to rent a car in trusted places, such as an airport or a hotel. Or through trusted search engines, for example here .

In order to rent a car, you will need an international driver’s license , a credit card and a passport. In private small companies, cases of fraud and a complete lack of insurance are not uncommon. Pay attention to this. And you also need to remember that driving in Phuket is associated with certain risks. The average cost of renting a car per day is from 1000 baht, depending on the season, and a motorbike is 150-200 baht.

Knock Knock

One of the traditional and popular modes of transport for tourists is the tuk-tuk. These are small bright cars. They line up along the road in anticipation of paying passengers. Tuk-tuk travel cannot be called cheap, for example, from Karon to Patong (15 min drive) they ask for 400 – 450 baht. It turns out profitable if you find fellow travelers and chip in for travel. The price must be agreed in advance. In the evening, these cars turn into mini-discos with loud music and illumination.