How to get from Bangkok to Phuket - by plane, bus, car and train

The distance from Bangkok to Phuket is about 840 km, which can be overcome by car in 11 hours, if you take the road number 410. This is without taking into account traffic jams, stops and wild elephants on the track. :) Since the machine is not the most attractive wayTraveling after a long flight, below I will tell you three main options on how to get from Bangkok to Phuket. However, if an overnight stay is planned in Bangkok (for example, in a budget Nasa vegas), and you love to drive, then the car is a good option.

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Airplane from Bangkok to Phuket

Two airports in Bangkok

In Bangkok, there are two main airports that serve civilian aircraft.

  • The first is the main international airport of the country Suvanabhumi (Suvarnabhumi). It is here that you arrive if you could not get tickets with a direct flight from Russia to Phuket.
  • The second airport is called Dong Mueang (Dong Mueang), here are concentrated flights of low-cost airlines, which are engaged in international and domestic passenger traffic.

You can fly from Bangkok to Phuket from bothairports, but flights will vary greatly in price. Airlines Thai International Airways and Bangkok Airways fly from Suvanabhumi, which services can hardly be called inexpensive. One way flight will be about 4 thousand baht, and round-trip ticket will cost about 7 thousand baht per person.

AirAsia low-cost airlines ply in Dong Muang,NokAir, Orient Thai, etc., that is, airlines with low prices. The cost of a one-way trip will be, on average, 1.5 thousand baht, and a round-trip ticket will cost about 3 - 3.5 thousand baht per person.

I recommend watching tickets and comparing prices on and, we use them regularly.

The main advice to those who are going to fly fromBangkok to Phuket low cost flights - book your tickets in advance. Not in two or three days, but in two or three weeks, or even a month. Pre-booking dramatically affects the cost of the ticket. But the main problem is not even that you overpay twice by buying tickets on the day of departure, but that they may not be available.

Phuket Airport to the beach

You arrive at Phuket airport, regardless ofdeparture airport, he is there alone, located in the north of the island. The closest thing to go to the beach is Nai Yang, in general one can say near (5 minutes), but it is not very popular. To the rest go from 30-60 minutes on average, depending on where it is necessary. Read more about how to get there. from the airport to the beachread the link. Well Phuket beaches overview may be useful.

Rates from Phuket Airport to the beach

Rates from Phuket Airport to the beach

Bus from Bangkok to Phuket

How to buy a bus ticket via the Internet

The only site that gives us the opportunityBuying bus tickets online is Almost all bus companies are present, so there will be a choice. But the directions are not all, only popular ones. However, Phuket is very popular, so there will be more than tickets there.

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Payment by credit card or PayPal, an electronic ticket, very convenient!

Travel time and classes

If your budget is not designed for air travel, butthere is a lot of time, I recommend to pay attention to a more budget way to get from Bangkok to Phuket - buses. There are two bus stations in Bangkok, quite remote from the main airport of the country, from where buses go to Phuket. About buses in tay I have a separate post to get an idea.

Trip from Bangkok to Phuket by bustakes about 12 hours, and the cost of the ticket is from 600 to 1,000 baht per person, depending on the chosen level of service on the bus: VIP, 1st or 2nd grade. And we still once went by bus from Pattaya to Phuket. The road is the same, but a little bit longer in time than it did with Bangkok.

Inside the cabin bus class VIP-32, 4 seats in a row

Inside the cabin bus class VIP-32, 4 seats in a row

Two bus station

Southern Bus Terminal (Southern Bus Terminal) orin Thai, Sai Thai Mai is located on the edge of Bangkok opposite Suvarnabhumi and depart from here to the southern provinces of the Kingdom of Thailand, and the main tourist destinations of the south: Hua Hin, Samui, Krabi and Phuket.

From the South Bus Station the first bus leavesat 5 am, and the last - around half past nine in the evening. Most flights start between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, so that the passengers sleep on the way.

South Bus Station (Sai ​​Tai Mai)

South Bus Station (Sai ​​Tai Mai)
Southern bus station (in Thai, buses go from here to the south. You just need a new Sai Tai Mai. Ticket offices on the 3rd floor.
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Southern bus station (in Thai, buses go to the south from here. We need a new Sai Tai Mai. Ticket offices on the 3rd floor. More.

Northern Bus Terminal (Northern Bus Terminal / Mochit) is located in the north of the city near the Chatuchak market, 15 minutes walk from BTS Mo Chit station. Basically, buses leave from it in the direction of the northern regions of Thailand: Isan (Isaan), Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. However, there are several flights to the southern resorts of Thailand, including to Phuket.

From the Northern bus station takes only three flights - morning at 7:30, and two evening, at 18:30 and 18:40.

North Bus Station (Mo Chit)

North Bus Station (Mo Chit)
North bus station Mo Chit or Mor Chit. From here, buses most often go to the north, but there are also southern routes.
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North bus station Mo Chit or Mor Chit. From here, buses most often go to the north, but there are also southern routes. More details.

Train + bus

How to buy a train ticket via the Internet

Buy a combined train / bus ticketit is possible, either at the box office of the railway station upon arrival, or in some travel agency on Bangkok street. Of course, the agency will keep a small commission. Previously, train tickets could be bought online on the official site of railway roads, but the shop was covered.

The only place where you can now buy tickets online is on the website Payment by credit card or PayPal.

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Electronic bus ticket, trainit is necessary to receive the original, either at the agency’s office (several points) or by mail. Unfortunately, the Thai railways do not support the e-ticketing system.

Movement pattern

There is no train connection to Phuket, as well asin the neighboring province of Krabi Phuket. So, the trip from Bangkok to Phuket will be a combination - first you have to get to the city of Surat Thani, there you can transfer to the bus, and go there even to Phuket itself. For me, this option is not very convenient, for too long, I'd rather immediately went by bus. Separately about the railway road I have a post.

Since there will be two vehicles,buy two tickets: on the train, and on the bus. You can do it separately: first, train ticket at the railway station, then upon arrival in Surttani bus ticket. But it is better to take a combined ticket in advance. Traveling with a combined ticket is good for two reasons:

  • first, you are sent at such a time that the train and the bus are clearly docked in time of arrival
  • secondly, railway employees help you with a transfer, not letting you get lost and late.

The road from Bangkok to Phuket will take from 8.5 to 11 hours, the cost of travel will be from 300 to 1.5 thousand baht, depending on the chosen class of service and movement patterns.

Second class air conditioned like our reserved seat

Second class air conditioned like our reserved seat

Railway station Bangkok

The main railway station of Bangkok Hua Lampong (HuaLampong), located in the city center, near Chinatown. It can be reached on the MRT underground metro station, the final metro station is also called Hua Lampong.

For more confidence that you will sit onthe train you need, at the time you need, I recommend in advance to take care of buying a ticket, especially if you want to save money and go in 3rd class. It is very likely that the tickets will not appear if you suddenly decide to buy them on the day of departure. Schedule south direction of the site. I also remind you that you cannot buy a ticket on the Thai Railways website only at the box office.

Railway Station Hua Lamphong

Railway Station Hua Lamphong
Station in the heart of Bangkok

Station in the heart of Bangkok

On a rented car

This option was announced at the very beginning of the article.not just for beauty. At Suvarnaphumi Airport there is a whole sector with counters of companies that provide rental services. If you are seriously considering the auto-mileage from Bangkok to Phuket as a way to travel, the choice and payment of the car is best done in advance, online. Otherwise, you will have to drive on what will be in the garage of the rental agent at the time of your appeal (if anything at all). The car you have ordered is delivered to the arrival area, it is convenient. Read more about Rent a car in Thailand via the Internet.

Car must be booked through Economybookings. Immediately on one site you will see offers from all major international distributors. The price will be lower than directly, plus you can give full insurance for free. I take it only through this intermediary.

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You can get from Phuket to Bangkok in one day,but only if you do not have small children, and you are a trucker by profession, and you are not afraid of a ten-hour journey on the highway after a ten-hour flight (and in the case of a flight with a transfer there will be 15 hours). More relevant, rent a car in such a way as to rest a couple of days in Bangkok after the flight, and then only slowly move towards Phuket, on the way stopping at interesting places of the Kingdom of Thailand.

For example, Mountain of bats. National Park Sam Roy Yot, or National Park Khao Sok.

Rental price starts from 500 baht per day,plus gasoline for 780 kilometers, plus a deposit in the amount of a franchise (5-10 thousand baht), which is then returned. And the last thing - when renting a car elsewhere, some companies charge a fee for a refund. But, for example, Hertz does not take anything if you take the car for a period of 5 days or more.

By car Bangkok-Phuket, the car from Hertz

By car Bangkok-Phuket, the car from Hertz

P.S. If you want to know about short term housing options in Phuket, I have a selection of good hotels, based on the rating and reviews. In general, the choice of hotels in Phuket is huge, it remains only to open RoomGuru and choose what you like.

Life hacking 1 - how to buy a good insurance

Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, so to help all travelers, I compile a rating. To do this, I constantly monitor forums, study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.

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Life hacking 2 - how to find a hotel 20% cheaper

First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good offer base, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel can often be found 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.

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