Phuket: Getting Around

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Phuket

There are good roads all over Phuket Island, making transportation so convenient. If you have driver license, we recommend car renting which is cheaper than taking Tuk Tuk. Public buses are covering only in some area. 


Taking Motorcycles is another choice of transportation commonly found in Thailand. They wait for you at some important places like markets, in front of a Soi (an alley), bus terminals, and government offices. The driver will take you to your destination. The fare depends on the distance. Normally, going within Phuket town costs no more than 50 bahts or 100 bahts per hour. 

Four-wheeled Tuk Tuk

Four-wheeled Tuk Tuk can board 4-5 persons. The fare within regular route is 10 bahts per person. Or you can rent the Tuk Tuk and its driver to take you to any other places with the fare depending on the number of the passengers and the distance (negotiable). 

Song Taew 

Song Taew is a wagon with two long seats on each side. Regular routes of Song Taew are from the Fountain Market to several beaches and some nearby provinces. The fare is about 15-20 Bahts. 

Long tailed boat and speed boat 

You may hire a boat to take you to islands or fishing sites. The centers of boat rent are Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach. The fare depends on the number of passengers, distance, and kinds of boats. Long tailed boats cost much cheaper than speedboats. They usually belong to the villagers and normally are not equipped with life vests and diving kits. Speedboats are owned by private companies. They not only supply life vests and diving kits but also serve drinks and fruits. The fare for long tailed boat is about 500-2000 baths while speedboat costs 3,000-10,000 baths. 

Car renting (no driver) 

Car renting is a convenient and safe way. There are two big car rent centers in Phuklet. One is the area by Thaworn Hotel in downtown Phuket; the other is Patong Beach. The former offers a bit lower fare. The rental fare for a 110cc motorcycle is about 200 baths per day; and a jeep is 800-1200 bahts per day (There are discounts for long term rent).