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Phuket Bus Terminal 1 is used by minivans and the official, bright-orange airport bus (www.airportbusphuket.com), which runs 12 times daily to/from the airport (100B, one hour) via the Heroines Monument; it leaves the airport from 8am to 8.30pm and Phuket Town from 6am to 6.30pm. A local bus (30B) and minivans (50B) head to/from Patong between 7am and 5pm.

Interstate buses depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2, 4km north of Phuket Town. Pink sŏrng·tăa·ou (passenger pick-up trucks) run between the two bus terminals every 20 minutes (50B); otherwise it's 100B by motorcycle taxi, or 300B in a taxi.

Buses from Phuket Bus Terminal 2

Bangkok

Fare (B)

913

Duration (hr)

12

Frequency

4pm, 5pm, 5.20pm, 6pm, 6.20pm, 6.30pm, 7pm

Bus Type

VIP

Fare (B)

587-685

Duration (hr)

12

Frequency

6.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm

Bus Type

air-con

Chiang Mai

Fare (B)

1646

Duration (hr)

24

Frequency

12.30pm

Bus Type

VIP

Chiang Rai

Fare (B)

1736

Duration (hr)

26

Frequency

3pm

Bus Type

air-con

Hat Yai

Fare (B)

507

Duration (hr)

7

Frequency

9.45pm

Bus Type

VIP

Fare (B)

255

Duration (hr)

Frequency

hourly 7am-10pm

Bus Type

air-con

Khao Sok

Fare (B)

180

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

5am, 6am, 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.40pm, 3pm

Bus Type

air-con

Ko Samui

Fare (B)

450

Duration (hr)

7½ (bus/boat)

Frequency

9am

Bus Type

air-con

Ko Pha-Ngan

Fare (B)

550

Duration (hr)

9½ (bus/boat)

Frequency

9am

Bus Type

air-con

Krabi

Fare (B)

145

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

approx hourly 4.50am-7pm, 8.50pm

Bus Type

air-con

Phang-Nga

Fare (B)

80-100

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

approx hourly 4.50am-8.15pm

Bus Type

air-con

Ranong

Fare (B)

225

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency

5.30am, hourly 7.10am-6.10pm

Bus Type

air-con

Satun

Fare (B)

329

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency

8.15am, 10.15am, 12.15pm, 8.15pm

Bus Type

air-con

Surat Thani

Fare (B)

195-200

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency

8am, 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm

Bus Type

air-con

Trang

Fare (B)

230

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency

approx hourly 4.50am-7pm, 8.50pm

Bus Type

air-con

Car & Motorcycle

Th Rassada has cheap car-rental agencies near Pure Car Rent, a good central choice. Cars cost around 1200B per day (including insurance), although you'll get them for more or less the same price through the big car-hire chains at Phuket International Airport.

You can rent motorcycles on Th Rassada, including at Pure Car Rent, or from many other places around town, for 200B to 250B per day.

Sŏrng·tăa ou & Túk-túk

Large bus-sized sŏrng·tăa·ou (passenger pick-up trucks) run regularly from Th Ranong near the day market to Phuket's beaches (30B to 40B per person, 30 minutes to 1½ hours), from 7am to 5pm or 6pm; otherwise you'll have to charter a túk-túk to the beaches, which costs from 400B (Rawai, Kata and Ao Bang Thao), 500B (Patong, Karon and Surin) or 600B (Kamala).

For a ride around town, túk-túk drivers charge 100B to 200B and motorcycle taxis 50B.

Minivan

From Phuket Bus Terminal 1, 500m east of Phuket Town centre, minivans run to Patong (50B, 7am to 5pm) and destinations across southern Thailand.

Hat Yai

Fare (B)

360

Duration (hr)

7

Frequency

two-hourly 8am-6pm

Ko Lanta

Fare (B)

280

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency

hourly 8.30am-11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Krabi

Fare (B)

140

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

18 daily 6.35am-5.55pm

Phang-Nga

Fare (B)

100

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

17 daily 5.40am-5.20pm

Surat Thani

Fare (B)

200

Duration (hr)

4-5

Frequency

hourly 7am-5pm

Taxi

Taxis to/from the airport cost 550B. Beware of tales that the only way to reach beaches is by taxi, though it's an option; sample rates are 500B to/from Patong, 600B to/from Kata and 700B to/from Surin.