Surin Beach, Phuket Surin Beach, Phuket – Image courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

How to get to Phuket

The island of Phuket is located on the west coast of Thailand around 867km (538mi) southwest of Bangkok, Thailand.

The most convenient route to Phuket is by air to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) – or to Singapore's Changi Airport (SIN) – with a connecting flight to Phuket Airport (HKT).

Alternatively, numerous air-conditioned (and inexpensive) buses depart Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal every night for Phuket Town.


Flight times to Phuket

The following are the most convenient flights to Phuket, Thailand.

Within Thailand: Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).

Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight


From the United States: American Airlines, Delta, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Atlanta to Phuket is 22 hrs 48 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Phuket is 20 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Phuket is 19 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Phuket is 22 hrs 50 mins, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 20 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Phuket is 19 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Cathay Dragon, Qatar Airways, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Toronto to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Phuket is 22 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Phuket is 18 hrs, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Adelaide to Phuket is 10 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Phuket is 11 hrs, direct flight
Sydney to Phuket is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Phuket is 8 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Perth to Phuket is 8 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Auckland to Phuket is 14 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: SilkAir, Scoot Tigerair, Thai Air Asia and Jetstar Asia Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Singapore to Phuket is 1 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From the United Kingdom: Thai Airways International, EVA Air and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

London to Phuket is 14 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates and Thai Airways International offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Paris to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32km (20mi) from Phuket City.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) (known unofficially as Bangkok Airport) is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (18mi) east of Bangkok.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


Getting around Phuket

Taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis and songtaews (colourful buses) are convenient ways to get around. Hire cars and scooters are available.

Note: songtaews only take you from a beach to Phuket Town, but not from beach to beach: that’s the exclusive right of tuk-tuk drivers, who charge whatever they can get away with. If you plan to hop from beach to beach or enjoy a sunset it might be better to hire a taxi for the day.

Ferries and private long-tail boats connect the mainland to all the off-shore islands. Taxis can also be rented by the day. Thais drive on the left-hand side of the road.


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Latest update: How to get to Phuket: 4 June, 2019


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