How to get to Phuket from Pattaya

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From Pattaya to Phuket to get in several ways. The most expensive and fastest is by plane, the most economical – the Shuttle or tour buses. Well, if you like to travel by train, you can get to Phuket from Pattaya and on this transport, but will have to make several changes, and part of the journey done on the bus. Whichever transportation you choose, you will almost certainly have to go via Bangkok. Read more about all the ways next.

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From Pattaya to Phuket by plane

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From Pattaya to fly to Phuket international airport from Pattaya airport U-Tapao (U-Tapao) and from the two airports of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (Suvarnabhumi) and the old don Muang (Don Muang).

Easiest to fly from Pattaya airport U-Tapao (U-Tapao), but it is more expensive. This airport is closer to Pattaya in Rayong, although you can reach it by public transport will be even more difficult than airports to Bangkok. Will have to take the bus from the bus station of Pattaya, to catch any bus or minibus (songthaew) on Sukhumvit highway, or take a taxi from 750 baht (see currency of Thailand and the exchange rate). At the time of writing from U-Tapao were performed only a single daily flight to Phuket with the airline Bangkok Airways, and the cost by Thai standards simply stunning high – from 5500 baht for the round trip.


Much cheaper to fly from one of two Bangkok airports. From the old airport don Muang (Don Muang) flights run by budget airlines from 1,000 baht and Suvarnabhumi (Suvarnabhumi) from 2000 baht. Read more "How to get from Bangkok to Phuket by plane".

At the same time to don Muang airport it is much harder to reach by public transport as there are no direct buses from Pattaya, and have to drive or taxi ride from 1600 baht (two hours), or take buses with a transfer to bus station Bangkok Ekamai, Mor Chit, Victory Monument, or go to Suvarnabhumi airport and there sits on shuttlebus between the two airports (runs every hour from 05:00 to 22:00, cost 100 baht). Will cost any of these options in the amount of 200-400 baht, but time will take at least 5 hours, better yet lay it about 6-7 hours.

To get to Suvarnabhumi airport much easier and faster (from 130 baht and two hours), read more here – How to get from Bangkok airport to Pattaya.

Find and book tickets to Phuket on the date, you can through the search form. Search is very flexible, and allows you to search for flights on different dates, with or without transfers, in both directions or one, etc.:

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From Pattaya to Phuket by bus

This is a very economical and convenient way to get from Pattaya to Phuket. This trip will cost you from 900 baht one way and 15 hours time. And you don't even have to make any transfers, as there are direct buses from Pattaya to Phuket.

Best use of branded Shuttle buses departing from the bus station in Pattaya and not tourist buses. Tickets are best purchased in advance, what can be done using the search form below.

If even a direct flight from Pattaya at the time does not suit you, you can get a transfer in Bangkok's Northern Mor Chit station or southern Sai Tai Mai. From these stations the buses depart more often, the tickets are a bit cheaper than the direct bus from Pattaya and purchase them in advance is optional, you can just come to the station and buy on the next flight. However, on weekends and periods of holidays Thailand better to take care of the ticket in advance, which can also be made using the suggested search form below. It is better to go via Mor Chit, as to it from bus station to Pattaya buses leave almost every half hour (from 110 baht, 3 hours).

Tour pickup (tour buses) from Pattaya to Phuket can buy on the streets in the travel agents and sometimes even cheaper than a ticket on the bus, but the trip can be much longer, you can not get to the end point and meet with other troubles, more details can be read here "Travel by bus in Thailand".

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When searching for tickets on buses and trains for pay attention to the ranking of tickets/carriers (marked with asterisks on a five-point scale) and the reviews of actual users who traveled on this route. Selecting carriers with the highest rated according to user reviews, you will protect yourself from possible problems during the trip.

From Pattaya to Phuket by train

For fans of long trips and many transplants have the opportunity to get to Phuket with transfers by train. In General, the route will look like this: from Pattaya need to get to the railway station Bangkok Hualamphong train to bus or commuter train; there take a train to Suratthani city (Suratthani, also called Phun Pin Railway Station); from railway station in Surat Thani by bus will need to drive to the bus station in the city centre, and change there to a bus to Phuket (3-5 hours), or directly on the railway station's tourist Shuttle service to Phuket, which is much easier and faster.

Train station Bangkok Hualamphong train to Surat Thani every day 11 trains. Travel time by train 8 to 12 hours depending on the train type. The fare is 600 (seats) up to 1,500 (reclining seats) baht. Read more about trains in Thailand and the schedule here.

Bus timetables to Phuket

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