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About Phuket

Phuket Province consists of 33 islands, one of which is the island of Phuket, which is the largest island in Thailand. It is located in the south of Thailand, in the Andaman Sea. The island of Phuket, which is close to the Phang Nga Province and the Krabi Province, is connected to Phang Nga by bridge. With an area of 576 square kilometers, Phuket has a rich and colorful history, distinguishing it from the other regions of Thailand. Due to the island’s location between China and India it has always been an important trading port and center throughout history. While trade used to be the main livelihood for the residents of the island, which has a population of 600 thousand, today the main source of livelihood is tourism.

Phuket, which means hill, was badly damaged during the 2004 tsunami. The tsunami, in which 5 thousand and 300 people lost their lives, greatly damaged the tourist areas as well. The country quickly rebuilt the areas that were destroyed, enabling it to become the most important tourist destination in South Asia in recent years. The island is made up of 3 districts, Mueang, Phuket, Kathu, and Thalang. The average annual temperature varies between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius. Thailand is home to Chinese and Malay origin islanders and Phuket Island is home to an ethnic group known as the Moken, or Sea Gypsies, whose lives are totally shaped by the sea. The international airport located on the island contributed to the development of tourism and the economy.

Regularly scheduled flights from Australia, China, England, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Switzerland fly into the airport, which is located in the north of Phuket Island. Getting from the airport to the city center takes about an hour. There are buses that go directly to the beaches and hotels located outside of the center of the island. The island was one of the 5 destinations selected by Fortune Magazine in their ‘Where to Retire Abroad’ article. This might be why so many foreigners prefer to live in Phuket, especially those who have retired. 

Transportation to Phuket City Center from Airport

Phuket Airport, which is located in Phuket, a famous tourist destination in the southern part of Thailand, offers international service and has an important role in the city's tourism industry. Located 32 kilometers away from the city center, Phuket Airport is the third busiest airport in Thailand and it is very beneficial to attract tourists to the island and the country.

Phuket Airport in Phuket, a tourist paradise, has easy access to the city and the country, while the possibilities for using public transport are limited. In addition, you can easily travel around the city, which is highly developed for private cars. Phuket Airport has managed to stand out with its services offered in terminal buildings, as well as the flights operated from the airport.

Taxi

You can go to the city center using the taxi service that is available at Phuket Airport every day and every hour of the week. Taxi companies that can help you travel reliably with their comfortable vehicles can be a convenient option to get to the city center from the airport.

Bus

With buses leaving from the terminal building at Phuket Airport, you can go to the city center on more affordable terms and comfortably. It is possible to go to the city center with buses in the city, which is not very comprehensive in terms of public transportation.

Car Rental

You can also choose to go privately to the city center by renting a car from Phuket Airport. You can rent a car from the car rental companies at the airport terminal building or by paying online via internet. Among the car rental companies you can choose from are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, National, Thai and Thrifty.

Last Updated: 09 May 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

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To which airport are the flights to Phuket arranged?

Phuket flights are organized to Phuket Intl. Airport.

How many hours does it take to travel to Phuket by plane?

London-Phuket 12 hour 20 minutes, Manchester-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Edinburgh-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Birmingham-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Glasgow-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Bristol-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Liverpool-Phuket 12 hour 30 minutes, Newcastle-Phuket 12 hour 20 minutes.

Which airlines have direct flights to Phuket from which cities?

Nok Air organizes direct flights to Phuket from Bangkok. Scoot organizes direct flights to Phuket from Singapore. Etihad Airways organizes direct flights to Phuket from Abu Dhabi. Air Arabia organizes direct flights to Phuket from Dubai. Thai Airways Intl organizes direct flights to Phuket from Bangkok. Thai Lion Air organizes direct flights to Phuket from Bangkok.

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