The main roads in Phuket are in good condition
with road signs in Thai and English. If you
drive away from the main roads, most signs
are in Thai only. In Thailand they drive on
There is a minibus and also a airport limousine
taxi service at the airport. The standard rate
for the mini bus is 150 Baht per person but
you can get up to 12 persons in it so many
From the airport to various location in Phuket
by limousine taxi the fare is from 400 – 600
Baht one way.
Before you arrange with your hotel a taxi
to the airport check what vehicle they use
because they vary in type , cost and quality.
Tuk Tuk (Thai mini taxi the most common
way to get around Phuket.
Tuk Tuk operate in the entire tourist locations
and depending on your negotiating skills –
will charge from 100 Baht to 400 Baht depending
on the distance.
Advise! Get the price before you start your
If you want to look around on the island you
may hire a driver for half or full day and
negotiate a good price, generally around 400
– 1000 Baht.
Be aware he may take you to places that will
pay him commission, if he wants to show you
around. It's better to tell him where you want
to go and no were else, so you don't waste
time seeing places you don't want too.
Bus ( Songthaew )
Buses run daytime ( 6:00 – 18:00 ) between
the beaches and Phuket Town and cost 10 – 30
Baht. However these buses do not travel from
beach to beach, instead you must go to Phuket
town then change bus to your final destination.
To stop a bus on the street you should wave
your hand or wait for the bus at one on the
stops along the road.
Motorcycle drivers are usually dressed in
green or orange vest and are available for
short trips. Just wave one to stop and ask
for the fare to your destination. The price
is normally 20 - 30 Baht each way.
Never use someone without a vest, because
they may have no insurance, especially at night
Motorbikes are the most common transportation
on the island and the easiest and cheapest
way to get around. Most travel agencies recommend
tourists NOT TO RENT A MOTOR BIKE due to the
many accidents in Phuket.
Rent if you feel safe and comfortable with
a motorbike and the traffic in Thailand . It's
the easiest way to get around the Island and
explore without spending too much money.
Be aware that vehicles may turn left and right
without using there indicators and don't trust
the traffic lights look carefully yourself
and proceed only when you feel it's safe to.
The rental fee is normally 150 – 250 Baht
per day for a standard motorbike. A big bike,
may be 600 – 1000 Baht / per day
Car / Jeep
Renting a car / jeep would be a good idea
for a group of friends or if you plan to drive
long distances. There are insurances available
but make sure you read the small print before
The rental fee is normally 900 – 1300 Baht
/ day, if you rent longer then the price maybe
reduced. (typically 20,000 baht per month)
Longboats and Speedboats
Longboats and speedboats are available on
most beaches. |It's great way to see other
beaches and sight seeing. Rental prices average
around 400 Baht per hour for a short trip and
up to 1200 Baht for a roundtrip but always
ask the price before you leave. Pay on return never on departure as you may get left on the beach.