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How to Reach Phuket from India

Phuket being home to a personal international airport has several direct flights flying to and from India. There are many flight services that ply on regular basis including Air India, AirAsia, Jet Airways, Thai Airways, IndiGo and other from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Ahmadabad etc.

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How to reach Phuket by flight

Phuket is home to a very compact Phuket International Airport, the second busiest airport in Thailand, next to Bangkok. There are several direct flights to the island from numerous Asian and European countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and many more. One can also take a flight to Bangkok and then a domestic flight to Phuket. There are also low-cost direct flights from India, Macau, Seoul and Busan. There are charter flights to Phuket during peak season from European and Asian countries. 
Smart Bus: The Phuket Smart Bus is available from the airport to Rawai, with 11 stops in between. It is the cheapest way of travelling from the airport, costing around TBH 100.
Airport Bus: The Phuket Airport Bus is another convenient and cheap option. It operates every day from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM with hourly departure. This also costs around TBH 100.
Taxis: Metered Taxis (yellow) and Limousine Taxis (blue) are available from the airport.

How to reach Phuket by road

One can easily commute to Phuket from Bangkok by car or taxi through the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. The total distance covered is about 862 km and one can easily get rental cars from both places. However, while leaving or entering the island your car might be stopped at checkpoint if found suspicious and searched or else one may proceed smoothly without any hassle.

How to reach Phuket by bus

There are two bus terminals in Phuket, the old one located in the centre of Phuket Town and the new one a few kilometers to the north of the city. The old terminal is more like a domestic terminal with buses plying to Takua Pa, Phang Nga, all the beaches etc. The new terminal offers domestic bus services along with long-distance buses plying to routes up to Bangkok. BKS buses offer the most reliable service between Bangkok and Phuket. It takes about 13 hours to complete the journey and costs around THB 650-950. There are also private bus operators, which can be booked online, such as Phuket Travel Tour, Bus Express, Phuket Central Tour and Phuket Travel Service.

How to reach Phuket by Waterways

Phuket town is also connected to Ko Phi Phi Island (which in turn is connected to two other destinations) through ferry services from Rassada Pier. It takes around 1.5 to 2.5 hours to reach costing THB 600 to THB 1000 depending upon a one-way or two-way journey. One can take speedboats from Phuket to reach Ko Racha (45 minutes), Siminal Island (nearly 3 hours) and other destinations. The charges of renting a speedboat will range between about THB 1500 - TBH 2500 depending on the destination.

Local transport in Phuket

Getting around in Phuket is relatively easy, with various transportation options. Beaches are small enough to be explored on foot, with many hotels nearby.
Car Rentals: If you want to explore the island on your own, rent a car or motorbike, which are easily available. Make sure you are an experienced driver only then rent a two-wheeler due to bad road conditions and total disregard for traffic rules.
Buses: Two kinds of buses ply in Phuket - The blue open-air buses called the Songthaew run between the main resorts and Phuket town, while the air-conditioned microbuses ply within the Phuket town area. Although it is a cheaper option, there is no particular bus schedule. Expect 20-30 minutes of waiting time between two buses.
Tuk-Tuks: Another main form of transportation is tuk-tuks which are good for short-distance travel, about 30 minutes. Their small size makes them uncomfortable for long distances. The tuk-tuk drivers charge about TBH 100 for short distances, especially in resort areas like Patong. Depending upon the distance and one's haggling skills, the charges may go up to TBH 400.
Taxis: There are also a few costly metered privates and air-conditioned car taxis, with fixed fares of TBH 50 for the first two kilometres and TBH 7 per additional kilometre.
Motorbike Taxis: This is yet another option, which is available almost through the day and night sometimes. There wear flashy red or green jackets. Make sure to negotiate the price beforehand. Even though convenient, it is not the safest mode of transportation.
Towne-taxi and grab-taxi: Download the Towne taxi app or Grab taxi app to book the cab.

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