Getting in to Phuket
Australia – Air Asia and Jetstar
Hong Kong – Thai Airways, DragonairCathay Pacific, Hong Kong Express and Air Asia.
Indonesia – Air Asia
Korea – Asiana Airlines and Korean Air
Malaysia – Air Asia, Fire Fly, Malaysia Airlines
Qatar – Qatar Airways
Singapore – SilkAir, Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Jetstar
United Arab Emirates – Emirates and Air Berlin
Tickets from either of Bangkok's two airports can cost around 1,300 baht one-way if booked well in advance, or around 2,000-2,500 baht (including taxes) if bought on the day of the flight. Flights from Dong Mueng Airport: Nok Air, Air Asia, and Orient Thai. Flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport: Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways.
To get from the airport to your destination, there are several options: Municipal A/C airport bus service (every day 06:30-20:45, every 60-90 min) to Phuket Town bus station costs 85 baht and takes one hour. Minibus services (basically door-to-door share taxis) are a good value. They charge 100-180 baht per seat. Metered (yellow) taxis - Fares to destinations in Phuket cost around 600 400 baht and up. The rate is what is displayed by the meter plus a 100 baht airport fee.
No direct rail services to Phuket, travelers from Hua Lamphong train station must get off at Phun Phin railway station near Surat Thani and continue for another 5 hours by bus to Phuket.
The journey takes 13 hours and costs between 650-950 baht. There are also some private bus companies, Phuket Travel Tour, Phuket Central Tour and Phuket Travel Service which can be booked for large groups. From Phuket bus terminal to your final destination, you can take a motorcycle taxi, tuk-tuk, meter-taxi, or bus. A motorcycle taxi into Phuket Town will be about 10-20 baht; too most beaches 100-200 baht (negotiable). Remember to always negotiate your price or have the driver agree to running the meter before getting into a taxi.
Ferry services connect from Rassada Port in Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi and on to Krabi on the mainland twice a day, taking 90 to 120 minutes and costing 350/650 baht one-way/return, for each leg. There are also speedboats from/to Ko Racha (45 minutes), Phi Phi (1 - 1.5 hours), the Similan Islands (about 3 hours) and other islands.
Phuket is directly connected to the mainland by the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. From Bangkok, take head South on Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, then through Ranong Province, Phang Nga Province and onto Phuket Island. The total distance is 862 km.