There are a lot of different options when traveling from Bangkok to Phuket. You can get there by plane, train, bus or taxi. According to Google Maps, via roads, it is 525 miles from Bangkok to Phuket. Given the distance, most people prefer to travel to Phuket via plane. Nevertheless, here are all the different options.
Take A Flight From Bangkok To Phuket
Most flights from Bangkok To Phuket (HKT) require less than an hour and a half of flight time. You can depart from either Don Mueang (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport in Bangkok. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways depart from Suvarnabhumi while the smaller airlines Thai AirAsia, Lion Air, Thai Smile and Nok Air tend to depart from Don Mueang. Fares start as low as $25 for a one-way ticket. The short flight times coupled with inexpensive fares make this the best option for most people traveling to Phuket. Make sure to check the included baggage allowance when booking your fare. Some of the budget airlines only include a carry on in their base fare.
Catch A Bus From Bangkok To Phuket
Buses to Phuket depart from the south bus terminal in Bangkok. Most routes are scheduled to take 12 to 15 hours to reach Phuket. Because of traffic or other issues, your bus won’t necessarily arrive according to schedule. Bus fares start at around $20 and go up based upon the amenities available on the bus. Given the small difference between the price of airfare and bus fare on this route and the long travel time, I wouldn’t recommend the bus for most people.
Take A Train
There are no direct train routes from Bangkok to Phuket. If you are set on taking a train, you have to book a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From there you will have to take a bus to Phuket The train tickets start at around $25 and most of the scheduled routes take 8 to 12 hours to complete. Keep in mind trains often run late in Thailand. The Bus portion of the route takes about 4-5 hours to complete and bus tickets start at around $10.
Given the added complexity and travel time of switching to a bus and the combined cost, I don’t recommend taking a train to Phuket. Taking a train is a great way to see Thailand but not when traveling from Bangkok to Phuket.
Take A Private Taxi
Given the distance, this isn’t a great option. Taxi options started at $385 at the time I wrote this.
The prices I quoted were accurate at the time I wrote this. However, the costs of these transportation options are ever-changing.