Getting Around in Phuket


Depending on where you are staying most resorts are close enough to various beaches, restaurants and bars for you to be able to just walk to. But for those travellers who wish to explore the island further you are spoilt for choice with transport options. Whether you want to use Taxis, Tuk Tuks, public buses or hire your own transportation, all are normally easily found close to any main resort or hotel. Most of the larger resorts and hotels are happy to arrange transportation for you.

Tuk Tuks

Tuk Tuks in Phuket are very popular for most tourists and have a slight novelty factor to them. These days the cost of a journey in a Tuk Tuk is not much cheaper than that of a taxi. They are great for short distances and often prices can be haggled down, so brush up on your negotiating skills before you arrive. Always agree on a price before you start your journey to avoid any confusion.

Taxis

Unlike most countries, Taxis in Phuket rarely have a metre for calculating your journey. Much like the Tuk Tuk you need to agree on a price before you get in the taxi. Most places you will be able to haggle the price but a lot of taxi stands have pre-set prices, so try to familiarise yourself with average costs, so when picking up a taxi passing by you don’t get charged too much.

A taxi from and to the Airport will normally cost between 500 and 700 Thai Baht depending on the location of your hotel, but always check with the hotel whether they can help arrange it for you.

Local Buses

Local buses are easily recognised as they are painted bright blue. The hours of operation are between 7am and 6pm, any time after that and you will have to return by taxi or Tuk Tuk. Each bus will have its destination written in English to help tourists know which bus they should take.

Like the Tuk Tuk the local bus is somewhat a novelty and is fun to travel but more importantly it is the cheapest method of transport in Phuket. Fares on the local buses in Phuket normally range between around 15-20 Thai Baht. They are all open-air without fans or air-conditioning, and there aren’t any designated bus stops so mostly you can get down at a spot that suits you providing it is on the route.

Airport Bus

There is a regular bus service going to and from the Airport, and is by far the cheapest method of transport for Airport transfers. The cost is only around 85 Thai Baht, with journey times around an hour all depending on your location.

Pick-up/drop-off points are scattered around in useful places, such as; Phuket Bus Terminal, Phantep Condo, Surakun Stadium, Big C & Tesco Lotus, Erawadee Bypass, Boat Lagoon, Heroines Monument, Talang Hall, Pearl Village Hotel and of course Phuket International Airport.

For a full Phuket Airport Bus Timetable please click here http://www.airportbusphuket.com/timetable.html

Hire Cars – Car Rental

Apart from the large international hire company, cars can be rented from almost anywhere in Phuket. You will find small local dealers everywhere. A whole range of cars are available jeeps being quite popular. But you must always check your insurance cover before you go ahead with the rental, just to be on the safe side. Make sure to carry your driving licence at all times to avoid any problems with the local police.

Hire cars are a great way to discover Phuket Island, and most road signs are in English to make things much easier to get around. There are plenty of maps to show you the way to all the best attractions, for a list of some of the best attractions please Click here.

Motorbike Rental

One of the best ways to get around Phuket is to hire a motorbike, not only is it the most cost effective but also the quickest as you get to weave through the traffic during the rush hour period. But you must be aware that most of the time insurance is not included, so be very vigilant when riding around the island.

In Phuket there are motorbikes for hire to suit everyone, ranging from small 50cc Hondas to larger motorbikes such as Harley-Davidsons. You will find Motorbike Hire companies scattered all over Phuket, and chances are that you will find one very close to your hotel. 

Before you hire a motorbike in Phuket you must be aware that it is common for people ignore traffic regulations and often you will see erratic behaviour in other drivers and riders. Because of this it is advisable to inexperienced riders to opt for alternative transportation, such as car hire or Taxis & Tuk Tuks.

Motorbike Taxis

Another great way to get around Phuket is to use Motorbike Taxis. You will find them at Taxis stands scattered around Phuket or just roaming the streets. They are easily recognisable as they all wear red or green vests. They are a much cheaper alternative for short distance journeys. Just like the Taxis and Tuk Tuks of Phuket it is advisable to agree on a price before you get on, and like anything in Thailand, try to haggle down to a better price.


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