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How to Get From Pattaya to Phuket

There are two ways to travel from Pattaya to Phuket:

  • By bus
  • By taking a flight from U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya to Phuket.

Travel by bus costs approximately 50% of the cost of flying from Pattaya to Phuket, but takes 19 hours longer.


Bus Times to Phuket


There are two daily bus services provided by Pattaya Sawasdee Tour which you can book online.

Pattaya  Phuket Ticket Service
17.00 08.40 ฿ 867 VIP
17.00 08.40 ฿ 1,141 VIP 24

  • The journey by bus from Pattaya to Phuket is scheduled to take 15 hours 40 minutes.

Flights to Phuket


2 airlines operate a daily flight from U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya City to Phuket Airport.

Airline Pattaya Phuket Cost
Thai AirAsia 10.40 12.05 ฿ 2,341
Bangkok Air 13.00 14.40 ฿ 2,382

  • Thai AirAisa is a ‘low cost carrier’ whilst Bangkok Air is a ‘full service carrier’. Both airlines charge extra for luggage stored in the hold and neither serves a meal during the flight, although Bangkok Air does provide free tea, coffee, water and pastries in the airport before you board the flight.

Tickets to Phuket


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Pattaya Bus Station


Bus services to Phuket depart from a bus stop in front of the Sawasdee Tour Office near the Northern end of Pattaya 3rd Road. The Sawasdee Tour Office is 2.6 km from Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall and 4.6 km from Pattaya’s infamous Walking Street.


Location of Bus Station



Arrival by bus


Pattaya Sawasdee Tour bus services terminate at Phuket’s Bus Terminal 2 which is 4.9 km to the North of Phuket Town.

View of Phuket Town

Minivan and shared taxi services run from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to most destinations in Phuket:

  • Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Patong Beach: 15.9 km
  • Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Kata Beach: 23.0 km
  • Phuket Bus Terminal 2 to Phuket Airport: 29.5 km

Phuket Bus Terminal 2



Arrival by plane


Phuket Airport is the North of Phuket and some distance from the Island’s major beach resorts:

  • Phuket Airport to Patong Beach: 41.6 km
  • Phuket Airport to Karon Beach: 46.9 km
  • Phuket Airport to Kata Beach: 47.7 km

The cheapest way to travel from Phuket Airport on the Phuket Airport Bus. For 100 THB per person this bus service will take you all the way from the Airport into Phuket Town. this service terminates at Phuket Bus Terminal 1 where you can take inexpensive minivan and shared taxi services to the major beach resorts in the South of Phuket Island. The journey by bus from Phuket Airport to Phuket Town’s Bus Terminal 1 takes 1 hour 20 minutes. Bus services depart from 08.00 until the last service departing at 20.30.


Location of Phuket Airport


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