Planning your trip from Bangkok to Phuket and not sure where to start? We got you covered! There are multiple ways to get from Thailand’s capital city to its most popular island. Whether you’re traveling from Bangkok to Phuket by flight, train, or bus, it’s 100% worth the trip! Still, there are some things you should know before making your decision.
Why Travel From Bangkok to Phuket?
Phuket is not only the largest island in Thailand, but it’s one of the most popular destinations in all of Southeast Asia! While the party zone of Patong Beach may get a bad wrap, we would discover that there is so much more to this beautiful island. There are so many fun outdoor activities, boat trips, and delicious Thai food to enjoy.
Want to know the best part? It’s never been easier to get from Bangkok to Phuket! In this article, we’ll explain the 3 different ways to get to Phuket. However, as you’ll find out, there is truly only one choice for us.
How to Get From Bangkok to Phuket
Bangkok to Phuket Flight
The first method of transportation is the easiest and should come as no surprise to most travelers. Honestly, the Bangkok to Phuket flight is a no-brainer! With a duration of only an hour and twenty minutes, this option will save you time and the headaches of the Bangkok to Phuket bus or train.
That means more time at the beautiful beaches or exploring Old Town, and less hours in transit! While it typically is the most expensive way to get to Phuket, the domestic flights in Thailand are very affordable.
We used the Skyscanner website to search, and found Bangkok to Phuket flights for as low as $23!!! Airlines like Nok Air, Air Asia, and VietJet are a few of the companies making the route daily.
Make sure you book as far ahead as possible to get the best prices. Then before you know it, you’ll be transported from the bustling capital city to the sandy shores of one of the best islands in the world.
Bangkok to Phuket Train
Okay adventure travelers. This one could be for you! The Bangkok to Phuket train is technically an option. Yet, we want to stress that it’s something we would never do. The reason being is that you first have to take a 10+ hour train journey from Bangkok to Surat Thani… But that’s not it!
From there, you will then spend another 4.5 hours on a bus to get to Phuket. Remember when we told you the Bangkok to Phuket flights take under 1.5 hours?! Look. We totally get if you want to have an authentic experience and ride a train in Thailand. This just isn’t that time!
One train route we would actually recommend is from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. This popular train ride takes you overnight to Northern Thailand and is a super fun experience. If you do consider taking trains here definitely check out the 1st class sleeper cabins.
Ready for another shocker? The bus and train combo will cost you as much as the flight if not more! Of course, that is pending that you get a good flight deal and don’t have to pay for extra luggage. Still, something to definitely think about.
Bangkok to Phuket Bus
The final option for traveling this route is the Bangkok to Phuket bus. The distance is about 850 km and will take you around 12 hours. If you’re considering this we would recommend taking the overnight bus. They will leave at night and get you from Bangkok to Phuket in the morning.
Now we can definitely admit this is better than the Bangkok to Phuket train! Nonetheless, it’s still not something we would avoid unless you’re on the tightest of budgets. Looking at the prices, they come out to be around the same as the Bangkok to Phuket flight!
The average you’ll pay for the 12 hour bus ride is about $30 USD. The plane tickets are usually around the same as long as you buy your tickets in advance. Not to mention, you will wake up refreshed instead of how you’ll likely be feeling after a long train or bus ride.
Backpackers and budget travelers typically choose the Bangkok to Phuket bus for two reasons. If they have large or heavy luggage the flight prices can jump up quickly. Also, if you’re taking an overnight bus you will save money on a place to stay for the night as your bed is technically included!
How Are You Getting from Bangkok to Phuket?
After traveling this route many times the Bangkok to Phuket flights are no-brainer. Even if we have to add baggage to the total cost it’s easy to justify the extra $20-30 or so each way… Especially when you think about the time and energy you’re saving!
We’ve taken trains and buses all throughout world, and even had the pleasure of a 24 hour bus ride once upon a time in Chile. There are times to buckle down for those long transportation days to save money, but this isn’t one of them. It’s also important to know that many of the best islands in Thailand you can’t fly to and are only accessible by boat.
Listen, we totally understand if you’re on a 2-3 month backpacking journey and your budget is tight. We’ve been there! It’s just important to consider all your options when visiting Thailand.
So which option are you choosing? Hopping on the bus, taking the train, or will you be on a Bangkok to Phuket flight? Let us know in the comments below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Thailand Travel Planning
Transportation: While traveling through Thailand 12Go is where we find all our ferries, trains, buses, and transfers! You can find everything from island hopping speed boats to the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide to find activities all over Phuket! You can find everything from a James Bond island luxury sunset cruise, to Phuket Old Town 15-taster food adventure, and 5-hour island tour!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without protection. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.