Bangkok to Phuket by bus, flight and van
About the trip from Bangkok to Phuket
Departing from the bustling center of Bangkok, the destination of Phuket offers equal measures of relaxation and excitement in a vacation spot loved by locals and travelers alike. As the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has it all. Beaches and national parks are scattered around the island and are great places to relax and explore nature. City of Phuket it features bustling markets, colorful buildings and a friendly mix of people.
Traveling by bus (838 kilometers or 520 miles) from Bangkok to Phuket is a long journey that will take around 15 hours. And although long, the bus from Bangkok to Phuket is comfortable and easy. There are several carriers that travel between these destinations, and you can choose between VIP, Tourist or Standard options. All class options offer similar amenities such as reclining seats and lavatory for a comfortable journey. Bangkok’s bus stations are fairly central and easily accessible, making it easy to get out of the city.
Although Phuket is an island, it is connected to the mainland of Thailand by a bridge, which makes it quite convenient to get to. Once you arrive, the coast and many beautiful islands are within easy reach, making it the perfect starting point for an island hopping adventure.
What to see when traveling from Bangkok to Phuket
What you can see when traveling from Bangkok to Phuket depends on the time of day you travel. During the day you will escape the crowds and make your way along the coastal highway. Small towns, national parks and sea views are visible during the journey south. Along the way, you’ll also pass through some popular destinations, including the resort town of Hua Hin.
If you opt for the night bus, your journey will most likely begin with the sun setting over the Bangkok skyline. Once you leave the city, most of the journey will be dark and quiet, giving you a chance to get some shut-eye. Transferring to Phuket the next day, you’ll feel refreshed and enthusiastic to explore the welcoming island culture and freshen up before hitting the beach.
How to get from Bangkok to Phuket
ride the bus
Traveling by bus from Bangkok to Phuket is a popular option with several choices of operators and classes. Buses depart several times a day from morning to evening, so you can leave at a time that suits you best. You even have the option of traveling overnight if you want to skip paying for a night’s accommodation, but this route lacks official sleeper buses, meaning you may not have fully reclining seats.
However, all seats on the bus will have some level of recline to make the long journey between Bangkok and Phuket more comfortable. Other comforts include blankets, toilets and food and water on board. Air conditioning is also available, but can often be turned up, so be sure to bring a warm layer with you on board. Buses will stop along the way so you can stretch your legs and buy snacks for the onward journey, which can add to the total travel time.
Most bus operators expect you to arrive at least 30 to 40 minutes before departure and offer a limit of 1 large suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage. Before booking, check if there is a refund for your ticket as the policy varies from operator to operator. Once you arrive in Phuket, the bus station is located in a built-up area with easy access to restaurants and shops. You can further explore the island or head to your accommodation by motorbike, bus or tuk tuk.
When is the best time of year to visit Bangkok?
The best time of year to visit Bangkok is roughly between December and February due to the likelihood of dry, mild weather and less crowding on the streets.
When is the best time of year to visit Phuket?
Phuket is best visited between November and April during the dry season when the temperature is around 75°F to 89°F (24°C to 32°C). The main season runs between these months from December to March, but brings a vibrant atmosphere to the markets and nightlife culture.