Phuket, Thailand

Getting In


By Train
There are no direct rail services to Phuket from anywhere in Thailand. But many trains leave from Bangkok's central station (
Hualamphong Railway Station) going south with services passing through Malaysia and finally to Singapore. Travellers by train must get off at the railway station in Surat Thani. Most comfortable are the sleeper trains and cost (combined train plus bus fare) around 1,000 baht for a berth in the 2nd and 1,600 baht in the 1st class cabin - both cabins are air-conditioned. 

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The journey by bus from Surat Thani to Phuket takes around 4 hours. Tickets for the combined train and bus service can be purchased at Hualamphong Railway Station or through a travel agency in Bangkok. Bus company Phantip Travel accepts these combined tickets for the bus journey from Surat Thani to Phuket. The bus company operates both regular (larger) and mini bus services between 5:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Surat Thani Railway Station by Ahoerstemeier

By Car
Phuket is directly connected to the Thai mainland by the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. From Bangkok, take Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, through Ranong Province’s Kra Buri and Kapoe districts, Phang Nga Province’s Takua Pa and Thai Muang districts and then onto Phuket Island. The total distance is 860 km. All vehicles entering and leaving Phuket will pass through a police checkpoint (Tha Chat Chai) about 5 km south of the bridge to Phang Nga. Most cars proceed without stopping but suspicious vehicles are stopped and searched.

Road through Phuket by ADwarf

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