Travel from Surat Thani to Phuket

View over Phuket Town
View over Phuket Town

To get from Surat Thani to Phuket you have three options:

  • 1. minivan
  • 2. private bus
  • 3. public bus

The quickest option takes around 4 hours, and the slowest option takes around 6 hours. Ticket prices from Surat Thani to Phuket range from 150 to 250 Thai Baht.

Travel Options from Surat Thani to Phuket

Transport TypeTicket PriceTravel Time
Minivan250 THB4 hrs 00 min
Private Bus195 THB5 hrs 00 min
Public Bus150 THB6 hrs 30 min

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All three transport options connect you to Bus Terminal 2 in Phuket Town. From there it is another journey to get to the main beaches of Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Katathani, which are all on the other side of the Island.

Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket
Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket

If you have been to Phuket already you will know that it can be fairly expensive to use a taxi. They rarely use a meter and often charge relatively high fares. Expect to pay around 700 THB, for instance, from the Bus Terminal in Phuket Town to Patong beach, possibly more late at night. For this reason you are recommended to use one of the cooperative mini bus services for your onward travel from Phuket Town. If you take the private bus (provided by Phantip Travel Service) they will drop you off before you get to the main bus terminal in Phuket to catch a 200 THB per person minibus to Patong and the other beaches on the West side of the Island.

Option 1: Minivan from Surat Thani to Phuket

In theory this is the quickest option at 4 hours travel time, and a cost of around 300 THB per person. You can turn up and buy a ticket for travel throughout the day at anyone of the many travel agents located on the Talad Mai Road in the centre of Surat Thani.

  • Cost: Around 250 THB
  • Journey Time: 4 hours

Minivan from Surat Thani to Phuket
Minivan from Surat Thani to Phuket

Whilst this travel option appears to be the quickest, in reality it can end up being slower. The actual time it takes depends upon two things: when the minivan actually leaves the city and what stops it makes on the way. Minivans from Surat Thani often travel around the city picking up clients and before they actually get on with the journey they need to be relatively full. It is not unknown for minibuses to spend over an hour picking people up from various locations around the city before they start the actual journey to their destination. They also sometimes make some very time consuming detours to drop people off.

  • Travel Tip: On a good day the minivan option can be the best, if you do not mind the loud music and lack of personal space, on a bad day a minivan journey can be slow and unpleasant.

Option 2: Private Bus from Surat Thani to Phuket

The reliable Phantip Travel Company has 3 daily departures from their office on Talad Mai Road (between Talad Mai Alley 8 and Talad Mai Alley 10) in Surat Thani city centre to Phuket Town. The cost per person is 195 THB booked in advance on the internet. The journey takes from 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours 30 minutes depending upon which service you take. The departure times are fixed. The bus stops approximately half way for around 20 minutes, enough time to visit the toilet and eat at the large restaurant where they stop the bus.

  • Cost: 195 THB
  • Journey Time: 5 hours and 00 minutes
  • Bus Times: from Surat Thani Town to Phuket from with the Phantip Travel Company
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  • Bus Times: from Surat Thani Train Station to Phuket with the Phantip Travel Company.
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  • Location of the Phantip Travel Office in Surat Thani departure point for the bus to Phuket:

Google Map of Phantip Travel Office

  • On Arrival in Phuket: Follow the instructions of the bus driver to leave the bus before you arrive at Phuket Town bus main station to connect with low cost minivan connections to the beach resort towns of Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Katathani.

Option 3: Public Bus from Surat Thani to Phuket

The public bus is very cheap (around 150 THB person) and reliable, but slow with an average journey time of 6 hours 30 minutes. The public bus is the transport option of choice for the majority of Thai people. You can turn up at the bus station (Talad Kaset 2) and buy a ticket shortly before the bus departs. The arrival point is also Phuket Town’s Bus Terminal 2.

  • Cost: 150 THB
  • Journey Time: 6 hours and 30 minutes
  • Public Bus departure times:
    • 06.00
    • 08.00
    • 09.00
    • 11.00
    • 12.00
    • 15.00
  • Location of the Talad Kaset 2 Bus Station in Surat Thani:

Google Map of Talad Kaset 2 Bus Station

Route Details from Surat Thani to Phuket

  • Distance by road from Surat Thani to Phuket: 236 Kilometres
  • Driving time from Surat Thani to Phuket: 3 hours 22 minutes

Location of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

  • Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Google Map of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

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