Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and it’s known for its pristine beaches, beautiful views and the exciting nightlife. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay. To get or matching your transportation options to Phuket is easy. A popular way to travel to Phuket is by bus because there is no direct train to Phuket and flight tickets are usually more expensive. Taking bus to Phuket is more comfortable with more affordable price. Now it is more convenient to book Phuket bus tickets at BusOnlineTicket.co.th with instant confirmation.
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Popular Bus Route
Bus to Phuket from Bangkok is the favourite bus routes especially for tourists because many tourists like to take bus to enjoy the sightseeing in Thailand countryside. Besides, taking bus from Bangkok to Phuket is much more cheaper than taking flight, which usually cost in the range of THB1,500 – THB2,000 (about USD 50-66) unless you are able to buy few months in advance during promotion.
The distance from Bangkok to Phuket by bus is about 850km. Taking bus is easy and comfortable enough even though it will be a long journey for the passengers. The trick for taking bus from Bangkok to Phuket seems to be taking the overnight bus, so that you do not feel like you are spending so much time on the road.
Bus from Bangkok to Phuket cost around THB587-THB913 depending on the coach type. The first bus will leave early in the morning at 6.40AM and the last bus will leave at 8.30PM. The trip duration for bus from Bangkok to Phuket takes about 12 to 14 hours depending on traffic and weather condition on the departure day. The bus will have a few stops for food and toilet. The bus from Bangkok to Phuket will depart at Bangkok Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal (Baromrajchonnee Road) and will arrive at Phuket Bus Terminal 2.
You can read the travel tips “Best way to get from Bangkok to Phuket” for more detailed information.
Bus to Phuket from Hat Yai is an important bus service to travel between these two popular tourist hot spots because there is no train service from Hat Yai to Phuket. All buses and vans terminate at Phuket Bus Terminal, which is about 30 minute driving distance away from the party paradise, Patong Beach. Phuket Bus Terminal is at the entrance of Phuket town. Passengers arriving at Phuket Bus Terminal need to take taxi to Patong Beach which costs around THB450 (about USD15).
Bus from Hat Yai to Phuket cost around THB326-THB507 depending on the coach type. The first bus will leave from Hat Yai to Bangkok at 8.00AM and the last bus will leave at 9.30PM. The trip duration for bus from Hat Yai to Bangkok is around 6 to 7 hours, depending on the traffic condition.
Taking bus to Phuket from Pattaya is easy and comfortable enough even though it will be a long journey for the passengers. Sawasdee All Thai is the only bus operator who provides direct bus from Pattaya to Phuket. Passengers who are taking Sawasdee All Thai direct bus service to Phuket could save a lot of transit time in Bangkok.
Please note that there are only two trips per day which depart at the same schedule at 5.00PM. The bus fare is ranging from THB792-THB1056 depending on the coach type. The trip duration from Pattaya to Phuket by bus is around 14 to 15 hours depending on the traffic condition. The bus from Pattaya to Phuket will depart from Sawasdee All Thai Office (Pattaya) and will arrive at Phuket Bus Terminal 2 (Phuket Town).
Bus to Phuket from Trang is one of the most frequent bus routes in Thailand. Sri Trang Tour is the only bus operators that offers bus service from Trang to Phuket. The bus fare is ranging from THB230-THB507 depending on the coach type. The first bus will leave Trang for Phuket early in the morning at 10.15AM and the last bus will leave at 11.45PM. The trip duration from Trang to Phuket by bus is around 5 hours depending on the traffic and weather condition on the departure day. The bus from Trang to Phuket departs at Sri Trang (The Transport Company Limited, Trang) and will arrive at Phuket Bus Terminal.
Pick-up and Drop-off Points for the Bus to Phuket
Although there are several drop-off spots in Phuket, most express buses will make pick-ups and drop offs at these locations:
- Phuket Bus Terminal
- Phuket Bus Terminal 2
Phuket Bus Terminals
There are three bus terminals in Phuket. The first one is the old Bus Terminal 1 located inside Phuket Town, the provincial capital, exactly on Phang Nga Road where you can find local buses and minibuses linking Phuket to other destinations nearby Phuket. The second one is the new large Phuket Bus Terminal 2 on Thepkasattri Road, which is the pick-up and drop-off points for buses that connect tourists to other major destinations in Thailand. The last one is at Ranong Road (Old Town) which is the local bus station linking Phuket Town to all beaches.
The Pink open-air buses are the best way to get around Phuket. The bus leaves from local bus station on Ranong Road (Old Town) and assures transfer between these three bus terminals in Phuket Town from 6.00AM till 7.00PM. Tickets are sold by conductor which costs around 10 baht.
Famous Hot Spots in Phuket
Patong Beach Phuket, Thailand
Patong Beach is the top beach in Phuket, surrounded by a lot of restaurants, massage centers, beach shopping shops, local food carts, nightlife live music bars and more. The view in Patong Beach is amazing with its pristine white sands, clear blue water underneath the perfect blue sky. It is located just near the Bangla Road and has a huge amount of visitors due to its proximity to many hotels in Phuket. The best time to visit the beach would be early in the morning when it is almost vacant and you can have the best view at the beach.
It is a nice place for everyone especially for the beach lovers because there are a lot of water activities such as swimming, parasailing, riding a water scooter and other water sports. In addition, there are many small vendors providing these services and the lifeguards are always on the lookout for the visitors’ safety.
To get to Patong Beach from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 is easy by taxi, minivan or local bus. Taking taxi is the quickest way to get from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Patong which costs THB300-THB360 depending on the taxi type which takes around 16 minutes. There is no direct bus from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Patong but there is bus and minivan services departing from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Kata Night Plaza that will stop at Patong Station which costs around THB55-THB70. The journey takes around 2 hours including the transfers.
Another beautiful beach in Phuket will be the Surin Beach which is just 24 kilometers away from Phuket Town. If you are looking for action and entertainment then this isn’t the beach for you. However, if you want peace, quiet and a lovely looking beach, then go to Surin Beach. The beach is clean, pristine and shallow which is great for kids.
In addition, there are many vendors around Surin Beach where you can buy drinks, food and others. The restaurants and vendors along the Surin Beach itself are very cheap for a beach restaurant and all the food are delicious. In addition, there are lots of beds and umbrellas which are only few steps away from the sea.
Bangla Road offers one of the best nightlife in Phuket for adults and it is not suitable for family with children because most of the area on the street has bars and nightclubs. All the shops at Bangla Road start to open around 10.00AM and they will close the following morning at 5.00AM. This place is crowded and full of fun. It is also one of the great places to buy watches, food and drinks.
Phuket Big Buddha
Phuket Big Buddha is one of the must visit places in Phuket. The views are amazing and very peaceful which is totally worth the trip. It is admission is free but you need to dress appropriately to enter. You can hire the scarfs or sarong for THB20 at the entrance. In addition, there are shops and stalls where you can buy souvenirs, food and others. For the transportation, you can take taxi, tuk tuk or local bus to get to Big Buddha Phuket.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island, or Koh Phi Phi – an island that belongs to Krabi Province, is one of the top popular islands in Thailand. Demographically, the island is located in the west coast of Thailand. You can go to Phi Phi Island from Phuket by ferry, train or bus. Phi Phi Island is one of the beautiful Islands in Thailand. There are many things to do at Phi Phi Island such as kayak, snorkeling, diving, and many more. It is just around 45 minutes speedboat trip and a 90 minutes ferryboat ride from either Phuket or Krabi.
You can read Phi Phi Island Guide page for more information.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay also known as Ao Phang Nga National Park, is characterized by its limestone cliffs and rock formations, as well as mangrove forests and small islands. Phang Nga Bay is one of the must go places in Phuket because it is more relaxing and calm which is ideal for kayaking. The tips to go to Phang Nga Bay is you should get there early and you can enjoy the peaceful and calm surrounding.
Other famous hot spots are Wat Chalong, Old Phuket Town, Elephant Sanctuaries, Bang Tao Beach, Similan Islands, Night Markets, Island-Hopping, Phuket FantaSea Show and many more.
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