Getting Around Phuket 

Long Thail Boat on the Beach


While getting around Phuket is relatively easy, it's always good to know what kind of transport would best suit you for a safe and comfortable ride. You'd also need to have the right information on when and how to travel. For instance, if you should be holidaying at Patong Beach, you rarely need that much transport to get around as most of what you need is actually within easy walking distance to most places such as shopping and restaurants.

However. if you are planning a trip to Thailand and you don't quite know how to get around from one place to another not just in Phuket but other places too, you can easily book flights, trains, ferries, buses as well as transfers by filling in your destination in the block below. In fact, you can also use the platform to travel from one Asian country to the next. It's that simple. Give it a try.

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If you'd like to explore the island, you can rent a motorbike or even better, rent a car as you'll feel safer on the roads. Car rentals start at around 900 Baht a day and from around 150 Baht a day, you can rent a bike. I'll leave it up to you to decide.


Local Transport

Getting around Phuket - Public Transport 

Public transport in the form of picturesque wooden buses, make regular routes from Phuket Town to the several beaches on the island. They depart every 30 minutes from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm to most of the beaches, but you'll also see them prowling the beaches in search of passengers. Simply flag one down and hop on. I haven't used this form of public transport because I tend to spend most of my time at Patong beach when I go to Phuket.

Modern green and yellow microbuses run along the same route and are air-conditioned. Bus stops are located along the main roads as well as just outside the Tesco-Lotus and Big C superstores. Prices range between 10 and 20 Baht for a short ride.

Buses run from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. If need, you can always pick up a timetable for the routes from the local tourism authority office on Phuket Road. Again, I have not used this form of transport either. 


Red Tuk Tuks on Patong Beach Road

Getting around Phuket on a Tuk-Tuk

You'll also find a similar type of Tuk Tuk in Phuket as those found in Bangkok. Instead of three wheels, these ones have four wheels, and most of them look quite new. They can be a lot of fun travelling from beach to beach or even for short stops around the town.

Remember that Tuk-Tuks don't have any air-conditioning, so long trips can get uncomfortable if the heat affects you. I find that for longer trips, taxis are your best bet. Far safer and more comfortable.

Though cheap, I try avoiding motorcycle taxis as they seem to be dangerous and I have heard some horror stories. I have also seen a few local passengers with all sorts of scars from previous accidents. To be avoided if not sure. Take note that Phuket has one of the highest motorcycle accident rates in Thailand, claiming many lives. If using one, always insist on wearing a helmet. 


Long Tail Boats 


One other form of transport to getting around Phuket, are the many sea-going vessels that will take you from one island to another for short day trips or stay-overs. This is also a tremendously fun way to travel the oceans.



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