Phuket Airport - online display of departure and arrival and how to get to the hotel

Palm among transport messages withPhuket, by right, belongs to the airlines - both domestic and international communications. In today's article I would like to tell you a little about the main air port of this one of the largest islands of Thailand - Phuket International Airport.

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Phuket Airport

The airport consists of local and internationalterminals located in two different buildings. Domestic terminal has two floors and until 2016 it regularly accepted both domestic and international flights. Since 2016, a separate, international terminal has already been opened on four floors, after which tourists and employees of Phuket airport sighed more freely.

How to fly to Phuket

According to statistics, Phuket Airport is the secondThailand airport in terms of total passenger traffic. Here direct flights from such countries as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Australia, Russia, France, Switzerland and many others land. Also here come the charters. You can always search for tickets to the dates you need on Aviasales and Skyscanner, who likes what more, but, as a rule, they show almost the same prices. Remember that most often tickets to Bangkok are cheaper, so consider the flight to Bangkok too.

Online display of departure and arrival in Phuket

Below is an online scoreboard with arrivals anddeparting flights. Information on the board is displayed in real time and you can always see which flight is expected, which one is delayed and so on.

Domestic Terminal

The old, domestic terminal consists of two floors and serves domestic flights. The second is the passenger departure area, the first floor is the arrival area.


First floor of the internal terminal - arrival zone


Second floor of the internal terminal - departure area

Passengers arrive on the first floorDomestic terminal. After receiving the luggage you almost immediately go out into the street. Just before the exit, there will be a very small hall, where SIM sales racks, offices of international distributors (they are also in the international terminal), ATMs and luggage storage are located.

Out on the street, you will immediately see racks withminibuses and taxis, as well as private taxi drivers who offer their services. Here is the bus stop. Details on how to get to your hotel in the second part of the post.

Registration for departure of passengers is more frequent.just on the second floor of the terminal (the same offices of airlines on the third floor), but some flights are registered in a separate side building on the first floor. Before entering the terminal, you will have to go through the scanner and the metal detector frame, either on the first floor or on the second. Immediately on the second you can bring a taxi, but on the first floor you will need to go in the wrong door, from where passengers arrive, and in a side building. The terminal is a small, normal waiting room for arriving passengers here. A little confusedly explained, but it will not be difficult to understand there.

On the second floor you will find cafes, coffee shops,shops with various souvenirs. After passing through passport control, there will be no duty-free, but there will be a number of shops with a so-called assortment and a couple of snack stalls.

Luggage storage and mail at the domestic terminal

Luggage storage and mail at the domestic terminal, 80 baht / day

View from the parking lot to the extension terminal

View from the parking lot to the extension terminal

By the way, if such an opportunity happens,your luggage upon arrival suddenly will not be, you must immediately contact the appropriate counter and fill in the necessary documents. In the application, you specify your personal data and the planned residence on the island, as well as describe the luggage. After that, you will be given a copy of this application, from which you will go to the hotel, where you will wait for the decision on the fate of your belongings.

International Terminal (International Terminal)

Phuket International Airport Terminal is builtand launched in 2016. It is located next to Domestic terminal, so there is no transport connection between them, you can walk for 5-10 minutes. At the time of my visit in 2017, all the works were not fully finished there, so I had to bypass the construction zone through the parking lot. How to finish, the path will be even shorter. It will also be possible to transfer any racks between the terminals and visually everything may differ from my photos.

The international terminal consists of four floors:

Floors of the Phuket International Terminal

Floors of the Phuket International Terminal

Ground floor - arrival zone

Ground floor - arrival zone

Second floor - passport control and airline offices

Second floor - passport control and airline offices

Third Floor - Departure Area

Third Floor - Departure Area

Fourth floor - shops and restaurants

Fourth floor - shops and restaurants

To enter the international terminal buildingneed to go through the frame on the first floor. Then you can follow to the desired floor. On the ground floor there are racks with the sale of SIM cards, racks of international car dealers, currency exchange offices and ATMs. On the second floor there is a 7-eleven minimarket, which can be accessed from the first floor from the street by escalator.

On the street near the exit from the terminal you will seeracks with minibuses and taxis, prices are exactly the same as at the terminal of local airlines, no matter where you go. Details on how to get to your hotel in the second part of the post.

View from the parking at the international terminal

View from the parking at the international terminal

Airport Services

Currency exchange and ATMs

With regards to local currency, then exchange youryou can get blood money for baht, both on the beach and right after leaving the airport at any of the terminals. True, it is better that this blood would be dollars or euros (what money is better to take with you). The Russian ruble is not exchanged everywhere and not always, and more often at an unfavorable exchange rate. In addition, do not rush to part with the whole amount at once (especially if it is not in rubles), if necessary, this can be done at any time, since the difference in exchange in one place or another is not significant.

Also here you can withdraw money in any ofATMs. It is absolutely no matter where to do, here at the airport or later on your beach. The bank also does not really matter, well, only if you do not have a Thai bank card. How to withdraw money, I already wrote in this article.

ATMs and currency exchange, domestic / international

ATMs and currency exchange, domestic / international

Simcard at the airport

It is best to take the simka local Thaioperator immediately at the airport, so as not to look for it later in the offices of operators and mini-markets. So you will immediately leave the airport with 4G Internet, which is much cheaper than the Russian operator in roaming.

Especially there is no difference what operator to take, they are all about the same, both in coverage and in tariffs. There are only 3 of them: DTAC. AIS and True move. I usually use DTAC for many years now. They somehow somehow understand the tariffs.

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper>

Buy in advance via the Internet a local Thai SIM card on the Klook website and get 4G internet for 8 days in just 131 baht instead of 299 baht.

VAT refund or VAT refund

At Phuket airport, you can return before on purchases (Vat = 7%) made in Thailand. The amount of purchases must be more than 5,000 baht. Previously, when making a purchase in a store, you need to issue a paper for a tax refund, coming up with your receipt, which will be stamped Vat Refund. True, this is not in all stores, and the amount of purchases for paper registration should be at least 2,000 baht once.

Also, purchases must be made no more than 60 days before departure from Thailand. I wrote about this in more detail in this article. VAT refund in Thailand - we save on purchases.

How to get from Phuket airport to the hotel

The most important question that worries mostpassengers arriving on holiday in Phuket - from Phuket airport to get to your destination, for example, to your hotel in Phuket. There are several options for different wallets:

  • City bus and minibus
  • Internet transfer
  • Taxi
  • Car rental

City bus and minibus

The most budget option of transporting tourists- This is a city bus, as the fare in it is 100 baht per person. But there is one major drawback in city buses - the bus does not run at night, and in general there are not so many flights. You also need to understand that the bus will take you to the city, in Phuket Town at the Old Bus Terminal, and not to your hotel. That is, in Phuket Town, you will need to change to a minibus and ride it.

There is also a bus from the airport to Patong Kata Beach. Cost 120 baht.

A more convenient way to get to the hotel isminibus / minibus (in our minibus). Minibass always stand near the exit from the arrivals hall, and the pleasure it will cost about 150-200 baht depending on the distance of your beach. A bit more expensive than by bus, but more comfortable and faster. According to the latest data, minibars go from 7 in the morning until about 10 in the evening.

Minibas at Phuket Airport

Minibas at Phuket Airport, Domestic Terminal

Minibas and taxi stand, international terminal

Minibas and taxi stand, international terminal

Bus Schedule from Phuket Airport

Bus timetables from Phuket Airport to Patong Kata

Bus Schedule from Phuket Airport

Bus schedule from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town

Internet transfer

Anyone who wants a minimum of gestures canin advance via the Internet, while still at home, order a transfer to Kiwitaxi. You will be met in the arrival hall with a sign, take your luggage, put you in the car and take you to the right place. The method is good because there are no problems at all, nothing to think about, which is important for those traveling for the first time and will be tired after the flight. At prices about as much as on the street.

Transfer to hotel in Phuket>

I already went to the transfer from this company and was completely pleased with it. As promised, met and without delay was taken to the hotel. Here is my review of kiwitaxi. You can ask in the form below. I took to Patong, but you can choose other beaches: Kamala, Karon, Kata, Nai Harn, and so on. By the way, hotels also sometimes offer transfers, but as a rule, they are more expensive.

Taxi on the spot

If you have not ordered a transfer, then at your serviceThe most common transport in these cases is a taxi. It can be taken on the spot. But keep in mind that taxis here are of two types, depending on the method of payment:

- Fixed charge (limousine service)
- Payment by meter (taxi-meter)

The price difference between them is small, order200-300 baht, considering that here you are not Bangkok and even driving over the counter goes significantly more expensive than the capital. And the trouble is that the fleet of taxis is short and the waiting time can be delayed. I flew to Phuket many times, only once left the counter. Plus, when driving on the counter, you will have to pay an airport tax of 150 baht.

For example, the road to Patong by taxi-meter will becost you about 600 baht: 400-500 baht over the counter and 150 baht airport tax. The fixed price is somewhere from 800 baht. But again, after midnight, the check-in counter at the taxi-meter closes and, accordingly, does not work. In general, it is almost impossible to leave the meter recently, it is better to rely on a fixed fee, and negotiate it on the spot. The only problem a taxi driver can call the price from the ceiling, seeing your confusion.

Cost of fixed rate:

Nai Harn - 1100 baht
Kata, Kata Noi, Karon, Rawai, Cape Panwa - 1000 baht
Patong, Chalong - 800 baht
Phuket Town, Katu - 700 Baht
Kamala - 750 baht
Laguna, Bang Tao, Surin - 700 baht
Knighton - 650 baht
Nai Yang

The further the beach, the more expensive (My review of all Phuket beaches). The price of a regular taxi, which fit 1-3 people. If the machine is large, where you can and 5-8 people sit down, then multiply the price by two.

Also there is another option to take a taxi,put the application Grabtaxi, register in it and upon arrival call a taxi through it (as a taximeter, and with a fixed payment). In the application you need to specify where you are going and where. The only caveat is that the application does not know all the addresses, but it’s impossible to choose an arbitrary point (just somewhere), so sometimes you have to choose a point somewhere nearby. It is also advisable to indicate your Thai phone number during registration, because taxi drivers almost always call after receiving an order to find out where to go. By the way, it is easier for them to respond, something like “follow GPS” or just “GPS”, because there is often no other way to explain the language barrier. If it is not possible to call a taximeter, then try to call a fix, it happens that the taximeter is either far or all busy (there are few of them). The application is not quite convenient in my opinion, but you can use it.

Taxi fare in Phuket

Taxi fare in Phuket

Taxi fare in Phuket

Taxi fare in Phuket

Car rental

Not a bad way to get tourists to the hotel, onMy opinion is car rental. But this is if you are an active person and then you will go somewhere, and not just lie on the beach. Read my detailed post - how to rent a car in thailand.

Best to book through verifiedEconomybookings broker, through it almost 2 times cheaper will be, apparently due to sales. Checked personally and more than once! I always book this way myself. Plus, they have immediately collected offers from all international distributors on one site, no need to go through sites one by one.

Phuket Car Hire with Discount>

Arrive and immediately at the airport you will be waitinga machine. Recently, I always take a car, not a bike, with a wheelbarrow much more comfort and freedom, you can go anywhere and not depend on a taxi: to a hotel, to a nearby city, but to anywhere. Offices are available, and in the local terminal of the airport, and internationally, no matter where to go, the parking is shared, as the terminals are very close.

Car rental racks, domestic / international

Car rental racks, domestic / international

Where is Phuket Airport

It is located in the north of the island on the west.just 32 km from the center of the city of the same name - Phuket Town. Moreover, this northern part of the island is not the most popular among tourists. But there are beaches, the nearest beach, where you can rent a hotel and swim Nai yang. And here there is a piece of beach right outside the airport, where do planes fly overhead.

If you want to find out about short term housing options in Phuket, I have personally composed hotel review. In general, the choice of housing in Phuket presented on any budget, it remains only to open RoomGuru and choose what you like.

Phuket Airport

Phuket Airport
The second passenger airport in the country. Here come direct regular and scheduled flights. There are two terminals for servicing flights: domestic and international.
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View from the parking at the international terminal

The second passenger airport in the country. Here come direct regular and scheduled flights. There are two terminals for servicing flights: domestic and international. More details.

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