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 Phuket International Airport (HKT), located in the north of the island around 32km (20mi) from the city centre.

From some international destinations this may require first flying into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) or Singapore's Changi Airport (SIN), followed by a connecting flight to Phuket.

Alternatively, if you're already in Bangkok, air-conditioned 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 China: Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express and Thai Airways offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Beijing to Phuket is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Phuket is 5 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Phuket is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight


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 Malaysia: Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia operate the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Kuala Lumpur to Phuket is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates and Etihad offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Abu Dhabi to Phuket is 6 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dubai to Phuket is 6 hrs 30 min, direct flight


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

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

Adelaide to Phuket is 10 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Phuket is 8 hrs 30 min, 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, connecting flightˆ


From 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, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Emirates and Thai Airways International offers the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Dublin to Phuket is 14 hrs 10 min, 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, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Thai Airways, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Frankfurt to Phuket is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Berlin to Phuket is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Phuket is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Phuket is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From 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, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Phuket is 20 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Phuket is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Phuket is 22 hrs 50 mins, connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 20 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Phuket is 19 hrs 30 min, 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, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Phuket is 22 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Phuket is 18 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

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


Public transport

Taxi: The taxi stand is located directly outside the terminal building. The journey to Phuket city takes about 60 minutes, with the fare around 500 Baht.

A limousine service is also available: tickets are sold at the limousine counter in the arrivals hall on the first floor of the terminal building.

Bus: Buses, emblazoned with a large ‘Airport Bus’ logo, depart for Phuket city centre on an hourly basis, taking around 80 minutes for a fare of 100 Baht, one-way.


Car rental

There are two car hire counters at Phuket International Airport, one in the north end and the other at the south end of the Arrivals Hall.

Car hire companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.


Terminal facilities

Money: There are four currency exchange counters in the arrivals hall and one in the departures area. ATMs are also available.

Food: The main restaurant on the third floor serves Thai and international food. Smaller snack bars and cafés are located throughout the terminal.

Shopping: Shops at the airport include four duty-free outlets in the international departures lounge and one in the international arrivals lounge.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access – free for the first two hours – is available throughout Phuket International Airport.

Public telephones are also available within the terminals. A post office is located in the departures hall on the second floor.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for passengers with physical disabilities include lifts, disabled toilets and lowered telephones.

The airport also has dedicated parking spaces that are reserved for disabled people in the main car park. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline in advance of travel.


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

On foot; most popular resorts and hotels are located close to a beach, restaurants and shopping areas.

Elsewhere, taxis, tuk-tuks (small yellow or red open-air minivans), motorcycle taxis and songtaews (blue open-air buses) are the most convenient way of getting around Phuket. Cars, scooters and motorcycles are also available to hire.

While hiring a car or motorcycle is a fun way to explore the island, you need to take great care when driving in Phuket.

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: 8 June, 2020


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