GETTING HERE

FLIGHTS TO PHUKET - AIRLINE TIMETABLES

Phuket International Airport receives more than 20 flights a day from Bangkok, as well as a few daily services from Chiang Mai, Samui, Pattaya, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and several flights a week from Hong Kong. From Bangkok, the flight is about one hour.

Current timetables for flights to Phuket are shown below, although some services are reduced during the low season. Flights to Phuket include numerous budget options costing about US$50 one-way.

Days: Depart: Arrive: Flight Number: Airline: Remarks:
Daily 06:45 08:05 FD3022 Air Asia From 4th Jan
Daily 06:55 08:15 FD3022 Air Asia  
Daily 07:10 08:35 PG270 Bangkok Air from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 07:25 08:50 TG226 Thai Airways from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 09:45 10:40 PG252 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 10:05 11:35 TG202 Thai Airways From 15th Jan
Daily 10:20 11:45 PG272 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 10:50 12:20 TG204 Thai Airways from 1 Sep to 26 Mar
Daily 12:05 13:30 TG206 Thai Airways from 1 Sep to 30 Oct
Daily 12:50 11:45 PG132 Bangkok Air from 1 Sep to 26 Mar
Daily 12:50 14:10 FD3026 Air Asia From 4th Jan
2 3 5 6 12:55 13:50 PG260 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 13:10 14:35 TG208 Thai Airways from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 13:40 15:00 OX8220 Orient Thai From 4th Jan
Daily 13:50 12:45 PG134 Bangkok Air  
Daily 14:00 15:25 PG276 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 14:10 15:05 PG254 Bangkok Air From 15th Jan
Daily 14:15 15:35 FD3024 Air Asia from 31 Oct to 26 Mar
Daily 14:25 15:50 PG276 Bangkok Air from 9 Mar to 15 Mar
Daily 14:30 15:50 FD3024 Air Asia from 1 Sep to 26 Mar
Daily 14:50 16:45 TG212 Thai Airways From 15th Jan
Daily 15:15 16:35 FD3028 Air Asia  
Daily 15:30 16:55 TG214 Thai Airways From 15th Jan
4 5 6 15:35 17:00 TG486 Thai Airways  
Daily 15:50 17:05 FD3028 Air Asia from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 16:10 17:35 PG274 Bangkok Air  
Daily 16:20 17:45 TG216 Thai Airways from 4 Jan to 27 Feb
Daily 16:30 17:55 FD3030 Air Asia From 4th Jan
Daily 16:40 18:00 FD3030 Air Asia From 4th Jan
2 3 5 6 16:45 15:15 PG266 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 16:45 17:40 PG256 Bangkok Air  
2 4 5 6 17:00 20:10 TG671 Thai Airways from 4 Jan to 24 Mar
Daily 17:05 15:35 PG148 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 17:30 18:50 OX8222 Orient Thai from 4 Jan to 24 Mar
Daily 17:35 16:30 PG158 Bangkok Air From 15th Jan
2 3 5 6 18:20 17:15 PG168 Bangkok Air From 15th Jan
Daily 18:25 19:50 TG222 Thai Airways from 7 Jan to 27 Feb
Daily 18:25 19:50 TG218 Thai Airways from 10 Jan to 27 Feb
Daily 18:40 20:00 FD3032 Air Asia From 4th Jan
2 4 5 6 18:45 20:10 TG671 Thai Airways  
1 2 4 7 19:00 17:50 PG168 Bangkok Air  
Daily 19:40 20:35 PG258 Bangkok Air from 6 Jan to 27 Feb
Daily 19:45 21:10 PG278 Bangkok Air from 4 Jan to 9 Jan
2 3 5 6 19:45 18:15 PG172 Bangkok Air from 27 Mar to 8 May
Daily 20:00 18:30 PG170 Bangkok Air  
Daily 20:30 19:00 PG178 Bangkok Air from 31 Oct to 26 Mar
Daily 20:35 22:00 PG278 Bangkok Air  
Daily 21:00 22:20 FD3032 Air Asia From 4th Jan
Daily 21:05 20:00 PG806 Bangkok Air From 17th Mar
2 3 4 5 6 7 21:15 20:10 PG192 Bangkok Air from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 21:45 23:15 FD3034 Air Asia From 4th Jan
Daily 21:50 23:10 FD3034 Air Asia from 28 Feb to 15 Mar
Daily 22:30 23:55 PG280 Bangkok Air from 4 Jan to 9 Jan
2 3 4 5 6 7 22:35 21:05 PG196 Bangkok Air from 15 Jan to 26 Mar
Daily 22:45 21:15 PG194 Bangkok Air From 4th Jan
Daily 23:05 22:00 PG962 Bangkok Air from 27 Mar to 29 Oct
Daily 23:05 00:25 FD3036 Air Asia from 4 Jan to 9 Jan
Daily 23:10 00:30 FD3036 Air Asia from 4 Jan to 9 Jan

* Days: 1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday, 3 = Wednesday, 4 = Thursday, 5 = Friday 6 = Saturday, 7 = Sunday

* Please click airlines’ links below for more information
TG: Thai Airways www.thaiair.com
FD: Air Asia www.airasia.com
PG: Bangkok Airways www.bangkokair.com
DD: Nok Air www.nokair.com
OX: Orient Thai Airlines www.orient-thai.com

* Flights BKK to HKT ( from Don Muang Airport = FD, DD, OX / from Suvarnabhumi Airport = TG, PG )
Flights HKT to BKK ( from Phuket International Airport )

Updated and correct: January 2011 Source: www.1stopphuket.com/getting_here/air

MINIBUS

TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT

Airport transfers are simple. The airport is at the far north of the island, some 30 kilometers from Phuket Town and quite far from Patong Beach and Jungceylon. It is best to use one of the two officials transport companies with booths right inside the arrival lounge. Prices are fixed 700 – 900 THB. for an Airport Limousine or 150 THB. per person for a minibus to get to the major beaches at the south or west of the island.

The Airport Bus is a cheaper alternative as long as you are not in a rush. Ask at the airport for their current departure schedules and pricing.

Car rental is available.

MOTORCYCLE TAXI

All fares must be negotiated before the ride. These taxi riders are easily identified by their special colored jackets identifying the location of their home base. Many have the word ‘taxi’ written in English on this jacket. Do not take a taxi from anyone who is not wearing one of these jackets.

RENTING YOU OWN CAR

Private rental cars are easily found in every beach areas, and major rental companies operate in most resorts. If renting private vehicles from the side of the road, beware: few of these vehicles have insurance,and this can prove disastrous in the event of an accident

TUK-TUK

If you want your own private taxi, look for a tuk tuk, a tiny minitruck converted in the manner of the bigger song-taew above to carry about four (or more) passengers. The tuk-tuk gets its name from the noise its little engine makers. There are fleets of those in all major tourist areas, and they will take you anywhere for a price. The going rate for the relatively short ride between Patong and Phuket can be as much as 450 THB per one way. You can attempt to bargain but don’t expect much movement on their prices and be aware that at night the price of tuk-tuks shoots up. You can also rent one of these tuk-tuks for the day. Expect to pay around 2,000 B. or more. This can be a good way to get about the island if you prefer not to drive yourself.

SONG-TAEW

There are few buses on Phuket and the main form of transport from beach to town is the “Song- taew”, a truck converted to carry passengers in the back on two long benches. They are usually colorful with a sign on front showing where they are going. These vehicles leave from a set stop by the fresh market in Phuket town, reaching every major beach area on the island. They run approximately every hour but there are no fixed scheduled, and they run when there are sufficient passengers. When leaving the beach areas to head back to town they usually cruise around the streets, slowly, picking up passengers. It is slow, but cheap, with the fare from Phuket town to Patong now set at just 35-50 THB. per person!

TRANSPORT BY BOAT

Regular ferry boat services from Phuket run only to the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Noi and Khabi. There are unscheduled boats to Koh Bon, Racha Yai and Koh Yao Yai. You can get to Koh Lanta by changing boats at Koh Phi phi. Most people get to the other smaller islands by renting their own speed boats or even by chartering yachts. Source: “Transportation”. The Guide Phuket. Febuary 2011: 46-47